Vast clear skies and theatrical landscapes. True outback adventures, authentic Aboriginal encounters and visits to settlements built by goldrush pioneers.
Images of the vast clear skies and theatrical landscapes of the Golden Outback region will stamp themselves forever in your minds eye.
This is the place for true outback adventure. Driving becomes an activity in itself rather than a means to an end, and camping under the stars is a mystical experience.
Four-wheel drivers will relish the Canning Stock Route, the Gunbarrel Highway through to Uluru and the sealed Eyre Highway across the expansive Nullarbor.
The Heart of Gold Country
Look for tours offering authentic Aboriginal encounters in and around the mining towns and settlements built by goldrush pioneers. Or simply get into the laid back atmosphere of rural life among grandiose heritage buildings, friendly pubs and hospitable farmstays.
Kalgoorlie is the heart of Western Australia's gold mining country. Still a thriving mining town, it's also a living museum where visitors can visit a vast operational open-pit mine, explore an old mine shaft or try their hand at gold-panning.
In spring, many parts of the region are transformed as the arid landscape gives way to pockets of delicate wildflowers. Nature lovers will want to explore the woodlands edging the Darling Range too, for native wildlife and bush walks.
It's also worth the trip to photograph that West Australian icon, Wave Rock.
Down to the Coast
In extreme contrast, the rugged coastline and sandy coves around Esperance create irresistible photo opportunities.
People flock to this small coastal town from far and wide for world class windsurfing and diving.
Nearby islands offer amazing eco experiences and a variety of accommodation options for holiday-makers, while surrounding farmland rolls into rocky national parks. The Golden Outback region is one of contrasts and diversity.
The area to the east of the Darling Range is popular for farmstay holidays and offers a taste of country hospitality. Children will love the experience and the farm animals. A trip to farming country is all about getting close to nature and into the clean, fresh air.
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