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Friday 2 November 2018

New guide to exploring Western Australia

The sheer size of Western Australia and its diversity of landscapes, experiences and climates makes it the perfect road trip destination.

A new guide to exploring Western Australia has just been released, showcasing several potential road trips around the state.

The experiences begin in Perth, the state's cosmopolitan capital, heading south to discover premium food and wine, beaches, dramatic coastline, tall-timber forests and caves – or travelling north to World Heritage-listed Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef, the rugged landscapes of the Pilbara and the Kimberley.

East of Perth, head to Kalgoorlie where gold rush history and outback characters can be discovered. Friends of mine have recently spent weeks exploring the back roads of the West, and have been loving every minute.

Here's a taste of what's on offer…
South West Nature and Wine Drive

Highlights: Bunbury, Margaret River and Pemberton
Duration: 4-6 days

Seekers of the world's premium wines and top-rated chefs make a beeline from Perth to Margaret River wine region to indulge their foodie passions. Venture a little off the trail and you'll find the mild weather and abundant sunshine also produce some extraordinary flavours in the surrounding regions of Bunbury, Pemberton and Manjimup, including the prized black truffle.
Highlights: Kalgoorlie, Menzies and Laverton
Duration: 6 days

Unearth the riches of the 120-year-old gold rush history on a 965 kilometre trek through the  Goldfields, This road trip takes in the historic town of Kalgoorlie, Kookynie and its Grand Hotel, the ghost town of Gwalia, and the world's largest outdoor gallery – 51 life-sized sculptures created by Antony Gormley, dotted across the salt flats of Lake Ballard.
Highlights: Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef
Duration: 9-11 days
The Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay coast is one of few places on Earth where you can visit two World Heritage-listed treasures in one self-drive adventure. Travelling from Perth to Exmouth, this trip reveals the natural wonders that put the region on the UNESCO world map – from the biggest fringing reef, to the largest and oldest living fossils on the planet, not to mention the amazing crystal clear waters and white sand beaches.

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