Western Australia Travel Guide: Experience Western Wilderness, Wildlife & Sunsets
Of course, the east is where the party takes place. So go ahead and shake your booty until the early hours of the morning, night after night, until you can’t remember where you’ve been or what you’ve seen and all your photos are anonymous people vomiting.
Or choose the west side and go to places so deeply beautiful that things as frivolous as loud music and pissing in your esophagus couldn’t be further from your mind.
Think of weird and wonderful rock formations, like the Weird Pinnacles; surprisingly ancient rusty red gorges like Kalbarri and Karijini National Parks; think about soothing the hours spent in rock pools away from silly towns; think of the groovy Bungle Bungles and all that the vast unspoiled wilderness, wise and true, of kickass Kimberley has to offer.
Think of the real locals, who are really happy to see you and eager to share a story over a cold beer. Think of real adventures, sometimes in real remoteness. Don’t think of an itchy backing track of squeaky pop songs, just the long romantic road through ancient and magical landscapes and a dream vacation, dream vacation… You catch our drift, mate? The west side remains real.
Yes, sometimes it makes sense to follow the crowds. After all, why would all these people bother going somewhere if it wasn’t worth it, eh? However, there are times when you need to get away from it all, find your own space, and make your own little discoveries. This is where Western Australia comes in.
It is true that Perth should not be neglected. Laid back and laid back with a good live music scene, there is more sun in the world’s most remote capital than in any other Australian state.
But remember, Australia’s giant left flank is about as big as Jupiter, but with only Belgium’s population (probably, it’s still Belgium …), which means it doesn’t there is hardly anything better on Earth to escape the masses.
All you need is to hit the road, stop when you want to sleep at a free campsite / relax on a sublime beach / move around during the best sunset you have ever seen, and continue until ‘until you run out of rib. Which will probably take you about a year.
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Surely the most spectacular sunsets in Australia – the whole state is blessed. The best is Broome Cable Beach. Schedule your visit to coincide with a full moon to see the extraordinary Stairway to the Moon, when it looks like there is a shining gateway to the moon.
A lively, but still fascinating, interaction with bottlenose dolphins, which swim to the beach to be fed by impatient tourists. It can get crowded, but it’s always a rewarding photo-tastic interaction. Make sure you get there in the morning.
The North Bridge
With loads of late night pubs and clubs, Northbridge is where the young and the freakish of Perth go to party.
As big as a fat guy on stilts, these giant mounds dot the roads of WA. They’re made from termite sputum and poo. Pleasant.
Head to Kings Park for breathtaking views of the Perth skyline. And while you’re there, visit the Botanical Garden and hop on a bike for a tour.
These tiny wallabies make their home on the beautiful island of Rottnest, just off the coast of Perth. Take a bike ride and keep an eye out for these sturdy little guys.
The rainy season (October-March) is an exciting time to visit the upstate, with thundering waterfalls, crazy lightning and severe flooding. Be careful though, a lot of places become inaccessible, so make sure you’re stuck on the correct side of a pub when the floods hit …
At the western end of the Great Australian Bight on the south coast, Esperance is a popular town known for its surf breaks, stunning scenery, beautiful secluded beaches, and four nearby national parks.
This giant and sunny national park in the Pilbara region boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country and the oldest rocks in the world.
Surf a river? Despite its misleading name, Margaret River is arguably the best place to surf in the country. It is also home to some of the best wineries in Down Under. Gorgeous surf and great wine – what more could you ask for?
The karri trees in and around Pemberton, in the state’s lush southwest, are among the tallest in the world. Climb the 60m high Gloucester Tree for fantastic views. Also head to the nearby town of Walpole for the 40m high tree top walk through the canopy of giant trees.
Arguably better than the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo is accessible from the shore, is patrolled by whale sharks every year, and there are hardly any buggers. Happiness.
An hour from Perth, convict-era architecture and wicked pubs are a must-see, as is the famous market. Beware … this is the best place in the state for people-watching. While there, head to the prison for a ghost tour or one of the brilliant tunnel tours.
Fields of gold
Kalgoorlie-Boulder may be Washington State’s main mining town, but the best places to visit are the surrounding ghost towns that are starkly reminiscent of a bygone era. Alternatively, set off on the only Australian tour from a working brothel.
A 750m long underground river that crosses the Napier Range in the Kimberley. Why not explore? The walk is in fairly cold water, but the reward is the magnificent billabong and Aboriginal art waiting at the other end.
Crossing the Nullarbor
For 2,700 km of flat, desolate road, there is plenty to do on Nullarbor Plain from Adelaide to Perth. Beautiful caves, whale watching and lookouts. No wonder it’s a classic roadtrip. The Indian Pacific train is also quite good
Deep in the East Kimberley is the Purnululu Range (also known as the Bungle Bungles). These 350 million year old rock formations have to be seen to be believed, resembling giant striped beehives. It’s like Uluru, only without the crowd. Nearby is also the second largest meteor crater in the world – Wolfe Creek (yes, that one).
Driving long, long distances in WA gets a bit monotonous, but every car you pass seems to be waving. Act all locally and greet.
From the Nullarbor on the Great Australian Bight to the witness caves of the Southwest Cape, there are hundreds of the damn things. Make sure to keep an eye out for Stalactites, Stalagmites, and Batmobiles.
You might have gotten a glimpse of this amazing (and massive) place in the movie Australia. A few members of the TNT team rank it as their favorite place in Oz. Go for it.
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