Western Australia 5 Must See Places
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On compiling a top 5 list for every state in Australia we are bound to upset someone. Somebody’s favourite destination will have been left off while another person may find the inclusion of one place over another outrageous.

For instance the stunning beaches of Esperance and Ningaloo in Western Australia both deserve inclusion. Each is a unique and remarkable place in its own right. Ningaloo won the vote for no other reason than the weather makes the area accessible most days of the year.

By narrowing the list down to 5 essentials we hope to include 5 completely different experiences for each state.

So in no particular order and with no apologies:

1. Karijini National Park, Pilbara, is a place unlike any other. Remote, isolated and under-serviced it is remarkable anyone visits it at all. However the touring coaches, campers and caravans pour into the place. The countryside is as harsh as it is stunning and the summer temperatures are scorching, however, climbing down into each unique gorge to finally swim in a crystal clear rock pool is breathtaking.

2. Valley of the Giants, Walpole/Denmark. Don’t visit this area just to climb the tree top walk. The drive to get there is magnificent, the rarefied air at the base of the ancient and massive Tingle trees make the place feel like something from Lord Of The Rings while the region itself hosts a beautiful coastline, wineries and fine food and eclectic arts and crafts.

3. Kalgoorlie, Goldfields, because a visit to Kalgoorlie and the surrounding region is essential to an understanding of Western Australia and the history of the state. Massively wide streets designed for camel trains, the superpit, two-up, underground mine tours and one of the most comprehensive areas anywhere to cater to the tourist market. The Palace Hotel is a Kalgoorlie icon and sits on the corner of the main intersection in town and deserves at least one nights stay. Make sure to get a balcony room overlooking the street.

4. Bungle Bungle, Kimberley, or Purnululu National Park was only ‘discovered’ by a film crew in 1938 but has become a Western Australian iconic destination. Getting to Bungle Bungle is an effort in itself and while the majority of the Kimberley landscape is as visually spectacular as it is harsh, Purnululu offers a unique vista, the striped, sandstone gorges and domes seemingly popping out of the ground. They are in fact, the laid down sediments of an ancient river bed, eroded, exposed and weathered by millions of years of baking sun and torrential rain.

5. Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay/Exmouth. A visually remarkable stretch of coastline creates a seascape bursting with underwater colour and awesome marine life while the location and climate make it accessible virtually all year. Remote enough not to suffer from the over-development of the larger tourist destinations, Ningaloo offers a fully catered and serviced touring experience or the ability to self drive the region via 4WD. Not solely about stunning blue water and white sand, a deeper look at this region reveals a little more than the brochures offer.

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