Australia's picturesque Golden Outback

The Golden Outback is home to Lake Hillier, one of the world's best pink lakes, Lucky Bay, the country's whitest beach where kangaroos lounge on the sand, and a rock shaped like a giant wave.
(Above) Hyden's Wave Rock, a 65ha slab of granite, is believed to be 2,700 million years old, more than four times older than Uluru, the giant sandstone rock that is a landmark tourist attraction in Australia.
(Above) Hyden's Wave Rock, a 65ha slab of granite, is believed to be 2,700 million years old, more than four times older than Uluru, the giant sandstone rock that is a landmark tourist attraction in Australia. PHOTO: LYDIA VASKO, TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA
(Right) Fremantle-based artist Amok Island's 25m-high mural of banksia wildflowers wraps around three gigantic silos. (Below) The pink Lake Hillier on Middle Island. (Above) The Valley of the Giants walk offers a panoramic view atop the canopy of tre
(Above) Lucky Bay in Esperance is an ideal swimming beach and a hot spot for kangaroo-spotting.PHOTO: LYDIA VASKO, TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA
(Right) Fremantle-based artist Amok Island's 25m-high mural of banksia wildflowers wraps around three gigantic silos. (Below) The pink Lake Hillier on Middle Island. (Above) The Valley of the Giants walk offers a panoramic view atop the canopy of tre
(Above) Fremantle-based artist Amok Island's 25m-high mural of banksia wildflowers wraps around three gigantic silos. PHOTO: LYDIA VASKO, TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA
(Right) Fremantle-based artist Amok Island's 25m-high mural of banksia wildflowers wraps around three gigantic silos. (Below) The pink Lake Hillier on Middle Island. (Above) The Valley of the Giants walk offers a panoramic view atop the canopy of tre
(Above) The pink Lake Hillier on Middle Island.PHOTO: LYDIA VASKO, TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA
(Above) The Valley of the Giants walk offers a panoramic view atop the canopy of trees.
(Above) The Valley of the Giants walk offers a panoramic view atop the canopy of trees. PHOTO: LYDIA VASKO, TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA
(Right) Fremantle-based artist Amok Island's 25m-high mural of banksia wildflowers wraps around three gigantic silos. (Below) The pink Lake Hillier on Middle Island. (Above) The Valley of the Giants walk offers a panoramic view atop the canopy of tre
(above) Tinned spaghetti on toast for breakfast from Ocean Blues Restaurant in Esperance.PHOTO: LYDIA VASKO, TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Country towns in southwestern Australia are often overlooked by tourists, but the area's natural landscapes and quirky local fixtures are gaining likes for their picture-perfect qualities

It has been said people eat first with their eyes.

These days, it is true of travel too.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 08, 2019, with the headline 'Australia's picturesque Golden Outback'. Print Edition | Subscribe