"The Golden West" Top 5 Page for this destination State of Western Australia by TheWanderingCamel

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Unique and wonderful

Kangaroo paws
- floral emblem of Western Australia -
like so many things about this great state,
not necessarily attractive at first glance,
an acquired taste.
But, like the land they grow in, they come in an infinite variety,
their appeal grows on you
and they are wonderfully rewarding to cultivate.

The Outback

One of the very best places to see how spectacular the West's wildflower display can be is to head into the old goldfields region of the Upper Murchison, 500km+ north of Perth, in Springtime, when the desert is awash with sheets of flowers that spread to the horizon.
Historic old towns, such as Cue, give a glimpse into the goldrush years, whilst in others - Yalgoo and Morawa -there is the fascinating work of the outback's architect-priest, John Hawes.

Heading down south

Head south from the capital, Perth, and you enter a world of green pastures, countless vineyards, deep forest, fantastic caves and miles and miles of unspoilt coastline. This is Perth's favourite getaway place and whether your interests lie in the fine wines, the great surf, the unique wildflowers or merely the simple pleasures of leaving the rat-race behind you for a while, 'Down South" is the place to head for in both winter and summer.
The pretty little town of Margaret River , right in the centre of the southern capes area, is an ideal place to base yourself as you set out to explore the region.


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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Oh my, you made so many updates and added new ones since I travelled here in 2006 :-) But I still like to adopt a quokka :) And stay in New Norcia's guesthouse and... put a stone to remember. Very moving story!

  • australia2's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2010 at 4:13 AM

    Yes Leyle, a weed, a curse, and a salvation all at once!. Mulitfaceted !?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    What an awesome tour through Western Australia! I would love to try the unique experiences of walking Lake Ballard & its statues as well as the tree-top walk! A visit with the New Norcia monks also sounds very intriguing.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2008 at 1:24 AM

    Vivid page with very interesting details of flora and fauna! Pleased to read it on the background of Australian Open on TV. What a coincidence! Thanks Leyle for the virtual tour!

  • MikeStarr5's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2007 at 6:18 PM

    You were right, I really did enjoy seeing and reading about these wonderful sculptures. We are lucky here in Barking Town, the local council is spending a fortune on great public art. We are shortly to get a brand new work in the town sq

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2007 at 3:39 AM

    You've reminded me how much of WA I haven't seen, Leyle! Fascinated by L Ballard, need to explore the Avon Valley, revisit the enchanted Tingle Trees, have to taste the pies! ):

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Superb and amazing pinnacles are almost alike the "lost cities" of the Tassili! Interesting tip about the meat pie! Great "weed" photo! The statues in Menzies are a marvel and I like them very much. A fascinating page!

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2006 at 3:08 PM

    New Nortia Abbey, the tree top walk, lake Ballard's quirky sculptures and the little "rat" that isn't a rat...all make Western Australia some place special! Thanks for the introduction to this part of the world, Leyle!

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2006 at 1:45 PM

    The lake Ballard sculptures are very interesting and strange; thanks for "moving" me, I love this Modigliani-type sculptures, specially when the pictures are good.

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2006 at 8:44 AM

    Hi Lesley! WA looks like the kinda place I could spend a few months unwinding and exploring! I do miss the desert and its serence beauty and tranquility! Will check back later when I get my self back into gear for work etc.Tim

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