My first experience of Perth was in the late 70’s, later that year spending several months driving from Perth to Townsville via the west coast to Port Headland, Broome, Halls Creek, across to Darwin, down to Mt Isa and across to Townsville. Some of the highlights that stand out in my memory, the amazing wild flower display for miles and miles and miles, the dirt road from Port Headland to Broome, the camping grounds on the beach of Broome, amazing coastal beaches, driving through the amazing Kimberley Ranges through Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Ord River and sleeping under the stars.
Perth is on the shores of the Swan River and the Indian Ocean with beautiful beaches and parklands such as Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough, Kings Park and ocean sunsets.
Port town for Perth
The land of the Nyoongar people when it was still attached to the mainland around 7000 years ago. European exploration began in the 17th century when Dutch captain Willem de Vlamingh spend six days on the islands in 1696, naming it ‘Rotte Nest’ meaning ‘rats nest, after mistaking the island’s native marsupials, the quokka, for rats. Secluded bays, over 63 beaches, walking trails including the 9.4-kilometre Wadjemup trail, cycling, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, Wadjemup Lighthouse meaning place across the water, the quokka and 19 kilometres off the coast.
Home of the Yawuru people. Built on the pearling industry, long beautiful beaches, home of the sunset camel trains on Cable Beach’s white sand, dinosaur fossils, ‘Staircase to the Moon’ between March and October and gateway to the Kimberley.
EXMOUTH Have a whale of a time
Rottnest island earned its curious name when Dutch explorer, William de Vlamingh, mistook the island’s unusual marsupial population for common rats and named it Rottnest – literally translating to ‘rats nest’.
WAVE ROCK Ride the Rock Wave
Visit Wave Rock a magnificent, prehistoric rock formation, which looks just like a wave about to crash. You’ll marvel at the size (about 14m high!) and shape, eroded by the weather over millions and millions of years.
ACCOMMODATION Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
my BUCKET LIST
El Quester Wilderness Park
Gibb River road
Best of the South-West
Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park
Mitchell Falls, Mitchell River National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
The Pinnacles, Numbing National Park