Last year I first posted about Western Australia when I shared a contest they had in promotion of their Experience the Extraordinary Bucket List. The folks in Western Australia spent time assembling what they believed to be amazing and absolutely unique experiences that can only be enjoyed in Western Australia. I was deeply inspired by that and in conjunction with Western Australia Tourism, I recently traveled there to tick some items off of this impressive list.
The state is too massive to see in one trip, unless you plan on several months Down Under, but I was pleased with how much I was able to see and do in a relatively short period of time. While I visited at the wrong time of year to see my #1 Western Australia Bucket List item (the Bungle Bungles) I did manage to see several of the other items including:
Enter the world’s largest outdoor Art Gallery – Located at Lake Ballard in the Goldfields region is the world’s largest outdoor gallery, created by artist Antony Gormley. Stretching out across 4 square miles, the statues standing on the dry lakebed are an eerie if not extraordinary experience.
Soak up Australia’s sunniest capital, Perth, and get friendly with the exclusive local wildlife – The capital of Western Australia, Perth is a large city with a lot to offer from leisure activities in Kings Park to the always-evolving food scene. The city is also a great home base from which to explore nearby sights including the Pinnacles’ lunar landscapes and Rottnest Island where you can meet the furry marsupials known as quokkas.
Wine and dine at the world-class Margaret River Gourmet Escape – I was honestly shocked by how great this region is and I knew right away that I had to return in order to explore it in greater depth. One of the top wine regions in the world, in the Margaret River area you can also enjoy fantastic food and beautiful beaches. It’s a fun, relaxing part of Western Australia that everyone should visit at least once in their lives.
Get up close to dolphins, dugongs, turtles, manta rays for a marine adventure of a lifetime – Monkey Mia in the Shark’s Bay World Heritage region is famous for the wild dolphins and the chance to meet them in the water. More than just the dolphins, this stunning part of Western Australia features amazing landscapes, an abundance of living fossils as well as being one of the planet’s most important wilderness regions.
There’s a lot more on the list of course and you can see them all here as well as enter for a chance to win a Western Australia Bucket List trip of your own. I still have a lot to do and see in Western Australia and at the top of that list is the Kimberly region, which figures prominently on this list. Take a look and see which experience you most want to try.
So, how do you win your own amazing Western Australia experience? Easy, all you have to do is go to Facebook , ‘Like’ Down Under Answers and click on the contest tab. Then you will be prompted to choose one of the Western Australia experiences. At the end of the contest, one participant and friend of their choosing will be announced as the winners of the ‘Bucket List’ contest. The contest begins on February 18, 2014.
The prize packages include round-trip airfare from LAX, hotels, tours and whatever is mentioned in the bucket list description.
So head on over to Facebook, learn more about Western Australia and enter to win your own dream trip. From my own experience I guarantee that a trip to Western Australia is something that almost any type of traveler will enjoy.
Which one of the Bucket List Adventures would you pick?