I just don’t seem to be able to get away from the stunning southern coastline of Western Australia. The beaches in this area are some of the best in the world and the ocean is crystal clear. My nephew has been visiting from Italy and it gave me another opportunity to travel to one of my favourite destinations. Our itinerary included Busselton, Denmark, Esperance, Margaret River and Cowaramup. We were both captivated by the beauty that we experienced!
Kangaroo on the Beach
I have for a considerable time wanted to photograph a Kangaroo on the beach, which is easier said than done. Kangaroos usually feed at night and spend much of the day sleeping. They look for shady spots and hide in thick foliage. A prime spot for beach kangaroos is Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grande National Park close to Esperance. I have visited this spot on a number of occasions in the past, and have seen kangaroos in the surrounding bushland, but never on the beach. On this trip I was most fortunate to see a kangaroo on the Lucky Bay beach more than once.
Sunset at Duke of Orleans Bay
Duke of Orleans Bay is approximately eighty kilometres east of Esperance. It is not only stunning but has the added advantage of being uncrowded. Lucky Bay might be the most renowned beach in the Esperance region but, for me, Wharton Beach is the most beautiful. It might be a long trek back to Esperance but, if you are able to, try to catch a sunset in the Duke of Orleans area. You will mostly likely be totally on your own and the view will not disappoint.
Busselton is just over two hundred kilometres south of Western Australia’s capital Perth. It is known for its sheltered beach and seasonal humpback whale populations. It is also home to the two kilometre long Busselton Jetty which was originally constructed in the 19th century. Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the world and is a popular tourist, recreation and fishing spot. Attractions include the jetty train, an interpretive centre and an underwater observatory at the very end of the jetty.
Wyadup Rocks are at the south end of Injidup Beach a short drive from Yallingup. It is a great place to catch the many colours of the rocks at sunset. Yallingup is a small resort town between Busselton and Margaret river. It is renowned for its stunning rocky coastline, limestone caves and closeness to Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.
Margaret River Wine Region
Margaret river has within a relatively short period of time become a world renowned wine producing region. This area produces almost twenty percent of Australia’s wine from over five thousand hectares under vine.
Elephant Rocks, Denmark, Western Australia
Elephant Rocks is a sheltered beach in the William Bay National Park close to Denmark, Western Australia. The rocks look like a herd of elephants, paddling in the shallow waters.