Perth – Broome
Walk through a moonscape on Earth in the Pinnacles. Attracting more than half a million people a year, the Pinnacles are a popular destination in Western Australia. These limestone structures formed around 30,000 years ago and can reach 5 meters high.
Located 150km North of Geraldton, Kalbarri National Park is popular for hiking, camping, and photography.
Shark Bay is a World Heritage Listed because it is the home of the Stromatolites, which are the reason why life exists on Earth. Other places to visit in Shark Bay are Shell Beach, a beach that is only contains shells and absolutely no sand. The shells stretch across 70km of beach and are as deep as 10 meters. Further North in Shark Bay is Monkey Mia, a small beach resort which is popular with tourists, due to the local dolphins that live within the Bay. There are volunteers that work here which at the Dolphin Discovery Center, they facilitate close encounters with the dolphins each day which are completely free for everyone.
Coral Bay is on the Ninagloo Reef, a small town, popular with locals as a holiday spot. Based on the reef, it’s the perfect place for snorkeling, diving, paddle boarding and kayaking. There are a few local tour operators based in Coral Bay that provide, glass bottom boat rides, manta ray encounters and swimming with whale sharks. The coral on the Ningaloo Reef is very different to the coral on the East Coasts Great Barrier Reef, it looks like giant roses under the water, with a large amount of marine life including small reef sharks.
One of my highlights from the west coast, due to having one of the best experiences of my life. Exmouth is situated on the Ningaloo Reef, directly in the path of the whale sharks during their migration. Kings provide an amazing swimming with whale shark experience, which is almost guaranteed that you’ll swim with whale sharks (I did 9 times). Cape Range National Park, is definitely worth visiting, especially in the evening when you can watch sunset at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse.
Karijini National Park is very popular with Australians for camping, hiking and swimming. A network of gorges, filled with swimming holes and waterfalls. Spend a few days here exploring, some of my favourite spots included; Dales Gorge (Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool), Joffre Gorge, Hancock Gorge (Handrail pool, Kermits Pool) and Knox Gorge.
Spend the night on one of Australia’s largest working cattle stations. Kitted out with cabins, BBQ’s and shower blocks, enjoy the peace and quiet and beautiful views of the milky way.
Although called Eighty Mile beach, it actually extends across 220km.
Your first stop in Broome should be the Matso’s Brewery, grab a signature beer and relax in the garden, soaking in the atmosphere. A unique attraction for Broome is Gantheaume Point, here you can find not only amazing views of Cable Beach and the lighthouse but also dinosaur footprints. The footprints have been preserved in the reef rock for over 125 million years, they can be seen up close during low tide. Cable Beach stretches 22km across the Indian Ocean, giving amazing sunset views, the perfect location for relaxing, paddle boarding or grabbing a cocktail with friends. However, the best thing to do on Cable Beach is to take a scenic Camel Ride, they operate through the day but the most popular, is their sunset ride (for obvious reasons).
Some other and possibly the best things to do around Broome which I did not get to do include; watching the famous staircase to the moon on town beach (weather dependent), Horizontal Falls, Pearl Tours and many more…