Western Australia’s far flung outback region has an abundance of adventures on offer that will excite the senses and thrill even the most seasoned traveller. It’s a region of sweeping natural beauty and dramatic landscapes. Here’s some of what you can expect when venturing into Australia’s vast western state. (Image by Silent Star 101 )
For the history lover
Steeped in gold mining history and with a pub on almost every corner, Kalgoorlie – now known as Kalgoorlie-Boulder – is a classic Aussie outback town at the heart of the state’s ‘wild west’. It remains a mining town today and tours here are bursting with stories of tough characters, gold rushes and insights into a pioneering past.
Where the desert meets the sea
The Kimberley region of Western Australia is quite unique. The dusty red sand of the desert stretches to the brilliant green ocean in Broome. This coastal outback hotspot is well worth a visit for its famous sunsets and fascinating pearling history. It’s a great launching point for adventures into the rest of the vast Kimberley. Why not take a four-wheel drive tour along the iconic Gibb River Road or a scenic flight or boat ride to the horizontal falls? There are plenty of unreal fishing options too, with some involving crocs, rivers and fly fishing.
Happy homestead holiday
Visiting the outback doesn’t always have to mean doing it rough. One of the best ways to holiday in style in Australia, while still getting an authentic experience, is to stay on a station or in an outback homestead. These days this could mean experiencing a cattle round-up from the air and heli-fishing, as well as horse riding and a tour around a working station – all with the knowledge of a five-star meal and comfy bed at the end of the day. (Image by Adventure Tours Australia Group)
Anyone visiting the Western Australian outback should consider joining an Aboriginal tour. Who better to explore the outback with than the traditional landowners? There is so much to discover and learn. Tours range from tasty bush tucker lessons, where you can learn about indigenous bush foods and medicines, to cultural cave art expeditions to hear ancient stories and Aboriginal myths. For the more adventurous types, there are off-road four-wheel drive voyages too where you can head into the bush and camp under the stars, listening to traditional tales by a campfire.
Ancient rocky landscapes
Nowhere is Australia’s landscape more dramatic than in this large, dry state. Huge, ochre-hued formations seem to be in abundance. A scenic flight is an ideal way to take in the huge orange and black-striped domes of the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park. Spectacular gorges and rivers are almost commonplace; try Karijini National Park for oasis-like waterfalls and sparkling swimming holes. Further south are the Pinnacles – thousands of limestone formations up to four metres high, the result of wind erosion over thousands of years, which together create an intriguing alien-like landscape in Nambung National Park.
To find out more about outback adventure tours in western australia speak with one of your local travel consultants.
Becky Hillard is an expat living in Australia; she loves everything from big cities, tropical islands, and the madness of Bangkok.