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From Sydney’s Opera House to Melbourne’s Federation Square, Australia has no shortage of iconic experiences. But look beyond these cities and you’ll find other destinations that showcase a different side of Australia. Take a selfie with a smiling quokka, gaze upon a pink lake and visit limestone structures in a landscape that feels like another planet. Whichever direction you choose, Western Australia has endless undiscovered opportunities.
Western Australia’s Hutt Lagoon, better known as Pink Lake has become an iconic draw card for global visitors not only because they look amazing on Instagram but also because you can both drive and fly over it. Hutt Lagoon, a comfortable 4 hours drive from the Pinnacles, is an extraordinary example of nature’s beauty. The water at Hutt Lagoon changes from bright bubblegum pink to lilac and sometimes even to red, making for a rare one-of-a-kind natural experience. Don’t miss the sunset to watch the colours transform. While the lake is unique, it’s also accessible and easily reached on the five-day Indian Ocean Drive road trip.
Quokkas - some of Australia’s cutest marsupials - are world-famous for being the happiest animals on Earth, best known for their smiling appearance and willingness to always be camera-ready for a #quokkaselfie. Quokkas are native to Rottnest Island and can be seen all year-round. They are most active in the evening and night but will always be spotted during the day. Rottnest Island is car-free, so after you’ve snapped your selfie, explore the island’s secluded beaches, bays and grassy hills by bus, bike or segway. To get to this iconic island, take a short ferry ride from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys.
Regarded as one of Australia’s iconic landscapes, the Pinnacles are incredible limestone spires that rise out of the sand, some several metres tall. You can get up close and personal to the Pinnacles on a scenic drive and walking trail that includes an amazing lookout over Nambung National Park. The extraordinary ancient rock formations that make up the Pinnacles have become a must-see attraction for visitors, especially those in search for stunning backdrops for their travel photos. Just 2½ hours from Perth, this is an easy day trip that can fit into any itinerary.
The Blue Boat House
Formerly used as an official boat house in the 1930s, the Blue Boat House is now an attraction most popular among photographers. The shed sits at the end of a long timber jetty, offering both professional and amateur photographers an incredible capture from any angle. This iconic attraction, situated on the Swan River, is also at the base of the renowned Kings Park and Botanic Garden, the largest inner city park in the southern hemisphere. Kings Park, situated in the heart of the Perth’s city centre, has an abundance of native plants and wildflowers. It's also home to breathtaking city views, Aboriginal bush secrets and an immense 750-year-old Boab tree. Visit in September to join in the fun of the Kings Park Festival, which celebrates the bloom of local wildflowers and the arrival of spring.