3. Cape Le Grand National Park
Cape Le Grand National Park is a lucky spot to find yourself if you want to be permanently wowed with nature. Firstly, Esperance’s favourite day-tripper national park has Frenchman Peak – one for the casual adventurers seeking to combat rugged lands and be awarded with sweeping coastal views.
(Hot tip: be prepared to get snap-happy with panorama shots!)
Secondly, it is home to Lucky Bay, a place that unites two quintessential Australian icons for one photo-worthy moment.
Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay is regularly frequented by our most famous island hopper, kangaroos, making it one exceptional must-do road trip destination. Located in a sheltered bay on the fringes of Cape Le Grand National Park, this heavenly turquoise beach has been voted one of Australia’s best so better hop to it after conquering the peak!
Want someone to guide you the way? Esperance Eco Discovery Tours run half day tours around the park including an epic 4WD adventure ride.
4. Ningaloo Reef
Oh, to view a world of vivid colour!
One of the world’s largest fringing reefs, Ningaloo is an underwater utopia of vivid marine life and brightly-hued corals, stretching 300km along the Coral Coast. Simply step a few metres from ashore and explore this kaleidoscopic World Heritage-listed aquatic playground.
There are plenty of incredible aquatic moments, including swimming with Australia’s big three of the sea. Have a splash alongside friendly ocean giants, whale sharks or the acrobats of the sea, manta rays. Or choose to feel like a small fish in the world as you swim alongside one of the largest mammals on Earth, humpback whales.
Either way, you are guaranteed an otherworldly experience like no other.
5. Valley of the Giants
While we are lucky that Perth and the surrounds are home to so many stunning parks, bushlands and forests, none compare to the South West and the home of their woodland giants.
An easy 20-minute drive east of Walpole is the where the natural towers of the world soar, famously known as the Valley of the Giants. These mesmerizing, ancient towering tingle trees are gigantic. Be prepared to work your neck muscles admiring these rare eucalyptus trees growth over the last few centuries, far-reaching towards the sky.
The Valley is not only legendary for its skyscraper forest but its remarkable 600m Tree Top Walk, zigzagging 40m above the forest floor. It grants those that choose to wander in high places a bird’s eye view into the surrounding Walpole-Nornalup National Park and Walpole Wilderness.
Top tip: check out Walpole’s other behemoth timber titan, the Giant Tingle Tree along Hill Top Scenic Drive.