Western Australia may be home to some of the world's most isolated cities, but it also makes some truly inspiring road trips. Travelling from one city to another you will traverse open coastal roads, towering Karri forests, sunset plains and barely touched bushland.
Whether you’re holidaying in Perth or a born and raised sandgroper ready to explore your own backyard, there are three Western Australian road trips that just should not be missed. Browse the list below to find your favourite - then get the inside scoop on where to stay and what to do.
Perth to Esperance - Inland
Distance: Approximately 1100kms
You can get to Esperance from Perth in less than eight hours, but it’s best to take your time with this trip. There is so much to see and do on the way, we recommend spending about a week reaching Esperance by making overnight stops.
Season: Spring or summer.
Stopovers: Perth, Pemberton, Walpole, Denmark, Albany, Bremer Bay, Esperance.
Activities: the 60+ metre tall trees of Gloucester National Park, freshwater crayfish and wineries in Pemberton, the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, the Denmark Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, swimming at Elephant Rocks, whale watching in Albany and Bremer Bay, pink lake spotting in Esperance and snorkelling in Cape Le Grand National Park.
Perth to Exmouth via Coral Coast
Distance: Approximately 1250kms
Spend a few days reaching Coral Bay, then save the rest of your time for the Ningaloo Reef region. Trust us, you will need it!
Season: Spring. Summer is also an option, but it can be exceedingly hot from December to February.
Stopovers: Perth, Jurien Bay, Carnavon, Coral Bay, Exmouth.
Activities: The Pinnacles on the way to Jurien Bay, the Lobster Shack in Cervantes, Lake Thetis and its 3000+ year old living fossils, Nature's Window at Kalbarri National Park, Kennedy Range National Park and Carnavons's natural blowholes, Shark Bay World Heritage Site, the dolphins of Monkey Mia, hiking at Yardie Creek and Charles Knife Canyon, snorkelling in Exmouth's incredible Turquoise Bay.
South West Round Trip
Distance: Approximately 800kms
Season: Autumn and winter.
Stopovers: Perth, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta, Pemberton, Bridgetown, Balingup, Bunbury, Perth.
Activities: Busselton Jetty and its underwater marine observatory, Dunsborough's Ngilgi Cave, Meelup Beach and Castle Rock, winery touring in Margaret River, camping in Hamelin Bay, Mammoth Cave, Jewel Cave and Lake Cave, exploring the hidden gems deep in the forest along Caves Road, hike part of the Cape to Cape and visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta, plus all the sites of Pemberton, Manjimup, Bridgetown, Balingup and Bunbury on your way home.
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