An unforgettable experience that you will never forget in your life. Swimming just three meters next to such a majestic animal really leaves a lasting impression and is the number 1 of our sights in Western Australia. The boat drops you and the other guests in the blue water and you stick your head under water. Suddenly the huge mouth of a whale shark appears from nowhere. Simply fantastic. Depending on the season, you can also swim with giant humpback whales and giant manta rays at Ningaloo Reef. For that alone it is worthwhile for us to come back.
The majority of visitors come to Rottest Island for one reason only: the cute little quokkas. The cute and trusting companions can be found just a few meters after the boat dock. It is a dwarf kangaroo species that lives almost exclusively in Rottnest. If you are patient, the quokkas will approach on their own and sniff curiously at people. Just please don't get too pushy. This is not a petting zoo, but wild nature - and it is important to respect it. Another little tip: Quokkas love selfies and like to grin mischievously at the camera, so don't forget the selfie stick!
The Pinnacles of Nambung, which were trees or their roots about 500,000 years ago - are limestone rock needles, thousands of which are in the yellow-red desert sand. Sometimes you wonder if all of this can be true or if you're on a trip. Be sure to visit the Pinnacles at dusk, when the sun goes down and the sky glows in bright colors over the desert. I have never experienced the mood that prevails in the middle of the Pinnacles at golden hour anywhere else.
Kangaroos are curious, cheeky but also very shy animals. They are mostly in the shade of the bushes during the day. But very early in the morning, when it is still somewhat cool and the dew is hanging from the grasses, we were often able to observe the most famous inhabitants of the red continent from our bed very close to the camper. Particular caution is advised in traffic at dawn and dusk, because the kangaroos are not particularly clever.
The Houtman Abrolhos Islands are located about 60 km off the west Australian coast at Geraldton. 122 islands and reefs - that's the Houtman Abrolhos archipelago. Many funny animals like Wallabi live on the islands. The islands also have a lot to offer under water. Colorful hard and soft corals, great reef fish, sharks and almost no other people. The Abrolhos are a natural jewel and are one of the almost untouched Western Australia sights for us. Flying over the islands and reefs by plane is simply breathtaking.
Especially in the seclusion of the national parks, where there are no artificial light sources, you can see the starry sky and the Milky Way particularly well. Something like this is only possible in our homeland in the most remote mountain regions or not at all. The intensity of the starry sky is really gigantic and reaches its peak a few hours after sunset. So you don't have to hit your ears at night.
A pink lake? That has to be of human origin. No, it is indeed a natural phenomenon. There is a salt lake in Hutt Lagoon where bacteria live that release beta-carotene during digestion. Incredible when you stand in front of it. The lake is actually completely pink. There are several other Pink Lakes in Western Australia, but this is the only one that is always and reliably pink.
Margaret River, the wine capital of Western Australia, offers a wide range of wine-related experiences. Many wineries offer tours and tastings in the vineyard. The main grape varieties are Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The people there are passionate about their craft and love to talk shop with interested people about their products.
Rottnest Island is a car-free island. You should take a few hours to explore the island by bike. If it gets too tiring for you, a picturesque bay invites you to linger every few meters. The bays around Rottnest are adorable - one more beautiful than the other. Our favorite bay is Salmon Bay.