In the Golden Outback

In the Golden Outback
The mighty forces of nature has created amazing geological features such as the Wave Rock.

It took me a good 20 minutes on foot to reach the famed blowholes at Torndirrup National Park.

I was actually wondering if the trek was worth the effort when the huge swoosh of air and deep rumbling bellow emerging from the rocks below took me by surprise.

A result of strong ocean waves forcing air out through splits in these rocks, the spectacle was one of the most intriguing natural phenomena I'd ever witnessed.

I was in the middle of a long road trip to explore the wonders of The Great Southern and Golden Outback. My stop at the national park was just about the halfway point and there was still so much more to discover.

After all, there are also other fascinating natural wonders situated along the drive from Albany to Walpole. The Gap and Natural Bridge, for instance, are geological features formed over hundreds of years ago from ocean erosion, which left a large gap in one rock face and carved out a natural arch in the other.

Foodie's paradise

My adventure started in Perth, an emerging food and wine destination for self-professed gastronomes.

True to its reputation as a foodie's paradise, I found the most charming farmer's markets scattered all over the city.

I snacked my way through local delicacies, buying bags of the freshest produce possible, from fresh fruit and vegetables to seafood, bread, honey and preserves.

In the evenings, I indulged in Perth's best eateries, tasting locally crafted wines in elegant restaurants located in the heart of the city, or feasting on fish and chips while watching the sunset on the beach.

Some of the new restaurants include Brika, Bib & Tucker, Cott & Co and Bread In Common, while more established ones include The Trustee, The Print Hall and The Heritage.

I enjoyed a buffet of the most scrumptious delicacies there. If you are heading there in the next few months, be sure to check out two of Western Australia's most tempting food events: Truffle Kerfuffle from June 27 to 29 and Margaret River Gourmet Escape from Nov 21 to 23.

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