The state of Western Australia occupies a third of the country’s total area and yet is home to just 10 percent of the population. It is often overlooked by travellers who concentrate on big-name attractions like Melbourne, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef on the east coast of Australia. But for people who do decide to venture out to this side of the country, you will be rewarded with a diverse range of natural wonders and remote settlements. With such a vast expanse of land to cover, a road trip is probably going to be your best method of taking in as many of the sights as you can. So, if you are still wondering what you need to see while you are here, here is an overview of some of the top cities and attractions.
Let’s start with the capital city in the region, and in fact, the most remote city in the world! Perth has advanced a lot in the last few decades. Like the cities on the more populated coast, swimming and surfing are part of everyday life, and there are some truly stunning beaches located in the surrounding area. The lively city also has plenty of cultural and entertainment options, so it is certainly worth a visit while you are here.
Broome is where many people choose to base themselves when they are exploring the stunning Kimberley region, and it has become a thriving tourist centre in recent years. The 22 km long Cable Beach is one of the main attractions. The deep red of the cliffs really stands out against the white sand and turquoise water. From here, people often embark on Kimberley tours that take in some of the natural wonders of the region. We’ll talk a little more about these later.
Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
People flock to this huge reef for the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, as well as a host of other underwater creatures including manta rays, turtles and over 500 different species of fish. If you prefer to stick to the coastal area, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling. If you are a scuba diving fanatic, it doesn’t get much better than this!
Purnululu National Park
Amazingly, this place wasn’t discovered until the 1980s, and it still isn’t on many people’s radars. Stunning rock formations are what people come here to see, as well as the preserved culture from the Aboriginal tribes who called this place home for thousands of years. Walking is the best way to experience everything that the park has to offer, and there are plenty of trails to enjoy.
In the fantastically named Shark Bay is the area of Monkey Mia, which is one of the best places in Australia to see dolphins up close and personal and in their natural habitat. Aside from this, there are many fantastic opportunities for swimming, fishing and kayaking, as well as cultural tours around the area.
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