Recently a campaign being run by the STA got in contact with me to find out what I thought about places to visit in Western Australia. There’s nowhere in the world I’d rather help promote than my home state – I’m not saying that patriotically but because it’s an incredible diverse place (bigger than most countries) with such a great range of sights for tourists to check out. Being asked to pick my three favourite was a bit of a challenge but at least for today I’ve narrowed it down to these three:
- Mulka Caves near Wave Rock
Quite a lot of tourists visiting Western Australia make it out to Wave Rock, a unique (and very impressive) rock formation east of Perth. But most of them do it in a rapid day trip without the time to poke around the area. I spent a whole Easter out there instead and one of the most pleasant surprises was the Mulka Caves, with old Aboriginal artwork there in situ. It’s a low-key place to visit, and ideal if you’re there alone like we were, but to me, it epitomises a really important part of Western Australian culture.
- Karijini National Park I was going to pick one part of this incredible national park up in the Pilbara (north-west of Western Australia) but it’s all so beautiful that I can’t decide. There are a series of gorges and rockpools and red dirt everywhere and fantastic hiking trails and … well, it’s one of those special places you have to see to believe.
- Cape Leeuwin
The south-western tip of Western Australia is marked by the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse just off the town of Augusta. It’s also the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet, if you want to know. In any case, the lighthouse is scenic but more important than going up inside the lighthouse (nice enough, but not essential) is to get yourself a snack at the cafe below – ideally some scones and cream for a late breakfast or a perfect afternoon tea – while you’re enjoying the view. I love it!