For a great holiday you need not look any further than Australia. With such a diverse landscape there are so many things to see and do, and a wide range of accommodation available, with fantastic hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and caravan parks all over the country.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives, that runs from Torquay near Geelong all the way along the Bellarine Peninsula to Portland, a total distance of two hundred and forty three kilometres. There are many places to stop off and visit, including the Twelve Apostles, and resort towns such as Lorne and Apollo Bay. There are beautiful beaches and coastal walks as well as breathtaking views of the rugged cliffs.
Coastal and Esperance Trail
This is a road trip that will take two days to complete as it covers approximately five hundred and thirty kilometres of coastline in Western Australia. Experience amazing views of the Southern Ocean, visit incredible beaches and seaside villages, visit the Esperance Film Festival, and don’t forget to try the world famous salmon fishing of the Kununurra Northern Lakes, and if you’re a keen walker you’ll love the walks along Coastways from AWANU to Esperance. The road is suitable for all types of surfaces and you can visit places way off the beaten track.
Beginning in Darwin in the Northern Territory, Nature’s Way is a road that will take you through the Mary River Wetlands and on to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. The road is built on a sandbar and takes you through mudflats, rainforest and the famous Kakadu National Park, home to the famous Giants Castle and the Koala Conservation Centre.
The Heritage Arboretum
The next destination on our list is the Heritage Arboretum in Western Australia, located at Glenelg. It’s a wonderful place to experience and explore all aspects of Australian natural heritage. There are a variety of terminals here, each with a unique design, and a centre that promotes learning and field trips. You can also cycle through the rainforest or experience the Heritage Arboretum so you can see it at close quarters in the wild.
If you want to experience the incredible sights of the outback but don’t want to travel too far from Perth, the Penwith Ranges is a great alternative. Located between Busselton and Quorn, the range is three to five degrees cooler than the surrounding area, and makes it a fantastic option for a driving holiday. You will also find that there is plenty to do in this area, with arts and crafts markets, historical trails and hot air ballooning.
Mount Bundy Station
You don’t have to trek to far to find a place breathtaking like Mount Bundy Station. Located just over thirty kilometres from Perth, you can set up camp and visit the station for free. Stop off at busselton village for a coffee or tea if you are passing through, and make sure you walk through the national park and stay at the Heritage Arboretum before returning to town. You will find the station at the end of the Heritage Arboretum, not far from the Perth Enjoy Location.
The Red Centre
If you love red anything, travel to The Red Centre, you will find it at the end of the Western Australian and South Australian border. It is the service area for the former mining town of Kalgoorlie and is covered in snow year round. There is a lot to see and do, including relaxing on the beach or visiting the museum. You will love the colours and the steaming sand, or ‘magnetic sand’, as it is known.
The National Parks
TheWA has many national parks, and you will find that each one is unique. Some are old, grand and would take a couple of days to explore. others are tiny and make for short daily trips. You need at least a couple of days to even come close to some of the parks, such as Wonder andzarangoon.
The parks are spread throughout Western Australia, and you will only have to cruise through them and come to a few if you want to make the most of your stay here. One of the best is the Eumundi National Park, which is also found in the craggy Kahoolawe Peninsula. Here you will find long beach walks and incredible marine life to view. The park is well established and well managed, and there is so much to see and do you will need to return again and again.
The parks of Western Australia
The incredible natural beauty of Western Australia is incredibly diverse. You will find beaches, countryside, forests, mountains, deserts and mangroves.