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GORGES, CAVES AND ROCKS

Western Australia sure has aged well. Blessed with one of the oldest landscapes on the planet, there are spectacular ancient sights - but not a wrinkle to speak of!

Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu National ParkGiant craggy gorges, eerie caves and imposing rocks rise majestically from the unspoiled wilderness.

The Kimberley region - which was once an underwater island - is still peppered with prehistoric fish fossils.

Over at the Purnululu National Park - home of the mighty Bungle Bungle range - marvel over mammoth, heritage-listed black and orange domes, which were formed over 20 million years ago.

See a 350 million year old fossilised reef at Windjana Gorge National Park, a thunderous white waterfall at Bell Gorge or an ancient coral reef at Geikie Gorge.

At Karijini National Park, powerful rivers have carved towering gorges and secret canyons in the red earth - the area is teeming with waterfalls, rock pools and freshwater crocs.

At Mount Augustus, you can view the world's largest rock. At 750 metres tall, it is visible for more than 160 kilometres and is twice the size of Uluru.

Wave Rock is a Western Australian icon. At 14 metres high and 110 metres long, this imposing "wave-shaped" rock is over 2,700 million years old and is a chameleon of changing colours.

Meanwhile, at another iconic landmark - the Pinnacles Desert - thousands of limestone pillars, believed to be at least 6,000 years old, rise up to 3.5 metres tall from the shifting yellow sands.

AbseilingWhen it comes to caving, the Margaret River region is as revered for its caves as it is wine and surf. Mammoth Cave is home to ancient fossil remains of extinct animals, Lake Cave has a tranquil lake beneath the earth and Jewel Cave houses a mammoth 580 centimetre straw stalactite - the longest in any tourist cave in Western Australia.

If you prefer being on top of the world, try abseiling down the sea cliffs at Margaret River or get the adrenalin pumping at Bluff Knoll, which is over a thousand metres above sea level.

 

suggested itineraries

Karijini

Karijini

6 Days

Haunting in its rugged, red beauty and unbeatable for adventure, the park is famous for its sheer gorges, waterfalls and cool swimming holes. View More

 

Rugged 4WD Adventures

Rugged 4WD Adventures

14 Days

Explore remote areas of Western Australia and discover spectacular landscapes and white, sandy beaches that may never have seen a footprint on them. View More

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