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Nine unique things to do in Western Australia – and how to experience them

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Hutt Lagoon: take to the skies for the best view of this natural wonder Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Western Australia has some of Earth’s most staggering natural wonders. Here are nine of the state’s most unusual sights and how best to enjoy them as part of your Australian adventure

1 Hutt Lagoon

Viewing the calm, pink pastel waters of Hutt Lagoon will make you feel like you’ve been transported into a David Hockney painting. Masses of caroteinoid-producing algae produce the striking colour, which is best viewed from the air. Shine Aviation pilots double as expert guides, so are uniquely and perfectly placed to provide you with an aerial tour of this unforgettable coastline.

2 Horizontal Waterfalls

While a horizontal waterfall may sound like something out of the hit 2010 sci-fi thriller Inception, this is no dream. Propelled by the largest tidal movements on the planet, the two horizontal waterfalls, known as the “Horries”, are caused by this fast-moving tide being squeezed through the narrow gorges of the McLarty Range.

This phenomenon is best enjoyed as part of an adrenalin-fuelled speedboat tour of Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago. In case you need any more encouragement, Sir David Attenborough describes them as “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”.

Horizontal Falls: a speedboat excursion is recommended to fully immerse in this spectacle Credit: Getty

3 The Pinnacles

Nambung National Park, about 200km (125 miles) north of Perth, is home to the striking limestone formations known as the Pinnacles. If it is otherworldly that you are after, this is the right place. 

And as impressive as they are by day, nothing can prepare you for the raw natural power of the vast sunsets and shimmering night skies seen from among these eerie statues. While the formations can be explored from the comfort of your own car, allow Adams Pinnacle Tours to be your guides and strap in for an incredible journey.

The Pinnacles: wait till nightfall to experience these formations at their best Credit: Tourism Western Australia

4 Wave Rock

A few hours’ drive south-east of Perth, Wave Rock has spent the past 2,700 million years being battered by wind and rain. The formation, 110m (360ft) long and 5m high, resembles a multicoloured granite wave. A visit to the rock and nearby Hyden makes for an excellent day trip from Perth, or a stop-off point as part of a road trip along the South West Edge.

Wave Rock: include this 5m high weather-worn structure on a day trip to nearby Hyden Credit: Tourism Western Australia

5 Wildflowers 

As with all its abundant natural beauty, Western Australia does not do things by halves when it comes to wildflowers. Between June and November, the vibrant blooms of one of the world’s largest proliferations of wildflowers spring into life, covering towns, coastlines and the outback in a carpet of colour. With 12,000 species of flower – 60 per cent of which are unique to Western Australia – and plenty of willing tour guides to show you the highlights, it is safe to say you will not find a flower show like this anywhere else on Earth.

Wildflowers: get back to nature with a carpet of blooms like nowhere else Credit: Tourism Western Australia

6 The Bungle Bungle Range

The distinctive, deliciously named Bungle Bungle Range undulates magnificently along the western stretch of Purnululu National Park in the Kimberley. To really experience the grandeur of this World Heritage-listed site, book yourself into a wilderness lodge and explore one of the many incredible walking trails.

The Bungle Bungle Range: tackle one of the walking trails or book yourself into a wilderness lodge for the full experience Credit: Tourism Western Australia

7 Karijini National Park

Like a huge natural playground constructed over two billion years, Karijini National Park is a must-visit for anyone with even the most modest streak of adventure. Scramble over ancient boulders and through narrow tunnels, hike along the towering gorges of multicoloured rock, go wild swimming in lush hidden plunge pools and then sleep it all off beneath the stars.

Karijini National Park: adrenaline junkies unite at this one-stop-shop of adventure Credit: Getty

8 The Yeagarup Dunes

The Yeagarup Dunes in Pemberton is the largest land-locked mobile dune system in the southern hemisphere. Huge volumes of sand are blown inland and combine with the already vast dunes, encroaching on the otherwise predominantly forested regions of Pemberton.

As more forest is swallowed up, some incredible fossilised trees are revealed by the shifting sands. To get the best views of this spectacular scene, and some enviable photos of the coastal birdlife, wildflowers and orchids, book yourself a 4WD tour of D'Entrecasteaux National Park.

The Yeagarup Dunes: book onto a 4WD tour for the best trip Credit: Getty

9 Lake Ballard

It is easy to see why renowned British sculptor Sir Anthony Gormley chose the salt plain of Lake Ballard as the setting for his Inside Australia exhibit. This surreal landscape, near the outback town of Menzies in the Goldfields-Esperance region, is intensely white and shimmers in the sun, hiding the rich red mud just below the surface. The lake bed is populated by 51 Gormley statues, each representing one of the town’s residents.

The area is small enough to be explored in an afternoon, but large enough to let visitors experience some serious mystic solitude among its spindly black chromium-steel inhabitants. This is a fascinating, spiritual addition to a road trip around the Goldfields region from Kalgoorlie, which offers plenty of other local attractions and nearby outback pubs to explore.

Lake Ballard: come for the Instagram shots, stay for the peace and quiet Credit: Tourism Western Australia
See another side to Australia in Western Australia

Home to four World Heritage listed sites, the West Coast is an extraordinary place. Explore lunar landscapes, pink lakes, towering forests and pristine Ningaloo Reef, where you can swim with gentle giants like the whale shark. It is also closer than you think with direct flights from London or a short hop from Asia. Start in beachside Perth, Australia’s sunniest city. The locals will give you a welcome as warm as the weather, from the friendly quokkas to passionate producers and aboriginal guides.

And when travelling with Flight Centre, an Australian company as passionate about its home destination as it is about its personalised service, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable, hassle-free Australian getaway.

Let their Travel Consultants tailor-make a trip to suit you, and guide you through the amazing travel experiences that await in Western Australia by visiting flightcentre.co.uk/holidays/australia/western-australia