What some passionate WA people love about our beautiful state
David Genat– Survivor winner & Getaway presenter
One of my favourite things to do outdoors is ride my motorcycle to Mundaring Weir and then hike the weir trail, the roads on the ride there are absolutely incredible, you feel really connected to nature and as you stand atop the weir and look across the vast expanse of water you can take in just how beautiful our state is, there’s some incredible vistas up there. As a bonus you are so close to amazing local cafes, after you have worked up an appetite with a hike you can grab some great food and coffee in the local surrounds.
Trevor Cochrane-Guru Productions- Destinations WA Channel 9
WA is a unique place on this planet, with so many diverse environments to explore. I was lucky enough to be born here and whilst I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the globe discovering some incredible places to experience and people to meet, I am always excited to be back home in WA. I co-created The Garden Gurus TV series with Nev Passmore in 2002 allowing me to share my love for the outdoors and gardening in particular and later I created the WA travel series Destination WA for Channel 9, initially for local play and later it went national on the 9 network, showing just how amazing this state we live in is.
When it comes to my lifestyle I love getting outdoors, whether its exploring the southwest or wandering around my garden harvesting fresh fruit and veg with my dogs Charlie and Buddy in tow, it’s the perfect way to feel great for me.
My favourite destination to get away in WA is probably not one you’d expect. I know we have amazing beaches, vineyard regions, islands and landscapes, but I have a place few people will have been to, and if they have it will probably only be fleetingly. North of Geraldton inland of the historic town and region of Northampton you will find the sleepy fishing village of Port Gregory. As you drive into the town through the quirky Hut River Provence and past the historic ruins of the Convict Hiring station at Linton Station you see the glorious pink lake that is the Hutt River Lagoon. On the west side of it as you follow the road around you discover Port Gregory.
I have four sons who have all enjoyed uniquely West Australian holidays in Port Gregory with memories that will stay with them for life. The beaches are magnificent, there’s a skirting ironstone reef that protects the bay and provides superb diving on corals that never cease to amaze. The fishing is incredible with everything from lobster, to squid and octopus and fish of almost every species. The town has a quaint holiday park with great facilities and 2 shops.
If you love incredible sunsets, drives along the beach to isolated places such as Lucky Bay, gentle snorkeling experiences over pristine marine environments, then this is one destination I recommend thoroughly.
I’m a travel photographer who moved to WA in 2018 and immediately fell in love with the landscapes and incredible beaches we have here.
My favourite place in WA would have to be Esperance, there’s nothing that quite compares to the sheer beauty of the beaches there. From the perfect turquoise water to some of the whitest sand you have ever seen. I love walking along the coastline and finding the perfect shot.
I’m fortunate enough to travel up and down the WA coastline for work and hope to continue to discover more of the incredible beauty we have here in Western Australia.
Tracy Lindsey- Founder & Hiking Guide- Off The Beaten Track WA
Tracy has a huge passion for getting people outdoors and loves being creative with nature and trails to create unique, inspiring and educational hiking experiences.
Tracy loves the energy of the Stirling Range, the coastline of the Cape to Cape track and the mammoth Karri trees in the Southern Forests, but nothing beats exploring in her own backyard in Serpentine National Park.