I am originally from France, but I spent six months in Western Australia as an Au Pair in Margaret River for a family that quickly made me feel right at home. We used to go camping on the weekends. This photo was taken at D’entrecasteaux National Park, where we had so much fun sand boarding.
I was surprised because we were the only people in sight; there was nothing but our own footprints. It was just nature and us, it felt like our own special place!
Peace, silence, tranquility, this photo captures a very introspective moment. I remember taking a minute to look around me and take it all in. In that moment I felt very lucky to be able to experience this incredible landscape with my Australian family.
This picture captures a fond memory at Wellington National Park. What surprised me the most about this experience was that we were less than an hour from Bunbury and two and a half from Perth, yet we felt like we could have been miles away from anywhere.
My girlfriend and I took a trip down to the South West for the ANZAC Day long weekend and based ourselves in Porongurup. We had checked the forecast for the weekend and made the decision that Saturday would be the ideal time to climb Bluff Knoll.
I had heard about the stingrays at Hamelin Bay so we added Hamelin Bay as a place to camp. Every sunset we would walk down to the beach where 5 to 10 huge bull rays would basically beach themselves right at your feet.
The big thing visitors don’t realise is that Margaret River offers much more than our world-class wine and food. The outdoor activities are now just as significant, not to mention the diverse arts and crafts scene. These are some of my favourite things to do that can be packed into a weekend escape to Margaret River from Perth.
I couldn’t wait to kick back on the deck of our luxury Catamaran in the stunning Houtman Abrolhos Islands.There are so many incredible natural wonders to explore there but at this moment I was content simply soaking in the absolute isolation and soul warming sun.
You’ll find Australia’s most dazzling coastline in Esperance, an eight-hour drive south from Perth. Local resident Dan Paris suggests travelling inland through the Wheatbelt, breaking up the drive with a night in Hopetoun before arriving at the beautiful beaches of Esperance.