Monday, 13 June 2016

My no bullshit guide to all the places I visited in Western Australia


Perth City and Surrounds

Fremantle
Great town, loads to do. Lot's of places for foodies to go and a great beach. Definitely go on a tour of the prison if you get time. Fantastic market on weekends and loads of street art to keep an eye out for. One of my all time favourite places.

John Forrest National Park
Great place to go hiking, loads of different trails for different ages and abilities. Not too far away from the city and a cheap activity. A taste of the outback without going to wild.

Perth
Super clean city, one of the cleanest I've ever encountered. Quite hipstery, full of places to eat and drink. Not that busy for a city. Nice street art. Great public transport system.

Whitfords Beach
A lot of people will tell you there favourite WA beach is Scarborough or Cottesloe but mine was Whitfords. It was 5 minutes from my house, clean, quiet and had beautiful, soft white sand.

Rottnest Island
Well worth the trip and the money, Beautiful beaches and QUOKKAS. Highly recomment taking a picnic and hiring bikes and snorkels. Be careful of snakes. Don't cut yourself on the coral like Jody did as sharks have been known to linger in the area.


North

Denham (Shark Bay, Shell Beach, Stromatolites, Eagle Bluff)
Denham and the surrounding area is lovely. Went in June and the weather was beautiful despite being Winter. Nice bakery, stunning blue ocean. Try catch Sunrise at Eagle Bluff, you won't be disappointed.

Jurien Bay
Keep an eye out for skydivers! Sleepy little town, good for water based activities. Definitely a Summer place. Watch out for whales and seals.

Kalbarri National Park
The outback. A bird watchers paradise. Some great natural rock formations. Can abseil in the park for additionl cost. Great for hiking, but the gorge is quite steep in places. Go early and take loads of water cos it gets ridiculously hot in the afternoon and the flies will do your head in.

Lancelin
Cute little holiday town. Go in January to catch the Windsurfing competition, The Ocean Classic. Great place to surf, stunning beach. Can go 4 wheel driving in the dunes or rent a sand board from one of the little shops. Sandboarding is fun but knackering!

Monkey Mia
Has dolphins that swim to shore but expect crowds for the feeding session. *TIP* go to the pier at night and you will hear the dolphins hunting of their own accord. Beautiful sunset. Can rent kayaks and join the dolphins in the water (they have a habit of swimming alongside them).

The Pinnacles
Like something out of The Martian. Otherworldly. HOT.


South

Albany
Bit boring (but we did go in Winter). Went to the Whaling History Museum and had a surprisingly good time there.

Bremer Bay
Recommend going from June - November as this is when the whales pass through. Can see them from the beach. In February you have a chance of seeing Killer Whales. Not loads to do besides whale watching but a lovely, peaceful little town. The Bremer Bay Resort pub also does a cracking steak.

Busselton
Walk along the pier at Sunrise, great photo opportunity. Keep an eye out for dolphins.

Denmark
Didn't expect much but had the best time here. Went to Pentland animal park and fed wallabies, donkeys, a baby calf, a piglet, lambs, kids, llamas and more. Biggest koalas I've ever seen.

Fitzgerald River National Park
Go here after Bremer Bay. It's not a great drive in a 2WD but it's do-able. Gravelly red sand shit. Worth it when you get to the main bay of the park as whales come here to have and nurse their calves. Magical.

Gnomesville
An hour outside of Bunbury, this weird, magical place has to be seen to be believed. What started as one gnome has multiplied into hundreds, maybe thousands. Bit eerie if you're there by yourself and the weather is crap.

Margaret River
Didn't actually see the river, bee lined straight for the chocolate factory. GO GO GO. Best chocolate ever.

Stirling Ranges
Pretty cool to see, especially if you don't have much experience with mountain ranges (like we didn't). Take a hike up Bluff Knoll or just witness it from the car park with a picnic. Keep an eye out for wildlife on the drive (We saw a MASSIVE kangaroo and an emu).

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