Friday, November 10, 2017

5 Places You Must See in Western Australia

The holidays are winding down and unrelenting winter is making itself too much at home. You are thinking of escaping. To anywhere that has sunshine. Welcome to Western Australia, the sunniest state in Australia. Its land mass is a third of the whole country and its topography runs the full gamut from lush green to desert. Whether you are escaping now or planning for next year, here are some of WA’s hottest spots to visit.

Karijini National Park. Amidst the red earth of the Pilbara area’s mineral mining mecca is this jewel. Almost nothing but the sun as you dip into any of the park’s incredible rock pools. Walk along the trails leading to waterfalls, abseil a few gorges and marvel in this desert oasis. Make a point to visit Oxers lookout, where four creeks merge to form an incredible waterfall.

Shark Bay World Heritage Area. Swim with whale sharks in this area that attracts thousands of travelers each year. Don’t miss Shell Beach. The ‘sand’ is of millions of tiny cockle shells and stretches for 70 miles. There are only two like it in the world. Drop into a restaurant in Denham made of shell blocks carved out of the beach.

Kalgoorlie. The wild west of OZ- stroll the town’s historic main street and you’ll see it is so. Visit Australia’s largest open-cut mine, The Super Pit. It is visible from outer space. This is Gold Country so plan on striking it rich while panning for gold and learn about WA’s rich mining heritage.

The Great Southern region. Head south for a bit of green and cooler temperatures. WA’s diversity is evident with a trip through the majestic Karri forests near Pemberton. The Karri tree is the third tallest in the world. In Denmark (the city, not the country) walk along the famous Tree Top Walkthrough Tingle trees. It’s also a great area to do some apple picking- Pink Lady being a regional favorite.

Margaret River. The wine region spreading inwards from the Indian Ocean has an international reputation. It gives the eastern states’ wine regions a run for their money. Nearby are some ancient caves to explore.

This is a state with much to offer but overlooked by tourists to the eastern cities of Sydney and Melbourne. Don’t get lulled by an opera house away from this greatest of Australia’s jewels. Plan on renting a car and learning to drive on the left side of the road for an experience like no other.