Natural Wonders of WA that you Must Visit
Many tourists who come to visit the land down under often get wrapped up in all things east coast and in doing so tend to forget about the largest and arguably most amazing state in the country. Western Australia spans over 2.6 million kilometer squared and it has everything you could imagine from rolling pastoral farmlands to vast deserts and tropical wonderlands. One of the most amazing parts about this state is the natural wonders that lie within its borders. Here you can see where ancient dinosaurs have roamed, you swim in a reef that puts the Great Barrier to shame, you can surf the largest land based barrel, and walk amongst the giant ancient tingle trees. Explore what makes this great state stand out from the rest with this list of west coast wonders.
Dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point
It is a little known fact that a reminder of our ancient past can be found in Western Australia. If you go exploring at low tide around Gantheaume Point in Broome you might be lucky enough to find dinosaur footprints that are over 125 million years old. These dinosaur tracks are preserved in the reef rocks and they are considered to be one of the best paleontological sites in the world. Go for an explore on your own or book in for a tour with Narlijia Experiences or Dinosaur Adventure Tours to see these footprints first hand.
Cape Le Grand National Park
Australia is full of amazing national parks and Western Australia is no exception. However this particular national park is extra special. One of the most popular day trips from Esperance is to this national park and more specifically to the beach that is found here. With some of the whitest sands and the most turquoise blue waters, you will have to pinch yourself to believe it. And to top it all off the beach here is famous for some frequent visitors. Kangaroos of all shapes and sizes will hop their way onto this beach throughout the day and soon your camera roll will be full of cute kangaroo pictures with the backdrop of one of the most stunning beaches. Book in for a tour with Esperance Eco Discovery Tours that even includes an epic 4wd adventure ride.
The world’s largest fringing reef system resides here in Western Australia. The Ningaloo reef is over 300 kilometers of an underwater wonderland from beautiful corals to an abundance of marine life. This place is truly something. The area is even listed on the UNESCO world heritage site. Here you also have the rare opportunity to swim in the water with three of the oceans biggest friendly giants. A few of the ocean majestic mega fauna grace the Ningaloo with their presence year round or during their yearly migration. Hop in the water on one of the many boat tours offered in Exmouth or Coral bay and have a chance to swim with a whale shark, humpback whale or manta ray depending on the season.
Valley of the Giants
Down in the great southern region of the state there is a special ancient tree that grows there and towers high above any tree you might have seen in the state before. These giant tingle trees can grow up to 50 meters tall and are over 400 years old. Head on over to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top walk to see these beautiful giants from above and below. Here you can walk along a suspended walkway that winds its way through the treetops and gives you a great new perspective of these ancient gentle giants.
According to Sir David Attenborough this spot is “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world” and we couldn’t agree more. Deep in the Kimberley area you will find a waterfall with azure blue waters that is unlike any waterfall you have seen before. That is because instead of falling down vertically the water ‘falls’ horizontally as it is pushed with great force between twin gaps and propelled by massive tidal currents. To get the best views of this strange phenomenon Hop on one of the scenic flights and see the action from the sky. Check out Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures to book a tour.
Who knew you could find barrels in the wheatbelt! Wave rock is a naturally formed rock that has been over 2,700 million years in the making and is over 100 meters long and 15 meters tall. There are walking trails that take you along the wave from above and below. Be sure to grab the perfect photo pretending to surf this epic wave. Perhaps you can redeem your rubbish surf skills on the water with this more forgiving stationary wave instead.
It might surprise you to discover that the largest rock in the world resides here in the great state of Western Australia. Now most people will tell you that Uluru is the largest rock and people flock there in hoards to witness the beauty of Uluru. However Mount Augustus is actually twice the size of Uluru and stakes its claim as the largest rock in the world. Head to Emu point for some great photo ops around sunset or sunrise when the sky is aglow with hues of red that will require no filter.
One of the most visited tourist destinations in all of WA is in fact the Pinnacles and once you witness the otherworldly landscape for yourself you will understand why. Here a lost city of stoic pillars emerges from the depths of the ever shifting sand dunes that make up the Pinnacle Desert. Some of these giants reach up to 3.5 meters in height and gather by the thousands. These extraordinary ancient rock formations are part of the Nambung National park and can be witnessed from the comfort of your own car as you drive through the self-guided tour of the park. For some truly stunning photos try to visit during sunrise or sunset.
Pink Lakes- Hutt Lagoon and Lake Hillier
Can you imagine an expanse of water that is actually the fluorescent bubblegum pink colour that you might remember from your childhood. Well here in Western Australia there are actually a series of pink lakes that are exactly that. Two of the more famous (and more pink) ones are Hutt Lagoon in Port Gregory and Lake Hillier off the coast of Esperance. A curious combination of algae, high salinity, ancient river beds, and salt flats combine to form these bizarre pink beauties. The color of the lake can depend on the algae, the salinity levels as well as the cloud cover so you can expect anything from a burnt orange colour to the bright fluorescent bubblegum pink colours that you often see in photos from these magnificent lakes.