Why Western Australia is the perfect place for a family getaway

Posted by - December 13, 2017

WHETHER you are looking for some last-minute winter sunshine, or perhaps just a change of scenery, Western Australia is the perfect place to visit. Get away from the manic stress of Christmas present buying and escape with your family for a week or so.
Western Australia is 2.6 million square kilometers of arid desert, lush bushland and beaches boasting the whitest sand and turquoise waters, while plenty of adventures are just waiting to be discovered.
Western Australia prides itself on being one the most diverse regions on the planet, with an abundance of fun activities to be enjoyed. Alongside an essence of romance throughout the region, it is the perfect place to whisk your loved ones off to this winter.
In no particular order, here are five reasons Western Australia should be next on your travel itinerary.
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Dolphins are highly intelligent and love playing around in the water – they have even been known to ride the waves to the shore, just for their amusement. At Monkey Mai beach, wild bottlenose dolphins visit the sandy shores to grab a bite to eat from trained conservationists, and then enjoy an occasional belly rub from beachgoers.
Monkey Mai beach is one of the most renowned places in the world for interaction with wild dolphins. Feeding times begin at around 7 am and then again at noon in the designated feeding section of the beach.
If you happen to be in the South West region, a visit to the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury is certainly worth your time. Explore the Digital Dolphinarium and learn everything about dolphins when they approach the shore in warmer months, or go on the Dolphin Eco Cruise to meet these gentle creatures.
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Western Australia is home to more than half of the nation’s biodiversity hotspots and several national parks, bursting with flora and fauna. Iconic and Australia-specific animals such as kangaroos and the ‘world’s happiest animal‘ – quokkas – can also be found wandering the burnt orange land, looking for food and shelter.
Get closer to nature at Perth Hill’s John Forest National Park, located just a 45-minute drive from the bustling city center. You can cycle along the old railway tracks, walk through the bush and meander alongside the rivers, taking an occasional dip if you want to cool off.
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Nambung National Park, located in the Coral Coast region has tall limestone spires, jolting out of the ground. The park is located in the Pinnacles Desert and is brilliant for short strolls and wild games of hide-and-seek with the kids.
Western Australia is also home to the Cape Le Grand National Park in the Golden Outback, D’Entrecasteaus National Park down in the South West, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in the South West and Rottnest Island in Perth.
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With an expanse of 12,500 kilometers of coastline, you are sure to find your perfect spot along Western Australia’s shoreline.
The crystal waters that lap at the powdered white sands on Western Australia’s beaches are often accompanied by silky blue skies.
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Perth’s iconic Cottesloe Beach has smooth terraced lawns and majestic Norfolk pines, perfect for a laidback afternoon with the family.
Walpole plays host to a multitude of beaches and camping locations along the Rainbow Coast. Down from Conspicuous Cliff lies Conspicuous Cliff Beach, a popular picnic spot in the summer sunshine. And if you head just a little further up the coast, you will find Mandalay Beach with spectacular views of Chatham Island – if you’re lucky, you might sneak a peak of the shipwreck that washed up in 1911.
Frolic in the sand or indulge in water-based activities such as swimming, snorkeling and surfing at more of Western Australia’s immaculate beaches including Bathers Beach, in Fremantle, Perth; Hameline Bay in the South West; and Middleton Beach in Albany, South West.
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Australia may be known for its range of dangerous animals, but as our mothers always said: “They’re more scared of you than you are of them.” Western Australia, however, has plenty of cute animals that certainly want to be your friend as much as you want to be theirs.
Caversham Wildlife Park in Swan Valley, a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Perth, is one of the largest collections of Western Australia’s cutest inhabitants. Feed the kangaroos, cuddle with koalas, gawk at wombats and even listen to keeper talks by the park rangers on the weekends.
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Rottnest Island is home to the adorable Quokka, which has been dubbed the happiest mammal in the world as they wear a constant smile and don’t mind humans getting a selfie or two. They are, however, very rare on the mainland, so conservation sanctuaries have been set up for them on this island.
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If you haven’t already guessed it, Western Australia is blessed with the incredible shoreline, which means fresh, flavorful seafood all year round. No matter which city or town you find yourself in along the Western Coastline of Australia, you won’t struggle to find a delicious restaurant to suit the whole family, as Perth itself has more restaurants per capita than any other part of Australia.
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Great Barrier Reef’s successful coral transplant gives hope to other damaged marine eco-systems

Posted by - November 28, 2017

AUSTRALIA’S Great Barrier Reef is a symbol of how intricate, beautiful and incredible the world’s ecosystems are. But over the past few decades, the Great Barrier Reef has also come to represent how human actions are damaging the environment.
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Mother nature’s finest feat of engineering attracts more than two million visitors every year. However, over the past 30 years, rising sea temperatures have bleached the coral and coral-eating starfish have swarmed the reef causing a decline to the habitat. Along with battering cyclones, also caused by global warming, and high carbon-emission polluting, the ocean the reef could cease its glorious existence as soon as 2050.
However, marine biologists, scientists, oceanographers and anyone who cares about the environment are desperately trying to come up with ways of saving the spectacular reef.
Feeling the effects of Delhi’s smog? Escape to Kinnaur In the latest attempt to bring the reef back to its once thriving status, Australian scientists have trialed a coral transplant. Researchers collected a large amount of coral spawn from the reef’s Heron Island last year and have been growing them into larvae, which they transplanted back into bald and damaged areas of the reef.
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On an exploration eight months later to the site of the resettled coral younglings, the researchers were delighted to discover the juvenile coral had survived and even grown.
“The success of this new research not only applies to the Great Barrier Reef but has potential global significance,” lead researcher Peter Harrison of Southern Cross University told Zee News.
“It shows we can start to restore and repair damaged coral populations where the natural supply of coral larvae has been compromised.”
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While this form of reparation is brilliant in terms of scientific research – and for coral reefs to grow and maintain a crucial part of the marine ecosystem – it is also equally fundamental to acknowledge prevention is better than cure. And the prevention, in this case, comes from humans assessing and changing living habits.
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