Tag Archives: western australia

long-distance travel australia

So you’re headed to Australia? You’re not going to want to go to just one place when there’s so many different landscapes and exciting experiences to be had all over the country so the first thing you’ll need to figure out is how best to travel around because here’s the thing… Australia is huge. Trust me, it’s actually bigger than you even think it is and you won’t realise it until try to travel in it. So should you fly, rent a car, take a train? It really depends on your travel style, budget and the time you have. If this all sounds super complicated then as my Aussie friends would say “no worries” I’m about to break it down for you.

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australia

You’ve probably already got a variety of visuals when someone mentions Australia… but it’s not all about the beaches and the Opera House (although those are some very good draws that it would be amiss not to mention!)  In fact one of the reasons I loved exploring the country so much was it’s vast and varied landscapes and so I’ve divided some of the panoramic photos from the last year into four categories demonstrating just some of the different sides I discovered.

If you’re not quite sold on Australia yet read on… I promise there’s something here for you.

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wildlife

You might have noticed if you’ve been reading my blog a while that the thing I love most when travelling is getting to see the native wildlife and the closer I can get (without disturbing them) the better!  For anyone like me who loves their wildlife I’ve put together a list of all of the animals I came across in Australia, where I did (or didn’t) see them and a few of the really cool encounters you can have with them in different places.

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coral coat

While the east coast of Australia is hugely a popular and well-travelled route, the west coast remains somewhat less visited, mostly due to the huge expanses of deserted outback between its towns (we’re talking 2+ hours between gas stations on occasion!)  However, one great thing about this is that the west has retained a lot of it’s wildness and, for those brave enough to drive it, guarantees untouched natural wonders unlike anywhere else in Australia.  You don’t need to journey all the way up to Broome for a taste of the west, there’s plenty to see on the stretch between Perth and Exmouth, known appropriately as Australia’s Coral Coast… and yes it is as pretty as it sounds!

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If you’ve ever fancied yourself a jailbird I’ve got good news for you.  You can now experience life behind prison bars at YHA’s newest hostel – a converted wing of the UNESCO world heritage listed Fremantle Prison – but with the added bonus that you can leave whenever you want.  Here’s what you need to know before you get yourself committed.

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penguin island

It’s a beautifully sunny winter’s (!) day in Western Australia’s capital city so while everyone’s no doubt bustling on to the ferry to visit Rottnest I’m hopping over to a quieter island…

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