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Australia's Golden Outback

Be lured to the Goldfields, where gold fever still hangs in the air from bygone days. Beautiful all year round, there is a wealth of exciting attractions in this picturesque and historic area. Walk along Kalgoorlie's majestic wide streets and soak in the character of the town, passing legendary grand old buildings. Explore another world by going on a fascinating tour of an old underground gold mine, board a train for a journey around Australia's richest reef of gold, the Golden Mile and wander through museums displaying collections from the gold rush era.
Charter and cruise operators can take you to view the Recherche Archipelago, 110 islands off the coast of Esperance, for memorable fishing, diving, snorkelling and birdwatching. The brilliant blue waters of the Southern Ocean near Esperance are home to the wreck of the ship ‘Sanko Harvest’, the largest accessible dive wreck in Australia. Some of the world’s most spectacular white, sandy beaches are found in and around Esperance. Southern right whales are sighted regularly along the coast from June to October.
Wave Rock is a 15 metre high, 100 metre long natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. Climb to the top and enjoy the view of the surrounding farmland and bush and enjoy spring wildflowers and orchids. Visit the unusual rock formation known as Hippo’s Yawn and discover the ancient Aboriginal hand stencils painted in Mulka’s Cave.
12,000 species of wildflowers bloom after winter rains from August to November. Carpets of colourful everlastings are visible throughout the region from July to September. Dryandra Woodland, near Narrogin, is a nature conservation area with a large remnant of original vegetation. More than 25 mammals, 100 birds and 50 reptiles call Dryandra home, including tammar wallabies, brushtail possums, tawny frogmouths, kangaroos, wallabies and numbats. Walking and driving trails take you through the heart of the woodland. Stay a night or more in a refurbished woodcutters cottage at the Lions Dryandra Village and take a nocturnal guided tour at Barna Mia Animal Sanctuary.