May 18th, 2021
Being the size of most medium sized countries, Western Australia has a great variety of landscapes to behold. With a small population density and a large wilderness stretching across the horizon, there are some fantastic natural places waiting to be explored.
Bluff Knoll/Pualaar Miial (Stirling Range National Park)
The crown jewel in the Stirling Range National Park, Bluff Knoll is a WA rite of passage for all those that enjoy the outdoors. A tough but rewarding climb, you start at 500 above sea level at the car park and on a clear day, can stare up at the imposing form of the mountain. The highest peak in the South West of WA, once you reach the summit at 1095m, the views looking over the rest of the Stirling Range, off to the Porongurups and when conditions are right, Albany. One of the only places in WA that gets semi-regular snow in the depths of winter, there have been plenty of iconic photos of a snow-capped summit. Still recovering after two devastating bushfires in 2018 and 2019, the trail has been repaired with a new metal bridge and plenty of new steps. If you’re an early riser, one of the best ways to experience Bluff Knoll is to get there in the dark and hike up to watch the sunrise. With the changing weather that the Stirling Range is famous for, make sure you are prepared with some warmer clothes, a rain jacket and at least 2L of water per person.
Wadjemup Bidi (Rottnest Island/Wadjemup)
Perth’s island playground just 20km off the coast from Fremantle, Rottnest is full of fun outdoors activities to quench the adventure bug. The Wadjemup Bidi is the name of the hiking trail network and is one of the best ways to explore the island.
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