Ten reasons to visit Western Australia
Underrated and often unpopulated, Western Australia is a playground for adventure-seekers and nature-lovers. Less boozy than the East Coast and probably the most diverse state, we spent two months experiencing all that WA has to offer through a road trip.
WA surprised us with its beauty and range of climates, landscapes and wildlife. Here's our top ten.
Nº 1 - The Marine Life
Visit Monkey Mia to learn about bottlenose dolphins, snorkel at Coral Bay and Turquoise Bay, swim with whale sharks off Ningaloo Reef and spot the odd humpback whale too!
Nº 2 - THE BEACHES
Bunker Bay near Dunsborough belongs on the back of a postcard and Bill's Bay at Coral Bay is perfect for a long stroll or snorkel. There are a number of smaller smatterings of sand around Kalbarri too, but be aware of the waves.
Nº 3 - THE GORGES
Kalbarri is great fun, but Karijini knocks it out the park. If you have to choose one thing from this list to do on your own road trip, visiting Karijini should be it - take a look at our guide for more information.
Nº 4 - THE FOOD & DRINK
Carnarvon's fish and chips and the surf n' turf in Denham were pretty good... and then we reached Margaret River Region and our tastebuds soared. It's perfect for foodies and deserves at least three days.
Nº 5 - THE SUNSETS
Reds, pinks, oranges, yellows light up the sky from most Western Australian coastal locations at night. Sit back (ideally with a glass of wine), relax and enjoy.
Nº 6 - THE WILDLIFE
Although we saw a startling number of dead kangaroos at the side of the road up north, we saw plenty of live animals too, from the echidna to the rock wallaby.
Nº 7 - THE VIBE
A lot of people you will meet won't just be staying at that beachside campsite for a few days, they'll be there for six weeks. Western Australia appreciates the great outdoors and likes to take things slow.
Nº 8 - THE FORESTS
Walking among the treetops in the Valley of the Giants, marvelling at tingle trees and wandering through karri forests were a highlight of the south west. You can even climb to the top of many, up to a dizzying height of 65m (Matt did this, Rachel was too scared...)
Nº 9 - THE HISTORY
The Anzac Centre in Albany offers a unique insight into the experiences of the men and women during World War One. We also learnt about the prisoners and convicts of Fremantle Prison on two of their brilliant tours.
Nº 10 - THE MOUNTAINS
Although our view from Torongurup in the Stirling Range National Park was dire because of the weather, the mountains were still spectacular to climb!