Welcome to WA and the 2015 National Championships!
If you are wondering if it is worth adding a few extra days to your stay when you come for the 2015 Australian National Dragon Boat Championships, well… it is! Western Australia has plenty to see and do, especially for the active outdoors person.
To assist you with your plans, DBWA has put together the following list of places you may wish to consider visiting. Please note that these are not paid advertisements, rather they are simply places that are enjoyed an admired by the WA locals who live here!
If desired, one could visit the locations listed below, in the order they are presented (or reverse order) over the course of a week, but a couple more days would allow it to be more relaxing. A trip to Margaret River to Augusta and returning by the same route to Perth (i.e. do not go to Walpole, Denmark, Albany, etc.) could be completed in 2 days, if time was tight, but the trip would be far more enjoyable if it was done at a more leisurely pace of at least 3 or 4 days.
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Kings Park, Perth – 5 min by bus from CBD
Kings Park is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks. It is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity. Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east.
Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular of all Western Australia’s city beaches. It is located only 15 minutes from the city centre. Renowned for its relaxed lifestyle and its one and a half kilometre stretch of golden sand, it is also the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean while dining on fresh seafood.
Rottnest Island – 90 min from Perth and 45 min from Fremantle by ferry
Situated 18 km west of Perth, Rottnest Island is a popular holiday destination. Diving and snorkeling are common activities, owing to its varied limestone reef terrain, and plentiful fish. The island features historic buildings and pleasant beaches, all reachable via the many cycling tracks; cycling being the island’s main mode of transport – private or hire cars are not allowed on the island.
Busselton is a lovely town with beautiful sandy beaches and the famous heritage listed Busselton Jetty. At 1.8 km in length, it is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Stroll down to the end of it and you will discover the amazing underwater observatory teeming with fish and other sea life. A brilliant opportunity for non-divers who wish to experience an underwater ‘dive’ without getting wet! For those who like to dive, Busselton has plenty of dive sites and the sunken battleship HMAS Swan to explore.
Margaret River is known for its excellent wines and spectacular, world-class surf waves. A thriving tourist town, Margaret River is filled with excellent accommodation and restaurants, and with its sizable artisan population there are many beautiful art objects and handicrafts to admire and enjoy. Margaret River is a prime location from which to explore south-west WA.
Lake Cave – Caves Road, Augusta – 3 hrs 15 min south-west of Perth
Lake Cave is another beautiful natural site, which, as the name implies, is a pristine and permanent underground lake within a cave.
Jewel Cave – Caves Road, Augusta – 3 hrs 15 min south-west of Perth
The largest show cave in Western Australia, Jewel Cave has four massive chambers and an incredible number of beautiful formations to view! This is a cave you will not want to leave.
Augusta is only some 15 or 20 minutes from Jewel Cave, and is where the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean meet. The Cape Leeuwin lighthouse is located there; it is mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse.
Gloucester Tree – Pemberton – 3 hrs 40 min south of Perth
Climb a 61 m tall karri tree and view the forest from the site of an old forestry lookout.
Giant Tingle Tree – Walpole – 4 hrs 40 min south-east of Perth
At 24 metres, the Giant Tingle Tree is the largest, living, girthed eucalypt known in the world
Enjoy walking through the karri forest canopy! Growing to over 80 metres, karri trees are one of the tallest trees in the world.
What’s not to love about Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks? Beautiful scenery and a gorgeous, sheltered swimming area!
Albany – 4.5 hrs south of Perth
Albany was the first established European settlement in Western Australia. The history of Albany includes the first and second ANZAC troops departing for Gallipoli. It also served as a whaling station and had a gaol for convicts shipped from England. An interest of a more modern era is the Albany Wind Farm with its wind turbines.
Castle Rock – Porongurup Ranges – 4 hrs 20 min south-east from Perth
One must first climb the hill, then find your way through some giant boulders and over some large rocks, but the reward is to locate the ladder and climb to the top of Castle Rock for some amazing views!
Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges rises 1,099 metres (3,606 ft) above sea level and is one of only a few places to experience regular snowfalls in Western Australia.
Climbing Bluff Knoll, a round trip of about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi), takes three to four hours, and can be achieved by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness, however preparation is critical as the weather can be subject to rapid, unpredictable changes. The view from the summit encompasses the Stirling and Porongurup mountain ranges, as well as the coast near Albany.