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Western Australia Photo Gallery

Updated on June 20, 2015

Wild Life Western Australia

Wallaby and Emu being friends somewhere in South-Western Australia.
Wallaby and Emu being friends somewhere in South-Western Australia. | Source

Litchfield National Park

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Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. Beautiful golden and blue landscape during the dry season, , Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.Tolmer Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. Small termite mound, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.Huge termite mound, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.
Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.
Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. | Source
Beautiful golden and blue landscape during the dry season, , Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.
Beautiful golden and blue landscape during the dry season, , Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. | Source
Tolmer Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.
Tolmer Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. | Source
Small termite mound, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.
Small termite mound, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. | Source
Huge termite mound, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.
Huge termite mound, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. | Source

The East/West Dilemma, Where to go in Australia

When backpacking through Australia, many travelers are faced with the great dilemma of having to choose a particular region to explore within this huge country of copious natural beauty.

Unless one has a tremendous amount of time, it is almost impossible to see it all, and with a time-limit variable, travelers have to look at the options and ponder on which will be the selected area to visit:

Is it the state of New South Wales with its famous beaches, exiting cosmopolitan cities and Australia´s most iconic symbols?.... Is it the Northern Territory with its celebrated national parks and Australia´s biggest and most admired rock?...... Is it Queensland with its exuberant rain forest and the largest reef in the world?...... Is it South Australia with its wineries and rich produce?...... Is it the west with its unspoiled beaches?.....

Many times, travelers, working-holiday-visa-holders and backpackers are obliged to choose between the east and the west part of the country; that´s the reason why I decided to create this article, talk about the pros and cons of Western Australia and show a brief photo gallery with pictures I took during my personal travesty through the west, from Litchfield National Park (which is still in the north part of the Northern Territory State of Australia) all the way down to Esperance.

Exotic Flowers of Western Australia

Broome´s fauna, Western Australia.
Broome´s fauna, Western Australia. | Source

Cape Range National Park, Central-Western Australia

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Turquoise Bay, Cape Range National Park & Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. Emu family, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia.
Turquoise Bay, Cape Range National Park & Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia.
Turquoise Bay, Cape Range National Park & Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. | Source
Emu family, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia.
Emu family, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia. | Source

Western Australia Beaches

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Esperance, South-Western Australia. Coral Bay (high tide), Central-Western Australia.Coral Bay (low tide), Central-Western Australia.
Esperance, South-Western Australia.
Esperance, South-Western Australia. | Source
Coral Bay (high tide), Central-Western Australia.
Coral Bay (high tide), Central-Western Australia. | Source
Coral Bay (low tide), Central-Western Australia.
Coral Bay (low tide), Central-Western Australia. | Source

Western Australia: Pros and Cons

First and foremost, Western Australia is a very desolate flat land when compared to the East part of the country (meaning Queensland and New South Whales). This sounds like a very dull, unappealing description, but it can be a very good quality depending on the kind of travel experiences you are inclined to.

Western Australia has a much lower population than the East and it will never have the kind of crowds that are present there. Nevertheless, it can also feel quite lonely and, if you enjoy contact with local people and other tourists, you might miss that in the West.

On the other hand, Western Australia is cleaner, quieter and has more virgin areas than the East. You can ride for miles and miles without meeting anyone.

Western Australia has beautiful pristine beaches that you can have almost only for yourself. The colors of the ocean are amazing and the cleanliness of the beaches outstanding. There is, generally speaking, no tropical aspect to the beaches: no palm trees, actually no trees whatsoever along the beaches, only shrub-like-vegetation; this characteristic applies to the main western part of Australia and tends to change a bit in the northern and southern tip of West Australia, where the coastline gets a bit more interesting with richer and greener vegetation, and irregular landscape along the beaches.

Western Australia has great places for camping lovers and is such a wild expansion of inhabited land that you can camp almost anywhere, if you are a nature lover and a wilderness enthusiast this is the perfect place to be. The North part of Western Australia is particularly nice in this regard because of its heavy population of Boab Trees, one of the most unusual, charming and characteristic pieces of fauna in the upper region of Western Australia.


