This article will help you discover ten of the best spots along the Australian West Coast. Being wilder and less touristic than its easterly brother, this coast stretches along more than 4000km of the Indian Ocean. West Australia is Australia’s largest state, representing a third of the island’s entire surface, but is only inhabited by 2,5 million people, so less than 10% of the total population of the country!
If you plan on doing a road trip in Western Australia, here are the ten spots you cannot miss on your way!!
Being a small city by the seaside, Esperance has mainly earned a reputation for its beaches. Don’t miss out on Twilight Beach, Ten Miles Beach or Lucky Bay with its white sand and crystal-clear waters.
Albany was the first city to be colonized in Western Australia and still continues to be worth seeing today. We would recommend the Natural Bridge, The Gap, the Blowholes and Two People Bay Nature Reserve with its amazing beaches.
This region has a reputation for its superb wines and dishes, while being a spot for surfers as well. Also, a stop at Gracetown Bay is also recommendable. If you head a couple of kilometers inland, you could visit the limestone caves. This area is also great for spotting majestic whales during their migration from June onwards.
Perth and its surroundings
As the West Coast’s capital and Australia’s sunniest city, Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the entire world. Amongst other things, you will be able to discover gorgeous beaches as well as the museums of the Perth Cultural Centre. King’s Park, the city’s botanical garden, is not to be missed, especially because of the view it offers of the city’s skyline.
Don’t forget to visit Freemantle, 18km south of Perth, known for its beaches, its colonial architecture and especially its prison, which has been transformed into a museum.
19km from the coast, Rottnest Island, previously a prison for Aboriginal people, is a very touristic island today. It is accessible by ferry and offers 63 beaches, where you can snorkel, make friends with quokkas and even play golf!
Cervantes & the Pinnacles
Don’t miss Nambung National Park and its famous Pinnacles, which is 245km north of Perth. Some of these limestone pillars are up to 4 meters in height and make up an incredible landscape. We recommend visiting the park in the early morning during sunrise or sunset in order to make the most of the site’s beauty.
Kalbari National Park
The city of Kalbari is mainly known for its national park of the same name. Here you can see impressive cliffs and incredible landscapes, especially when visiting Nature’s Window and Z-bend, the park’s most famous spots.
Contradicting its name, Shark Bay is actually mostly known for the possibility to interact with dolphins at Monkey Mia. But you can also visit Hamelin Pool Shell Beach or Eagle Bluff, which is perfect for observing marine fauna. One of the most-dos and must-sees of Australia’s West Coast!
Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef
Being less known and wilder than the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef is considered to be the GBR’s little sister. There you will find the beaches of your dreams, crystal-clear water and abundant seabed, which are accessible from the beach. Depending on the season, you might be able to be stunned by dugongs, whales, manta rays and whale sharks.
Karijini National Park
This park is a real jewel of Pilbara, known for its gorges, waterfalls and chasms, located in the northern part. We would especially recommend the Fortescue Falls as well as the Fern Pool. Some of the other sites, such as Hancock Gorge or Kalimina Gorge, are accessible via dirt roads that can be in quite bad condition depending on the weather.
You don’t really have a choice but to stop at Broome’s famous 22km long Cable Beach with its white sand and turquoise water. There you can ride along the beach on a camel’s back or discover dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point.