Thursday, July 22, 2010

WA Doesn't Mean Washington

We had been in Australia for less than 3 months, when my husband was sent to spend some time in his company's office in Perth.   We were anxious to visit Western Australia, but were worried that due to distance and isolation we would only have this one opportunity to visit Australia's largest state. Little did we know that it was a place we would come to visit often, and that it would earn a special place in our hearts.
On our first trip to Western Australia (WA) we flew over the Southern Ocean for an hour and once again were above land. There was not a cloud in the sky and we had an unobstructed view of the ground below us.  Neither our mini-trips to Melrose and Kangaroo Island, nor several day trips around South Australia had prepared me for what was passing 30,000 feet below.  The vacant land seemed to go on for miles on end.  There was nothing--not a town, farm, or even a road below us.    
I had heard stories of arid WA and had imagined a dusty brown landscape.  Instead the land below us was a contrast of color and texture. The glistening white beaches slowly turned to yellow and red.  Embedded in the sandstone floor were outcrops of grey granite and sparkling dry salt beds.  The dog days of summer had yet to arrive and the vegetation was rich and varied in color.
The scenery that passed below us was unlike anything I had ever seen and I was anxious to hit the ground and start exploring.


  1. Hi Maya, Western Australia sounds like an interesting and also beautiful place. It was great reading your description of the area from 30,000 feet up especially the contrast of color and texture. Thanks so much for the great read this morning.

  2. Hi Kathy, I really love Western Australia. Many people skip it because it is a bit isolated, but it has some of the most magical places I've visited, and I'll be sharing these places with you soon.