Ssh! These WA destinations are secrets

Western Australia is home to two of Australia's top 10 best travel secrets.

A panel of travel experts came up with the list for Australian Traveller magazine, which included Cape Range National Park and Karijini National Park at No. 6 and No. 8 respectively.

Cape Range National Park, an ancient reef about 40 kilometres south of Exmouth is made up of rugged limestone ranges, deep canyons and 50 kilometres of pristine beaches.

The park covers more than 50,000 hectares.

Ningaloo Safari Tours manager Teresa Mongan said the Cape Range area deserved the title, even though she did not believe it was that much of a secret.

She said it might be in that category because the main attraction in the area was the Ningaloo Reef.

Ms Mongan said many people came to visit Ningaloo and ended up exploring the Cape Range National Park as well and were pleasantly surprised.

"It's a unique area, so pristine and so isolated, it's one of a kind," she said.

Brad Andrews, a retreat manager at Karijini Eco Retreat said Karijini National Park was probably considered a secret because of its distance from major cities.

The park is 1400 kilometres from Perth and the closest town is the small mining town of Tom Price, 80 kilometres away.

"You have to go 17 or 18 kilometres down rough gravel road to access the park, so you need to be well prepared to visit," he said.

"It's not just a fly-by-night destination, it's harsh, raw country."

Mr Andrews said the park had been kept in its natural state as much as possible.

"There are few handrails and steps, if you were in America, there would be fencing everywhere and iridescent lights, but here it's all natural, which is part of what makes the national park so special," he said.

Australian Traveller editor, Georgia Rickard said the list proved that people did not need to go to big name destinations, or pay premium prices in order to have an amazing holiday.

"There are hidden gems everywhere in this country," she said.

The final list of 1000 destinations was whittled down to 100 and finalised by Australian travel experts including Catriona Rowntree, Pat Rafter, Tony Wheeler, Dr Chris Brown and Kate Ritchie.

The No.1 secret was Whites Beach in Byron Bay.