Australian Air Adventure Holiday Tours to South Western Australia
The South West area of Western Australia is huge. It includes a number of main regions…the Goldfields and Esperance region, Margaret River which includes Albany and of course the Great Australian Bight including Eucla, Forrest and some of the Nullabor. Our Australian Air Adventure capture these wonderful regions of the Pilbara.
Great Australian Bight W.A.
Kalgoorlie is situated in the region of Western Australia known as the GoldFields-Esperance region. There is nowhere in the world like Kalgoorlie. Nestled amongst majestic architecture, this buzzing community of around 30,000 people maintains outback lifestyle with pride and energy.
Experience both past and present here by exploring an old mine shaft and touring the awesome Super Pit covering eight square kilometres – Australia’s largest open cut mine.
During the wildflower season (July to September) the rugged goldfields scenery puts on an unrivalled floral display. The area’s salt lakes, granite formations and Aboriginal rock art add to the natural drama throughout the year.
Esperance, roughly translated, is French for hope and its the French that are credited with the towns discovery, naming it and other local landmarks whilst sheltering from a storm in this area in 1792.Ten years on Matthew Flinders sailed the glorious waters of the Bay of Isles, discovering and naming gems such as Lucky Bay and Thistle Cove.Whalers, sealers and pirates followed, as did pastoralists and miners, keen to cash in on free land and a gold boom to the north at Kalgoorlie.Today, tourism, agriculture and fishing steer the economy of this stunning coastal community.
Esperance is a beautiful coastal town located 720 kilometres south east of Perth and about 4.5 hours from Albany. Esperance has the most stunning coastal scenery with squeaky white sand and turquoise water. There are 5 national parks around Esperance. The Cape Le Grand National Park is only 56kms from the town centre and this is where you can see kangaroos lazing on the beach. Further east is Cape Arid, which is also a popular park for camping, fishing and hiking.
Margaret River is a town in the South West of Western Australia, located in the valley of the eponymous Margaret River, 277 kilometres south of Perth. Margaret River is the foremost Geographical Indication wine region in the South West Australia Zone, with nearly 5,500 hectares under vine and over 138 wineries as at 2008
Albany is a port city in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, some 418 km SE of Perth, the state capital. As of 2009, Albany’s population was estimated at 33,600, making it the sixth-largest city in the state of WA. The city centre is at the northern edge of Princess Royal Harbour, which is a part of King George Sound. The Central Business District is bounded by Mount Clarence to the east and Mount Melville to the west. The city is in the local government area of the City of Albany. The town has an important role in the ANZAC legend, being the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in the First World War.
Cape Leeuwin is the most south-westerly mainland point of the Australian Continent, in the state of Western Australia. A few small islands and rocks, the St Alouarn Islands, extend further to the south. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is situated at the most south westerly tip of Australia, standing at the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.
Great Australian Bight
The coast line of the Great Australian Bight is characterised by cliff faces (up to 60 m high), surfing beaches and rock platforms, ideal for whale-watching. The waters of the Great Australian Bight, despite being relatively shallow, are not fertile. While most continental shelves are rich in sea life and make popular fishing areas, the barren deserts north of the bight have very little rainfall, and what there is mostly flows inland, to dissipate underground or in salt lakes. It is probably best noted for the large number of sharks that frequent its coastal waters, as well as the increasing numbers of Southern Right Whales that migrate within the region.
Eucla is the easternmost locality in Western Australia, located in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia along the Eyre Highway, approximately 11 kilometres west of the South Australian border. Eucla was established in 1877 as a manual repeater station for the Overland Telegraph. A jetty and 1km tram line was constructed for offloading supplies to this remote area. At the time both the South and Western Australian colonial administrations operated out of Eucla’s telegraph station. Before the invention of Morse Code South Australian staff employed what was known as the “Victorian Alphabet”, and Western Australian telegraphers used what was known as the “Universal Code.”
Forrest is a small settlement and railway station on the Trans-Australian Railway in Western Australia. At the 2006 census, Forrest had a population of 18. The township consists of 6 cottages once used by DCA staff and personnel operating the Bureau of Meteorology weather station.
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