By John Pedler
Last updated on: February 15, 2021 at 10:52 am
Australia’s largest state covers around a third of the continent and stretches from the tropical far north to the temperate south.
This vast area allows for an incredible diversity of landscapes and also means there’s plenty of room for big things.
Mt Augustus, in WA’s outback, is the largest exposed rock (well, monocline) on earth and is more than twice the size of Uluru. Ningaloo Reef off the Coral Coast is the most extensive fringing reef in the world.
In the forests of the south west you’ll find 80m-tall karris, which are among the world’s tallest trees.
So not only is Western Australia packed with amazing attractions, it also manages to do things on an impressive scale. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your next WA adventure.
The south west
Near the town of Pemberton there’s a ‘staircase’ made of metal pegs that spirals around the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, en route to a 65m-high viewing platform. Climb to this giddy height and you can see across the canopies of an extensive karri forest.
Alternatively, you could settle in at a Margaret River cellar door with a glass of wine and a tasting platter.
The south west of WA is a great blend of dramatic coastal and forest scenery, high adventure and the gentle pleasures to be found among the region’s extensive vineyards.
The area is also home to several impressive limestone caves, including the 3-chambered Jewel Cave; a showcase of glistening calcite formations, among them a famously long straw stalactite.
Whale watchers can head for Bremer Bay, about 2 hours from Albany. Between January and April, sperm whales, pilot whales and even orcas gather to nosh down on squid and fish.
From July to October, southern right whales turn up in the sheltered waters of the bay to calve.
In a region of excellent beaches, Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park is renowned for its dazzling white sand, ultra-blue water and resident kangaroos, who seem to enjoy beach life as much as the visitors do.