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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Celebrating WA Day - Wander out yonder in Western Australia

Today, Monday 1 June, we are celebrating WA Day in Western Australia. Originally called Foundation Day to commemorate the claiming of Western Australia for the English Crown, in the last few years to acknowledge the indigenous heritage of Western Australia, the day has been renamed WA Day.  A day for us to celebrate the magnificence and diversity of Western Australia and all that we cherish about living here. 

I think this year, perhaps more than others, we acknowledge the safety we all enjoy here in Western Australia. Our Covid-19 cases remain low, except for a few cases still entering from overseas, who are being isolated on arrival. So now the internal borders our state Government imposed and some of the social distancing restrictions are being eased and lifted. Although our borders to the rest of Australia and internationally remain closed.

So this year our government is encouraging us to boost our economy and local businesses by exploring our own state and "Wander Out Yonder"

We truly have a magnificent and diverse state to explore - rugged gorges, red outback plains, white sandy beaches and towering forests - so today I decided to do an A-Z of Western Australian travel, with some links to where I have blogged about them previously. So sit back for an armchair overview of Western Australia - which is no means an exhaustive list - I could go on forever! 

A - learn about our wartime history in the National Anzac Centre in Albany - Albany Anzac Centre

B - explore street art in Bunbury - Re-Discover Bunbury

or sit in the sun during the southern winter in Broome in the Kimberly

or walk from Perth to Albany on the Bibbulmun Track 

or meet a Bilby in the Dryandra Woodland

C - swim with the fish in Coral Bay - Another Day in Paradise

or visit history in Cue - Queen of the Murchison 

or visit the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and walk the Cape to Cape track

D - talk to the Dolphins at Monkey Mia near Denham in Shark Bay 

or walk among the karris in Denmark on the south coast - where the ocean meets the forest

E - Camp at Elachbutting Rock in the far eastern wheatbelt

or visit the old Telgraph Station ruins at Eucla on the Nullarbor

F - wander around the Ferguson Valley visiting wineries, cafes, gardens and galleries

or visit the weekend markets in the vibrant port city of Fremantle

G - visit the abandoned Gwalia township in the goldfields

 H - Travel the Hyden to Norseman Road on the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail

or traverse the offroad Holland Track

I - travel up the west coast on the Indian Ocean Drive

or stop for fuel at the Imintji Roadhouse on the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley and take a side visit to Bell Gorge

J - Cool your toes at Jurien Bay and visit nearby Lesueur National Park during wildflower season

K - Visit the amazing gorges in the Karijini National Park and here - Camping in Karijini

or explore the Kennedy Ranges

or for something quirky the Tin Horse Highway at Kulin

L - take a flight over Lake Argyle near Kununurra 

 or closer to our home, wander through the paperbarks along the banks of the Leschenault Estuary in Australind

M - explore the walk trails of the largest rock in the world - Mount Augustus 

or visit the wine regions and surf beaches of Margaret River and visit "Amaze'n"  - a great place to take the kids

or visit Western Australia's hottest town - Marble Bar 

N - camp out and drive along Australia's longest straight stretch of road on the Nullarbor 

O - take a boat cruise along the Ord River in Kununurra  

P - be awed by ancient geological history in Purnululu National Park 

or walk among the giant Karri trees in Pemberton or near-by Boranup Forest

or cross the Pentacost River Crossing in the Kimberley - beware of Crocodiles! 

 or check out the Pinnacles at Cervantes

Q - search for the Qualup Bell in the Fitzgerald National Park at Hopetoun 

or Quandongs in the wheatbelt

or see if you can spot Queen Victoria's Head on the Gibb  River Road 

R - say hello to the quokkas at Rottnest Island  (used as a quarantine station during the Covid-19 pandemic) 

or follow the Rabbit Proof Fence

or the Farm Gate art trail in Ravensthorpe

S - stop at Southern Cross along the goldfields pipeline discovery trail on the road from Perth to Kalgoorlie 

 or wander the wheatbelt and check out the silo art trail

T - walk the Timberline Trail in Nannup

 U - visit the Underwater Observatory on the Busselton jetty
or cheer on the swimmers in the annual around the jetty swim 

 V - visit the Vlamingh Head lighthouse at North West Cape in Exmouth
and while you are there swim on the coral reefs of the Ningaloo Reef 

