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Prince Regent River, Western Australia

Prince Regent River

Western Australia

Cruise the Prince Regent River and enter one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Earth - a haven for more than half of the Kimberley's native mammal and bird species and home to some of Australia's most dramatic coastal gorges and cascading waterfalls. The only way to access this remote river and its 635,000 hectare nature reserve is to cruise in or fly over on a tour from Broome or Kununurra. Along the way, you might also get the privilege of witnessing the only horizontal waterfalls on Earth, the 1,000 plus island paradise of the Buccaneer Archipelago and the world's largest inshore reef - Montgomery Reef. Dropping dramatically from an elevation of 800 metres above sea level, the Prince Regent River has cut a 50 kilometre course through the surrounding sandstone plains, creating some truly awe-inspiring features along the way. The most famous landmark is its terraced waterfall, King's Cascade. Once you've got a winning shot or three, make the climb to the top for a swim in the freshwater pools. You'll also get to gaze at the majestic Python Cliffs, Mount Trafalgar and Pitta Gorge, where the river runs in a straight line between near vertical cliffs, creating more must-snap opportunities.

Northam, Western Australia

Northam

Western Australia

Northam lies at the heart of Perth's picturesque Avon Valley offering blissful relaxation with a touch of adrenalin for good measure. It's the perfect spot for a riverside picnic, whether you're admiring Western Australia's only colony of white swans or catching Western Australia's own unique sporting event - the Avon Descent. Following the Great Eastern Highway from Perth, you can reach Northam in under an hour and a half, making it the ideal Avon Valley day trip or weekender. If you're visiting in August, check out the start date for the Avon Descent annual sporting event. Grab yourself a spot on the river bank and watch world champions and novices from around Australia and overseas take to the water by power and paddle craft in this thrilling two-day time trial. The grassy, tree-lined river banks are a more tranquil scene at other times of the year, with an abundance of birdlife, including Northam's famous white swans. But there are still thrills to be found on Northam's pedestrian suspension bridge - the longest of its kind in Australia - or with a hot-air balloon flight over the Avon Valley's rolling pastures. The town also invites you to step into its past by visiting the permanent exhibition of post-war migrant history at the visitor centre or following the Northam Heritage Trail on foot or by car to explore its pioneering era. Among the highlights is Morby Cottage, the home of one of Northam's first families, standing as a tribute to the tenacity of the early settlers since it was built in 1836. For a taste of rural country life today, book into a farm stay nearby, or sample some country town charm with a stay at Northam's hotels, motels and bed and breakfast accommodation. Be sure to browse the art and craft galleries before you leave and take a piece of the Avon Valley home with you.

Eucla, Western Australia

Eucla

Western Australia

Eucla is the largest settlement built on the vast Nullarbor Plain - the biggest limestone karst landscape on Earth, covering an area of 270,000 square kilometres. Explore the town's heritage and swing by the world's longest golf course, the Nullarbor Links, as you undertake the epic Eyre Highway road trip across the Nullarbor. Just 10 minutes from the South Australian border, the isolated town of Eucla sits 1,430 kilometres from Perth by road and makes an ideal stop on your Nullarbor adventure. Tackling the amazing Eyre Highway takes you 1,675 kilometres from Norseman in Western Australia to Port Augusta in South Australia, passing the Great Australian Bight, caves, a bird observatory and Eucla's historic telegraph station. The highway is also the path of the world's longest golf course - the Nullarbor Links. Play 18 holes on the 1,365 kilometre course, which stretches across the vast red plain and along the rugged coastline, from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia, with kangaroos, bush turkeys and emus admiring your drives and putts. While you're on the road, head 50 kilometres east of Eucla to 100 metre high limestone cliffs that form part of the longest unbroken cliff line in the world. As a rest stop or refreshment break, Eucla offers powered caravan and camping sites, as well as a motor inn, where you'll find a bar, restaurant, café and motel-style accommodation. During your stay, be sure to meet a few colourful locals and learn about the town's pioneering heritage. Visit Eucla Museum, the Bureau of Meteorology and the town's historic telegraph station and jetty - reminders of the role Eucla played in the early 1900s when it was the country's busiest telegraph station outside Australia's capital cities.

Donnybrook, Western Australia

Donnybrook

Western Australia

Western Australia's apple capital of Donnybrook invites you to discover an abundance of fresh local produce, Australia's biggest free entry fun park and its lovingly restored heritage architecture. Just two hours and 15 minutes by road south of Perth, this charming south west town offers scenic drives perfect for a daytrip from the city, a stopover on your down south tour, or your base for a blissful country break. Take to the streets around Donnybrook and beyond, where you'll find a dazzling display of apple and cherry blossoms during spring and quaint roadside stalls laden with the freshest of local farm produce. At the heart of the Geographe Wine Region, the Donnybrook area boasts seven cellar doors from which to sample the award-winning signature notes as well as a local cider factory. Built from the ground up by locals, the Donnybrook Apple Fun Park proudly boasts the title of the nation's largest free-entry entertainment park. Fire up a barbecue and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun climbing, swinging and sliding. Soak in the ambience of a time gone by with a collection of colonial buildings dating back to the late 19th century. Stroll along the winding path of the Aboriginal sculpture park and read fascinating tales of one of the world's longest surviving cultures. Walk, cycle or roll out the picnic rug to relax and unwind in the countryside. The local dam, tree park, historic mill and seasonal falls offer idyllic spots to enjoy a glass of wine and some stunning natural beauty. Or take a short drive on the quirky side to nearby Gnomesville, home to over 3,000 gnomes of all shapes and sizes. For an overnight stay in Donnybrook, you can pick from farm stays, self-contained cottages, hotel and backpacker accommodation. Design your visit to Western Australia's home of apple production to coincide with the biennial Easter festival, a decades-old event celebrating the March to May harvest season.

