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WA Bucket List - 10 Must Do Experiences

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by Tom (subscribe)
Getting lost is the easiest way to have fun!
Published February 19th 2016
Must do experiences in WA
Western Australia - where tourists and locals alike can switch on one day, and switch of the next. From the lively world of Perth's street markets and cafe strips to the quiet isolation to the great outdoors, you really can say there is something for everyone in WA.

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Sunset over the Dampier salt flats near Karratha.

This is a list of experiences one must have in order to truly get the most out of a trip to the real sunshine state.

Feel tiny among Great Southern Giants
Few things give you perspective in life quite like feeling insignificant. Standing among some of the tallest trees in the world, completely surrounded by a dense and ancient forest you certainly get the feeling that life is more important than you.

There are other feelings too - like awe, for example. Whether your walking and riding the trails or driving the canopy-covered roads, the Great Southern Forests completely and utterly encompass everything about your life as you pass through.

The forest is a place which captures the imagination of everyone, and the Great Southern happens to be home to one of the best.

Eat and drink the South West
The South West is a paradise for those who love to over-indulge. What started out as a famed wine growing region with a few eateries has now burst into a smorgasbord of wine, beer, cheese, chocolate and many amazing cafes and restaurants.

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The world is more stunning in the outback

More and more places are opening up every year, meaning there is always more to see and more reasons to head back down time and time again.

Discover Indigenous Pilbara
The Pilbara is so much more than road trains and iron ore. At around 50,000 years old the indigenous culture in the Pilbara is still strong.

You can experience this through guided day and overnight trips through the country with the likes of Ngurrangga Tours in Karratha. Indigenous art groups flourish in most towns and their work can be seen in sculptures and murals across the whole region.

Many rocky areas, such as those on the Burrup Peninsula and in Millstream-Chichester National Park, are filled with rock art dated as far back as 40,000 years. More are being rediscovered all the time.

Explore the Ningaloo Coast
Forget the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef and the adjacent Cape Range National Park offers one of the best nature experiences on earth. You have the whale shark and manta ray swims, world-class snorkelling just metres from pristine beaches, awesome fishing and humpback whale swims from this year.

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Kite surfers near Yardie Creek on the Ningaloo Coast

Then on land you have the national park - home to impressive gorges, cliffs and canyons and plenty of wildlife such as emu's, big goannas and rock wallabies. The Ningaloo Coast is a complete in and out of water wildlife experience.

Lose Yourself in the Kimberley
Getting lost is the best way to have fun. It's on my blurb and a honestly believe in it.Heading off into the unknown, somewhere you've never been before, to explore and get the feeling no one has been here before is immensely satisfying.

There is no better place to do this than the Kimberley. Basing yourself from places like Kooljaman, Faraway Bay, Berkeley River Lodge or one of the many station stays, you can uncover a world of hidden gems from magical waterholes to impressive rock formations.

As they say, the Kimberley is one of the last true wildernesses on earth, and you will never get the most out of it by sticking to the black top and signposts.

Cross Cultures in Perth City
Want bohemian street markets or are traditional Chinese dim sim diners more your cup of tea? Are you looking for classic Aussie beach vibes or inner city hipster chic? Italian enclaves? French patisseries? Whatever culture you want, there's a good chance you can find it in Perth.

Fish the North West
The North West is a sportfishing paradise. From Exmouth up to the Darwin border the waters are teeming with prize catches and with a sparse population, big fish numbers are very healthy.
The Ningaloo Coast is rated as one of the best billfisheries in the world, and the annual week-long GAMEX competition draws International anglers.

Just up the coast you have the Mackerel Islands - no prizes for guessing what's on the bite there - and Dampier Archipelago, where a veritable smorgasbord of big fish lurk in the waters.
The further north you go, the more you head into the territory of arguably the most hyped target in Australia, the mighty barra. You can find them in Karratha and even further south, but the Kimberley is the place to go if you want the best chance of hooking a big one.

Experience Outback Isolation
I love the feeling of being surrounded by nothing and being far from anything, and outback Western Australia is great for that. We have one of the most sparsely populated homes on earth meaning it is pretty easy to find a quiet spot whether on the coast, on an island or in the vast interior of our great state.

Find the Best Beach on Earth
Have you been told Cable Beach in Broome is the best beach on earth? That would be wrong, because that title belongs to Green's Pool near Denmark... except that is also wrong, because it is in fact Lucky Bay in Esperance which gets the nod for world's best beach.

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The south beach at Wedge Island is picturesque

I could go on - Shell Beach, Turquoise Bay, Rottnest Island, Cottesloe, Wedge - but my point is WA beaches regularly feature on lists of the "world's best" but really, every beach in WA is pretty spectacular.

Watch the Sun Set
Watching the sunset from wherever you happen to be in WA is pretty special, but when you have the Indian Ocean in the background it brings it to a whole new level. Yellow and pink skies are a regular feature from Augusta through to Kalbarri, and even Perth has some truly unbelievable spots to watch natures greatest show.

Further north to the Pilbara and Kimberley, the deep reds of the evening glow draw photographers both amateur and professional from far and wide. The colours are only amplified by the red rocks and turquoise waters of the coastline up this way.
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by Joy (score: 3|1910) 1361 days ago
The 'real sunshine state' and 'forget the Great Barrier Reef'? Those are big claims. I guess you feel far enough away to be safe from angry marauding Queenslanders Tom.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4104) 1361 days ago
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