Student Story: Getaway in Western Australia as an international student

14 July 2021

The west coast of Australia is one of the most diverse places you can imagine – from its tropical corals and magnificent waves to its remote dunes and paradise islands. Western Australia is more than 20,000 km long, counting its islands, which means you can travel very long distances and still be in the same state. With so many places to visit, this part of Australia has become the dream of adventurous tourists and thousands of international students who desire to study abroad and explore fantastic places. Through this blog, I would like to take you to my three favourite attractions in WA.

The first place that you need to visit as soon as you arrive in Perth is, without a doubt, Yanchep National Park. This national park consists of lakes, caves, and forests home to large colonies of koalas and kangaroos. Walking or camping in the park is the best way to observe wildlife and enjoy the beautiful nature they live in. Yanchep has 8 moderate trails ranging from 1.8 to 50.2 kilometres and 20 to 116 metres in altitude. Start checking them out, and you'll be on your way in no time!

If you are as keen on swimming and scuba diving as I am, you should consider visiting Rottnest Island. Rottnest Island, also known as 'Rotto', is a small limestone island located close to Perth's coast. The diversity of fish and coral species in the waters around Rottnest Island make it one of the most fascinating dive sites found in such close proximity to a capital city. Rottnest is also home to thousands of quokkas, the happiest animals in the world. The bike ride along the island is the best way to encounter them. They are mainly found among fallen grasses, shrubs or trees near the roadsides.

History and culture are also a must when being in Western Australia. WA Museum Boola Bardip is a fantastic place to get in touch with Western Australian culture and stories. Entry to WA Museum Boola Bardip is free, and it is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Boola Bardip has many exhibitions that allow visitors to celebrate diversity, discover WA getaways and explore the world. My favourite exhibition is definitely Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters. "Compelling in scale and complexity, Songlines conveys a founding Aboriginal narrative by using Aboriginal ways of passing on knowledge through the story of the Seven Sisters. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, ceramics and state-of-the-art multimedia. These artworks are portals to the deserts of the Martu, the Ngaanyatjarra and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara peoples".

Now that you know some of the most fantastic Western Australia attractions, it's time to plan your trip and go and see them by yourself. If you want to know more about these places, visit their websites tagged in this blog or feel free to contact me through my Instagram account @josegarciabri. I'd be happy to help you organise your visit!

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