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& PEEL | p114
An hour in the car from Perth, the
Peel region offers green bushland
and pristine coastline. Hike the
Bibblumun Track or cycle the
Munda Biddi. Camp at Lane Poole
Reserve or canoe on the Murray.
You can see wildflowers or go to
the Creery Wetlands and spot birds
130 different species of them –
along with the thrombolites, a reef
of 4000-year-old living fossils.
CORAL COAST | p124
With unforgettable diving, animal interaction,
fishing and scenery, the Coral Coast is an
aquatic wonderland. Ningaloo Reef offers
an unforgettable experience, with whales,
whale sharks, manta rays and sea lions; while
dolphins and humans interact at Monkey
Mia. The big-game fishing and world-class
windsurfing are exhilarating. Inland, explore
the Pinnacles rock formations and Kalbarri
National Park. The Murchison River, an
ecosystem in itself, is a joy for birdwatchers.
PILBARA | p124
At two-and-a-half-billion years old, the
Pilbara spoils you for choice, from 4WD routes
to underwater reefs. Rudall River National
Park is great to tackle in a 4WD, with tours
providing safe but authentic bush camping.
In fact, you can live on the road. Each of the
Pilbara’s 500,000 square kilometres is peppered
with secluded camping areas, such as Crossing
Pool and Deep Pool. Karijini National Park is a
kaleidoscope of natural colour with red gorges,
emerald pools and sapphire waterfalls.
BROOME | p136
Founded as a pearling port in the late 1800s,
Broome is bursting with personality and
warmth. Heritage buildings stand alongside
modern architecture; history is celebrated
in pearl exhibitions; and modern art can
be appreciated in the galleries. European
fine dining shares street-space with casual
Australian and complex Asian cuisine. Then
there’s Cable Beach... take a stroll along the
smooth white sands, cast a line or just kick back
with someone special for a magnificent sunset.
AVON VALLEY | p98
Characterised by rolling hills and rich dales, the Avon Valley comes into its own during winter and spring.
Starting just over an hour’s drive from the centre of Perth, it features fertile farmlands, thick forests and
historic buildings. All are nestled around the iconic Avon River, known for its annual white-water rafting event,
the Avon Descent. The region offers a taste of country life with warm hospitality – often in historic homes –
beautiful gardens and fine food. Paddocks of golden canola, green clover and Paterson’s curse (poisonous, but
pretty) make for stunning views, while the river is perfect for a leisurely paddle or a spot of fishing.
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