IMAGES OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
by Ian 
14 July 2015
by Ian 
14 July 2015

Three unforgettable weeks sleeping in a two-man swag tent in some of the remotest places in Australia (and therefore the world). The trip had been hastily arranged while sitting on a beach in Gili Meno with our MacBook and Kindle Fire and a dodgy wi-fi signal. But we doubt it could have gone any better with weeks of planning.

Sure, we would have liked to have hired a 4x4 vehicle to explore some of the areas not accessible in our two-wheel drive. But the expense of that would have blown our budget completely. And, with hindsight, we would have looked at camping at more of the historic station stays and bush camps rather than on a couple of the more traditional caravan sites (especially as our third week coincided with Aussie school holidays).

But they’re minor gripes. We came to experience the Australian Outback and experience it we did. We came to swim with the biggest fish in the sea. We did that and more. And we came to enjoy some decent wine after three months of abstinence in Asia – which we most definitely did.

So here’s a selection of our favourite images which we hope reflect the best of what Western Australian has to offer. As the strap line on the “Welcome to Kalbarri” sign says, “You’ll love it!”.

Emu Creek Station, Yannarie

We spent two glorious days here and could quite easily have spent another two. A working cattle station, it’s accessed via a 22km dirt track off the North West Coastal Highway. Our tent was pitched beside a river, surrounded by hundreds of birds, including a barking owl. That’s right, an owl which barks like a dog.

Our time there was spent just chilling beside our campfire, kayaking along the beautiful river and having dinner with the owners, Darryl and Joyce. For 25 Aussie Dollars per night, it was a steal.

Coastal Walk, Kalbarri

We spent two glorious days here and could quite easily have spent another two. A working cattle station, it’s accessed via a 22km dirt track off the North West Coastal Highway. Our tent was pitched beside a river, surrounded by hundreds of birds, including a barking owl. That’s right, an owl which barks like a dog.

Our time there was spent just chilling beside our campfire, kayaking along the beautiful river and having dinner with the owners, Darryl and Joyce. For 25 Aussie Dollars per night, it was a steal.

Joffre Gorge, Karijini National Park

We were in awe of each of the four gorges we visited in the park. Nature at its raw and most uncompromising best. There would have been plenty of other places to visit too if we’d hired a 4x4 rather than our two-wheel drive. But that’s a good excuse to hire one next time and re-visit this sublime area.

Kalbarri National Park

Another stunning national park, the gorges here are wider than those in Karijini but no less spectacular. We loved the 9km loop walk which took us around the gorge rim, down to the gorge floor and back along the river bed.

Humpback whales, Ningaloo Reef

As unexpected as it was thrilling, our swim with a humpback whale and its calf was a life-affirming experience. But, simply watching these graceful sea creatures at close quarters from our boat was just as mesmerising.

Eagle Bluff, Shark Bay

Another UNESCO World Heritage-listed site on this coast, a shallow bay has been created by the presence of vast areas of seagrasses. This photo was taken from a lookout point over Eagle Bluff.

Stromatolites, Hamelin Pool

Although not particularly exciting to look at, Hamelin Pool’s world-renowned stromatolites are of major scientific importance as they represent the earliest form of bacterial lifeforms to still exist today – but only here and at another location in the Bahamas. In fact, while we were camping at nearby Hamelin Station, a NASA scientist was visiting and there was talk of developing the station stay and the visitor experience of the stromatolites area. I got the feeling my suggestion of a souvenir shop selling stromatolite cuddly toys and a theme park ride called the “stromato-coaster” fell on deaf ears, though.

Turquoise Bay

Generally regarded as the best snorkelling beach within the Cape Range National Park, it’s also claimed to be the second-best beach in the whole of Australia. We’re not sure if it deserves that “title” – and we’ve seen much better snorkelling elsewhere – but it was still a lovely place to spend an afternoon.

Snorkelling around Ningaloo Reef

Not sure what I expected to see with my hand across my mask but I managed to master the finer points of snorkelling eventually!

Photo courtesy of Xander Mcgrouther.

Unsealed Roads

It was pretty much impossible to avoid WA’s “unsealed” roads, even though it was out of bounds for our rental car – particularly if we wanted to visit WA’s more spectacular areas. And we’re glad we didn’t miss out as this image is typical of some of the iconic red, green and blue vistas we came across.

Farewell to WA

Our last night on the road was at a campsite in Kalbarri. Before the sun set for the final time, we sat on the beach with a few bottles of Coopers Pale Ale in the company of a group of pelicans. For a few moments, the late afternoon sun lit up the moss-covered rocks beautifully.

Until next time, WA…..it’s been a blast.

What did you think? Have you been on a recent trip to Australia? Or maybe you’re planning to visit there soon? Either way, we’d love to hear from you so please add your comments below. 

Visit our Australia page for further posts on the country and information on where we stayed.

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Hi, we’re Ian and Nicky, an English couple on a voyage of discovery around the world, and this blog is designed to reflect what we see, think and do. Actually, we’d like to think it also provides information, entertainment and inspiration for other “mature” travellers, too. So please feel free to pour yourself a glass of something suitably chilled and take a look around.

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