Australia’s Golden Outback harks back to the goldrush days, when the region took on a wild west atmosphere.
Today, it sprawls out in a diverse array of rugged red earth and soaring mountains that spread from Mount Augustus in the north to the pristine beaches of Esperance in the South.
At the centre of it all sits Kalgoorlie, a traditional mining town that’s surrounding by the Wheatbelt to the west – rolling farmland filled with charming towns. Kalgoorlie marks a good spot to explore the region’s wild west ghost towns from. Throughout the Wheatbelt, there are numerous granite outcrops, including Wave Rock, a colourful, majestic swell of natural finery. It is thought the formation was created 60 million years ago and has been streaked with colour through weathering and water erosion.
At the edge of the Golden Outback, the crystalline beaches of Esperance on the Bay of Isles surround national parks and an offshore archipelago home to penguins, fur seals, and a host of sea birds.
WA’s Golden Outback perfectly encapsulates the wild, rugged and beautiful country that makes Australia so impressive yet testing. So, what are some of the incredible experiences that await you in this most incredible part of Australia?
The Australian outback is known as a land where millions of years of erosion have created some of the world’s most stunning rock formations. From Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the Red Centre, up to Karlu Karlu near Tennant Creek and across to the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, this wide land isn’t sure of impressive stone formations!
One of the most surreal of all to make this list has to be that of Wave Rock, located in the Golden Outback town of Hyden. This bizarre, wave-like erosion stands at a massive 15 metres tall and stretches on for an incredible 100 metres, making it easily one of the most wonderful natural sites in WA (if not across Oz!).
Head out to the gorgeous Middle Island from Esperance to find the gorgeous, pink-hued Lake Hillier (only visible from boat or plane!). Australia’s south and south west are world famous for these bubblegum pink-coloured lakes, caused by large amounts of salinity in the water.
They are a truly stunning sight to see, as well as being one of the best spots to grab yourself a selfie…
Aussies, and internationals at that, would be forgiven for thinking Uluru is Australia’s biggest rock. Sure, it’s certainly our most famous rock, but it’s by no means our biggest – that title goes to the otherworldly Burringurrah (Mount Augustus).
This huge rock formation covers a whopping 4,795 hectares of the national park region, and is an incredible twice the size of Uluru! It’s also the perfect mountain to gaze upon throughout the day, as its colours change as the sun moves across the sky, or to hike to the summit (just make sure you have plenty of water!). The expansive views from the top are what makes this part of Australia so unbelievably magical.