Your Guide to Western Australia
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national + marine parks
Western Australia is synonymous with wildflowers and magnificent national parks, both on land and under the water. From the heights of Mt Augustus, Australia's largest isolated rock (twice the size of Uluru) to the depths of the coral reef in the Ningaloo Marine Park, WA has it covered. Head here for more information about WA Tracks + Trails.
The list below is by no means exclusive, but will get any outdoor enthusiast started on places to visit in Western Australia's great outdoors:
Bungle Bungle Range of Purnululu National Park
One of Western Australi'as most iconic landmarks. The range is truly an awesome site, characterised by thouasnds of huge, beehive-shaped mounds, gorges and deep gullies. In 2003 the area was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Karijini National Park
One of the most spectacular sights of the Pilbara. While you're there take a dip at one of the magnificent waterfalls or crystal clear rock pools.
Montebello Islands Marine Park
You'll want to visit here just for the amazing diving and fishing. There are over 100 islands dotted around the park, many with beautiful sandy beaches to enjoy .
The Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park
The Coral Coast is home to one of Australia's most intriguing landscapes. The thousands of limestone pillars emerging from the sand dunes have to be seen to be believed!
Ningaloo and Shark Bay Marine Parks
This is where the beautify of marine life on the Coral Coast is best highlighted. A plethora of wildlife, ruggest coastal cliffs, calm lagoons and hundreds of kilometres of pristine coral reef awaits those willing to glimpse below the surface. Shark Bay Marine Park is also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Cape Le Grand National Park
A vast and simply stunning National Park in the Golden Outback, visitors can expect miles and miles of untouched, white-sand beaches posed beside rochy outcrops and granite peaks.
D'entrecasteaux National Park
Leeuwin-Natruraliste National Park
Stirling Range National Park
Australia's South West definitely delivers when it comes to natural beauty, with sheer cliffs, beautiful beaches, imposing mountain landscapes and blossoming wildflowers a highlight of these Parks.
John Forrest National Park
You can even get close to the wilderness without leaving the city. John Forrest National Park is just 26km east of Perth, and is popular with bushwalkers for wildlife observation and the spectacular scenery. It's a great day trip from the city.
Marmion Marine Park
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
Also in suburban Perth, these parks showcase the diversity of marine life in the area, giving visitors the opportunity to see bottlenose dolphins, penguins, seals and even humpback whales (in season)