Backpacker's guide to the West Coast
How to enjoy the delights of Australia’s west coast on a budget
By Jessica Wilkinson
Western Australia 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. 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
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
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
What: Skywalk in Albany
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
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.