Western Australia’s Ultimate Views You Need to Experience
Coastlines contrasted with the red earth of the desert, lush forests of timber giants, stunning waterfalls and the brilliant spectrum colours of the golden outback region, Western Australia really has it all. It’s no wonder why it’s a tourist hot-spot; with more travellers and locals longing to explore the breathtaking geography we’re super spoiled to have.
It’s no secret that Mother Nature has produced some of her finest work in the heart of WA. The technicolour fields of wildflowers, some of the oldest rock formations and mind blowing reefs to search, there’s enough to experience in WA for everyone. Home to the most diverse and dramatic landscapes on earth, here’s Western Australia’s ultimate views you need to see for yourself.
1. Mitchell Falls, Kimberley Region
Voted as one of WA’s top ten waterfalls, Mitchell Falls is the North West’s most photographed location. And it’s easy to see why when you get there! An animated landscape of tumbling water, sheer power and ambient sounds, Mitchell Falls is one of the best views in Australia.
Whilst it can be a little challenging to get there (yes, you’ll need a 4WD), the walk from the camping area to the falls is also impressive. Mitchell Falls is best viewed just after the wet season (March/April) and you’ll be able to experience other natural delights nearby such as the rainforest and savannah-style woodlands making the trip well worth your while.
2. Bays and Beaches, Rottnest Island and Margaret River
WA is home to some of the best beaches in the world. We’re blessed with a coastline that stretches for miles, crystal blue waters and fantastic swimming holes to snorkel through, reefs to explore or surfing spots to tackle the waves. WA’s hotspots for the ultimate beach experiences though are Rottnest Island and Margaret River.
Yallingup Beach in Margaret River is a definite winner and makes it to the list of WA’s most iconic beaches because of its excellent surf breaks, dramatic views and protected swimming lagoon.
The Basin at Rottnest Island is another must-see beach. Whilst the island is loaded with amazing bays and beaches, The Basin is a fine example of Mother Nature’s great work when it comes to the perfect swimming spots! It resembles a large pool that’s cut out of shallow platform reef you can walk out on too.
If exploring these beaches and bays isn’t enough view wise, you can always take it to the next level with the ultimate viewing experience from above. Take the plunge with tandem skydiving over both Rottnest Island or the Margaret River region and land on the beautiful beaches for the best rush of adventure and views around.
3. Karijini National Park, Pilbara Region
If ancient gorges, natural attractions, rock pools and hiking trails are your thing, then Karijini National Park on the Great Northern Highway will certainly impress. Two billion years in the making, this ridiculous beautiful location has oodles of amazing views all rolled into the one. Whether you have a thirst for adventure or you’re looking to relax with a refreshing swim, this National Park is a definite wonder.
Explore tunnels or sit back and take in the 360-degree landscape views. There are great picnic and camping spots for the whole family to enjoy too. Renowned for its magnificent gorges and waterfalls, it’s the perfect location for any landscape photographer, family or local and tourist travellers to discover.
4. Wolfe Creek Crater, Halls Creek
The location that the famous Australian film Wolf Creek is all about, the Wolfe Creek Crater in Halls Creek is the second largest meteorite crater in the world. Offering a camping holiday with a difference, the national park is accessible by a 4WD (all year round) or a 2WD (dry season only) and considered one of Australia’s most remarkable outback landscapes.
Located on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, Wolfe Creek Crater made it to the Australian Traveller’s top 100 views in 2012. With walls that are up to 35 metres high and a crater floor that’s more than 50m below the rim, it’s an astonishing site that can be enjoyed from the ground or air.
5. The Bungle Bungle Range, East Kimberley Region
If you thrive on outback adventure, World Heritage listed national parks, rugged terrains and massive sandstone structures, then the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu is one for the bucket list. The East Kimberley region is known for its hidden world of gorges and pools and these ranges offer only the best.
Rising 300 metres out of the plain, these orange and black striped ranges are huge. Divided by tall green palms that cling the walls of the structures, and oodles of gorges and rock pools to swim in; the Bungle Bungle Range has survived for more than 350 million years. You can take scenic flight tours above from Kununurra and Broome, camp at the selected camping grounds or four-wheel drive across the rugged landscapes.
6. Jewel Cave, Augusta
As one of the top 10 caves in WA, Augusta’s Jewel Cave is the biggest cave in the west. Dazzling tourists with its four massive chambers and incredible natural formations, it sinks to a depth of 42 metres and stretches on for 1.9km. Featuring the largest calcite straw stalactite of any show cave on Earth at 580 cm (impressive, huh!) the Jewel Cave stays true to its name and leaves all its visitors awe-struck.
Which is your favourite WA view to visit?