Pinnacles – Amazing Landscape Shines Bright in the Desert Sun

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The sun is shining bright and it’s a clear blue sky sort of day, which is not unusual for Perth. We are off to visit the Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park from our nearby base at Cervantes. The Pinnacles Desert is 10 kilometres from Cervantes heading south back towards the city off the Indian Ocean Drive.

It’s a top attraction that is on the must see list for many visitors to Western Australia which receives over 150,000 visitors each year. Given its closeness to Perth (a couple of hours drive), there’s really no excuse not to visit since the Pinnacles makes for a great day trip or a weekend overnighter if you would like to explore nearby areas as well.

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Busselton Jetty – The Longest Jetty in the Southern Hemisphere

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Earlier this year, the famous Busselton Jetty overlooking Geographe Bay reopened after a major overhaul that cost $27 million dollars. Its claim to fame is for holding the record for the longest wooden (or timber-piled) jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at 1.9 kilometres. Post renovation, it is now in a much stronger position to maintain its special record.

At the jetty entrance, you will find the boat shed visitors centre – that’s if you don’t get distracted and find yourself at a few hundred metres away indulging at Simmo’s the local ice cream outlet!

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Things to do in Broome for a Perfect Winter Getaway

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To get away from the winter blues, look no further than Broome as your next getaway. It's only taken me so long to visit this breathtaking town. From the minute you touch down at Broome International Airport, you know you've left winter behind. All the airport ground staff are in shorts and summer shirts, and sporting deep tans.

Our first evening in Broome is unforgettable.

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Camping in Perth - A Spectacular Night Under the Stars

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There are quite possibly more sublime free experiences than lying back on a cool, clear evening and watching an outback sky transit from glorious sunset to a spectacular theatre of stars, but for the moment what it could be escapes me.

We ventured around six hours north-east of Perth to a station 50kms south of mining town Mt Magnet to find a camping spot. The drive itself is part of the experience. Don’t hit the north western highway too early, instead wind your way through Toodyay and Dalwallinu.

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Augusta – A Hot Spot Emerging from the Shadow of a Better Known Neighbour

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Previously in the shadow Margaret River 60 kilometres to the north, the once almost ignored sleepy hollow of Augusta is starting to shape up as the next hot spot on Western Australia’s long list of top coastal destinations.

For a start it is one of those rare spots in the WA where you can see the sun rise over the ocean. It is also one of the even less common places where you can have your photo taken across a line that bisects two oceans.

With access to the Blackwood River on one hand and the Indian and Southern oceans on the other, those into fishing or boating can take their pick. During the whale watching season (June to September) Southern Right and Humpback Whales come into Flinders Bay, so close you feel you could reach out and touch them.

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