Outdoor Adventures

The best family adventures are the ones where you explore the great outdoors, have fun with a nature treasure hunt or spy rare wildlife.

Here you will find everything from camping in the Australian outback to fossil hunting deep down in ancient gorges and dodging lava while hiking on an active volcano.

Lighthouse under the Milky Way on a starry night

5 of the Best spots for Stargazing in Western Australia

Wave Rock, Hyden Just outside the town of Hyden in the Wheatbelt 330km from Perth, 3hr 40m drive Wave Rock is a granite cliff, eroded over millions of years into the shape of a perfect wave. The vibrant colourful streaks caused by rainwater running over its surface give Wave Rock a striking appearance. The area is a popular spot for camping and hiking, and is a great...

Wildflowers Western Australia

Wildflowers: Western Australia’s Best Kept Secret

Each year at the end of winter the deserts and grasslands of Western Australia spring to life with a dazzling display of native wildflowers. This vibrant natural wonder is one of the states top attractions, yet you don’t need a fancy 4-wheel drive, boat, or bulging wallet to appreciate them. You can find spectacular displays in and around Perth, especially Kings...

Gallery: Hutt Lagoon, Port Gregory

Hutt Lagoon in springtime is hands-down one of the most incredible scenes on earth. With a mass of tiny yellow and pink flowers framing the pink waters of the lagoon, it looks more like movie set than real life. We stopped for only an hour on our drive from Kalbarri to see the wildflowers of Mullewa, but Hutt Lagoon is such a wonderful little spot that it deserves a...

Crystal Quest at Sugarloaf Rock, Margaret River

Exploring the Crystals and Swirls of the Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks at Sugarloaf Rock Sugarloaf Rock is close to the top of most people’s Margaret River bucket list. The monolith rises from the Indian Ocean close to the northern end of the Capes region, just a few kilometres from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. It has been the focus of many sunset photos and selfies...

Fossil Hunting in Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park had been at the top of my list of places to visit in Western Australia since I arrived back in 2012. In the park you can find evidence of the first animals to walk on land and to a geologist, that’s about as exciting as Disneyland. We first visited back in 2013 as the final leg of a big road trip up the Coral Coast, only to find the national...

Southern Lights and Living Fossils at Lake Clifton

What do the Southern Lights and rare, living fossils have in common? They can both be seen from Lake Clifton, one of the featured hikes on the Trails WA website. I stumbled across the website one morning and spent an hour or so exploring the map, finding all sorts of trails not too far from our home in Mandurah. Maddie has never been a fan of the car so Jed and I...