Explore this fascinating ancient land - two billion years in the making
Over two billion years, Mother Nature has been busy sculpting some of the world’s most magnificent gorges, caves and rock formations in the outback of Western Australia. Exploring this ancient land you’ll encounter many other-worldly landscapes, from the Pinnacles to the Bungle Bungle Ranges.
The most curious rock formations
In World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park lie the giant beehive-shaped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. Over 350 million years in the making, this natural wonder remained hidden from the world until as recently as the 1980s. Trekking through or flying over the range is an exhilarating experience not to be missed.
Another of Australia’s most fascinating natural landscapes can be found just two hours’ drive north of Perth, in Nambung National Park. Here, the limestone spires of the Pinnacles pierce the golden desert sands, some standing several metres tall. Follow the scenic drive, walk the trail or join a tour from Perth or Cervantes.
Head a few hundred kilometres inland from the coast of Perth and you can surf WA’s biggest wave as it rises 15m over the surrounding outback nature reserve. Known as Wave Rock, this curious granite formation has been shaped over two billion years.
Magnificent gorges and waterfalls
Take an amazing journey through the Earth’s history in Karijini National Park – one of Western Australia’s largest and arguably most spectacular national parks. Descend into cavernous gorges, swim beneath plunging waterfalls and scale some of the oldest rocks in the world, dating back two billion years.
Further north, in the Kimberley wilderness, you’ll discover the fascinating fossils and formations of a prehistoric reef system in the sheer 100-metre-high walls of Windjana Gorge and a plethora of wildlife at Geikie Gorge.
Western Australia’s outback coast is just as spectacular. 400-million-year-old river gorges and coastal rock formations create must-snap photo opportunities and awesome outdoor adventures in Kalbarri National Park, while the rugged red canyons of Cape Range National Park offer a striking contrast to the vivid blue hues of Ningaloo – rich in native wildlife and Indigenous heritage.
Ancient tunnels and caves
Pack your torch and enter the subterranean world of the oldest cave system in Western Australia – Tunnel Creek. You can venture as far as 750 metres into the darkest depths of the cave, encountering bats and freshwater crocs along the way.
The world’s biggest rock
At twice the size of Uluru, Mount Augustus is the world’s largest monolith. The best ways to appreciate its enormity and beauty are to climb to the 860-metre-high summit, drive the 49-kilometre scenic base trail, or watch the rock reflecting the colours of sunrise and sunset from Emu Hill Lookout.