The most beautiful secluded beach in Albany, WA you must visit

Two Peoples Bay Natural Reserve is only 35km east of Albany. When we went into the reserve we had no idea what we were walking into. As soon as we arrived, we were speechless. It can be compared to the Maldives.

If you’re driving South, this is a must-do while you’re in the area. The place boasts unspoilt coastal scenery with barely anybody in it. The beach caves in and there are beautiful boulders beautifully positioned in the water.

Trail

One of the best ways to enjoy the scenic beauty and wildlife of Two Peoples bay is to walk along the Heritage Trail. The walk starts at the rear of the visitor centre and winds through peppermint woodland then loops back along the beach.

Entry Fees

$12.00 per vehicle.

$6.00 per motorbike.

For further information jump onto the wildlife parks website.

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Discovering Katherine, Northern Territory

Throughout the drive from Adelaide to Darwin, Katherine would have to be one of my favourite towns. I instantly fell in love with the place. It was big enough to be a town, but small enough to feel like you’re still in the outback.

There aren’t many places to stay in Katherine, but there are however a few activities that you can do. This includes the springs, Katherine Gorge and the surrounding national parks.

Opening hours

It’s opened all year round, but the park and some activities may close due to flooding in the Wet Season. The best time to visit is between May and September. The Nitmiluk Visitor Centre is open daily from 8am to 5pm.

Katherine Springs

If you went to the Mataranka springs then you’d be blown away with the Katherine springs. It had a few more pools to swim in and chill out. There was also a really cute little section at the end that you can sit in, feels like a little hot tub.

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Katherine Gorge

The Katherine Gorge is absolutely massive. It’s located in the Nitmiluk National Park and you could spend a few days there. Whether it be canoeing, hiking or just marvelling in the scenery. We did a few hikes around the gorge which was pretty amazing. The tours and canoeing can be a bit expensive for a backpacker, so I recommend just doing the hikes to get the views.

Edith Falls

Edith Falls is also in the Nitmiluk National Park, the walk to the falls itself is pretty easy. Make sure you bring your swimmers and have a dip in the water. Swimming in the lower and upper pools is a must. My favourite one is the upper pools, nicer waterfall and more rocks for you to lay about in. If you have more time you can go into the Sweetwater pool. I’d recommend bringing food and tunes with you, could definitely spend a day in there relaxing and swimming. Throw in a kip in there too if you have the time.

Aboriginal Rock Art

There are Aboriginal rock art across the national park, so make sure you get the time to do some bush walking and check out the local art.

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Camping

We stayed near the Gorge Caravan Park. They offer powered and non-powered sites which are available. Of course if you’re using Wikicamps then you know where to go.

There are also non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls).

How to get there

The Gorge entrance to the park is 30km east of Katherine on the sealed Gorge Road. Follow the signs.

For further information visit the tourism site.

Why an Aussie decided to travel the East Coast of Australia

So I was born and bred in Sydney, I know hold your judgements. I’ve always loved to travel, it started when I was 19-years-old in South East Asia and from there I couldn’t stop. Afterwards it was the States and then the big adventure began – the London move.

I lived in London for a good two years, which I think is a solid effort for an Aussie. I travelled almost all of Europe, travelling to at least one country per month whilst I was there. Everything was so close and I just couldn’t help myself. Coming home after all that was pretty hard, I really didn’t know what to do with myself. Travelling more of Australia just wasn’t even in head because I thought it would be too expensive and I just wanted to see something else!

So I jetted off again, to Central and South America and came back feeling relatively content. A little stint to New Zealand was also on the cards so I kept my travel bug happy. And then one day when I was living in Malabar minutes away from the beach that it just hit me, if I can travel the world, why can’t I backpack like I do overseas in my own backyard?

The thought of it was weird, I mean who backpacks their own country? But I thought hey, Australia is massive, and if people from all over the world can come and explore my own country then why can’t I?

This is where my big Australia adventure began. I managed to Couch Surf and jump into people’s campervans/cars all the way up the East Coast and it was the best thing I think I have ever done. I had no solid plans, all I knew was that I had to keep going up to Cairns/Daintree.

I met some amazing, beautiful people along the way. Only managed to meet one other Aussie but still managed to make loads of friends. I loved it so much that I have decided to do the whole of Australia. Mostly ridesharing and couch surfing, for me it’s the best way to travel. It allows you to meet more locals, and it really does give you faith back in humanity. I am currently sat here in Melbourne and then I will head off to Adelaide after this. I’ll be spending a week there and then my road trip up the red centre (Uluru) and up to Darwin begins. I’m super excited to see more of Australia and the adventures it may hold for me. Who knows, maybe Sydney won’t be my home anymore…