Western Australia is one of the top destinations Aussies dream of visiting this year. To help you on your way, here are the top 10 reasons to head west and experience WA in 2014.
1. Visit the largest outdoor gallery in the world, Menzies. These 51 life-sized steel statues and the beauty of the landscape will blow your mind. The works, created by world famous, Turner Prize-winning sculptor, Antony Gormley can be found at Lake Ballard, near Menzies in WA’s Goldfields.
2. Learn more about Aboriginal culture. Dotted along the Dampier Peninsular to the north of Broome are several Aboriginal tourism experiences not to be missed. We recommend a visit to Lombadina Aboriginal Corporation near Cape Leveque is both inspiring and educational. If you want to truly share in an indigenous lifestyle, you have the option of staying there too.
3. Marvel at the ‘Staircase to the Moon’, Broome. There’s nothing quite like witnessing the ‘Staircase to the Moon’ in Broome (March – October); a natural phenomenon occuring when the rising full moon reflects off exposed mudflats creating a beautiful illusion of stairs reaching to the moon. Pack a bottle of local wine, cheese and crackers and enjoy a picnic on the beach while watching this unique spectacle.
4. See Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay. With its sweeping stretches of white sand, Cape Le Grand National Park in Esperance is a place so relaxed even the kangaroos sunbake on the beach. Follow the coastal walk trails or take a gentle stroll along the beach and feel the squeaky-clean sand between your toes.
5. Sip world class Margaret River wine. WA and wine go hand in hand so complete your trip with a visit to the renowned Margaret River Wine Region. Spanning six distinct wine regions, collectively the area produces more than 25 percent of Australia’s premium wine. The South West of WA is also the home to a variety of fresh produce so you’ll be sure to enjoy fresh farmed marron and trout, venison, chocolates, cheeses, cherries as well as Manjimup’s indulgent black truffle. Mouth watering already?!
6. Ride an outback wave, Hyden. Wave Rock near the wheatbelt town of Hyden is one of Australia’s most famous rock formations. Get ready to hang ten as you admire this 110 metre long, multi-coloured granite cliff is shaped remarkably like a huge wave about to crash into the bush.
7. Escape to one of WA’s remote luxury resorts. If you want to completely get away from the hustle and bustle, WA is the place to do it. Faraway Bay is a so remote you won’t even find it on a map, Kimberley Coastal Camp is accessible only by helicopter, Kuri Bay is a hidden and hospitable pearl farm, El Questro Homestead is cantilevered atop Chamberlain Gorge in the east Kimberley, and the new Berkeley River Lodge can only be accessed by boat or sea plane. Ahhh ... even the very thought is peaceful!
8. Walk amongst the tree tops, Denmark. Get a bird’s eye view of towering tingle trees on the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Denmark in the Walpole Wilderness, located 400km south of Perth. Suspended 40 metres above the forest floor, the walk is the first of its kind in the world.
9. Swim with the Whale Sharks Exmouth. Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is regarded as one of the last great ocean paradises on Earth. Join a whale shark cruise or snorkelling tour from Exmouth and experience the ultimate wildlife encounter – swimming with the largest fish in world. The whale sharks are in town from mid March to the end of July so keep this in mind when planning your trip.
10. Explore the Kimberley. The Kimberley Aerial Highway links some of the Kimberley’s most spectacular hot spots – including Lake Argyle and the Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, the world’s only Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay and outback stations such as El Questro Wilderness Park and Home Valley Station.
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