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See what Kate is experiencing #JustAnotherDayInWA

The West Coast of Australia… Rumour has has it that those wise enough to break the norm and venture in the opposite direction of the well-trodden East Coast will fall in love and be greatly rewarded with a unforgettable natural beauty… Well, see below for the astounding proof!

‘Adventurous Kate’ has lived up to her name and devoured every breath-taking adventure, sight and experience Western Australia has had to offer; And believe us, the West Coast is like an all you can eat buffet of eye-candy! Here’s Kate’s story.

Perth-ect Perth art

I’ve made it to #Perth, Western Australia! Honestly, I’m so jet lagged I’m about to pass out any minute and can’t remember my face, but for now, here’s a taste of my first day. This is the art at Choo Choo’s, a bar without menus where they choose a drink based on your personality and mood. No surprise that I ended up with a sparkling white wine from the nearby Margaret River region! Love the coconut oil-popped popcorn, too! #justanotherdayinwa @westernaustralia @statravel More on Snapchat – adventurouskate

A photo posted by Kate McCulley (@adventurouskate) on Oct 18, 2016 at 5:46am PDT

Quokka selfie time

I’ve been waiting my whole life for this — I met a #quokka! These are the most adorable, sweet, and smiley animals I’ve ever seen. They’re the closest thing I’ve met to Disney animals! The #quokkaselfie has become the ultimate souvenir of a trip to Their home, #rottnestisland, and Western Australia as a whole. They love the camera! Almost as much as giving you kisses. Rottnest Island, aka #Rotto, is such a cool day trip. Rent bikes and explore the white sand beaches and clear waters! If you can tear yourself away from playing with the nearly 18,000 quokkas, that is! #justanotherdayinwa @statravel @westernaustralia #lovemyrotto #rottnestexpress #happyquokkamonday Tomorrow @freiseindesign_lifestyle_blog and I start our weeklong road trip up the Coral Coast! SO EXCITED! Western Australia is the Bestern Australia! A photo posted by Kate McCulley (@adventurouskate) on Oct 20, 2016 at 7:37am PDT

Hutt Lagoon – A rose lake (the colour, not the tasty rosé wine)

Pink lakes exist — and several are in Western Australia! Just outside Kalbarri on the Coral Coast is Hutt Lagoon, where algae levels have turned the lake a brilliant shade of rose. Just how pink it gets depends on time of year and day, but I found that it got pinkest just after the sun dipped beneath the horizon. Otherwise it can fluctuate between pink and shades of blue and silver. You need to see this place! It’s actually safe to get in, but high salt levels mean I wouldn’t recommend cutting yourself. Eek. #pinklake #justanotherdayinwa #thisiswa @statravel @westernaustralia I’m in Kalbarri tonight and tomorrow — going canoeing and hiking in the national park tomorrow! More on the snap – adventurouskate A photo posted by Kate McCulley (@adventurouskate) on Oct 21, 2016 at 9:06am PDT

Kalbarri – barri nice indeed

Greetings from #Kalbarri, #Australia! Looks a lot like the Great Ocean Road, doesn’t it? But it’s not — it’s the Kalbarri Cliffs here in Western Australia. The cliffs light up beautifully at sunset with just the right amount of light — I barely had to touch this pic. Kalbarri is famous for its national park, where I did a beautiful canoeing tour through the gorges with Kalbarri Adventure Tours (you’ll see more from there soon!). After a long and tiring day, sitting back and enjoying the sunset was just perfect. #justanotherdayinwa @statravel @westernaustralia #seeaustralia #thisiswa Today’s snaps are from Kalbarri — tomorrow we drive up to Monkey Mia! Follow me at adventurouskate.   A photo posted by Kate McCulley (@adventurouskate) on Oct 22, 2016 at 9:16am PDT

Shark Bay – Ooo ha ha (FYI Finding Nemo ‘Shark Bait’ reference!)

