Mention Eucla and most people think of hiding their honey at the border crossing or the Telegraph Station ruins. But if you venture a little farther you will come upon the true highlight of this park; the weathered bone-white relic jetty. Once built to supply the township with supplies in the late 1800’s, this structure is now a favourite perch for seabirds and is complimented perfectly by the white sandy beach and aquamarine water. So if transversing the Nullarbor, make it a priority to have a pit stop here to enjoy the view and sea air while imagining the days of long past.
Nuytsland Nature Reserve hugs one of the most well known drives in Australia, the Nullarbor. Considered a right of passage for Australian travellers, this long and linear reserve will reward you with vistas of sheer limestone cliffs, remote beaches and increasingly arid sandplains. But out here, in the far south east of WA, is one of the most internationally known caves; Cocklebiddy Cave. Cocklebiddy is one of hundreds of caves that form the world’s largest arid limestone karst system and once proudly held the record for longest cave diving distance at 6250m. Researchers have described diving in Cocklebiddy as surreal and likened it to floating through air due to the extreme clarity of the water.
Peak Charles is one of the less advertised and visited national parks in the south west of WA, making it a gem for those seeking solitude in the Great Western Woodlands. Visible from more than 50km away, Peak Charles and its partner Peak Eleanora, slowly reveal their domineering presence in the landscape as you approach along the bumpy access track. The climb up the ancient granite rock to the top is well worth it, rewarding the effort with sweeping views of branching salt plains and a humbling reminder of how small we really are.
Looking for a comfy white beach to laze on with chilled out kangaroos? Or perhaps crystal clear aquamarine water to loll in with the odd dolphin? Look no further as Cape Le Grand National Park has it all! The feeling of silky soft sand underfoot as you stroll along the beach at sunrise, watching the sun change the landscape in a kaleidoscope of colours, will leave you thinking that the camping site is aptly named; Lucky Bay. This park, along with the greater Esperance coastline, definitely rivals the title for the “grandest” beaches not only in Australia but the world.
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Fitzgerald River National Park is one of the largest and most floristically diverse parks in Australia, so much so that it has been endorsed by UNESCO as an internationally significant Biosphere Reserve. Over 1880 plants have been recorded in the park, with numerous being endemic to its borders, and likewise more species of fauna make this park home than in any other reserve in the south west of WA.