Perth: Nature’s paradise beyond the city lights

By Zephana Tara

One thing’s for sure – any traveller to Perth is assured of a power-packed holiday filled with good food, picture-perfect beaches and non-stop fun.

Following its redevelopment in 2012, Perth has experienced a boom in the tourism and hospitality industry: more hotels have opened, and gourmet food and beverages have taken centre stage.

Dubbed “The City of Lights”, Western Australia’s Perth is a fascinating mix of urban and countryside, with picturesque landscapes melding beautifully into street upon street of vibrant lights holding the promise of a bustling nightlife.

Perth is a contemporary and bustling city with plenty to see.

The South West and Margaret River

The South West is a hotspot for its wide array of plant and animal life coupled with acre upon acre of breathtaking scenery, offering the happy tourist plenty of outdoor activities to participate in.

Take a walk down Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty in the world. If your schedule permits, drop by in the evening as it is a sight to behold.

Lights running the length of the pier turn the area into a magical wonderful.

Margaret River is a town set against the backdrop of an ocean and forest. There is much to see in this animated hideaway with its restaurants, bars and live music offering some of the best nightlife in the region.

If you prefer the quiet, why not visit Perth’s many beautiful vineyards, premium wineries, and picturesque forests? You can also take a shot at surfing or swim with dolphins in the ocean.

View of Vasse Felix vineyard.

If you’re up for it, head to Majimup to join the Truffle-Hunting Contest held during the weekend. This event showcases the region’s premium rare black winter truffles and other tasty culinary dishes popular in the surrounding area.

Truffles produced by The Truffle & Wine Co, Manjimup.

Exmouth and The Coral Coast

As the closest fringing reef to shore, snorkelling in its rich and wondrous coral garden teeming with marine life is as easy as wading in from the beach of Exmouth Coral Bay.

It is also the only and most reliable place to swim with the gentle whale shark if you’re there from between March to July, or the humpback whale if you’re there from August to October.

The Ningaloo Marine Park is a marine-lover’s dream come true.

Esperance and the Golden Outback

The Golden Outback is a vast and sprawling landscape with amazing deserts and salt lakes. It is here where one will also find great expanses of wild woodlands and some of the whitest beaches in the world.

Set against a magnificent blue sky, there is so much to explore of the outback’s history, culture and nature.

For a truly extraordinary experience, visit Australia’s world-class Lake Ballard and see the renowned Gormley Sculptures for yourself. Inspired by British artist Antony Gormley, these works of art were created after he spent considerable time with the aborigines.

One of the Gormley Sculptures stands across Lake Ballard.

If you want something truly out of the ordinary, stop by at Wave Rock, a rock formation that resembles a giant undulating wave, and other impressive rocks formations that are sure to make your jaw drop. The rocks in this area are believed to have been formed after millions of years of erosion.

The jaw-dropping Wave Rock in Hyden.

Lake Hillier, Esperance is also a must-see as it is the only pink lake in the world. Besides enjoying the view of the bubblegum-pink lake, horse-riding, scuba diving, whale-watching (May to October), and windsurfing are the other activities you will love in Esperance.

The bubblegum pink Lake Hillier near Esperance is a sight to behold.

If you are more interested in something cultural, you can head to Wagin Historical Village, and relive the days of Australia’s settlers way back in the 1800s. Originally started by volunteers in 1978, this village is now the largest and best social history museum in Western Australia.

Experience what it felt like to be in the 1800s at Wagin Historical Village.

Broome and The North West

Indulge in nature in this extraordinary part of Australia with its awe-striking gorges and resplendent horizontal waterfalls. Or take a relaxing cruise across mesmerising waters.

A cruise of a lifetime will steal your breath away.

Stroll along the beach in style by riding a camel along Cable Beach against a stunning backdrop of ochre cliffs. Its crystal-clear turquoise waters are truly inviting, making this the perfect spot for picnicking, swimming, sun-bathing, and beach-combing.

View of Cable Beach in the evening.

No adventure is quite complete until you explore Karijini National Park. Her majestic mountains and gorgeous gorges make up the scenery here, while unique flora and fauna populate the region.

A dip in Fern Pool is a dream come true, where striking red rock formations and lush greenery abound.

A gem in its own way, Western Australia is a must-go destination for nature lovers and those seeking something refreshing beyond ordinary touristy attractions.

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