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We all know the traditional landscapes that people love to visit. Craggy, snow-capped mountain peaks, vast rolling desert plains and endless, glittering beaches all rank among some of the most beautiful sights in the world. However, what about the regions that defy expectation, and say 'No thanks, I'm going to do my own thing' to stereotypes?
These are four of the weird and wonderful natural places you can visit on your next Western Australia holiday.
Picture yourself in an alien landscape, with dusty orange sand beneath your boots and strange, misshapen spires of stone all around you. This is a bit what it's like to walk through the pleasant trails of Nambung National Park, not far north of Perth.
It's here that you'll find the Pinnacles, a series of limestone pillars scattered around a fantastic desert vista. These were likely formed millions of years ago, when the ocean covered the entire area, but now they are a great place to stroll through with a camera. Keep an eye out for wildlife, as emus have been known to wander through every now and then.
Middle Island's famous pink-coloured Lake Hillier is a sight to behold. You'll find it located just off shore from Esperance, in southern WA, which we recommend viewing from above in a heli tour! Scientists believe the algae located in this 600-metre-long pool emit some kind of dye, which turns the surrounding water a lovely shade of bubblegum pink.
You'll also find another example of this strange water, Pink Lake, located within close proximity to the same township. This area - described by one TripAdvisor reviewer as a "stunning visual experience" - is home to a number of important native birds, and can be viewed from the Pink Lake Lookout nearby.
Horizontal? Never! Waterfalls are tumbling vertical cascades - it's in the name, for Pete's sake! Well, for the majority of planet Earth, this is the case. Water indeed does fall downwards. But what if we told you that you can see water falling sideways in Western Australia?
Yes, we thought that might pique your interest.
David Attenborough once described the two inlets of Talbot Bay as "Australia's most unusual natural wonder", as the sheer force of the ocean powering into these inlets via a very narrow gap in the cliffs causes a white water effect, much like a waterfall. Indeed, this is one of the largest tidal changes in the world, as the water can rise and fall upward of 10 metres in a few hours.
The area is very remote, so you'll need to book a sea plane to witness the roaring waves for yourself.
Bungle Bungle Range
Further inland, almost at the border of WA and Northern Territory, is another surreal landscape you might expect to find on another world. Situated in the gorgeous Purnululu National Park is what could be described as a series of mountains designed by bees. These giant mounds are striped with black and orange, and were created 350 million years ago. It is thought that it all once used to be a riverbed, where sediment was compressed on top of more sediment, then lifted out of the ground to form a big block of rock. Over time, the Outback's harsh weather has sculpted this block into the domes we see, and continues to do so further into the park.
This is another region it would be worth flying over, to get the full view. However, Purnululu has numerous walking trails and camp sites, so you can have whatever Bungle Bungle experience you desire.
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