Australia is one of the most unique places on the planet, and Western Australia is quickly rising as one of the most amusing tourist destinations on the continent. Before discussing Western Australia tourism, here’s a brief summary of the other regions on the continent.
The Five Regions of Australia and Western Australia Tourism
Australia is divided into five parts. Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Southern Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales.
The Northern Territory is mostly uninhabited, but it boasts enchanting landscapes and is also considered to be the home of aboriginal culture.
The driest of the five states, Southern Australia, has some brilliant beaches and is known for its great food and many kinds of cheese and honey varieties.
Queensland, on the other hand, is known for having many islands, mountainous rainforests, and pristine beaches.
Home to the capital (Sydney), New South Wales is known for vibrant city life, endless expanses of beaches and sophisticated dining.
The much less crowded Western Australia is an extensive area of unexplored land. People looking for a laid-back time away from prying eyes will thoroughly enjoy the great outbacks found in Western Australia. Its historic prowess made it a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is also home to some of the oldest cultures known to man. Read on as we explore the hidden gems in the world of Western Australia tourism.
What is unique to Western Australia Tourism, and is it worth visiting?
Not usually the first travel destination on visitors’ minds, Western Australia is a trove of gems waiting to be explored. Its unusual and quirky attractions are quickly becoming mainstream, and it’s only a matter of time before large crowds start to flood its territories. Below are some of our favourite attractions and quirks of the region when it comes to Western Australia tourism.
Since their introduction to the country in the 1840s, camel populations have skyrocketed in Western Australia due to there being no natural predators for the animal. Populations are so high, in fact, that Western Australia exports camels to the region most known for this animal: the Middle East. As a result, camel rides in the natural elements are commonplace in Western Australia.
Home to the happiest wild animal on Earth
The quokka is a marsupial no larger than a small cat with a cosy kangaroo-like pouch where it keeps its young. The creature that is special to Western Australia resembles what a teddy bear would be if it could move. This is another animal with no natural predators in Western Australia, and we’re glad for that. No one can handle the thought of these cheerful creatures being harmed. These creatures can be found in abundance in Rottnest Island.
Visitors can visit the green island Rottnest by ferry and then engage in a guided bus tour around the island. Afterwards, they can explore the island on foot and stop at famous attractions like West End (the vibrant inner-city suburb) and the Wadjemup Lighthouse (a still functioning archaic landmark).
The City of Perth can be seen from space
Perth, also known as the City of Lights, can be seen from space due to the endless lights that brighten up its night sky.
Perth is also home to Wheat Belt, a place where visitors can explore strange natural landscapes such as Wave Rock which is a long expanse of hilly rocks that are shaped like crashing waves. This area is also known for its rich aboriginal culture, such as Mulka’s Cave (a place of great importance for the aboriginal religion), and the beautiful stretches of wildflowers that cover the area.
It’s the place emus won a war against humanity
This is the last mention of an Australian animal (we promise). After World War I, the Australian government sought to reward returning war veterans with prize money and plots of land. Western Australia was chosen as the area for these land plots. Save for the fact that the region was inhabited by large hordes of emus who would feed on local farmers’ crops.
The Australian government engaged in an emu extermination effort to clear the area of the then harmful emus. Subsequently, emus were chased down by cars and then shot using guns. The effort all but failed as the Australian authorities were only able to hunt one emu at a time, hence making the entire process a time-consuming and cumbersome ordeal.
Explore the largest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere
Wooden jetties are wooden platforms that are erected over seas, oceans, lake shores, or large bodies of water. Jetties serve many purposes, such as serving as a water break, protecting coastlines from tides and currents, as well as providing a platform for fishers.
Over 2km long, the Busselton Jetty was built in 1865 and was built to this monstrous size to be able to service many ships. Today, visitors can enjoy the calm tranquil ocean air and sounds as they walk up and down the jetty. Visitors can strike up a conversation with one of the few fishermen there or explore the bewitching nearby Underwater Observatory to watch the local marine life through glass platforms.
If you’re considering visiting Western Australia, we recommend you go ahead and do it. It is an absolutely unique and unusual part of the world where everything dances to its own rhythm. If you haven’t been to the continent before, then Western Australia will serve as the best possible introduction to all things Australia. You will not regret it.
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