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This is in King Leopold Range
National Park, which covers nearly
400,000ha of some of Australia’s
most lovely and inaccessible
terrain. It was created over
millions of years by water flowing
from the range. The turn off to the
gorge is 250km from Derby then
it’s a 30-minute walk from the
carpark. Next go on to Bell Creek,
and its tall waterfall cascading into
a deep swimming hole.
TIP Bring your bathers and
your walking boots.
Mackerel Islands | Pilbara
These 10 islands, 20km from the coast off Onslow and 1400km north
of Perth, are surrounded by some of the world’s best coral reefs. Their
pristine condition is largely due to their isolation - unlike reefs with more
visitors, they haven’t suffered any damage. On top of that, the area is rich
in nutrients and supports a variety of sponges, corals and other marine
lifeforms. Those in the know say it’s as good as Ningaloo Reef. Snorkel
or go turtle-watching or bird-watching. Fishers will enjoy the chance of
catching all sorts of fish, including Spanish mackerel, snapper, spangled
emperor, queenfish, coral trout, yellow fin tuna and cod.
TIP Access is by boat and plane from Onslow or plane from Karratha or
Learmonth. There is accommodation on two of the islands.
King George Falls | The Kimberley
This dual waterfall has an uninterrupted vertical drop of 80 metres
over a sandstone cliff, making it the tallest waterfall in WA. It’s also
the most isolated. About 80km from the remote Kalumburu
Aboriginal community, it’s only accessible by air or sea. Book your
tour from Kununurra. It’s worth taking an aerial tour of the area,
which allows for the best views of the falls.
TIP To see these falls in full force, head there from December
through to early May, before they recede to a small flow.
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