Wave Rock deserves its name - the cliff resembles an enormous surf wave about to crash into the bush. Stretching 110 metres, the rainbow-hued granite swell was formed more than three million years ago. It's a short walk from another imaginatively named rock formation: Hippo's Yawn. You can actually climb through the hippo's ‘neck' to grab a happy snap.
Wave Rock locals are a friendly bunch, and they're truly passionate about the place they call home. But don't take our word for it. Meet Sheena, who will proudly show you around her farm and discuss life on the land. Which can be harsh, but also extremely healing, in a way unique to the wide open spaces of the Aussie outback. You even get to feed her cattle and glimpse her collection of vintage cars. (B/D) Stay: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden
Nature, history, food and wine… there's not much that Albany can't do. The hardest thing you have to do today is decide which direction you want to travel. Perhaps opt for an Albany tour that relives the town's heritage as the last port of call for ANZAC troopships departing Australia in WWI. Being here is a moving experience that tells the tale of thousands of servicemen.
Maybe explore Torndirrup National Park, where steep cliffs give way to dramatic rock formations and whales are a common sight during migration. Or get a taste for the region on a culinary excursion that includes tastings of local cheeses, fudge, chocolate, ice-cream, cider, wines and gins. Better wear your elastic-waisted pants for this one. But don't fill up too much - Margaret River tours await. (B)
Yanchep National Park is staggeringly beautiful. It's also incredibly spiritual, as you'll discover on an Aboriginal cultural experience revealing First Nations history through Dreamtime stories and didgeridoo sessions. It's a hands-on experience - don't worry if you can't make the didg hum; there are traditional tools to play with and bush tucker to sample.
We've left some of the best to last: entering Nambung National Park you're greeted by an ethereal moonscape. Your Pinnacles tour meanders around this collection of head-scratching limestone formations. This afternoon, Geraldton's moving HMAS Sydney Memorial beckons. (B) Stay: Mantra Geraldton
Bring your stamina - today's adventures begin early. But if there's anything worth getting out of bed for, it's Monkey Mia's wild dolphins, which swim close to shore to greet visitors every morning. Keep your sunnies handy at Shell Beach, a powder-white cove formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to 10 metres deep, and Hamelin Pool, the world's best-known colony of stromatolites. Believe it or not, these rock-like formations are alive.
Arriving at Kalbarri National Park you'll take in the Murchison River Gorge from the Kalbarri Skywalk. If you're here during wildflower season, expect acacia, banksia and caladenia in full bloom. (B/D) Stay: Kalbarri Edge Resort