Kununurra - The Last Frontier in WA

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Closer to Darwin than its own capital Perth 3000km away, Kununurra is often described as the last frontier.

Situated at the heart of the East Kimberley in northern West Australia, Kununurra is a green oasis in the red dirt that in the local Aboriginal language means “the meeting of the big waters.”

My family and I were lucky enough to live there for three months in the mild season before the wet a few years ago. It is hot all year round with two distinct seasons; the wet (November – January) and the dry.  Many roads are closed during the wet season so it is best to travel in the dry and plan ahead.

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Shark Bay - Monkey Mia Dolphins, Stromatolites, and More

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The Shark Bay World Heritage Drive along Western Australia’s coral coast takes you on a journey from ancient stromatolites to the world-famous dolphin centre at Monkey Mia and thoroughly deserves its World Heritage status.

The road trip can begin or end at Monkey Mia so if you are travelling from Perth and are short on time, you may wish to fly into this small resort and then take to the road.

Travellers with more time on their hands can drive north about 700 km from Perth to the Overlander Roadhouse on the North West Coastal Highway. It is here the 130 km drive inland along the coast begins.

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Explore the Wilderness in Walpole

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Located along the north side of the Walpole Inlet, this small country town offers countless attractions for anyone enthusiastic about or even marginally interested in the outdoors. To get to Walpole, drive south from Perth along the South Western Highway for about 420km or head east from Demark for 65km.

A great first stop when you arrive in town is the Walpole Visitor Centre. It is located along the South Coast Highway in Pioneer Park. Walpole grew significantly in the 1930s Great Depression through the Nornalup Land Settlement, which brought unemployed men and their families into the area to develop farming. They camped in Pioneer Park as they waited for their land allocation. Learn more about this and other parts of Walpole’s history, pick up maps, get recommendations and chat with some locals before heading out to explore everything Walpole has to offer.

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Margaret River - Tantalise Your Senses with Wine and Food from the South West of WA

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For a gourmet wine and food lover, Margaret River in the South West of WA is a haven in which they can pamper their senses and indulge the senses. The area has established a reputation for itself over the past decades, a fact affirmed by the international awards that were given to different wineries, restaurants and cafes. If you are interested in discovering what fine wining and dining the South West has to offer you, read on.

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Kalbarri - A Family Favourite on the Coral Coast

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Situated on Western Australia’s Coral Coast, the small fishing town of Kalbarri has been a holiday favourite with the locals for many years.

By locals I mean West Australians.

Many of my friends who grew up with me in the south west would head north to Kalbarri every year for the traditional family holiday.

In Australian terms, it is an easy distance from Perth – only 590 km or about six hours of driving.

It remains a favourite today so it must be doing something right!

Kalbarri is a small coastal town with year-round sunny weather and a laid-back feel to it that changes to a general buzz when the holiday season arrives. It pays to book in advance and get in early if you are planning to travel there in peak season.

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