The Best of Western Australia

Having finally made it to the NT border after five months of travelling through Western Australia it was time to have a think about all we’d seen and done.

If we had to sum up WA in one word it would be BIG.  There are some big holes in the ground.  Big distances between town and big prices.

A big hole – open cut mine in Kalgoorlie

Here’s our round up of the best of the west, our top five experiences:

1  Karajini National Park

Kalamina Gorge
Kalamina Gorge
Seriously this place gorge-ous!  Some absolutely incredible walks.  We will be back, and next time we might even indulge in the adventure tour where you can tube down the rivers.  Karajini Part 1Karajini Part 2Karajini Part 3


2  The Gibb River Road

Manning Gorge
Manning Gorge
We couldn’t pick our favourite place along this route.  Even though we spent three weeks and covered 1200km’s (including the side trip to Mitchell Plateau) we didn’t see it all.  This is another place we plan on returning to.  GRR Part 1GRR Part 2Mitchell Plateau 1Mitchell Plateau 2GRR Part 3GRR Part 4


3  Lake Ballard

Gormley sculptures at Lake Ballard
This is just one place you have to go to understand.  We loved it. Lake Ballard

4  Broome

Roebuck Bay
Roebuck Bay
The only town that we’d like to revisit.  The jewel hued colours of Broome have to be seen to be believed and such a vibrant town full of activity.  Broome Part 1Part 2

5  Cape Le Grand National Park

Kanga on the beach at Lucky Bay
The spectacular beachscapes, the cheeky kangaroos.  What’s not to love?  The sunset drinks with fellow campers wasn’t hard to take either!


We had trouble keeping our list to five, so here’s some honourable mentions that just missed out.

Kalbarri National Park

Sitting on the sill of Natures Window
Natures window, some great beaches. But be prepared for the flies! Kalbarri Part 1 & Part 2


Elephant Rocks near Denmark
A quite little town in the south west, surrounded by great beaches, food and wine.  Denmark Part 1Part 2


DSCF1620There are amazing beaches all along the coastline, our top pick was Meelup near Yallingup in the Margaret River region.

Monkey Mia

IMG_3581We didn’t stay at the resort itself although it looked pretty good.  This one got a mention not because of the dolphin feeding, which was OK, but because we were lucky enough to have a close encounter with the dolphins when having a swim one afternoon.



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