It’s time for a new big adventure down under.
Welcome to Wout of the World and you’re still joining our epic trip from Perth to Broome on the West Coast of Australia. You already saw the start in Perth and down to Margaret River, and now we continue our trip on the West Coast and these views are common over here. These Canyon lands halfway on our way to Broome.
And this is what you saw before from the Margaret River Wine region, with its beautiful beaches, we drove to the metropolis of Perth.
And on Rottnest Island, we went looking for the super cute quokkas.
From Perth, we’ll be driving more and more into the beautiful nature, a rough nature like the landscape over here. We’re visiting the pinnacles today. Super strange moon landscape like rocks in the desert. And we’re making a route called the Desert Drive.
And we do so in this awesome four wheel drive by WA Experts. This extraordinary landscape is just a two hour drive away from Perth. Online we purchase the park parts for 40 bucks, with access to all national parks in Western Australia, and you need one per car.
The entire Pinnacles Desert is about 17,000 hectares big, and all these strange rock sculptures were created by the sea millions of years ago. So now it’s all land. And when the Dutch explorers first saw this from the boat, they thought it was an abandoned city. The biggest pinnacle is about three and a half meters tall, and you can walk through them as much as you like. There are millions.
Oh, my God. I just jumped out of the car because I didn’t expect to see any wildlife here. But there were three emus, a mother and two babies. Check it out.
The tour through the Pinnacles is a must, as this landscape is quite unique for the whole world.
The Pinnacles are in the middle of the desert, but they’re also quite close to the sea. And how often do you get the chance to visit a beautiful turquoise bay from the desert within an hour? Well, that’s Jurien Bay because we drove an hour and this is the most beautiful blue bay in the area.
On the water we see many piped cormorants and you can usually spot sea lions here. This is the first taste of what’s about to come because Western Australia has the most beautiful coastline in the world.
To drive on to more natural wonders.
We have so many more miles to cover here on the West Coast of Australia that today we just decided to keep on driving until the nightfall was there. And it’s getting dark so we stopped at Geraldton. It’s kind of an industrial town and we sleep with this view behind us. So very cool and we’re going to look for some food. Let’s go, guys. So we decided on KFC because it was the only restaurant nearby.
More we drive up north along the West Coast of Australia, the better the weather gets. The sun is shining and it makes sense because it’s turning summer and we’re moving on to a coloured lake and a beautiful spot to spend the night. Our next stop is the Hutt Lagoon, also known also known as Pink Lake, a beautiful place on the West Coast of Australia. I’m actually standing here on the salt because this is a salt lake and this colour is created by the small organisms that live inside the water like bacteria. Especially from the sky, this is an amazing view.
Now, I’ve seen coloured lakes before, but this cotton candy coloured barbie pool is ridiculous..
This is where we sleep.
Between that beautiful pink lake, the Hutt Lagoon, and the ocean, there’s a little stretch of land on which there’s a little town called Gregory. And we’re in the town of Gregory on a campsite, and there’s not much people here. So it feels like we’re going further into no man’s land, further into Western Australia and right in the middle of nature. Sun is shining and we’re going to drive a little bit further today to Kalbarri.
Drive back along that beautiful Hutt Lagoon, and within the hour we arrive at the high cliffs of Kalbarri.
While we are traveling up north on the West Coast, the next spot that we visit is about 500 kilometres from Perth, and it’s called Kalbarri National Parknd, and the first part is on the Coast. It reminds me a bit of the Great Ocean Road in the south of Australia, and the other part is on the land. So we’re going to explore Kalbarri National Park next.
There are several beautiful views that you can reach by a short but beautiful walk.
The town of Kalbarri, we drive into the outback for the very first time.
So we moved on to the part of Kalbarri National Park that’s on the land, and the landscape is already incredible. We stopped at Nature’s Window. There’s a small trail of 400 metres there and back. And just look at this view, guys, on the way.
We soon see that Kalbarri can easily compete with the Wild Wild West in America, where we were earlier this trip. What a wonderful rugged nature.
This is it, guys. Nature’s window. And what a window it is.
We moved on to the next stop, guys. And it’s not for the fainthearted because I’m standing on the Skywalk. This is one of the bridges and the other one is over there. And as you can see, you’re just hanging above the ravine with nothing beneath you. And you can look between your feet and between the bars, you’ll see the ground. So, the view is amazing though.
Be sure to keep your eyes open, guys, in Kalbarri because I saw this giant monitor lizard right over there, look.
From the Skywalk we drove about 15 minutes and then I had to walk another 15 minutes to see the next highlight. This is Bend Z, where the river makes the shape of a Z and you can look between the cliffs, which is picture perfect, guys.
The sun is almost going down and this is the golden hour with the light and it’s time for us to exit the Kalbarri National Park. But not before we see the last spot, which is Hawks Head.
Hawks Head owes its name to the birds of prey that fly here in abundance.
But the place is also your best chance to encounter wallabies, right here on the parking lot. A beautiful ending to an incredible area. We’re continuing our trip up the West Coast and in the next episode we visit Monkey Mia and the Peron Peninsula.
An area also known as Shark Bay.
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