Amy and I went to Western Australia last month to visit Perth and the Margaret River region. One of the best parts of the trip was the bird watching, especially since it was so different than what we see in NSW.
Perth is on the West Coast of Australia, a four hour flight from Sydney and is known for being the most remote city on the planet in the sense that it is the city farthest from all other major cities on earth. Bordered by the Indian Ocean on one side an the dry interior of Australia on the other, Perth is a laid back coastal city known for its mining industry and sunny weather.
Some of the tallest trees in the world are in Southwest Australia and although it's quite warm, the farther south you go the colder it gets. The one bird I wanted to see, but didn't get a chance to were penguins.
On the drive from Perth to the Margaret River, we stopped to get gas in a small town by the beach. Inside the station we given a great tip on where to see kangaroos just a short drive away.
I've been in Australia consecutively since May, but this was the first kangaroo I've seen in the wild. One of the best parts about Western Australia, however, is the color of the water. The Indian Ocean was bright turquoise and crystal clear with fish visible from the shore.
The surf in the Indian Ocean is among the world's best for surfing and everywhere we went we saw surfers.
The bird watching was so fun in WA and one of my favorite birds was the hooded parrot (top left picture below). These were very common and we saw them throughout the city and in Margaret River.
Margaret River reminded me of Vermont. It's incredibly green and known for dairy and chocolate. The big difference between the two is that Vermont is known for snow and the Margaret River region is known for the wine it produces.
In Perth we visited Kings Park, which is a botanical garden full of native Australian gardens. It's a beautiful place and showcases all the regions of Australia, including a wooden bridge above the forest canopy.
Despite not being able to get a good photo, the best part of the park were the large black cockatoos that flew overhead. The trip was so inspiring and now it's back to the drawing board!