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10 Natural Wonders of Western Australia (Part 1)

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by Finy (subscribe)
A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published November 9th 2017
Make sure these go on your bucket list
There are so many natural wonders in Western Australia and I actually had problems picking out just ten of them. However, this list is many of my favourites and mostly ones I have been to over the years whilst I have lived in Western Australia.

I will, therefore, publish two articles so that I can explain about 20 of these natural wonders when indeed there are over about 60 which are interesting!

1. PENGUIN ISLAND
Penguin Island has white sandy beaches and is surrounded by crystal clear waters and it is just 45 minutes south of Perth and a five-minute ferry ride away in the heart of the spectacular Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.

The wildlife on this Island is the star attraction and here you can go on a cruise to see wild dolphins and rare Australian sea lions before getting up close to the world's smallest penguins!



You can get here easily with ferries departing hourly, and you can swim, snorkel, picnic and explore the nature trails and beaches before catching a return ferry at your leisure.

Cost for seeing the penguins is from $20 and you can find out more here.

2. WAVE ROCK
Hyden is the closest town to Western Australia's Wave Rock and is a four-hour drive east of Perth, along the Brookton Highway.

This world-famous renown rock is a granite cliff, standing 15 metres high, 110 metres long and shaped remarkably like a huge wave.



There are other interesting rock formations in the region and these include Hippo's Yawn, Mulka's Cave and The Humps.

Cost is $10 per vehicle, and you can find out more here.

3. ROTTNEST ISLAND
Rottnest Island is perhaps one of our most well known natural wonders - with its delightful bays and the ever popular quokkas, which are found only on Rottnest.



Rottnest Island is a protected nature reserve with white-sandy beaches and secluded coves including the Basin, with its shallow waters, and Thomson Bay, the main hub and ferry port.

There is any amount of things you can do on Rottnest apart from water activities and well worth a visit for at least a few days.

Cost of getting there is the ferry ride, and you can find out more about what to do on the Island here.

4. KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK
This is one area I have not been to, however, it is on my "bucket list" as it looks breathtaking! The nearest town to this is Tom Price.

It is a vast wilderness area in the Hamersley Ranges and in the park's north, Oxer Lookout has views of the Weano, Red, Hancock and Joffre gorges.



To the east are the red rocks of Dales Gorge and the cascades of Fortescue Falls, and there is also some fascinating Indigenous wildlife in the area.

5. LESMURDIE FALLS
Lesmurdie Falls are located in the Lesmurdie Falls National Park which is in the hills east of Perth.

These are one of the more spectacular waterfalls on the Darling Range escarpment, and there is a trail which begins at the top of the falls with a short walk to the viewing platform.



You can also go for a longer walk and follow the trail to the base of the falls where the lush vegetation grows.

You can find out more at this site.

6. GREENS POOL, DENMARK
Greens Pool is a delightful spot 15 kms west of Denmark - it is a magical beach in the William Bay National Park.

It is virtually sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean by the rounded rock boulders typical to this area, and Greens Pool has been described as "paradise".



Walking into the water, you will see there is a long gradual slope, allowing children of all ages to experience the ocean.

The expansively white beach stretches west, endlessly out of sight, across William Bay and Mazzoletti Beach. Greens Pool is one of the most popular destinations in Denmark and one I have been to several times whilst holidaying in Albany.

It is also great for snorkelling with many fish to be seen amongst the rocks and coral on the inner side of the rock breaks.

You can find out more here.

7. NINGALOO REEF
This is another very well known area being distinctive because of its coral formations, and it is a World Heritage Site located in the north-west coastal region of Western Australia.

The 705,015-hectare heritage listed area is located approximately 1,200 kilometres north of Perth, along the East Indian Ocean, and it is also well known for "swimming with whale sharks".



You can find out more about Ningaloo here.

8. LAKE MONGER
I used to live opposite this natural lake, and walked around it every morning - what a delightful place that was! Teeming with water birds, it is a very popular spot to walk around and indeed for tourists as well as locals.

It is a large urban wetland in Wembley, and it has shaded playgrounds, picnic and barbecue facilities and some sporting facilities for recreational use.



Apart from ducks, the main animals there are our famous black swans.

You can see more here.

9. HORIZONTAL FALLS
The Horizontal Falls or Horizontal Waterfalls is the name given to a natural phenomenon on the coast of the Kimberley region near Broome.

They are incredible and are actually situated at Poulton Creek.

They have been described by David Attenborough as "one of the greatest natural wonders of the world" and are indeed one of the most amazing natural features of the Kimberley region.



The tidal waterfalls located deep within Talbot Bay are unlike any other waterfall, as the water passes horizontally, and although they are called waterfalls, this natural phenomenon actually consists of intense tidal currents "hurtling through two narrow coastal gorges". Massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect as water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage, to be repeated again on the turning tide.

You can see more about these Falls here.

10. PINNACLES DESERT
The Pinnacles are limestone formations within Nambung National Park, near the town of Cervantes, and these have formed a fascinating desert unlike no other.



If you're travelling between July and October, you'll also see Western Australia in full colour, as the coastal landscapes are filled with the blooms of spring wildflowers which people come from far away to see!

You can see more here.

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