So I'm looking more into my upcomming year long Australia trip, and while the information on Melbourne and Sydney and NSW in general is abundant, I am having a harder time finding information on the Western Coast.
I'm thinking I'll likely be headed down from either Darwin or Alice Springs, in a Perth-ish direction, but I'm not sure its worth it. What kind of things are there to see in the West? I've heard veried reviews on the subject, so I'd like some views from the experts I will likely be traveling on my own...and I'm not much into the heavy drinking / all night every night party scene (though I will be enjoying that come Sydney!)
Shark Bay and Monkey Mia are both very appealing to me, so thats at least one reason to go ...
Thanks in Advance!
A good site which you can check some stuff out on is the Western Australia tourism board site.
That has plenty of helpful things, it even has a section where you can download some brochures on to your computer (if you have adobe acrobat reader) and that would put some pictures to places.
Shark Bay/Monkey Mia is definitely one of the highlights of Western Australia. I also liked Broome for it's great beaches like Cable Beach which is one of the more famous ones in Australia. Those places are far better than anything you'll come across in Sydney or Melbourne including any surrounding regions.
In Sydney you have Australia's version of New York and in Melbourne you pretty much have Australia's version of Vancouver.
Don't get me wrong, doing the East coast trip from Cairns-Melbourne have plenty of nice things, but a lot of them are things you could see back in Canada. In Western Australia, Northern Territory and the north-central area of South Australia state, you get more of the real Australia that one associates with the country. You get to see far more natural wonders in Western Australia than anywhere else. I guess you could kind of class a lot of Western Australia like Utah, Nevada (in some sections) and Arizona in America with things like Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon etc in that area of America similar sorts of natural wonders are found in outback Northern Territory and outback Western Australia. Apart from the obvious things like Uluru, Kings Canyon, you have the Olgas, Devils Marble, Wave Rock, Hippopotamus Rock, the Prison tree (big tree with a hollow section that was used to prison a person), pinnacles (similar types of things to this carvings at Bryce canyon in America), Bungle Bungles, swimming with the dolphins at Monkey Mia, Margaret River, Rottnest Island and lots lots more of things similar. All of those are either in Western Australia or the Northern Territory.
Another site that'd be worth checking out is http://www.westernaustraliaholidays.com.au/
That not only has information on Western Australia and ideas, but it also has information and ideas for all the states and territories in Australia. An itinerary which shows on a map of Western Australia on the side, shows Fitzroy Crossing. I went there when I was 12 years old, so it may have changed its ways since then but that wasn't a place you'd want to hang around for long but maybe just go through to see a different side of aboriginal culture to what you may in the Northern Territory. I can remember when my parents were driving through in the car, it had hundreds of aboriginals surrounding either side of the street which had a pub on one side, almost everyone was very drunk and behaving very dangerously (more like you'd expect in places like a Brazillian soccer riot except with throwing beer bottles and fists instead of firebombs, fire crackers or other explosives as well as the fists), so it was like a riot on each side of the road and slightly on to the roads edges. That'd be one extreme of the culture when the majority are the complete opposite.
Just sticking to the big cities known around the world would be a crime and basically not worth a trip to Australia in my view, but one would hope in a year in Australia you would venture past the tourist hot spot areas, but unfortunately a lot of the people on working holiday visa's spend far too much time in Sydney which eats up money quickly and is not that good anyway.
Sometimes without a hire car it can be extremely difficult to get about to explore the places less on the tourist trail and even sometimes the places like Port Arthur and Freycinet National Park in Tasmania which are very touristy places are difficult to reach without going on expensive tours.
Most likely anywhere you go that has a hostel, will have enough people for you to see the sites, maybe even travel quite some distance with friends you make in the hostels. Even if you don't have a particularly outgoing personality back home, when you travel alone you will change somewhat as a person and feel a lot more easy going than you'd normally be at home mainly due to the fact you know nobody, so if you mess up or something isn't liked well who cares no one you know will ever find out.
Have a great time in Australia.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 6, 2007, at 5:36 AM by aharrold45 ]
On my last trip to Australia I spent about a week in Perth and its surrounding areas, I wish I had several months!! Rottnest Island was a beautiful day trip and well worth the trip to Western Australia itself. A trip north to the Pinnacles is a very interesting trip. Spend a day there and camp overnight. The bizzare limestone formation offer excellent photographic possibilities. Then on the way back to Perth stop off and go sand boarding.
I would definately make the trip out west. Wish I had the time to head up to Monkey Mia... Enjoy!!!
The Easy Rider tour company is supposed to be a good option for the West Coast. It's www.easyridertours.com.au
When would you be going to the West Coast. Me and my girlfriend are heading out on our travels in Sept and we will be travelling down the west coast of australia in the new year 2008. If you go before hand I would love to hear of everything worth seeing and if you are there at the same time maybe we could put our ideas together and maybe meet while we are all out there. We are considering doing it in a campervan or just getting a rental and doing some wild camping in the national parks.
I'm not too sure what time exactly that I will be headed that way, but I will most likely want to be in Either Sydney or Melbourne for the Holidays (Christmas and New years) and I imagine I'll be going back out to the west after that, so ummm Maybe August 2007 and onwards. I'm supposed to be leaving by mid April 2008.
Sorry about being so late with this answer........
If you are still interested in info on the West please feel free to email/message me direct. Sorry I can't answer you at the moment - have just spent an hour or so on an answer to another post and it is now way past my bedtime! LOL (Check out the thread "Australia - Itinery" thread and you can see some of the things I have suggested.)
But you will be coming at a different time so things will be different for you.