If there is a place in the Australian continent that can bring man closest to nature, it has to be Western Australia. With vastness that occupies a third of the country, this region has an exciting trove of wonders of land and the sea, plus rich culture and aboriginal history that create some of the best experiences global travellers can have. Pack a bag for a long trip and savour an immersive travel in Western Australia.
The rugged north
Northwestern Australia is shared by the Kimberley and the Pilbara regions. Known for holding billion-year-old treasures like aboriginal cave and rock paintings as well as unspoilt hills and gorges, the northern portion of Western Australia offers tourists two notable national parks. Karijini National Park in Pilbara has aged rock formations married with waterfalls and pools. Tourists can single out the famous Fortescue Falls where two waterfalls cascade down to form the cool, soothing waters of Fern Pool. As much as the deep and labyrinthine gorges of Karijini excite cavers, there is much more to see at the Purnululu National Park in the Kimberley. This heritage site has the awe-inspiring Bungle Bungle range, a formation of conical hills that can be appreciated aboard a helicopter.
The excitement continues at every stop in each town. Four-wheel drivers can enjoy the Gibb River Road in Derby, which is also popular for the Horizontal Waterfalls of Talbot Bay. See as molluscs are split for their pearls in Broome, the pearling capital of Australia, or head to Cable Beach to ride camels and watch beautiful sunsets. Port Hedland at the centre of the region entertains with the Staircase to the Moon phenomenon and the story-telling Warlu Way trail. Mount Whaleback, the largest iron ore mine in the world, makes Newman part of the itinerary for its Outdoor Mining Museum and the Ophthalmia Ranges.
The golden centre
Adorable for clear, blue skies contrasting the golden-red inland, the Golden Outback of Western Australia offers diversity for tourists. There is the incredible 15-metre-high Wave Rock, perfect for capturing the coming true of being atop huge waves. Then in Kalgoorlie, tourists can experience spotting gold in pans and learning about the gold rush; plus the outdoor gallery by Antony Gromley titled Inside Australia, which stations 51 statues of natives across the western end of Lake Ballard. To contrast the dry image of the outback, head to the shores of Esperance, where sparkling beaches add turquoise to the colour-rich wildflower country.
The verdant south
Listed by Lonely Planet in the Top 10 Regions to visit in 2010, the Australian southwest proudly offers its towering forest trees, rolling vineyards and surfing spots. Birdwatchers can expand their avian knowledge at the Stirling Range National Park and Porongurup Range National Park. Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk gives the height-triggered excitement 40 metres above the ground.
This region is also where wine enthusiasts can experience the intoxicating labour of cultivating and producing the country’s fine wines. Winter is a favourite season for locals and tourists who want to relish next to log-fires, horse-riding, bushwalking and strolling along the beach.
The coastal west
With 20,000 kilometres of coastline, Australia features one of the most notable saltwater experiences on the planet. From Exmouth on the north to Jurien Bay on the south, the stretch of beach in this coastal fringe is popular for seasonal sights of whales, dolphins, sharks, dugongs, turtles and other marine creatures. Diving and fishing in the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef also produce memorable smiles from visitors. For those who want to stay close to the beach to experience the desert, The Pinnacles has spectacular limestone formations while giving a feeling of being on the moon.
Western Australia has numerous activities for adventures all year round. The diverse attractions encourage visitors to camp or caravan across the region in order to take full advantage of their visa and Australia travel privilege. But even if the travel days come near to the end, National Visas can present several options for extending a full-packed stay in Australia. With National Visas’ range of visa services, visitors can focus more on enjoying the nature of Western Australia.
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