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estern Australia has the greatest coastline on earth.
In most other parts of the world, over-population,
over-fishing, dynamite and cyanide, industry
and pollution have all but destroyed the marine
environment. Anything that’s left, you share with a crowd.
In Europe, you can pay big money to rent a deckchair on a beach
full of stones with thousands of others. In much of Asia, you can pay
even more to enjoy a beach where the white sand has been shipped in,
security is needed to keep the hawkers away, and an army of locals
rises early to rake up rubbish that drifted in overnight.
In WA, you can stand on 999 out of 1000 beaches and it would look
and feel no different than it did when the first settlers arrived in 1829.
It is absolutely pristine. And on 998 of those beaches, even on a perfect
summer’s day, you would probably be standing alone.
It’s a coastline the same size as that of Holland, Belgium, France,
Spain, Portugal and Britain combined... yet we share it with just over
two million people. The opportunities are endless.
And the islands are as diverse as the coastline, from the aquatic
playground of Rottnest and the granite rocks and white beaches
of Esperance, to the red-earth islands of the North West, with the
famous Kimberley skirt and massive reefs that arise from an ocean
with twice-daily 9m tides.
The diving is world-class, from the South West through to
Rottnest, Ningaloo to the Rowley Shoals and the Mackerel Islands.
The fishing is also world-renowned and there are few places where
you can’t catch a decent meal.
The reefs are alive and well, and macro marine life abounds:
dolphins in the Swan River, penguins and seals on the islands off
Perth, manta rays, turtles and dugong up North, and whales cruising
up and down the coast in increasing numbers.
There are few parts of the coast that can’t be surfed, with
international competitions taking place in Margaret River each year.
Geraldton, meanwhile, remains one of the top four windsurfing
destinations on the planet.
The south-west is the place for walking trails and campsites. The
Cape to Cape Trail in Margaret River is a spectacular five- to ten-day
walk, but is just as good for day trips and overnight camping. The
prettiest part of the famous Bibbulmun Track hugs the extraordinary
Great Southern coastline from Walpole to Albany. And while the
competition is tough, for me, the beaches and granite bays and islands
of Esperance are as good as it gets.
On whichever part of the coast you find yourself, from all of us at
Scoop, we wish you and your family safe and enjoyable travels, and
hope that you make the most of the extraordinary natural assets on
our doorstep in WA.
The Islands Edition
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