Put Yourself On The Map | 3 Things To Visit in Western Australia
There is no denying Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. My little slice of heaven and home is Western Australia boasting a vast and diverse country enriched with spectacular beaches, iconic locations, and diverse terrain. With so much to see and do, here is my insight to three iconic locations to visit a few hours drive north of Perth.
Working all week in the city, I have recently developed a love for packing up the car and hitting the road to explore the amazing and unspoilt Western Australian country. Working in the city it is sometimes hard to find the time to appreciate how wonderful the place you live in is. Our first year living in Perth was spent settling into our new lives, finding jobs and setting up home and this year has been all about focusing on travel and exploring different places this wonderful state has to offer.
A few weeks ago we packed up the car with way too much of my clothes, tent, sleeping, bags, the contents of the fridge and headed north of Perth on an adventure that turned out to be the most spectacular and memorable few days of my life. Travelling for those four days has opened my eyes to this magnificent country that I would never have been able to appreciate from flying.
At first, I was a little hesitant when my boyfriend suggested driving 10 hours north of Perth to Shark Bay, throwing caution to the wind I let my spontaneous side go and agreed. And boy am I glad I did. There were so many wonderful places along the journey that you need to drive to appreciate the vastness of the terrain and the beauty of not knowing what lies ahead. On our the way to Shark Bay we visited some of the most iconic, exquisite and locations WA has to offer.
Two hours drive north The Pinnacles Desert was our first stop, which is a unique and spectacular landscape within Nambung National Park. Rising mysteriously from the sand dunes are thousands of limestone’s formations. However eerie the formations, they provide a great place for children and adults alike to explore. You can drive through the pinnacles desert loop or walk a 4km unsealed loop. We opted to drive as the loop is suitable for normal cars and stopped along the path to further examine the amazing limestone structures that punctuate the desert landscape. Marked car bays along the way enable you to park and walk through. The interpretive visitor centre offers a comprehensive collection of informative imagery and illustrations that explains the history of the formations and the wildlife and insects that inhabit the Pinnacles desert.
The second stop on our adventure was Kalbarri National Park and which is one of WA’s most iconic natural attractions, boasting spectacular views of the gorges and formations carved by the Murchison River that attract thousands of visitors every year. Short walks provide easy access to spectacular lookouts and one of the most and famous spots in the park, Nature’s Window. The natural rock arch formation frames the river below perfectly and is the main photograph opportunity in Kalbarri National Park.
When travelling this far north of Perth I advise investing in a satellite navigation system or map to avoid getting lost like we did, unfortunately, there is no phone signal to use google maps. We had to stop in a local shop to buy a map which, funnily enough, ended up being our most prized possession for the duration of our trip north. In retrospect, I was relieved there was no phone signal, it was refreshing using traditional methods of exploring, something I think in this world of digital we can all benefit from. I also enjoyed a break from social media, it allowed me to focus on the now, stay present and enjoy mother nature’s break taking views. We also stopped off at Z Bend, Hawks Head and Ross Graham Lookout.
Lastly we stopped at the mesmerising Pink Lake Hutt Lagoon, Port Gregory. Yes, it’s pink! Resembling rose water the pink lake’s pink hue is created by bacteria Dunaliella salina, which becomes trapped in the salt granules. Best viewed at sundown this picturesque lake is a spectacular place, I could have spent hours observing the water change colour from powder pink to red. Port Gregory lies near the mouth of the Hutt River on Western Australia’s Coral Coast. This fishing village is encircled by five kilometres of exposed coral reef and a one of the highlights of my trip north. Captivated by the picture perfect Pink Lake and beautiful rolling hills of the surrounding countryside the lake spans beyond the horizon and meets the contrasting blue sky.
This trip opened my eyes to the world that lies beyond city streets and corporate offices. There is a world out there to see and explore and now I feel confined and claustrophobic in my day to day life. I found inner happiness travelling and a deep love for the wide open road and exploring. By the time we reached Shark Bay my heart had fallen in love with the journey and I just wanted to see more, to keep driving around Australia and then I realised for me it’s very much about the journey, as well as the destination.