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Busselton Jetty
Busselton Jetty
Kimberley Coastal Camp
Adventure World

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Thursday, March 3, 2005

Every year thousands of Western Australians head overseas for holidays, mostly to Bali, but they also know what their state has to offer. This week we show you five WA stories our viewers have told us they want to see again.

Adventure World at Bibra Lake is Perth's premier amusement park. It has more than 30 rides and caters to people of all ages. It is in 14 hectares of beautiful gardens, with picnic areas and restaurants for when you need a break from all the fun.

The sky lift gives a bird's eye view of the park and if you are feeling energetic, there is a sky rail you can pedal. There are bumper boats, a grand prix raceway, rapids ride and huge pool with an array of waterslides. Fear Factor 5 offers stomach-churning challenges, including Bounty's Revenge pirate ship, which swings 75°. The Power Surge is a floorless gondola with randomly occurring G-forces and the Rampage suspends, twists and turns. The Tunnel of Terror is a waterslide through total darkness and Turbo Mountain is a very scary rollercoaster.

For something gentler, there is a playground at Secret Cove and in Kiddies Corner little ones can splash down the dragon waterslides and ride around the castle on the Whistle Stop Train. There is also a wildlife park with koalas and friendly kangaroos.

Kimberley Coastal Camp is on the remote, pristine shores of Admiralty Gulf in the far north of Western Australia. The permanent camp is accessible only by air or sea and offers the ultimate in peace and beauty.

In one of the earth's few remaining unspoilt wilderness areas, the camp is eco-friendly and visitor numbers are limited, ensuring low impact on the environment.

Don't think that because of the remoteness of the camp you will be roughing it! It is well-appointed, with guests able to enjoy private space in spacious twin-share, gazebo-style rooms. The main living area is open to soft breezes, has a small library and meals are served at a large rustic dining table. Sunsets are spectacular, providing the perfect backdrop for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Following that is a wonderful meal of freshly caught fish, crab or oysters, fruit and dessert. Bread, cakes and biscuits are baked each day. You can take your own alcohol or order it to be delivered to the camp before you arrive

Rooms have views across the ocean, are flyscreened and feature ceiling fans and reading lights. Showers and flushing toilets are shared and there is a pool overlooking the gulf.

For those who love to fish, there is estuary, river, creek, reef and island fishing and a purpose-built manoeuvrable boat. You can explore the unique wilderness, go bird watching, wildlife spotting and marvel at ancient rock art. Or do nothing but marvel at the scenery.

Busselton Jetty Observatory: Two-and-a-half hours south of Perth, Busselton sits on the shores of Geographe Bay. Twice named WA's top tourist town, its crystal waters and relaxed lifestyle are an easy explanation for the label.

selton has the southern hemisphere's longest wooden jetty. A jarrah jetty was built in 1853; in 1865 a rough wooden jetty became available to ships from all over the world. Square-rigged American whaling ships arrived and coastal traders bustled in and out. Drift sand shallowed the depth and in 1875 the jetty was extended 130 metres. Further additions were made until the 1960s. Its colourful history includes fire, cyclone, borers and rot but, thanks to wonderful support from the local community and the 200,000 annual visitors, it lives on as a monument to the spirit and commitment of the people of Busselton.

The jetty now extends almost two kilometres and leads to one of Australia's unique eco-tourism sites, the Underwater Observatory. Visitors reach it in a small train. Once there, some choose to snorkel or dive among schools of fish and tropical coral. Others go eight metres below sea level in the 9.5 metre observatory and view the marine life through 11 windows. It has a lift for wheelchairs.

Perth Zoo is in south Perth. Their Close Encounters program allows visitors to see animals of three continents — Africa, Asia and Australia.

Behind the Scenes tours take a maximum of eight people and allow you to get close to giraffes, rhinoceros, tigers and elephants. Keeper for a Day tours are spent with a professional keeper. You choose your favourite animal and get closer to them than you ever thought possible. There are cheetahs, hyena, meerkats, elephants, orang-utans, nocturnal house animals, native specials and birds for you to pal up with. Tours are hands-on — you do everything from preparing the animals' food, feeding and mucking-out cages and pens.

Veterinary Rounds Tours are mainly for those already working in the field, but many people are interested in the well-being and general care of animals.

Anyone can adopt an animal — fees support the zoo's conservation and breeding programs.

Of course, you don't need to be on an organised tour to enjoy Perth Zoo. You can just wander around and explore it yourself.

Karijini National Park is in the heart of the Pilbara, 1400km north of Perth. It covers a massive 627,000 hectares and is millions of years old. It is filled with canyons, gorges, waterways and chasms, all within walking and climbing distance from your vehicle. It has remarkable geology and indigenous culture. The traditional owners are said to have lived there for at least 20,000 years.

There is a sealed road as far as the visitor centre. Dales Gorge is a good place to start exploring. The walk from Circular Pool to the falls is highly recommended.

Karijini is dotted with views of the rich, red landscape. Its gorges are spectacular in their sheer rocky faces and varied colours. Deep chasms have been created by erosion over millions of years. Joffre Gorge is one of the easier to explore as it has a marked pathway.

It is recommended that you do lots of homework before heading into the vastness of the Pilbara. There are so many things to see and if you miss anything, it's a long way back. Try Fortescue Falls, Weano Gorge to the Handrail Pool, Hancock Gorge, Oxer and Junction Pool lookouts, Hamersley Gorge with its warm spa and back to Port Hedland. Open year round, but the most comfortable months to visit are between May and October.


Bibra Lake, Kimberley Diamond Coast, Busselton, South Perth and the Pilbara


Adventure World is $36 for adults and $29.50 for children between five and 15. Family packages are available.
Kimberley Coastal Camp rooms start at $595 per person a night. Accommodation, meals and activities are included. They run from April to October.

Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory cost $20 for adults and $11.50 for children. Forty-minute train rides are $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for children.

Perth Zoo Behind the Scenes tours range from $30 to $280 per person. Veterinary Rounds Tours cost $400 per person. Keeper for a Day Tours start at $315 for a half-day and up to $850 for a full day, per person. Open every day from 9am to 5pm.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Adventure World
179 Progress Drive
Bibra Lake 6163
Ph: (08) 9417 9666; 1900 997 399

Kimberley Coastal Camp
Box 146 Post Office
Glen Forest 6071
Ph: (08) 9161 4410
0417 902 006 (April to October)
Fax: (08) 9291 4607

Busselton Jetty
Ph: (08) 9754 3689
Fax: (08) 9754 3670

Perth Zoo
20 Labouchere Road
South Perth 6151
Ph: (08) 9367 7988
Fax: (08) 9474 4420

Karijini Visitors Centre
Ph: (08) 9189 8121
Fax: (08) 9189 8113

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