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Diana Smith’s Western Australia

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The road from Perth to Broome is not so traveled. Practically tourism-free, Western Australia’s coast is quiet and somewhat isolated. But the vast terrain—combined with a camper van or 4x4 vehicle—provides travelers with the opportunity to fully explore the region's outback and beaches in their own way. Snorkel in Turquoise Bay, hike through Karijini National Park, then top it off with a camel ride and some pearls in Broome.
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198-206 William Street In the cul de sac opposite The Alex Hotel, Perth WA 6000, Australia
For lunch, order burgers and Sly Fox ale at the new Lot Twenty next door to the Heath Ledger Theatre. This appeared in the August/September 2015 issue.
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Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth WA 6000, Australia
The old print house for The West Australian newspaper has been reborn as the ambitious multi-venue Print Hall Bar & Dining Room. The printing presses are long gone, but the space’s soaring columns and intricate art deco details remain. The ground...
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50 James St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Roll out of bed at the brand-new Alex Hotel in the hip Northbridge neighborhood. Perfect for the design-inclined, the colorful rooms are filled with chic woolen blankets, quirky lighting, and other artsy touches from international designers. This...
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Nambung WA 6521, Australia
After visiting 'The Pinnacles' at the Nambung National Park you can almost imagine what stepping foot on Mars would be like - sans space suit of course. The otherworldly limestone transformations, craters, and orange dust create for an eerie...
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38 Grey St, Kalbarri WA 6536, Australia
As the sun set we journeyed down into one of Kalbarri's many grotto lookout points into the most western edges of Australia. Here I caught a fisherman fishing along the dangerous crashing waves trying to catch dinner before the sun gave out. The...
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Kalbarri National Park WA 6536, Australia
Kalbarri National Park is a bit of a geological oddity and all those things a national park should be— playground for the outdoor lovers, photogenic scenery, rugged landscape consisting of inland gorges and coastal cliffs, and of course is a...
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1 Monkey Mia Rd, Monkey Mia WA 6537, Australia
I've seen dolphins at Sea World and in passing pods while out on the water all over the world, but I've never experienced anything quite like Monkey Mia. Two to three times a day wild dolphins flock up to the beach at Monkey Mia for a snack. The...
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Coral Bay WA 6701, Australia
You can wade for what seems like forever through these shallow, crystal-clear waters... and then you'll hit the edge of Ningaloo Reef! Throw on your snorkel gear and explore the depths of what I consider to be a reef even greater than Great...
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Yardie Creek Rd, Cape Range National Park WA 6707, Australia
It doesn't get much better than snorkeling from the gorgeous white-sand beach of Turquoise Bay through crystal-clear waters to Ningaloo Reef, one of the greatest places on Earth for snorkeling! We saw a sea turtle, a shark, rays, eels, and all...
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Exmouth WA 6707, Australia
Ningaloo Reef has a stronger current than other popular snorkelling spots which means not too many people venture out there, I found the more secluded Turquoise Bay was the quietest and, as a result, better location. Arriving in late March, I was...
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Cleaverville WA 6714, Australia
On a drive through the Pilbra, from the town of Karratha to the local beach spot, Point Sampson we decided to turn off the North West Coastal Highway and checkout the turtle nesting beach in Cleaverville. After 30 minutes bobbing down a dirt road...
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Banjima Drive, Karijini WA 6751, Australia
Karijini National Park is the second largest park in Western Australia. The park's mountains, plains, plateaus, gorges, rivers and waterfalls make for a beautiful adventure. With a "tropical semi-desert" climate, it's advised to visit the park...
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27 Carnarvon St, Broome WA 6725, Australia
Welcome to the world's oldest operating open air movie theater, Sun Pictures. Located in Broome, the building originally opened in 1903 as a home goods store. Ten years later the store was purchased and converted into a theater. Sun Pictures is...
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Cable Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas

If all you really want to do on your Bahamian visit is relax on the beach, this is the spot for you. A short ride from downtown Nassau (every taxi driver knows where it is), it has everything necessary for a fun morning or afternoon in the sun: a...