Sun, sea and surf

Western Aus­tralia is the state of sun­shine and con­trasts, where the out­back meets the sea.

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SIZE isn’t ev­ery­thing. Just take a look at Western Aus­tralia. Sure, the state stretches over about a third of the coun­try. But even more amaz­ing is the fact that the out­back meets the sea in this great land.

You can look for­ward to the hori­zon- bend­ing In­dian Ocean that turns translu­cent in the morn­ing sun, and the pow­dery white beaches. Whether you’re feel­ing the warm sand un­der your feet on Perth’s fa­mous Cottes­loe Beach or rid­ing a camel as the sun sets over Broome’s iconic Ca­ble Beach, WA will re­de­fine your opin­ion of what a truly amaz­ing beach is.

In the city of Perth in sum­mer, the out­doorsy lo­cals love noth­ing more than a beer by the beach, tapas on an airy rooftop or coffee down a chic laneway. With over 3,000 hours of sun­shine an­nu­ally, there’s an un­der­stand­able en­thu­si­asm for the city’s nat­u­ral as­sets, blended with a lively and ma­ture ur­ban scene.

Af­ter min­gling with the lo­cals, you can take a de­tour to in­dulge in aquatic and coastal ex­pe­ri­ences in the re­gion. Over in the south- west, drink in the sur­rounds at Mar­garet River’s winer­ies by the sea. Chardon­nay and shi­raz are the re­gional spe­cial­i­ties, but don’t pass up the other variant of wines.

And let’s not for­get about the waves. Pro- surfer Kelly Slater vis­its nearly ev­ery year to ride the tow­er­ing green waves and com­pete in the Mar­garet River Pro held ev­ery April. Then there are the whales – from hump­backs and south­ern rights to minke and blue whales – mi­grat­ing past from June to Novem­ber.

The rugged cliffs, some as high as 40m, form a fan­tas­tic land­scape for great coastal walks. The Cape to Cape Track, for one, leads hik­ers along the best stretches be­tween the re­gion’s two light­houses and in­cludes dozens of un­touched beaches. All this just three hours’ drive from Perth.

Can’t get enough of the deep blue? Per­haps a swim with whale sharks at Nin­ga­loo Reef should ex­cite. The Co­ral Coast drive be­tween Perth and Nin­ga­loo Reef is filled with un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences – car­pets of wild­flow­ers, wild dol­phins, more seafood than you could pos­si­bly eat, and a rugged land­scape of rusty red earth and shim­mer­ing aqua blue.

Apart from the whale sharks, Nin­ga­loo Coast is also home to coast­line edged by a rain­bow of blues on one side, and a na­tional park filled with canyons and gorges on the other. While you’re there, catch the drift at Turquoise Bay: A gen­tle cur­rent al­lows you to float over fish- cov­ered co­ral with barely a kick of the flip­per.

Be­fore you head home, coast into Broome. Vi­brant and multi- cul­tural, this beach town calms the soul with its glis­ten­ing ocean views. You can soak in the sights by tak­ing leisurely strolls along the fa­mous Ca­ble Beach or go on camel rides at sun­set.

For some­thing more glam­orous than camp­ing, Broome of­fers “glamping”, where you can sleep un­der the stars in a semi- per­ma­nent tent with tim­ber floors. It also of­fers mod­ern essentials like hot show­ers and large, plush beds. This be­ing WA, be rest as­sured that glam­our goes hand- in- hand with true out­back style.

Sourced from tourism Aus­tralia. Malaysia Air­lines has daily flights be­tween Kuala Lumpur and Perth, and Sun­day flights be­tween Kota Kinabalu and Perth. For book­ings, go to www.malaysi­aair­lines.com.

— Tourism Aus­tralia

The cape to cape Track leads hik­ers along the best stretches be­tween the re­gion’s two light­houses and in­cludes dozens of un­touched beaches.

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