Western Australia’s Pink Lakes

Western Australia has a number of pink lakes, caused by a combination of high salinity and salt-loving algae that create the bright, bubblegum hue.

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On a recent road trip north of Perth in Western Australia, I stopped in at Hutt Lagoon, near Port Gregory, home to one of the most impressive and largest pink lakes around. Although 6 hours north of Perth, it’s one of the easier pink lakes to get to in WA, but more on the others later.

Hutt Lagoon spans 14 km (8.7 mi) along the coast and around 2.3 km (1.4 mi) wide with a large dune system separating it from the Indian Ocean.

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Video: Western Australia’s Wildflower Country

A little video from my recent road trip through Western Australia’s wildflower country in the mid-west, just four hours north of Perth!

For more info on the road trip and the places we visited, click here.

 

More on WA: 25 Most Instagramable Places in Western Australia’s South-West

West Australian Wildflower Road Trip

One of the greatest wildflower displays in the world happens each year in Western Australia, as a wave of northerly blooms descend from June onwards, heading south as the weather warms into spring and early summer.

There are around 12,500 species of flora here, 60% which are unique to Western Australia, scattered over landscapes of red dirt, rocky outcrops, tall timber forests or sandy coastal dunes.

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Whether you have one day or several weeks, there are plenty of diverse wildflower routes to explore. If you’re visiting Perth and don’t have much time, from August to October you can visit the expansive Kings Park that overlooks the city and is packed with over 300 floral species (peaking in September), or head to the Perth Hills to get your wildflower fix on various bushwalking trails and in national parks, where the native orchids are a specialty.

Myself and fellow travel blogger The Barefoot Backpacker, who was visiting from England, started out with a day trip north but this slowly increased into nights as we found more exciting places to visit until I came up with what I think is a pretty good 4 night/5 day itinerary heading into the heart of WA’s wildflower country but also mixing in some interesting non-floral sites to see.

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Helensburgh Glow Worm Tunnel

 

I always thought I’d have to go to New Zealand to see glow worms at the famous Waitomo Cave,  but it turns out that we have them here in Australia!
There are a number of places where you can see them on the east coast but the most convenient would have to be the glow worms at the Helensburgh Tunnels, just 60km south of Sydney.

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Cherry Blossoms in Japan – In Photos

Sakura, as they’re known in Japan, bloom once a year all over the country and the Japanese go mad for it! There are festivals, decorations everywhere, sakura-themed food and everyone flocks to their nearest park to sit under the trees to admire the blossoms (or Hanami, as viewing blossoms are known in Japan), often with a picnic full of little plates to share and lots of sake!

For more info on where to see some of the best displays of cherry blossoms in Japan, check out this post Best Places to see Cherry Blossoms in Japan

But for now, take in the beauty of this little pastel flower that has the whole world watching!

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A cherry blossom lined canal near Nanzen-ji Temple in Kyoto

 

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Cherry blossom lined canals in Pontocho, Kyoto

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20 Most Instagramable Places in Western Australia’s South West

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The south-west of Western Australia is a perfect road trip destination filled with world-class wineries, great beaches, forests giants and delicious foods.

Whether you’re a photographer trying to nail the perfect shot or just like sharing pretty places on social media, these spots in Western Australia’s south-west, will get the likes flooding in fast!

Don’t forget the south-west hashtags!
#australiassw #southwest #southwestlife #justanotherdayinwa #thisiswa #explorewa

 

1. Wyadup Rocks, near Yallingup

Also known as Nature’s Spa, this protected sea pool sits between Wyadup Bay and Injidup Bay, just south of Yallingup.
To get there, turn off Caves Rd and head to the end of Wyadup Rd, then walk down the pathway over the rocks towards the right which takes you to the natural spa. Don’t forget to also check out nearby Canal Rocks.
Tags: #wyaduprocks #naturesspa #naturalspa #wyadupbay #injidupbay #yallingup

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Getting My Freak On at Port Arthur

I’m someone that sits on the fence when it comes to the spirit world, I don’t disbelieve it, but until I see irrefutable proof, there will always be a little part of my brain that will say ‘weeeell, maybe’.
The rest of my brain, however, wholeheartedly believes and the little, disbelieving corner of grey goop lets it because it’s nice to think our departed loved ones are still around and that we can communicate with them.

It was that optimistic part of my brain that jumped at the chance to join a Paranormal Investigation Tour at the very haunted Port Arthur World Heritage site on Tasmania’s south-east coast.

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Port Arthur has two distinct histories. An old one and a modern one, both terrible in their own ways. For those that are unaware, in 1996, a psychopath gunned down 35 people and wounded another 23. It was an event that shocked the nation to its core and spurred Australia’s strict gun control laws.
I had no interest in disturbing these souls. I paid my respects at the beautifully sombre memorial while walking around the site during the day but was glad to see the paranormal tour is conducted far away from the massacre area.

The nocturnal residents I wished to meet were from the convict era.

From 1833-1877 Port Arthur was a prison for Tasmania’s convicts who had become secondary offenders during their lengthy Transportation holiday.
While physical punishments were handed out, it was the psychological punishments that made Port Arthur unique. Most notably, those in need of extra punishment were hooded and made to stay silent in light-sealed, tiny cells, sometimes for months at a time. An act administrators thought would give the prisoner time to reflect. Instead, it often had the unintended outcome of inducing mental illness through lack of sight and sound.

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