Western Australia – The Top 21 Hot Spots to Visit – Part Two

11. Exmouth

Located on the North West Cape of Western Australia, Exmouth is the gateway to the Ningaloo Marine Park and Cape Range National Park. It is the perfect base to visit these incredible natural wonders. There is plenty to do within Exmouth, with extensive bushwalking, fishing and water sports available, it is a popular tourist destination. There are all species of marine life on the Ningaloo Reef, with the whale shark and sailfish the most sought after. There is every type of accommodation available, and with perfect weather, attractions and parks, it is an incredible destination for all travellers.

12. Ningaloo Marine Park

The Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest reefs in the world that can be reached just by stepping off the beach. Home of the whale shark, it is an incredible place to visit. You will find dolphins, manta rays, turtles, dugongs and humpback whales, and there are plenty of safe swimming beaches. Stretching from the Exmouth Gulf down to Amherst Point, this protected region is well worth visiting. There is plenty of accommodation at Exmouth and Coral Bay if you are planning a longer stay.

13. Carnarvon

There is so much to see in the coastal town of Carnarvon, famous for its banana plantations. Located in the top end of the State, there is great snorkelling, fishing and swimming all year. The Rocky Pool and Chinaman's pool are popular, and it has escaped the tourist crowds to keep the local, friendly atmosphere. There are all types of tropical fruits grown further out of town, and an abundance of seafood available. There are also a number of farm stays available if you would prefer a rural experience. For a relaxed, enjoyable holiday this is a great option.

14. Kennedy Range National Park

For those who want to get off the beaten track to the outback, the Kennedy Range National Park has everything, especially with excellent highways along the way. Drive through Meekatharra and Wiluna to meet the locals and enjoy a pub meal. With wildflowers blooming in every direction, and rocky outcrops dotting the horizon, it is an experience you will never forget. A great adventure is to hike the Murchison River, located three hours drive north from Geraldton. One of the great attractions is Mount Augustus, which is twice the size of Ayers Rock. With a sea of stars at night and incredible panoramic vistas at daybreak, your outback adventure will bring a lifetime of memories.

15. Kununurra

This is where outback adventure begins. Located in Western Australia's far north region, Kununurra produces most of the states fruit and vegetables and has perfect year round weather. A beautiful place to visit is the 'Hidden Valley' or Mirima National Park. Other popular attractions are the Bungle Bungle, Lake Argyle, Gibb River, Mitchell Plateau, Ord River and the Argyle Diamond Mine. Due to the remoteness of the area it is best to explore the surrounding outback by four wheel drive or air. You will be rewarded by incredible scenery and rugged natural wilderness which is hard to match.

16. Esperance

This is the ultimate destination for sun lovers. Either a one and half hour flight or nine hour drive south from Perth, it is located on the Esperance Bay, and one of its drawcards are the hundreds of islands which dot the coast making up the Recherche Archipelago. There are all types of adventure sports available, with island cruises, four wheel drive safaris and abseiling just some of them, and the four main National Parks in the area promise unrivalled beauty. One of the most popular spots is Lucky Bay, with Blue Haven Beach and Twilight Cove great for snorkelling. Tanker Jetty is ideal for fishing, with local seals an added attraction.

17. Margaret River

This is rich, fertile land at its best, with over 60 wineries in the area making it a popular location for an indulgent, relaxing getaway. Located three and half hours south of Perth, Margaret River offers incredible restaurants, cheeses, jams, olives and even a local chocolate factory. Natural attractions include a number of underground caves, beaches, forests and bushwalking tracks bringing you to magnificent lookouts. Augusta is the perfect spot for whale watching, and there are plenty of surfing competitions to watch along the beach. With such a diverse number of attractions, Margaret River is right on top of the list.

18. Geraldton

Situated on Champion Bay, just over 400km north from Perth, Geraldton is a popular coastal town and often known as the gateway to the north. There is every type of water sport available, and plenty of beautiful beaches. A great time to visit is July to November during wildflower season, and it is also a great base to visit the Kalbarri National Park, Murchison River gorges, Monkey Mia (famous for its friendly dolphins) and the Abrolhos Islands. Within Geraldton, there are plenty of museums, parks, lookouts and art galleries. The Point Moore Lighthouse is a well known landmark made from steel, and the Western Australia Museum is a recent attraction.

19. Shark Bay

Shark Bay encompasses over 1500 km of Western Australia's coastline. It is a world heritage listed area and offers natural attractions such as Zuydorp Cliffs and the Wooramel Seagrass Bank. Another unique feature is Shell Beach, which is the ultimate beach for shell lovers with six kilometres of shells alone, over 10 metres deep. Travellers flock to the Shark Bay region to experience its marine and coastal wonders, and it is perfect for boating, diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. There are caravan parks and plenty of accommodation dotting the coast for those who want to stay here for a relaxing holiday.

20. Port Hedland

This is a friendly, coastal town known for its magnificent weather, fishing, crabbing and history. It is a two hour flight from Perth and has plenty of attractions. Within the city you can visit Dalgety House Museum, the Open Air Train Museum and the Koombana Lookout which promises beautiful views. The creeks at Pretty Pool and Six Mile Creek are also great for a day trip and the ever present wildflowers make this a pretty place to visit. You can't miss the big ships and trains which are in and out of the Port, which make it a unique destination.

21. Albany

You won't want to leave Albany. With its wild scenery, dark seas and rugged coastline it is steeped in history with convict jails, whaling ships and cottages dotting the landscape. On the south coast of Western Australia, Albany is a five hour drive from Perth. The Amity Trail is one of the best ways to see the city, which winds past historical buildings and interesting landmarks. The Torndirrup National Park is worth visiting, plus the Natural Bridge on the coast. There are whale watching cruises which bring you up close and personal with these gentle giants of the sea.

Source by Jenny Brewer

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