Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
Published September 11th 2016
In Places you Least Expect
Western Australia is known for its rugged and untouched terrains. With miles of turquoise beach fronts and contrast landscape means that there are plenty of opportunities for an uninterrupted moment of complete and utter bewildering experience.
With focus on many tourist attractions, many gems are often overlooked much like a rough diamond among acres of land. Beauty lies in the places where one would least expect it.
So, with no particular order, I have listed Top 5 Hidden Gems in Western Australia. They are also the least written about and chances are - you may have driven straight pass them.
Cabaret Caves can be found in the Yanchep National Park, which is about 40 minutes north of Perth.
It acquired its name from the extravagant parties and cabarets held during the great depression. Ironically, money made from the parties also help employ many people who struggled to find a job during these times.
All parts of the Caves are carved out of rock, making it one of the more natural settings to host an event. Bookings for such an event start at $1350.00.
Access to within the cave is restricted and you can view the caves behind a chicken wire fence. However, apart from the entry fee into the Yanchep National Park, viewing the Cabaret Caves is free.
Found along the busy Bran Highway, this is one of the smaller towns which means visitors often drive pass. Cataby, found about 1 hour north of Perth, is also the home to two Roadhouses which offer two uniquely different experiences.
There are 25 hours in this part of the 'woods' (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
The first Roadhouse has a wide selection of native birds where one can enjoy a much needed rest from the road. The restaurant is clean and tidy with a good selection of foods. Apart from a machine made coffee (which never rates high in my books), the outdoor experience was interesting and educational.
Enjoy the pleasant sounds of native birds for a much needed break. (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
Roadhouse no. 2 is only 5 minutes from the first roadhouse. Although it does not have a native bird aviary, it had a rustic crafted garden. They also had an espresso machine which means coffee was better. Ironically the staff was friendly, but I am not entirely sure if that was the joy from great coffee or 'real life' experience.
Roadhouse no. 2 (Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird)
Situated off Bibby Road, which is also the road to Cervantes, this is one destination which is also passed by frequently. However, with a backdrop of rustic brown landscape, olive green native bushes and blue skies, this stop will offer any photographic enthusiasts a great opportunity for a memorable shot.
A perfect capture to a perfect moment (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
It will require a little 'off road' travel, however there is plenty of parking and opportunities for a photo with history.
Stromalites at Lake Thetis
Stomalites are caused by blue/green algae called cyanobacteria. Colonies are formed by attracting sediment to their sticky surface. Over hundreds of years, mounds are created within a special water environment.
Stromalites waiting patiently for visitors (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
Lake Thetis offers plenty of parking with special laid mesh walkways for visitors to witness hundreds of years of creation. Because the lake maintains a special pH balance, visitors are recommended not to walk in the water or over dry area and are to keep to the pathways provided.
Wildlife - make a quick stop to say hello (Photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
Lake Thetis is also home to natural fauna with a very high probability to see a kangaroo in its natural habitat. Notably, this is also one place which is not visited frequently and can be found just outside of Cervantes.
Found about 15 minutes north of Cervantes, this is a beach which is well off the beaten path. In order to get there, you will need to travel over very bumpy gravel road. However, the destination is well worth the effort.
A stunny view from the top of the dunes (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
If you decide to venture down this area make sure you are stocked with water, sunscreen, towels and food. There is no nearby kiosk or store.
All these places are within a couple of hours from Perth which is ideal for a great getaway and, or, a day trip for you and the family. With the destination of Cervantes in mind, there are two ways to get there from Perth. If you would like to see Cataby and the Emu Downs Wind farm, then it would be best to take the Brand Highway.
Don't forget to pack a picnic basket and enjoy the journey. You may have Cervantes as your destination, however there are many places along the way which may be more inviting to stay for a while.