This island sits in wonderful opposition to most destinations. Like most of us, you have likely driven at a crawling pace across multiple kilometres of slippery gravel road to reach a mainland lookout. These breathtaking viewpoints are few and far between, so those seeking that quiet moment of awe must travel to find it. Here, you are surrounded by them. And they call you to view the landscape, and your connection to it, from new heights.
What you’ll see: Inland vistas, 360-degree views, a network of salt lakes.
How to get there: 10-minute walk or a five-minute cycle from Thomson Bay, through the main settlement and up a small hill.
As a Class A Reserve, Wadjemup’s inland landscapes are thriving with unique wildlife and native flora. Once you step away from the coast, multiple ecosystems await you, from wetlands to lush bush and wind-blown shrubland. Vlamingh Lookout is the perfect vantage point to gaze out over Wadjemup’s internal vistas. Named after the navigator, Williem de Vlamingh, who landed on Wadjemup in the 1600s, the lookout features a monument with a central sundial and inscription. You’ll have panoramic views of the island’s rocky headlands transforming into bush dotted with pink-tinted salt lakes.
What you’ll see: Open ocean views, long-nosed fur seals, migrating humpback whales (from August to December).
Cape Vlamingh is the most exposed part of Wadjemup, at the western point of the island. Stand at the lookout and watch the writhing sea, with the knowledge that there’s only ocean in front of you — until Madagascar. Wildlife encounters are the highlight at Cathedral Rocks, as a colony of long-nosed fur seals live just below the lookout and often flip and play in the water. In late winter to early spring, this is also where you can best see the impressive humpback whale on its annual migration.
What you’ll see: Remote bays, rocky coastline, and tropical reef visible from shore.
What you’ll see: The ocean impacting the coastline, uniquely shaped rocks, a bay of boats.
What you’ll see: The Perth skyline across the ocean, panoramic views, bird’s eye perspective of the island.
Don’t get tunnel vision when travelling to our well-known lookouts — the other side of Wadjemup is best experienced through independent exploration. Be open to discovering your own unexpected vistas while hiking or cycling the trails.
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