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Wild Wild West

From the sandstone gorges of The Kimberley and golden fields of the Wheatbelt to the lush wine-growing region of Margaret River and the red plains of the Goldfields-Esperance region ablaze with wildflowers, Western Australia offers fiery, rugged landscapes and quiet, untouched beauty.

Compiled by: Beverly Rodrigues Photography: Ken Duncan & Steve Fraser

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The stunning four-tiered Mitchell Falls in the Kimberley region.

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Montgomery Reef, off the Kimberley coast, is Australia’s largest inshore reef

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The rugged 650km-long Gibb River Road is an old drover’s track that connects remote Kimberley cattle stations to Derby and Kununurra. It offers 4WD adventures with natural attractions and the opportunity to meet friendly locals on horseback.

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King Sound is a large gulf in northern Western Australia that extends from the mouth of the Fitzroy River to the Indian Ocean.

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A breeding population of the Australian Sea Lion can be found on Abrolhos Islands, a chain of 122 islands and coral reefs in the Indian Ocean.

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A stunning waterfall and banded ironstone formations at the Hamersley Gorge within the Karijini National Park.

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Despite the bustle of the city – Perth – the picturesque capital of Western Australia, has many spots that retain a quiet beauty.

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Colourful flora surrounding the remote Overlander Roadhouse along the North West Coastal Highway.

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A dramatic gorge at the Karijini National Park.

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Boab trees are only found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

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Though known for its wineries, Margaret River serves up intoxicating scenery too.

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Visitors can enjoy scenic sunrise or sunset camel safaris along Cable Beach.

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The scenic and remote Overlander area between Geraldton and Carnavon offers the only road access point to the Shark Bay World Heritage area.

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Dubbed ‘Rotto’ by Western Australians, Rottnest Island is a favourite diving and snorkelling destination.

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Lake Lefroy in Kalgoorlie, is a large salt lake that’s often used for land sailing.

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Joffre Falls, a seasonal waterfall at the Karjini National Park.

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Geological wonders in the heart of Karijini National Park.

GETTING THERE AirAsia X flies from Kuala Lumpur, and AirAsia Indonesia flies from Bali to Perth, Western Australia. Go to www.airasia.com for details.

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The Wild Frontier – Western Australia

For more images of this dramatically diverse state, check out The Wild Frontier – Western Australia, a coffee table book that features the stunning works of panoramic photographer Ken Duncan (www.kenduncan.com) and Western Australian landscape photographer Steve Fraser (www.stevefraser.co). Photography enthusiasts will benefit from the useful details and technical notes on equipment that illustrate how these photographers captured the images.

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