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Want a bird's eye
view of the coastline?
Do it in style and take a helicopter.
In Margaret River, try Ecostar
Helicopters "the dash" tour, which
flies guests over Gracetown, Margaret
River and Prevelly. What better way to
see where the best surf is? Book your
spot on 1800 326 7817.
Azure Helicopters do tours from
Rottnest Island, looking across to
the Perth city skyline in their first
class helicopters. The company also
works closely with Faraway Bay for
tours of the Kimberley. Visit www.
Mitchell Falls is arguably the most
spectacular waterfall in WA and
Slingair Helicopter WA will get you
15 Take a hovercraft in Broome « FOR SOMETHING A little off the
wall, take a sunset hovercraft tour of Broome's Roebuck Bay with Hovercraft Adventure
Tours. According to the tour's Victoria Colless: "The Sunset Tour is fantastic as you
get in a scenic and historic tour of the Broome town coastline, which includes watching
the sunset from a secluded point on the tidal flats with a selection or hors d'oeurves
Alternatively, the Flying Boat Wrecks Tour is available 14 times a year due to tidal
position (it requires below zero tides) and you need to book in your place at least a
month in advance. The sight of the World War II Catalina wrecks is worth planning
ahead for. Worried about seasickness? Don't be, as the hovercraft is a very smooth ride
on the air cushion that sits about one metre off the ground or ocean.
To find out more, visit www.broomehovercraft.com.au.
GLAMOROUS CAMPING (Glamping) is
a new favourite for those who want the
activities and "adventure" but also a bed
to retire to at night. So what if you could
combine the two -- camping under the
brilliant WA night sky with a luxurious
mattress supporting your weary body?
Check out these three spots.
Sal Salis, Ningaloo (inset) Tucked away in Cape Range National Park, five
wilderness tents overlook a stunning stretch of pristine coastline. The tents
are raised on a timber platform and spacious, allowing coastal breezes to flow
through. There's no need for a shovel and roll of loo paper here with a rustic
and eco-friendly ensuite bathroom at the rear of the tent. Don't be surprised if
you have a couple of friendly neighbours as kangaroos often use the decking
shade to escape the heat of the day. Visit www.salsalis.com.au.
Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, Broome (top) Further north, the eco tents
provide both comfort and convenience while taking guests that bit closer
to nature. A huge deck with full or partial views of the Indian Ocean is
complemented by a 20ltr esky for you to store a few bottles of champagne to
toast the sunset. King-sized beds, bed lamps and ensuite showers enhance the
feel of luxury in the wilderness. Visit www.ecobeach.com.au.
Kimberley Coastal Camp, north of Mitchell Falls In one of the most picturesque
settings in WA, the mind forgets all luxuries when presented with such natural
beauty as waterfalls, gorges and islands dotting the coastline. However, perched
on the shores of Admiralty Gulf are spacious gazebos with flyscreened walls, a
king-sized bed and a ceiling fan. Try one of the chef's gourmet meals -- absolutely
18 See Albany's blowholes « THE BEACHES ALONG the coast from
Esperance through to the Great Southern are arguably the most spectacular in the world.
If you are in the vicinity, you should also visit the blowholes. Beautiful -- particularly when
there is a strong swell, which in the southern ocean tends to be most of the time, the
waves shoot spray through a crack in the granite high into the air. The blowholes are just a
15-minute drive from Albany across Princess Harbour and its a 20-minute walk from the
car park at The Gap and Natural Bridge, but the scenery of sheer cliffs, massive granite
outcrops and steep sand dunes that line the coast make it all worthwhile.
there via chopper. Book yourself on
the Coastal Tour and fly over the
Mitchell Plateau to the waters of
Admiralty Gulf, follow the coast from
Walsh Point to Crystal Head, across to
Crystal Creek following the edge of the
Plateau and over to Walmsley Bay. And
of course, see the Mitchell Falls plus
Lower Mitchell Falls and Big Mertens
Horizontal Falls Adventure Tours
specialise in customised scenic flights
over the Kimberley from Broome and
Derby. Fly from Broome Airport to
the Horizontal Falls onboard the Prop
Jet Seaplane. Watch for whales and
sharks and fly at 200m over the islands
of the Buccaneer Archipelago. It's an
adventure of a lifetime.
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