Archive for the ‘Western Australia’ Category

Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia

Dirk Hartog Island is Australia’s westernmost point, and the first European landing site during the great explorations. The island is part of the Shark Bay UNESCO World Heritage area, and is located 37 kilometers offshore Denham, in Western Australia.  Dirk Hartog is 80 kilometers by 15 kilometers.

A maximum of 35 visitors – and eight four-wheel drive vehicles – can be on the island at any given time.

The island is closed between November and March, due to the strong prevailing winds during those months.

Recherche Archipelago (Bay of Isles), Western Australia

The Recherche Archipelago is known by locals as the “Bay of Isles.”

The archipelago contains over 100 pristine islands, and 1500 islets, off the coast of Esperance. The archipelago is located in the south-east of Western Australia, and covers 230 kilometers from East to West, and 50 kilometers from north to south, and total almost 100 square kilometers of land combined.

The archipelago is arranged in two groups, the western group (which includes the largest island, Woody Island, offshore from the Cape Le Grand National Park), and the eastern group (which includes Middle Island and is near Cape Arid National Park).

the Mackerel Islands, Western Australia

The Mackerel Islands are famous destinations in Australia – for both diving and fishing. The islands, which receive over 300 days of sunshine a year, are very laid-back, casual, and quiet. The island environments are beautiful, with clean turquoise waters and pristine coral reefs.

The Mackerel Islands are located in Western Australia, in the Pilbara Coastal region. 10 islands make up the group, of which two have accommodation (Direction Island and Thevenard Island).

The bulk of tourists visit either Thevenard Island (which is a nature reserve) or Direction Island.

Penguin Island, Perth – largest Little Penguin colony in WA

Penguin Island is located just off of Perth, in Western Australia.

The island is small, just 12.5 hectares, and is inhabited by the largest population of wild Little Penguins in Western Australia.

Natural environment

The limestone island has sea caves, cliffs, headlands, coves, beaches, and natural bridges. The island is surrounded by the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.

The island is known for its population of wild little penguins (also known as fairy penguins).  The penguins spend most of the year at sea, coming to the island for a short period to nest and malt.

Naturaliste Reptile Park, Margaret River, Western Australia

Naturaliste Reptile Park is a small reptile park in Margaret River region of Western Australia that showcases local Western Australian reptiles and frogs. The park is owned and operated by stonemason Roger Jackson and his partner Kim, and opened in 2007. The attraction is under cover and features attractive stonework with large glass windows to view the reptiles. The Park is small, but the quality of the displays is excellent.

Cohunu Koala Park, Byford, Western Australia

Cohunu Koala Park is located on fourteen hectares of bushland about forty minutes drive from Perth in Western Australia. The Cohunu Koala Park colony was established in 1982, with four koalas from South Australia. There is now a colony of over 25 koalas. The original Cohunu Park at Mills Park Road in Gosnells was shut down in 2005 and moved to Nettleton Road, Byford.

The park is an interactive experience for visitors with many animals you can pat or feed. You can hand feed the kangaroos and wallabies that roam freely through the park. Other animals you can feed include emus, owls, dingoes and deer. Various birds are on display including kookaburras and talking parrots. The kids will also enjoy the large dinosaur replicas at the park.

Abrolhos Expeditions – Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia

The Houtman Abrolhos Islands, more commonly known as “The Abrolhos”, is a group of 122 coral-reef fringed islands located about 60km west of Geraldton off the mid west coast of Western Australia. The island group is named after Commander Frederik de Houtman from Holland, who reached the islands in 1619. There are three main groups of islands Abrolhos are clustered into three main groups (Wallabi, Pelsaert and Easter) scattered over a length of about a hundred kilometres.

Wave Rock Wildlife Park, Hyden, Western Australia

Wave Rock is a natural granite rock formation located 3km east of the town of Hyden in Western Australia. The formation is 14 metres high, and 110m long and is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The total outcrop covers several hectares. The wave shape was formed by gradual erosion of the softer rock beneath the upper edge. There are several smaller wave shaped rocks in the Hyden area. Wave Rock is about four hours drive from Perth, or a one hour flight.

Perth Zoo, Perth, Western Australia

Perth Zoo is situated the on the banks of the Swan River just five minutes from the centre of Perth. The Zoo opened in 1898, and has been open every day since then. Although Perth Zoo is fairly small, it is one of the best Zoos in Australia. The number of animals species exhibited at the Zoo is about 200. As at June 2006 there were 62 species of mammals, 81 species of birds, 42 species of reptiles and 11 species of frogs.

Peel Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Pinjarra

Peel Zoo and Botanical Gardens houses one of the largest collections of birds in Western Australia. The zoo has 136 separate aviaries including huge walk in aviaries, all set in tropical and native surrounds. Peel is one of Australia’s newest Zoos, opening in 2006. The Zoo won a bronze award in the Western Australian Tourism Awards in 2007.

There are lots of animals at Peel Zoo that you may feed and pat including kangaroos, emus, deer, goats, a fox, some ferrets and various Australian birds in the walk through aviaries. The zoo is also home to various Australian animals including Wombats, Koalas, Long-nosed Potoroos, Bettongs and Spotted-tailed Quolls. The Zoo houses a sizable collection of native birds, exotic birds, snakes and reptiles. Reptiles at the park include Western Stimson’s Python, Black Headed Python, Ridge-tailed Monitor