West Australia is known as the sunniest State in Australia and itís huge, taking up about one third of the whole country. There is no best time to go, because the seasons of the north are vastly different to the south, and when the north is too hot to handle then the Mediterranean climate of the south will be just right. †Here are 6 amazing destinations there that you really shouldn’t miss.
The North West and the Kimberley
The small pearling town of Broome with its feted Cable Beach that stretches for a sandy 22 kilometres, is the jumping off point for adventures into the vast, open outback and the Kimberley region. The Kimberley is remote and known for its spinifex, its boab trees, and its huge cattle stations which often cover more than one million acres. There are also towering gorges, ancient landforms, and cascading waterfalls which are often circumferenced by lush tropical plants and huge pandanus palm trees.
The Coral Coast
Thereís so much to do on a trip to the Coral Coast, that you could spend an entire holiday discovering its towns, its beaches and its outdoor attractions. World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef near Exmouth is the Great Barrier Reefís less touristy sister, and famous for whale sharks, while cute Kalbarri is renowned for its ancient gorges, and Monkey Mia is the place to see dolphins and dugongs (manatees). Donít forget to stop off and view the weird rock formations of The Pinnacles at Cervantes as you head back to Perth.
Perth and Kingís Park
No trip to Western Australia is complete without discovering cosmopolitan Perth, reputedly the sunniest capital city in the world boasting over 3000 hours of sunshine a year. Historic architecture dates back to the time of the gold mining boom in 1890 but itís sleek modern character is visible in state of the art high rise buildings which soar over the beautiful Swan River like watchful guardians. The stylish bell tower on the waterfront houses the the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields from the UK, which are recorded as being in existence in England from before the 14th Century. Energetic holidaymakers can climb the tower and listen to the Swan Bells peel out, or perhaps a gentle walk around the stunning Kingís Park (bigger than New Yorkís Central Park) is more to your taste?
The Margaret River wine region
Wine buffs will be amazed by the variety of wine produced in this region, and there are approximately 200 vineyards, many with their own cellar doors where you can taste wine for free. The region is regarded as one of the best Chardonnay producers in the world, but youíll also find world class Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. When youíve had enough of fine wine and fine dining, you could head to the beaches or the Margaret River caves over 100 of which are dotted along Caves Road on a limestone ridge that dates back 2 million years.
The beaches of the South West
Ask a local where their favorite beach is and youíll get a selection of answers. Surfers prefer big waves, families enjoy the more paddle-safe beaches, and romantics will tell you about secret bays where few people set foot. For starters try Meelup Beach near Yallingup, Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Redgate Beach near Margaret River, Two Peopleís Bay in Albany and Elephant Cove near Denmark.
The southern forests
Pemberton, Walpole, Manjimup and Denmark are renowned for their forests (Karri, Marri and Tingle especially) and the ghostly grey barks of the towering Karri trees loom like giants as you drive south. Thrill-seekers can climb three huge trees which were once used as fire lookouts. Thereís the Diamond Tree at 52 metres, the Gloucester Tree at 61 metres, and the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree at 68 metres high.
Johanna Castro is Owner of The Zigazag Mag.