From Manjimup to Walpole, the great southern forest region of Western Australia is home to the gigantic Karri and Tingle forests. The coastline features picturesque inlets and beautiful granite beaches. We also enjoyed touring the vineyards around Denmark.
Karri Forests near Manjimup
Diamond Tree at 51m high is the third tallest that visitors to the area can climb. View from top (below)
Twenty eight parrot
Newdegate Island at Nornalup Inlet
Chorizema plants common in the forests
Valley of the Giants treetop walk
Denmark Ocean beach above and mouth of Wilson Inlet below
Green’s Pool, William Bay National Park below
The south west coast of Western Australia is full of wonderful coastal parks and attractions.
These thrombolites live at Lake Clifton, Yalgorup National Park, south of Mandurah. Formed by microorganisms, these ancient rock formations only exist in a few places in the world.
This little, colourful Jewel Spider was one of a clutter living between branches of the Tuart forest.
Beautiful Bunbury city view above and beach, below.
Busselton Jetty above and its famous train below, for those who don’t want to walk 1.8km to the end of the jetty. Some of the old jetty is still standing and supports a colourful underwater reef.
The underwater observatory attracted a curious bat fish, below.
The wonderful Ngili Caves near Yallingup with their amazing stalactite, stalagmite and shawl formations.
Coastal views along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly corner of Australia and home of the tallest lighthouse on the Mainland.
Aside from it’s pirate cow (?), the Cape is also famous as being the point of land that joins two oceans: the Southern and Indian Oceans.
Kings Park in spring provides a magnificent display of colour and form overlooking Perth and the Swan River.
Took our bikes on the ferry to Rottnest Island, where we had a wonderful time cycling from the main settlement at Thomson Bay to Cape Vlamingh (west end). The local quokka’s were everywhere and not at all shy.
Between Esperance and Albany, Bremer Bay is a beautiful seaside retreat by the Wellstead Estuary and Fitzgerald River National Park.
Estuary in the evening
Bremer Bay jetty with Eagle Ray visible as shadow to right of jetty
Colourful marine flora and fauna
Blue Groper in shallows
View of the bay from Tooleburrup Hill
Spectacular white beaches, granite rock and spring flora. Cape Le Grand National Park is on the traditional land of the Nyungar people.
Le Grand beach
Climbing Mount Le Grand
Beautiful flowers everywhere
One of the longest stretches of our trip took us to the western end of the goldfield regions, WA.
The remains of the Eucla telegraph station that was part of the Albany to Adelaide line est. 1877
The shags on the jetty ruins at Eucla beach were lovely to look at, but not so great down wind.
This pretty silvereye lived near the Madura roadhouse
Cocklebiddy at dusk
Nuytsland Nature Reserve
Caiguna – Hub of the universe (according to the sign) and start of one of the longest, straight stretches of road in the world – 146.6km
Balladonia roadhouse displays Skylab debris that fell nearby in 1979
After an overnight stay at Fowler’s Bay, we crossed the Eyre Highway through the expansive plains of Yalata Protected Land and the Nullabor Treeless Plain. Sightseeing stops along the way at the Head of the Bight and other viewing platforms. Unfortunately missed the last of the migrating whales by about 3 weeks.
Fowler’s Bay, a small town next to large, moving sand dunes at the eastern end of the Bight.
Yalata Protected Land
Head of the Bight, Bunda Cliff views
The treeless plain of the Nullabor
Viewing platforms along the Eyre Highway
The last viewing platform we saw at the western end of the Bight
Left the heat of the outback behind to travel south on the Lincoln and Flinders Highways around the Eyre Peninsula coastline.
Point Lowly lighthouse marking the entrance to the upper Spencer Gulf.
Cowell boardwalk over mangroves edging Franklin Harbour
Arno Bay jetty
Pelicans staying low in the strong northerly wind at Port Neill
Tumby Bay foreshore
Tuna farming at Port Lincoln
Woodcutters Bay, Lincoln National Park
Coffin Bay, famous for its oyster farms and national park
One of the many salt lakes along Flinders Highway
Elliston’s coastal drive thongs
Sea lion colony at Point Labatt
Streaky Bay, overlooking the only north facing jetty in South Australia.
Our last stop before crossing the Great Australian Bight was the Point Sinclair National Surfing Reserve.
Flinders Ranges in spring; an ancient landscape full of new life and beauty. A walk to Hills Homestead, then up the steep, rocky slopes to Wangarra Lookout, before driving to Sacred Canyon and the Aboriginal Stone paintings of the Adnyamathanha people.
Photographs from the Wilpena Pound walks.
The following photographs are from the ancient, Sacred Canyon.