Yallingup, Western Australia

Yallingup

Western Australia

To the Indigenous Noongar people, Yallingup means 'place of love'. One visit will show you why. With its top-rated surf, stunning beaches, world-class wines, ancient caves and breathtaking ocean sunsets, Yallingup captures the hearts of nature lovers, thrillseekers and wine connoisseurs alike. Yallingup lies to the north of the Margaret River wine region, within three and a half hours' drive south of Perth, or a short ten minute drive from neighbouring Dunsborough. Famous the world over for its consistent, spectacular surf breaks, Yallingup is home to the renowned and well-ridden Three Bears, Yallingup, Smith's Beach and Injidup breaks. That said, you'll also find sheltered spots ideal for swimming and fishing. If you'd prefer to sample the region one step at a time, hit the Cape to Cape Track. One of the most diverse walking treks on Earth, the 135 kilometre trail leads you from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin, passing long sandy beaches, dramatic granite headlands, tall karri tree forests, caves, blankets of spring wildflowers and, of course, nightly ocean sunsets. Beyond the beaches and headlands, Yallingup's award winning wineries and boutique cellar doors dot the picturesque hillsides, with some even overlooking the ocean. Here, character and world class quality can be found in fruit intense chardonnays, rich semillons, robust cabernets, soft merlots and many other varieties and blends. For the foodies, a memorable meal is not hard to come by. Highly skilled chefs have been attracted to the region by the finest quality fresh produce. The result is a wide variety of extraordinary dining experiences, from beachside cafes and fine dining restaurants to gourmet vineyard lunches. Choosing your bed for the night will bring more tempting options, with hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, luxury retreats, private beach houses, self-contained units and caravan parks. Advanced bookings are highly recommended, particularly during school holidays and long weekends.

Boulder, Western Australia

Boulder

Western Australia

Experience gold rush history where it all began in the charming outback town of Boulder. This marks the spot where the first gold was struck in the 1800s and the site of one of the world's largest open cut mines - the awe-inspiring Super Pit. Just five kilometres south of Kalgoorlie, Boulder is accessible by air, road, rail or guided tour from Perth. Flights and TransWA trains depart daily, or hit the Great Eastern Highway for the seven-hour road trip from city to outback, stopping to ride one of Australia's biggest waves at Wave Rock. Established during the 1880s, when thousands of starry-eyed prospectors made the journey east of Perth, Boulder was originally named after the Great Boulder Mine. The first mine on what's known as the Golden Mile was developed where Irishman Paddy Hannan struck gold and sparked the great gold rush of the 19th century. Wander along Burt Street and admire architectural reminders of Boulder's gold rush heritage, such as the Town Hall housing the Goatcher Curtain, the Miners Monument, Goldfields War Museum and the Loopline Railway Station. Head for Boulder Station and you can tour the surrounds of the Golden Mile in the old train that once carried hundreds of miners to work. Today, the historic Golden Mile is part of the Super Pit. At 3.5 kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide, it's one of the world's largest open cut mines, producing 900,000 ounces of gold each year. Visit the Super Pit to learn more about the history of the Golden Mile, or pull on a hardhat and join a guided tour to discover how this modern super-sized mine operates. Alternatively, take in the spectacle for free at the Super Pit Lookout, off the Goldfields Highway. Access to the lookout is restricted during blasting times - contact the Kalgoorlie Goldfields Visitor Centre for details. To make Boulder your base for an outback adventure, take your pick from the range of hotel, guest house and holiday park accommodation in the town.

Corrigin, Western Australia

Corrigin

Western Australia

Corrigin is a popular stopover when visiting Hyden's Wave Rock and the seasonal wildflowers of the area. Located two and a half hours drive east of Perth; Corrigin is a very attractive, tidy wheat belt town. Tour the surrounding countryside during wildflower season to see vibrant colours stretching to the horizon. The local cafe sells local hand made crafts, coffee, fresh home made food, cakes, biscuits and pizza. The Corrigin Pioneer Museum provides a link with the past in its display of early Australian farm machinery. The Miniature Railway and Steam Train are available for rides. Visit the Corrigin Dog Cemetery, an unusual pet cemetery dedicated to man's best friend. Established in 1974, the Dog Cemetery is a tribute to Mans Best Friend. With over 80 loved ones now buried, the cemetery is unique to Corrigin and worth a visit. Take time to read some of the headstones, which are all made and maintained by a local resident. Kunjin Animal Farm is located 18 kilometres west of Corrigin on the Brookton Highway. Visitors can see and touch animals such as alpacas, emus, deer, ostriches, miniature donkeys, boer goats, sheep, cattle, geese and more. Accommodation includes a motel, hotel and caravan park.

