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Backpacker's guide to the west coast

Backpacker's guide to the west coast

How to enjoy the delights of Australia’s west coast on a budget

By Jessica Wilkinson

WA is filled with a pretty diverse range of delights. Probs because it’s so big. But the best part is that you can experience most of it for less than AUD$20. to experience. From a badd-ass cliff overhang platform to a huge outback moonscape, here are our top picks.


Check Out The Pinnacles Because They're Weird AF

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, Coral Coast, Western Australia

What: Pinnacles
Why: Because walking through these dandelion yellow, limestone spires is like walking on the moon. Epic.  
How: Nambung National Park is just outside the coastal town of Cervantes, about a two and a half hour drive north of Perth.


Visit Rottnest Island Because You Haven't Been to WA Unless You've Been Here

Rottnest Island, near Perth, Western Australia

What: Rottnest Island
WhyQuokkas. Plus, Rottnest is seriously beautiful. It’s white sandy beaches and clear blue water makes it a pretty clear must-do. 
How: Catch a ferry from Perth or Fremantle. 

Terrify Yourself by Spending a Night in Prison in Fremantle

Fremantle Prison, Fremantle, Western Australia

What: Fremantle Prison
Why: Because being terrified is fun, right? Nah, the prison is now backpacker accommodation so it’s legit safe. Unless you do the night-time underground tunnel tour. We can’t guarantee those tunnels aren’t haunted.
How: Book a tour and take a spare change of undies. 


Dance Underwater with Manta Rays

Swimming with manta rays, near Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef, Coral Coast, Western Australia

What: Swim with the Mantas in Coral Bay
Why: Because it’s less scary than swimming with sharks and way cooler than swimming by yourself.
How: Suit up and book yourself a tour


Hit up the Breweries in Margaret River

Bootleg Brewery, Wilyabrup, Margaret River region, Western Australia

What: Margaret River Brewery Tours and Margaret River Cider Tours
Why: Because beer and surf go so well together.
How: Hit up a tour or pick a designated driver and choose your brew


Swim in the Kimberley's Most Famous Infinity Pool because, Life

Lake Argyle Resort, East Kimberley, Western Australia

What: Infinity pool at Lake Argyle Resort (campground)
Why: Have you seen the picture?
How: Simply choose whether you want to camp, stay in a cabin or shack up in a caravan. 


Walk Off the Edge of a Cliff in Albany

Torndirrup National Park, Albany, Western Australia

What: Skywalk
Why: It’s like cliff-jumping without the risk of death. The steel platform extends 10 metres (33 feet) past the edge of the granite cliff at The Gap, and 40 metres (131 feet) above sea level.
How: National park entry costs AU$12 per person. 


Walking the Tree Tops Gives you Better Wings Than Red Bull

Tree Top Walk, Nornalup, Western Australia

What: Tree Top Walk,
Why: Not only are you walking through the tree-tops, you can feel the bridges swaying with the wind. As close as you’ll get to flying with your feet still on the ground.
How:  Walpole-Nornalup National Park's Valley of the Giants is five hours drive south from Perth.


Camp, Surf and Snorkel at Gnaraloo Station

Surfing at Gnaraloo Station, near Carnarvon, Coral Coast, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

What: Gnaraloo
Why: If surfing, camping and snorkelling hasn’t hooked you (what’s wrong with you?), try kitesurfing, windsurfing and swimming with the turtles.
How: Bring your board and set up camp

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