The capital of Western Australia, the largest state in Australia, mineral wealth has been responsible for Perth’s rapid development as a modern and beautiful city. It flanks the Swan River and the Indian Ocean and enjoys excellent sailing conditions
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Just over two hours from Perth, Nambung National Park is home to the Pinnacles desert, where huge mystical limestone pillars are scattered across the landscape. Believed to have formed between 25,000 and 30,000 years ago, some of these incredible structures stand as high as five metres tall. On the way back to Perth a visit can be made to New Norcia, first settled as a mission town to the region's Aboriginal population, and Australia's only monastic town. Between August and December beautiful wild flowers flourish in this area.
Visit Rottnest Island
Located just 18km off Perth's coastline, Rottnest Island is easily accessed via high-speed ferry. The island is 11km long and 4.5km at its widest point, and known for its coral reefs, clear waters, pristine bays and secluded beaches. The island is also home to the quokka, a small kangaroo-like marsupial found only on small islands off the coast of Western Australia. Visitors can spend the day cycling, snorkelling, swimming or hiking a section of the Wadjemup Walk Trail.
Journey through Western Australia's wheat belt to Wave Rock; one of Australia's most incredible natural geological formations, made up of multi-coloured granite and resembling a large wave. At the rock it is possible to join an Aboriginal cultural tour to learn more about the indigenous culture and history of the area and view Aboriginal rock art and interesting geological landforms. From September to November witness the colourful banks of wildflowers in the area.
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