Advantages Amazing place to see -
Disadvantages Time and lots of Driving
Most people tend to head to the East Coast of Australia but I am a strong believer that the west is best! Embarking on a epic adventure from Perth to Darwin, myself and three friends hired a 4 Wheel Drive and camping gear and set off for a month of amazing sights and experiences.Perth is a great city, much quieter than the other cities in Australia. It has a very charming and quaint feel to it and The Botanical Gardens are a must - offering great views over the city. Heading out of Perth we joined the aptly named ‘One High Way’, and found that the West Coast really is just one long road with driving distances between each sight very stretched out. You will drive about 6 hours a day and may not pass any vehicle in this time. It is important to make sure that you stay stocked up on food, water and of course fuel! I would also advise letting someone know the route you plan to take and how long you expect to stay in each place to ensure you stay safe.
After this we headed to one of my personal favourites, Monkey Mia; we stayed at the Monkey Mia Resort which is a lovely getaway complete with pool and attractive grounds. The main attraction is the early morning dolphin feeding. For years a family of dolphins have been making their way to the shore to be hand-fed fish; a Dolphin Conservation Centre has now been created at Monkey Mia to help protect these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. It was an overwhelming experience to have these creatures swimming inches from your feet and eating from your handFurther up the coast is Coral Bay, home of the Ningaloo Reef, which is becoming just as popular, if not more, than the Great Barrier Reef. Between March and June the brave can swim with the whale sharks at the bay. I was not so brave and instead opted for a glass bottom boat tour with snorkelling included. The Reef really is a splendour to see with its varied colours and a multitude of fish. I would recommend spending at least a couple of days here.
We decided to head inland next to The Karijini National Park, offering stunning natural gorges and lakes, this has to be the highlight of our trip. It was really refreshing to get back to basics and watching the sun rise and set each morning was unforgettable. We filled our days with exploring the Natural Gorges, this involved rock climbing down into them which took some time, but seeing the natural lakes and waterfalls made the climb back up so much sweeter. Having never seen myself as an outdoorsy type I was surprised how much I enjoyed this experience!After our back to basics experience we were keen for some home comforts and headed to the next town along, Broome. Broome is a pearling town which can only be described as slightly old fashioned; it was a comforting break from the outdoors for a couple of nights.
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