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Western Australia

Western Australia is the largest state in Australia and much of it is covered by desert, especially the inland parts. In Western Australia you can access the largest fringing coral reef - Ningaloo Reef - in the world, come close to the wild dolphins at Monkey Mia, see amazing rock formations such as Wave Rock, or the oldest types of life at Hamelin Pool and even view amazing dinosaur footprints in rock at Broome, and chuck in the magnificent coastline, pristine beaches and national parks and the sheer vastness of the interior and you’ve got an interesting state.

The climate of Western Australia varies considerably from warm and mild in the south to hot and humid in the north. And of course, dry and hot in the Golden Outback and along parts of the central and North West Coast. During wet season in the North whole tracts of land are inaccessible, but it is still possible to fly and this is the best way to see those amazing waterfalls in full spate - something you cannot see during the dry part of the year.

In Western Australia, you can visit cattle stations the size of England and visit numerous national parks. There are amazing waterfalls; gorges; mountainous and flat walking trails and aboriginal rock cave art to explore. Some areas can only be accessed by 4WD vehicles, while to explore others you need a guide so you don’t get lost or walk into danger.

You can visit Lake Argyle which is classified as an inland sea it is so large. Even though it is man-made, it is several times larger than Sydney Harbour and offers all the attractions of water such as fishing and boating activities. It can be accessed from Kununurra, being only 40kms from that town. Although there are 900 kilometres of shoreline and many islands within the lake, there are also crocodiles, so swimming is banned.

Way up in the top end - about level with Derby on the coast, you’ll find the Purnululu National Park and within that area are the Bungle Bungle Ranges, known to aboriginal peoples from ancient times, but only discovered by Europeans around the 1980s. Hidden gorges hold water that gives life to an amazing range of flora and fauna. There are camping facilities, but the tourist must take in all food and water from Turkey Creek about three hours drive away.

As with much of Australia, the biggest part of Western Australia’s population is located on the coast, with the city of Perth home to 90% of the state population. Some tourists like to cycle their way around Western Australia and that mode of travel is eminently suitable due to the flatness of the terrain. But you will still need a car to get from place to place. It would be hard work to ride a bike throughout the whole of Western Australia without backup; the distances are much too vast.

In Western Australia there are 70 national and marine parks and countless recreational areas that when added together contain around 20 million hectares, more than enough room for tourists to visit. You’ll need to buy a pass, but these are very reasonable in cost, with $35 for a vehicle of up to eight people. This lasts for four weeks and you can enter any number of parks with it. There are cheaper variations, of course - and some more expensive, but they last for a full year.