Whether you’re looking for ways to wind down or amp up the action this autumn, Western Australia has it all. Dive into a seaside paradise of amazing marine life before adventuring to outback national parks for unique flora and fauna.
Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
It’s always summer at Ningaloo Marine Park, as its warm autumn temperatures will attest. Snorkelling, canoeing, diving, surfing and bushwalking are the top activities here, but if you’re more interested in exploring your surrounds on land, there are plenty of bushwalking tracks around.
Another attraction point to the park is its fishing, with 12 different areas to set up, making 66 per cent of the area available for fishing – with those sort of numbers, you’re bound to catch something!
Exmouth is only a two-hour flight from Perth, where you’re able to join eco safari trips and fishing charters, or simply plan your own trip with the abundance of activities available at your fingertips. Like the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, snorkelling is one of the best attractions, as you’re able to experience nearly 500 different species of fish and nearly 200 varieties of coral. If you want to go one step further, divers should check out and experience one of Australia’s top dive sites; the Navy Pier.
For a bit of contrast, make your way over to the red gorges and canyons of Cape Range National Park, which has available incredible outback adventures and memorable wildlife encounters
Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is around 1400 kilometres from Perth and while the trip itself is a spectacle, the park also has an abundance of sites and activities. From enjoying a nice relaxing swim in freshwater pools, to taking in the views at Oxer Lookout, there’ll be something that’ll leave you mesmerised.
While the entire experience of the park is notable, the tour of Hancock Gorge is definitely up there. Described as a ‘journey to the centre of the earth’, the journey involves a steep descent into the layered rock area, passing through narrow chambers and rock pools.
The mining community of Paynes Find is just five hours north of Perth, but worth the drive, as you can adventure to Australia’s only working gold battery. The battery museum plays host to a plethora of artefacts from local mining endeavours, and if you’re keen to learn more about the history attached to the Murchison gold rush, then put yourself on the self-drive Miners Pathway.