W - discover history by traversing the Wool Wagon Pathway in the Murchison 
and hunt for the Wreath Leschenaultia 

or climb the Tree Top walk in the giant tingle forests near Walpole 

or camp and hike at Wellington Dam near Collie

or stay at Wooleen Station in the Murchison grazing lands 

X - hunt for wild orchids in the Xantippe Nature Reserve east of Dalwallinu during a midwest wildflower drive in spring

 Y - enjoy a bush walk to the bird hide to spot migratory water birds in the Yalgorup National Park south of Mandurah and see the 2000 year old Thrombolites at Lake Clifton  

or spend a weekend in York, one of Western Australia's oldest towns. 

 or visit the vineyards of Yallingup and the south west

Z - see the views from the Z-bend and Nature's Window lookout and the Zuytdorp Cliffs in the Kalbarri National Park and walk one of the many trails.

or stop at Zanthus railway siding on the trans Australian railway 

So there you have it. Western Australia is a huge, beautiful and diverse state with much to visit. So my message to those of you in Western Australia - get out and visit our own state! We have started planning our next trip.

Find more information about visiting Western Australia here - Welcome to Western Australia

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  1. Hello, wonderful scenic photos, there is so much to see. I love the dolphins. It is great to be free to wander again. We are slowing regaining our freedom. Lovely post. Have a happy day and great week ahead.

  2. We've finally begun loosening restrictions here, and while I'm glad of that, I'm also nervous about increasing my exposure. I'm not much enjoying the "new normal", although I'm sure we'll adjust.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/06/more-quarantine-baking.html

  3. It would be so cool to chatter and swim with dolphins. I so enjoyed the tour around there. I like seeing your varieties of flowers and plants. So different, some similar, than what we have! Thank you!

    1. the first time we went to Monkey Mia we could wade with the dolphins whenever we wanted, now they have more restrictions. It was really lovely back then. I guess things need to change to protect them.

  4. Thanks Jill for a wonderful post on WA. Your photos are amazing and I enjoyed them all. We are definitely going back to WA when the borders are open again, made me realise how much we enjoyed our trips there and there are still some places to see for the first time. Have a great week.

    1. We lived here all our life. There are still places we haven't seen yet - it is a BIG state!

  5. Love the exuberance in your post, Jill! It's easy to know where your heart is full of:) Beautiful sceneries. In several ways Australis reminds me of the UDA: wild and free! Am proud of your president not bowing down to the threat of another country!! Love the guys fishing at the beach, and thes beautiful rosy colored flowers. Many thanks for showing All Seasons part of Australia:) Have a marvelous week, Jesh

    1. yes - I really love where we live. Such variety.

  6. That's a lot to take in! It sure seems an ideal place to live.

    Thanks for being a part of 'My Corner of the World' this week!

  7. Wow! Loved this look at Western Australia. So glad to hear that your cases are low and things are slowly coming back to life. We too are pealing back the restrictions and plan to set off next week on our first overnight road trip. . .may not be our last this year as the thought of getting on a plane or going through an airport is simply not inviting! Take care and continue to be well~

    1. yes I have no intention of getting on a plane any time soon! Happy local travels Jackie!

  8. I would love to wander out yonder there. Especially that last photo. The arch. Such diversity in your post.

  9. Jill - if the world every returns to "normal", Australia is still on our bucket list, and you adeptly (and thoroughly) show us why!

    1. You must visit! But we are a BIG diverse country, so you need to choose wisely.

  10. I have been to the southeast coast of australia, but would love to go to western australia . It is on my list of places to go! Can't wait for all this lockdown to end. I am supposed to go to Bali at the end of October, but I don't know if it is going to happen. I am not holding my breath, but one can hope.

    1. I really don't want to consider going anywhere overseas till next year at the very earliest. But we have lots still to see in Australia!

  11. Jill congratulate to this historic day. Interesting to read about and to admire the fantastisc captures of course, you made. By the way I have a CD of Didgeridoo music here...

    ...stay healthy and well.

    Happy MosaicMonday

  12. You have some lovely photos! I especially love the one of the dolphins! Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

  13. I would love to visit! I know it takes a lot of driving to see so much but it would be great to do it the way you do...camping along the way. I love this post and will spend some more time reading it again! Hugs from Florida, Diane

  14. It truly is a magnificent country and I'd love to visit. Most def. on my "bucketlist".
    Happy Monday from GA USA
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  15. P.S. And thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

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