#SharkBay: where fire meets water. Yesterday I took a scenic flight of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shark Bay region, and WOW. This is a great place to see from the air — all the bright red sand, reefs in shades of turquoise and cornflower, dramatic cliffs edged with crashing waves, and best of all, tons of humpback whales playing in the water! #justanotherdayinwa @statravel @westernaustralia #thisiswa #seeaustralia @australiascoralcoast #birdseyeview #unesco Today I’m leaving Monkey Mia and heading further up the coast to Coral Bay. Cannot wait to jump into that clear water! More on Snapchat – adventurouskate A photo posted by Kate McCulley (@adventurouskate) on Oct 23, 2016 at 3:14pm PDT

Monkey Mia – A dolphins happy place

You never forget the first time you see a #dolphin in the wild! One of the best places to see dolphins roam free in #Australia is #MonkeyMia in the #SharkBay region. Every morning, dolphins come to feed at the shore. Unlike most dolphin tourism activities, this is an event created with sustainability in mind. Monkey Mia’s local scientists create a small customized portion of fish for each dolphin — only a few get to eat each day — and this keeps them from becoming dependent. As a #unescoworldheritage site, the protection of Shark Bay is the biggest goal. As a result, it’s calm and quiet and clear here. Few boats go out and the coast is mostly undeveloped. It’s one of my favorite spots in WA so far. #justanotherdayinwa @statravel @westernaustralia #unesco #seeaustralia #tropicofcapricorn #thisiswa @australiascoralcoast Follow adventurouskate on Snapchat for more live updates from the coast! Monkey Mia today, snorkeling with manta rays on Ningaloo Reef tomorrow! A photo posted by Kate McCulley (@adventurouskate) on Oct 24, 2016 at 12:32pm PDT

Coral Bay – Sunset game, strong

Finally, a REAL sunset! When you have mostly cloudless skies, sunset can be disappointing, but we finally had a gorgeous sunset where clouds lit up in shades of red. This is #CoralBay in Western Australia, a tiny beach town on the edge of the #unescoworldheritage listed Ningaloo Reef. I love it here. It’s so SMALL! But the snorkeling is incredible. We actually swam with giant manta rays and sharks yesterday. #justanotherdayinwa @statravel @westernaustralia #seeaustralia #thisiswa #australiascoralcoast

A photo posted by Kate McCulley (@adventurouskate) on Oct 25, 2016 at 5:38pm PDT

Karijini National Park – Simply gorge-ous

Think Rottnest Island is just about the quokkas? Think again! This place is also home to some gorgeous beaches with clear turquoise water. It was a little chilly in October, but I’d love to come back and snorkel here in the warmer months! (If I can tear myself away from my quokka friends!) #justanotherdayinwa @statravel @westernaustralia #lovemyrotto #seeaustralia #thisiswa #rottnestisland

Karijini Eco Retreat – Oh my, starry eyed surprise

I’m nervous to share this — this is my first real night photo ever. It’s not great. But it’s my first — so there’s nowhere to go but up. The coolest place I stayed on my Western Australia road trip was #Karijini Eco Retreat in Karijini National Park. The camp is fully sustainable and off the grid, run by solar power. I stayed in a deluxe tent like this one, which had a queen sized bed and its own bathroom with a half-outdoor solar-powered shower. There are also simple tents with shared bathrooms and even DORM TENTS that can sleep eight if you’re on a budget! At night, the trees light up beautifully. As a lifelong camper, I loved waking up to the sunrise through the unzipped window. If I ever come back to Karijini (and I would LOVE TO) I can’t imagine staying anywhere else.

Rottnest Island – Rott to shabby at all

Think Rottnest Island is just about the quokkas? Think again! This place is also home to some gorgeous beaches with clear turquoise water. It was a little chilly in October, but I’d love to come back and snorkel here in the warmer months! (If I can tear myself away from my quokka friends!) #justanotherdayinwa @statravel @westernaustralia #lovemyrotto #seeaustralia #thisiswa #rottnestisland

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