With restrictions lifting and allowing for regional travel, there’s no better time to see Western Australia and some of its hidden wonders. Taking up over a third of Australia’s land mass, and boasting more than 20,000 kilometres of coast, Western Australia has a vast wealth of spots to enjoy. Here are some of Caravanning Australia’s recommendations for your next getaway.
Lucky Bay, Esperance
With breathtaking views of the Recherche Archipelago, this sheltered bay with gleaming white sands is the perfect spot for snorkelling, swimming, boating and fishing. A 45-minute drive from Esperance, this bay is home to friendly kangaroos who love lounging alongside sunbathers and frolicking in these waters. There are many nature walks where you can take in the stunning scenery and the Archipelago views – best enjoyed during glorious sunsets that colour the sea, sky and sand.
Kalbarri National Park, Kalbarri
Known as one of the most spectacular nature parks in Western Australia, the park is a six-hour drive from Perth. Set in the lower reaches of the Murchison River, the park is filled with lush stretches of wildflowers, sweeping vistas, and deep red and white banded gorges. It also has one of Western Australia’s most stunning landmarks: Nature’s Window, a natural rock arch formed from layers of Tumblagooda Sandstone. There’s also plenty of wildlife to spot – from kangaroos, emus and echidnas, to thorny devil lizards, wedge-tailed eagles and, if you’re lucky, a rare black-flanked wallaby.
Ningaloo Reef, Ningaloo
Rivalling the Great Barrier Reef in beauty and intrigue, the Ningaloo Reef is a heritage-listed site found halfway up the Western Australian coastline. You can snorkel, dive and boat here, where you’ll also be able to explore reefs teeming with tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. You can also go mud crabbing and fishing along the beach, or hop onto a scenic flight to see the reef in its full glory from above.