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1. Posted by carved (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

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Anyone heading to WA? I always check forums and everyone seems to be heading for the east coast. I decided to go west intead, fancied the more chilled life style! (im getting boring in my old age?) Im planning on a nice slow travel as I will be in Oz for about 2 years. I also want to travel to other places from oz. I will be buying a van to live in as my main source of accomodation.

anyone else heading that way from sydney in september/ october time?
anyone in Perth area trying to sell a van?

its the first time I am doing this kind of travel! I'm looking forward to the freedom but kind of scared too! and ill be going solo!

2. Posted by NinjaSmurf (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y

I've done quite a bit of travel, yet my most favourite trip was one I did in my own country, through WA. Sure the Eastern Coast has most of those big Australian icons, but WA is really something special. Because of the large distances between places in Australia, travel takes a lot of time, so travellers from other countries tend to opt to do the East Coast where most of these big draw cards are. As a result I think the majority of people who travel through WA are Australian. So since not as many international tourists visit WA, you feel special, because you're experiencing a place not many others have. WA is a beautiful place, full of vibrant colour, a place that is less tainted by tourism than it's Eastern Coast cousin.

Travelling through Australia by van is a great idea. It's a great way to see lots of things, because you can go where you want when you want and you're not restricted to a tour, or bus or train schedule.

Note that you should avoid travel in the north during the summer time. Not only does it get really hot there, summer time is the rainy season there, so there is lots of flooding and it's also cyclone season. You should also be very well prepared when travelling through the outback at any time of year. Always make sure you are carrying food and lots of water, a first aid kit, have lots of petrol (there are places where you won’t come across the next petrol station for hundreds of kilometers) and parts for your car. There are many other things that you should take into account, so it’ll probably be worth your while to invest in a guide book for travelling through the Australian outback.

My partner and I went across during the Spring time hoping to catch a glimpse of all the beautiful wildflowers that come out at that time of year. And we weren't disappointed. We started in Perth, drove down to Busselton and the Margaret River wine region, where we tried out some of the local wines and visited a lavender farm and chocolate factory. We then went across to Pemberton, to see the tall trees and then up to Hyden to see Wave Rock. From there we went through the centre of WA, saw lots of beautiful wildflowers along the way and then desert. The desert/outback has beautiful and very interesting landscapes. We stopped off at Marble Bar that holds the world record for the longest sequence of days above 37.8 °C (100 °F), before heading up to Port Hedland. From Port Hedland, we went to Eighty Mile Beach and then up to Broome. We scheduled it so that we would reach Broome in time to see the dinosaur footprints. These footprints are in the rock by the ocean and you can only see them at very low tide. From Broome we started heading back south and stopped off at Karijini National Park for a few days. Karijini National Park was the highlight of this trip - gorgeous gorges galore. From there we stopped off at Tom Price and then went across to Coral Bay and saw Ningaloo Reef (Australia's largest fringing coral reef). Then we went to Shark Bay an Monkey Mia to see the dolphins. And on the way back to Perth, we had a look around Kalbarri National Park and then Nambung National Park where we saw the Pinnacles.

Unfortunately I'm not heading that way in Sept/Oct nor am I wanting to sell a van. I just wanted to impart some ideas on places you can visit, tips for travelling the Australian Outback and let you know that you’re going to love exploring WA

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Sep-2009, at 18:08 by NinjaSmurf ]

3. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 7y

You might be better off buying your van in Sydney or Melbourne and driving over as they tend to be cheaper in these cities. Have a look around before deciding.

WA is very beautiful, I've only been to the far north area and the far south area but would really like to go back. You won't be disappointed. Have a look at my travel pics for a sample.

As NinjaSmurf said most people travel the east coast because that's where most of the main Australian "icons" are and it's heavily advertised overseas.

4. Posted by daveewen (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

I'll be going solo and heading to Perth too, and I was originally looking to do it for mid October, but have put it back to fit in a bit of south-east asia first.

Good to see someone like-minded with their choice of destination!

You'll have to let us know how you get on since I'll more than likely be following in your footsteps, or tyre-tracks at least!

D

5. Posted by nimmysnv (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Quoting daveewen

I'll be going solo and heading to Perth too, and I was originally looking to do it for mid October, but have put it back to fit in a bit of south-east asia first.

Good to see someone like-minded with their choice of destination!

You'll have to let us know how you get on since I'll more than likely be following in your footsteps, or tyre-tracks at least!

D

Hi,

Western australia is very beautiful anyway and you will have all the exotic views here, with amazing sunshines, brilliant beaches, and diversified natural attractions.

Thanks!!:)

6. Posted by Oscarzak (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I am also planning a trip to this area, I am particulary interested in Ningaloo reef and really want to do some snokelling there I came across this when seaching for some info about the best time to go
-snip- I am still trying to work out travelling distances between areas too, as it looks massive!

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7. Posted by carved (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

hello again everyone!
thanks for the reply's!
Im now in Sydney and having a blast, I am lucky enough to have a friend that is letting me stay at her house. My mind is at ease now I have seen how wonderful and friendly Australians are. Travelling here will be fantastic. I head out to Perth in 2 weeks. I decided not to do the drive as it is too far for me to do it alone. I don't feel safe doing it. I will buy a van once I get to Perth I think- although that could be a while now as I'm spending money quick here in Sydney!

Im going to take the India Pacific train, it takes about 3 days and maybe really boring but gives me a bit of time to think and plan and relax. Apparently its a god way to meet people too.
The more I hear about WA the more excited I am, can't wait to get there.