Boab Tree / Camping Site in the Wilderness, North-Western Australia

North region of Western Australia, the Boab trees territory.
North region of Western Australia, the Boab trees territory. | Source

Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia

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Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia. Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia. Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia. Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia.
Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia.
Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia. | Source
Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia.
Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia. | Source
Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia.
Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia. | Source
Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia.
Camel Ride during sunset at Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia. | Source

Perth, Western Australia

The Swan Bells, City of Perth, Western Australia.
The Swan Bells, City of Perth, Western Australia. | Source

Western Australia: Recommendations


Broome and North-Western Australia

If you are interested in visiting Broome, I would probably suggest sticking to North Australia. Make a travel plan through the Northern Territory and visit places such as Cape Don, Melville Island, Litchfield or Kakadu National Park, and Katherine Gorge within the beautiful Nitmiluk National Park; then, make Broome a detour form this northern adventure.

Nevertheless, in my opinion, Broome is actually overrated and you can find much better beaches and ocean-related-environments within the same Northern Territory, such as the one described in the following article:

Cape Don, a Beautiful Fishing Spot in Northern Australia´s Wilderness

Another good idea is to visit the Kimberley region of Western Australia and make Broome your entry point to this secluded and some say gorgeous area of North-Western Australia (unfortunately, I didn´t get the chance to go there).


Central-Western Australia

Western Australia is enormous, much bigger than you can possibly imagine while you enthusiastically and romantically plan your travel itinerary; drives between stops are much longer than desirable and frankly, the stretch between Broome and Perth is a huge stretch to drive and has little points of interest (Carnarvon, Kalbarri and Geraldton are pretty ordinary western towns). Even if Coral Bay and the shores of Cape Range National Park are beautiful (for example Turquoise Bay), Exmouth and the much fused about Monkey Mia are not worth the long drive and big expense.


South-Western Australia

In contrast, I highly recommend the south part of Western Australia; to be more specific, the stretch that goes from Perth to Esperance. This region of the state is much greener and richer in every sense. It is visually more attractive, it has interesting lush and fertile natural environments, which include national parks and preserved areas, it has wineries and lovely harvested countryside, it has beautiful beaches as well, plus, it has pleasant towns and cities to stop for a day or two.

Margaret Riverand its surrounding area is especially nice and charming.


Highway Scenery

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Pictures of Australia. Western Australia´s highway scenery. Pictures of Australia. Western Australia´s highway scenery. Pictures of Australia. Western Australia´s highway scenery.
Pictures of Australia. Western Australia´s highway scenery.
Pictures of Australia. Western Australia´s highway scenery. | Source
Pictures of Australia. Western Australia´s highway scenery.
Pictures of Australia. Western Australia´s highway scenery. | Source
Pictures of Australia. Western Australia´s highway scenery.
Pictures of Australia. Western Australia´s highway scenery. | Source

Western Australia: Traveling by Land

If you are traveling by car/bus, it is important you know that highway stretches between stops are HUGE and can get quite boring; even though there are beautiful sceneries, the landscape remains just about the same for hundreds and hundreds of miles: a vast territory of almost flat land, hills and mountains are almost non-existent.

One terrible problem of Western Australia is the massive amount of flies populating its central part. They tend to appear out of nowhere in impressive numbers and are extremely annoying. They are so fearless and impertinent that they almost creep into your mouth when you open it to speak! Fortunately, this problem is localized and isn´t present in most of the places I visited. To stay away from the fly plague, avoid massive wilderness spots too far away from civilization. Areas along the coast generally don´t have flies, areas along the highway are heavy fly spots.


Map of Australia with Points of Reference in the West

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Darwin, Northern Territory:

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Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory:

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Broome, Western Australia:

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Monkey Mia, Western Australia:

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Geraldton, Western Australia:

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Perth, Western Australia:

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Busselton, Western Australia:

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Margaret River, Western Australia:

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Esperance, Western Australia (south border):

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Cape Range National Park, Western Australia:

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Ningaloo National Park, Western Australia:
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    • Claudia Tello profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Tello 

      3 years ago from Mexico

      Thank you! I am very glad you enjoyed it :)

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      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      Love the beautiful photographic journey across parts of Australia.

