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8. Go digging for
Roll up your sleeves and help
unearth the gourmet black gold
– worth $3000 a kilogram. It’s
harvested in the Manjimup
region, and there are professional
truffle hunts (complete with sniffer
dogs) running until late August.
The world’s largest outdoor
gallery is worth visiting, even
if it takes a while to get there.
Located some 700km northeast
of Perth at Lake Ballard, the series
of 51 sculptures was created by
esteemed British artist Antony
Gormley. It’s accessible by car,
around an hour and a half from
the nearest town, Menzies. Be sure
to take food and water, as there are
no amenities onsite.
9. Hit the cliffs
Amateur rock climbers can try Greenmount National Park, just outside Perth,
for easier cliffs equipped with bolts and anchors. For a challenge, head to
Z-bend Gorge (30 minutes from Kalbarri) which has some of the State’s best
sport climbs, or the Wilyabrup coastline (25 minutes from Margaret River)
which has a range of cliffs and spectacular ocean views. www.rockclimbing.com.
10. CRUISE OUT OF FREMANTLE
With the Australian cruising market expanding rapidly, more and more
cruise companies are choosing to dock in Freo and run their journeys
around WA. Start an exhilarating adventure from your own town, and see
how your sea legs fare after a couple of days on our coastline. Check with
cruise companies and travel agents for more information – cruises run from
three- to six-star experiences.
11. Hike East
It’s a hiking wonderland – there
are so many tracks to explore if you
have the time. Try Purnululu National
Park – Echidna Chasm, Mini Pals
Gorge, Cathedral Gorge and Domes
Walk, or El Questro – Amalia Gorge,
Emma Gorge, El Questro Gorge,
Saddle Back Ridge and Zebeedee
Springs. Make sure you let someone
know when and where you’re going,
and always take plenty of water.
Just an hour’s drive north of
Perth, this is where you can
marvel at far-off planets and
stars through five super-powered
telescopes. Stargazing events are
held on weekends all year round.
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