From sea to lakes, visit the open national parks, Western Australia

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May 29, 2020
Day-trips from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
May 29, 2020

From Friday 29 May 2020 regional travel restrictions will be lifted, excluding travel to biosecurity zones within the Kimberley region, parts of Shire of East Pilbara and the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku and remote Aboriginal communities.

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

If you’re wondering where to head within Western Australia, here are a few ideas to travel within the current restrictions:

  • Esperance to Kalgoorlie is a four-hour drive. Starting in Esperance, take a long walk along the white-sand beaches of Lucky Bay and see the local kangaroos lazing on the beach, then stop in to see the famous pink lake, Lake Hillier. Drive on to Kalgoorlie to witness the sheer size of the Super Pit, the biggest open gold mine in Australia which is right next to the town. Continue another hour to the salt plain of Lake Ballard to see the largest outdoor art gallery made up of sculptures, representing each local resident. 
  • Visitors are encouraged to spend a few days making their way along the rugged coastline from Exmouth to Geraldton. While in Exmouth, hike the Mando Mando Gorge track in the Cape Range National Park, cool off in the turquoise waters of Ningaloo Marine Park where you only have to swim (or snorkel) a few metres off the shoreline to see the tropical fish and multi-coloured coral of World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Drive through to the spectacular Carnarvon blowholes, where the ocean jets up to 20 metres (66 feet) high. Stop in at Kalbarri National Park, a dramatic terrain of winding gorges and wind-carved cliffs that are 400 million years old, then hike to Nature’s Window, a natural rock arch that frames breathtaking views of the area. 
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Western Australia’s beaches are spectacular. Image: Family Travel