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      Raitu 

      6 years ago

      Ya welcome Claudia:)

    • Claudia Tello profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Thanks Raitu Disong, I´m glad you liked my Western Australia Photo Gallery :D. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Raitu Disong 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful!

    • Claudia Tello profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Hi Au Fait, thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment. Western Australia is a beautiful natural place where one can find amazing images like the ones I´ve included here. Broome´s Sunset Camel Ride is quite famous, but gorgeous little flowers, like the one in the photo, not so much. I too hope you will travel there someday, in the mean time, I am glad you enjoyed this pictures of Australia.

      Thanks for the input ;)

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Gorgeous photos! I love the flower and the beaches and the camel ride photos. They're all fantastic. Maybe someday I'll get to go and see for myself . .

      Voted up and awesome!

    • Claudia Tello profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Hey unknown spy! Thanks for dropping by and writing such lovely comments. I am glad you enjoyed visiting my Western Australia Photo Gallery. Thanks for reading :) I really appreciate it.

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      All I can say is Wow! This is awesome!

      Very beautiful sights + the author's write. xoxo,M.

    • Claudia Tello profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Hi Carmen, I had so many pictures of Australia I had to do something with them and sharing them here is fantastic. I agree with you, Western Australia is very relaxing and Perth, even though it is a big city, feels quite laid back as well.

      Thanks for your insight and rich input.

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      Carmen Beth 

      6 years ago

      Great hub! Well-equipped with the needed info for travelers to Australia. Nice pictures too. I decidedly have much preferred Western Australia as it is so down-to-earth and natural, besides the fact that it's a wonderful scenic place to relax in. And in Perth, there is hardly any feel of hustle-bustle as in the continent's eastern half.

    • Claudia Tello profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Hi Lesley, thank you for your interest and comments. I do hope you get the chance to visit Australia one day. I am sure that as a photographer you will be truly inspired and take beautiful pictures. In the mean time, I am glad you enjoyed this mini-photo gallery and description of Western Australia, it feels very good to know you appreciated it.

      All the best!

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Claudia, I have always wanted to visit Australia, maybe it will happen one day....

      Your photos and descriptions are awesome, I thoroughly enjoyed reading, thank you and voted up.

      Best wishes Lesley

    • Claudia Tello profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Hi CMHypno, thanks for dropping by. I know what you mean; Western Australia has a completely different feel than the East Coast and has its particular charms. I particularly enjoyed the northern Boab territory, Cape Range National Park with its Ningaloo Reef and Margaret River and the south region of Western Australia.

      Thanks for commenting and sharing your experience.

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      CMHypno 

      6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      You were very lucky to spend all that time in Western Australia. I travelled in Australia and NZ for 6 months in 2007, and really didn't want to go to the West Coast, but I'm so glad I did because I totally fell in love with the space, the emptiness and the sense of nature all around you

    • Claudia Tello profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Hi irka, thanks for reading and for your kind feedback. I love to travel and take photographs, so I guess that love and passion translates to this photo gallery with pictures of Australia as well as all my other hubs. I create them with lots of attention and care for you to enjoy, and it is a pleasure to share them with you.

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      irka winniczuk 

      6 years ago

      You did it again. You certainly know how to describe and show things. I liked it a lot!!!!

    • Claudia Tello profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Hi Harriette, it is my pleasure to share this pictures of Australia in my 51st hub for everyone who hasn´t been to Western Australia to enjoy. Thanks for your comment and interest in this photo gallery and travel article, I really appreciate it.

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      Harriette Miller 

      6 years ago from Sairee, Koh Tao, 84360, Thailand

      I always want to go in Australia. I saw numerous pictures there with awesome sceneries. Just like the one you post in your blog. Honestly, I never experience to see real kangaroo and camel. But thanks a lot for sharing your post.

    • Claudia Tello profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Thanks centp002! I´m glad you liked it :)

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      centp002 

      6 years ago

      This is an awesome post. Thank you. I can't wait to visit Australia!

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