Western Australia is an expansive and wild part of the country that’s filled with hidden gems, natural attractions and incredible history and culture – few bloggers know this as well as Nina Burakowski, the travel blogger behind West Australian Explorer.
She’s been around the world and back and has settled in Perth for its beaches, lifestyle, and endless opportunities for adventure. Recently, we asked Nina to share a few of her best travel experiences and secrets with us, and here’s what we found out!
What is your favourite outdoor adventure activity?
During the summer months, my favourite activity is kitesurfing. WA is one of the best places in the world for kitesurfing thanks to the consistent wind and abundant coastline. In the cooler months my favourite activities are mountain biking and hiking.
What makes WA such a special place for outdoor adventure travel?
WA is a nature lover’s paradise, and outdoor adventure activities are the perfect way to experience nature up close. It also helps that WA has awesome weather with over 300 days of sunshine per year. The endless stretch of coastline provides ideal conditions for almost any water sport, and is home to some of the best surf breaks in the world, making it a paradise for kite and windsurfers. Head north to Exmouth and you’ll find one of the few places on earth where you can dive with Whale Sharks. If you’re not into water sports, WA has world class hiking trails, like the 1000km long Bibbilmun Track and the spectacular Cape-to-Cape trail in the Margaret River Region. For mountain bikers, the Munda Biddi is the longest off-road cycling trail in the world and if you just want to sleep under the stars, there are endless possibilities to go camping.
Where would you go on your ultimate Australian road trip?
My ultimate road trip is the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley Region. I would love to stay on the cattle stations along the way and explore some of the gorges, waterfalls and the pure wilderness of this rugged region.
Do you have any safety tips for travelling in Western Australia?
It may sound silly, but the first thing to consider when travelling in WA is to have enough petrol. Visitors to WA often underestimate the driving distances here and it can take a few hundred kilometres to get from one petrol station to the next. The other big safety tip is not to rely on mobile phone coverage. Most areas outside of major cities and towns have limited mobile reception, so it’s a good idea to think about what you would do in case of a vehicle breakdown or any other type of emergency.
How do you decide where to go next in your travels?
Most of my travels involve some kind of outdoor activity or sporting adventure. If it’s in WA, then I love travelling up and down the coast to go kitesurfing and camp along the way. For adventures further afield, I find somewhere to go skiing or snowboarding – the two things that we definitely can’t do in WA!