North Western Australia – Where the Desert Meets the Sea

If you are looking to have an out-of-the box Australian adventure, look no further and start heading to north Western Australia to begin your travel fun. Broome, Exmouth and Coral Bay are three destinations that are sure to “wow” your senses and leave you wanting more. With stunning scenery and no shortage of things to do, you will be planning your next trip back before you’ve arrived home.

Desert Sands Australia

When you arrive in Broome, you will be greeted by a dramatic red sand landscape framed by the sparkling Indian Ocean. Cable Beach is the main beach in Broome and is simply stunning. 22.5 km of beautiful white sand with ocean that is so turquoise in colour that it appears to be an inviting mirage located on the edge of the desert.

There are several attractions and activities to keep you busy in between beach visits. “The Malcom Douglas Crocodile Park” is sure to thrill with a feeding tour of relocated crocodiles. The snapping sound of the feeding crocodile’s jaws will both scare and excite you as once invisible crocodiles make their presence known by thrashing around for their prey.

There are also opportunities to hold baby crocodiles during the tour which makes for a fun photo op and new facebook profile picture if you’re so inclined. A camel ride is a surprisingly high and beautiful way to explore Cable Beach during sunrise or sunset. It makes you feel like a little kid when you get up close to these weird and wonderful creatures during a quiet and cool time of the day.

If your trip up to Broome cooperates with the lunar calendar, then you must add the “Staircase to the Moon” to your ‘to do’ list. This phenomenon occurs at Roebuck Bay where an optical illusion makes it appear as if there is a staircase climbing its way up to the moon, and provides a great opportunity to taste some local wine and to simply enjoy yourself.

Exmouth and Coral Bay are the gateway to the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef. 152 km apart on the North West Cape of Australia; Exmouth and Coral Bay boast pristine white sandy beaches with beautiful warm turquoise water. Both towns are known for their excellent locations for snorkeling and wildlife spotting.

Ningaloo Reef Snorkel

Depending on the time of year you visit the area, you may see whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and humpback whales while exploring the waters. There are plenty of sight-seeing tours available to help you spot the unique array of wildlife and some with the option of BYOB…so it is sure to be a good time.

The Cape Range National Park is located just outside of Exmouth and is a must see. Turquoise Bay, located in the park, has easy snorkeling close to the shore. The clear water provides great opportunities to view the massive Ningaloo Reef and the beautiful creatures who reside there. Camping is available at the National Park for a reasonable rate and although it is a bit rugged with minimal amenities it is an amazing experience. Imagine this: being on your own private beach, sipping some of Australia’s finest wine at sunset and watching humpback whales breeching on the horizon – incredible!

Before you pack your bags – think heat! The temperature in this region is not for the faint of heart. If you are a heat sensitive person, or simply human, there can be very little relief from the sun when traveling in this area. Be sure to plan ahead for the heat as there are very few trees to provide shade during the day.

For the budget minded think of saving a little extra money to splurge on a room with A/C, a beach umbrella and the obvious plenty of water and sunscreen. It can be so hot at times that an unnecessary trip to the air conditioned grocery store or mall might need to be taken to simply cool down. Research the time of year you are going and take the necessary steps to take care of yourself.

Touring Broome, Exmouth and Coral Bay gives you the experience of visiting the desert with the relief of the ocean. There is so much to see and do. Adventure awaits…after all they don’t call it the “wild west” for nothing.

Date posted: 4th December, 2014

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