Local Love: 5 Western Australia Wonders

28 August 2014
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We've seen some must-visit spots in Melbourne and perused a few of Sydney's most iconic sights. This time in our "Local Love" series we look to the far reaches of Western Australia and ask WA photographer Paul Pichugin for his five favourite places across the state, from inner-city beaches to hidden rock pools.

"There are many other regions in Western Australia that are also worth visiting, it was very hard to narrow down a top five from a state that is so big and has so much to offer!" says Paul.

 Capital city Perth glistens at dusk

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1. Cottesloe Beach

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 One fine day at Perth's Cottesloe Beach

"Cottesloe Beach is the most popular beach in the Perth area and is often quite busy all through summer. It's so popular it even ranked as the world's second best for families by Lonely Planet a couple of years ago.

Cottesloe is also home to the iconic Indiana Tea House as well as the distinctive Cottesloe Pylon, and hosts the start of the annual Rottnest Channel Swim – a 20-kilometer open-water swim out to Rottnest Island." .........................................................................................................................................................

2. Margaret River & The South West

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 Geographe Bay in Busselton

"Margaret River is well known for its award-winning wines, vast beaches and awesome surf breaks. Only three hours drive from Perth, it's the perfect weekend getaway and offers something for pretty much everyone.

The sights you must see while in the region include the river mouth of the Margaret River, the caves, and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, which sits at the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.

I loved visiting the South West of Western Australia so much that my family and I moved here over a year ago. Since then, we've been exploring the region and feel like we're only just scratching the surface." .........................................................................................................................................................

3. Karijini National Park

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 Kermit's Pool in Karijini National Park

"Karijini National Park is a very special place. Filled with gorges, waterfalls and natural swimming pools, it is best visited in the cooler months of the year.

The area offers hikes and swimming opportunities, as well as abseiling down waterfalls for the more adventurous.

Camping and "glamping" options are available within the park, but it's best to book ahead during the peak times like school holidays as it fills up very quickly!" .........................................................................................................................................................

4. The Kimberley

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 Flying over The Kimberley

"The Kimberley region covers an area that rivals many European countries and is home to only 35,000 to 50,000 people, depending on the season.

It's also home to some incredible natural wonders such as The Bungle Bungles, The Mitchell Plateau and The Horizontal Falls.

I've only explored a small section of The Kimberley, and I'm looking forward to exploring much further over the coming years."

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5. Albany and The Great Southern

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 Little Beach, Albany

"Albany is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia and is surrounded by some of the most amazing beaches I've ever seen.

Just outside of Albany is a beach called Little Beach – it is, by far, my favourite beach to visit in Australia. It's also a great launching point to visit iconic locations such as the Elephant Rocks, The Stirling Ranges and Bremer Bay."

 


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About Paul Pichugin

Paul Pichugin is a Landscape, Travel and Commercial Photographer based in Western Australia’s amazing South West. Paul loves to travel, experiencing other cultures, connecting with people and exploring new places. He has travelled far and wide, from New Zealand to Papua New Guinea, and Cambodia to Egypt. .........................................................................................................................................................

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