Australia's Golden Outback 2023 Holiday Planner

season) or just soak in the crash of the waves of the mighty Southern Ocean as you gaze out at seabirds. Hakea Trail For the adventurous, a spectacular two-day (46km return) walk, Hakea Trail is recognised as one of the best trails in the state. Recharge your soul as you explore coastal rocky cliffs and rugged beaches as you make your way to one of the most stunning landscapes at Quoin Head, the edge of the park’s untouched central wilderness. A hut at Whalebone Creek with water tanks will help you replenish. Where to stay Completely immerse yourself in the Fitzgerald National Park and rejuvenate your spirit when staying at one of its campgrounds. Four Mile Beach and Hamersley Inlet are the two most popular destinations, bookable year-round. Four Mile Campground is only 10km west of Hopetoun, in an idyllic setting on the eastern edge of the national park. This popular unpowered site is about 150m from Four Mile Beach and a short stroll to Barrens Beach. There are picnic tables, gas barbecue facilities and a hot water shower. Visitors will need to bring their own drinking water. Hamersley Inlet is a stunning little campground, with 14 sites available in a peaceful natural setting, located at the end of the sealed section of Hamersley Drive on the eastern side of the national park. Enjoy close access to the inlet for all of your hiking, boating and fishing activities and a short 4WD to Hamersley Beach or Hamersley Sand Dunes. St Marys Inlet , in the western end of the national park, is a small camping ground accessible via an unsealed road in dry conditions only.

Venture the Fitzgerald Biosphere to uncover a world of wildlife and unique plant species in this UNESCO biodiversity hotspot. By CLAIRE TYRELL T he Fitzgerald Biosphere is a haven for lovers of nature, encapsulating some of the best of Western Australia’s natural landscapes and flora and fauna. Located more than 500km south east of Perth, the expansive 1.5 million hectare zone encompasses the towns of Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun, Jerramungup and Bremer Bay. Internationally recognised by UNESCO as a place of ecological significance, the region is Western Australia’s only biosphere and the country’s largest. Fitzgerald River National Park , the heart of the biosphere, is a must-visit destination when travelling the Fitzgerald Biosphere Coast. Home to one-fifth of the state’s described plant species, 22 mammal species, 41 species of reptile and more than 200 bird species — its rich diversity will not disappoint even the most intrepid traveller, offering a sensory feast at every turn. Immerse youself in a world of untamed wilderness, whale watching, nature walks and wildflowers. Biodiversity at its Best

Must see spots East Mount Barren Walking up the 1.5km incline of

East Mount Barren trail makes the breathtaking panoramic views at its summit well and truly worthwhile.The track provides a cornucopia of beauty, peppered with unique wildflower species sure to catch the eye. Soak in the stunning Southern Ocean views and over the central park, eastern Eyre Range, Culham Inlet and to Hopetoun and beyond before preparing for your gradual descent. Cave Point Lookout The sheer cliffs, spectacular coastal views across West Beach from the Cave Point Lookout provides a visual feast for lovers of land and sea. An ideal place to discover the plethora of native wildflowers year round, spot whales (in

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