Carnamah, Western Australia

Carnamah

Western Australia

Discover the rich colours of Carnamah, revealed in its pioneering heritage, striking murals and one of the best wildflower shows in the State - showcasing over 600 varieties of unique and dazzling Western Australian wildflowers. Following the Great North Highway from Perth, you can reach Carnamah in under four hours. From here, you're only a 45 minute drive from Eneabba and more wildflower country, or a one and a half hour drive to the white sandy beaches of Leeman. In August and September, a drive along the Everlastings Trail will reward you with epic wildflower country scenery as blankets of pink, yellow and cream flowers stretch to the horizon. You can catch the wildflowers at any time of the year in Carnamah - there's always something in bloom. But Mother Nature puts on her finest displays between August and December, with nearby Tathra National Park being one of the closest hotspots. Living up to its title as a Painted Road town, Carnamah displays a series of murals depicting the region's pioneering history, including works entitled Drover's Rest, Sale Oh and Macpherson's View. Beside these murals sits a collection of heritage-listed buildings, turning a stroll through town into a journey through time. If you happen to be here on a Friday afternoon, stop by at the Carnamah Museum to marvel at its pioneer treasures, from historic farming machinery to photos and domestic items. Heading one kilometre to the east of town, you'll reach the stone-built MacPherson Homestead (circa 1869). Originally the home of the MacPherson family and a rest-stop for travellers, today it's listed by the National Trust and offers visitors an insight into early settler life. Another short trip from town takes you to Yarra Yarra Lakes - the remains of an ancient river system that has created a series of shimmering salt lakes. From the lookouts, you can take in the colours of the seasons, from pink in the dry summer months to blues after winter rains. For your overnight stay, soak up a little

Donnelly River, Western Australia

Donnelly River

Western Australia

Be dwarfed by majestic karri tree giants, one of the world's tallest hardwoods, in the pretty historic milling town of Donnelly River. Here, you'll find adventure in epic proportions too, as you tackle one of the world's great long-distance trails - the mighty Bibbulmun Track. Donnelly River lies three and a half hours' drive south of Perth in the forested heart of Western Australia's South West. The Bibbulmun Track passes right through the town centre, offering the opportunity to take in the region's beauty at a slower pace, whether you walk just a small section or over 1,000 kilometres from its starting point in Kalamunda to its finish line in Albany. Originally a timber milling town, Donnelly River was home to the only steam-driven mill in the region in the 1950s. Today, the lovingly preserved mill is heritage listed and the old workers cottages have been converted into quaint holiday accommodation. Nearby, One Tree Bridge also provides a glimpse into the town's past - this enormous felled karri tree that once provided access over the Donnelly River, now makes an interesting photo opportunity. To see one of the most impressive survivors of the milling era, head for The Four Aces, a line of four towering karri tree giants that have stood proudly for over 230 years. From here, and many of the region's attractions, you can follow walking trails through the natural bushland habitats of emus, kangaroos, kookaburras, possums, parrots and other Australian wildlife. During the springtime, Mother Nature presents a spectacular display of Western Australian wildflowers. In fact, nearly 80 percent of the region's plant species are found nowhere else in the world, including many of the brightly coloured members of the Banksia family. For a peaceful picnic and a refreshing dip, Donnelly Lake and Glengoran Pool offer picturesque swimming and picnic spots. Or, to make the forest your home away from home for a few nights, book a stay at one of the town's comfy, cosy, self-contained cot

Cue, Western Australia

Cue

Western Australia

Cue reveals its fascinating history in surprising ways - from Aboriginal cave paintings depicting Dutch ships of the 17th century at Walga Rock to grand gold rush era architecture and ruins. Mother Nature also puts on one of her most stunning wildflower displays here between July and September. Travelling on from Mount Magnet, Cue is an easy hour's drive north. Or, if you're heading out from Geraldton, allow five and a half hours. Many of the town's original buildings still stand proudly as tributes to their 1890s gold rush heritage, classified by the National Trust and still serving their original purpose. Take a walk by the government buildings, post office, court house and police station. Visit the old gentleman's club, which now serves as the shire office and houses an impressive photographic collection portraying Cue's past. Experience a turn of the century shopping trip to Bell's Emporium. Or drop in for a drink with the locals at the Cue Hotel. Step back further in time and head out to Walga Rock, 48 kilometres west of Cue. Inside this 1.5 kilometre long rock, a series of caves reveal secrets of the region's past in a collection of cave paintings. Among them is a curious depiction of sailing ships, believed to be Dutch explorers that visited the coast of Western Australia in the 17th century. Stay and soak up some outback hospitality at a local station stay, hotel, motel, caravan park or bed and breakfast.