Western Australia is the largest state within Australia, and due to its sheer size, it can be tricky to know where to start when you want to explore it. With hidden natural treasures, a vast array of native wildlife to see and delicious seafood to eat and explore, where do you even begin
We have narrowed down the top 5 reasons you need to experience the magic of Western Australia and all that is has to offer.
1. Enjoy delicious seafood and wine
Due to the diversity of Western Australia’s rivers and oceans, there’s a whole range of fresh flavours to be discovered. Head to Kalbarri and Monkey Mia to feast on a range of seafood specialities that have been caught from the ocean.
With Rottnest scallops, Geraldton rock lobsters, yabbies and trout, Western Australia is a seafood lover’s dream.
Once you have enjoyed your seafood feast, head to the Margaret River region and enjoy the wine tastings on offer. From the first commercial vineyard planting in 1967, the Margaret River region has become known for being one of the best wine regions in the world. The region produces a massive 20 per cent of Australia’s premium wine.
2. See the jaw-dropping natural wonders on offer
With Wave Rock rising 15 metres above the outback plain, you will truly be in awe at this natural wonder. It took over 2,700 million years for this natural wonder to form, and the 110-metre-long multicoloured granite cliff will leave you speechless.
There’s also The Pinnacles out in Nambung National Park, which are a natural wonder as well. The pillars are limestone structures, with some standing as high as five metres. They were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago and came into existence due to the coastal winds leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.
With 800 species of wildflowers blooming in the spring, this is not a sight to be missed. The blooming wildflowers are most spectacular to see during late August to October.
The Pinnacles, Western Australia
3. Enjoy seeing the native wildlife
Head off to Monkey Mia and see pods of wild dolphins swim close to the shore and explore while you’re standing on the beach. As well as dolphins there are sharks, dugongs, rays, turtles and a variety of fish within the ocean. You also have the opportunity to see pelicans and emus in this natural oasis.
Head off to Ningaloo Marine Park and prepare to be amazed at the sea life inhabited in the area – with 500 species of tropical fish located within the marine park. Ningaloo is also known for being the place that the giant but gentle whale shark calls home. Large numbers visit every year from April to July and you also have the opportunity to swim with them if you desire.
Wildlife lovers may also like to explore Shark Bay. The World-Heritage listed area covers an area of more than 2.2 million hectares and is one of the world’s greatest wilderness treasures. There are more than 100 species of reptiles, 240 species of bird and 820 species of fish within the bay, which are all waiting to be seen by you.
4. Relax in the heart of the Kimberley
The untamed beauty of El Questro is something that needs to be seen to be believed. There are deep gorges as well as thermal springs, rainforests and cascading waterfalls that are just waiting to be explored.
Feel all your worries melt away as you’re surrounded by rainforest and native birdsong. There are cruises available down Chamberlain Gorge, which is one of the Kimberley’s largest gorge systems.
You are also able to stay within El Questro, as there are accommodation options available. These include staying at El Questro Station, sleeping in tented cabins that blend into the Australian wilderness at Emma Gorge, or stay in luxury at the exquisite El Questro Homestead.
5. More freedom to do what you want to do
As with any holiday, being able to decide what you want to do and when you want to do it is a key part as it allows you to relax. However, as you are exploring a new area, it can be helpful to do some guided tours of the area that allow you to gain more knowledge about the location you’re staying in.
Travelmarvel tours ensure that you have the freedom to explore specific parts of Western Australia whilst also giving you the freedom to explore when you want to. There are days within the tours that are flexible to allow you to do whatever you wish in the location that you’re in. This can be ideal if you feel like you’ve missed out on an experience the day before and can then catch up on it afterwards.
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