Quick South West Trip

Quick South West Trip

South West itinerary in 8 days or add to another adventure for a complete road trip around Australia’s South West region.

Leg 1: Perth to Yallingup 263 kms 3 hours

Head south to Bunbury. Don’t forget to stop for a quick trip to Yalgorup National Park, where you can see thrombolites at Lake Clifton. This is one of few places in Western Australia where these thrombolites survive.

Bunbury is popluar for the  Koombana Bay dolphins. You can visit the Dolphin Discovery Centre for a close encounter. From here, continue on to Bussleton, where you can visit the longest wooden jetty in the world, before continuing your drive to Yallingup. If you have children, stop at Simmos Ice Creamery, which offers over 60 flavours of icecream with a huge playground at the back for the kids.

Explore Dunsborough area

  • Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
  • Premium wine tasting
  • Ngilgi Cave
  • Spectacular seascapes

Leg 2: Yallingup to Margaret River 42 kms 34 minutes

Explore the wineries, chocolate factory, cheese factory and other little wonders that the Margaret River region has to offer.

Explore the Margaret River region

  • Award winning wine region
  • Best big-wave surfing locations on Earth
  • World’s tallest trees
  • Ancient limestone caves

Leg 3: Margaret River to Pemberton 150 kms 1 hour 30 minutes

Head south on one of the most scenic drives, Caves Road. Explore a few caves, then make your way to Pemberton.

Enjoy a forest walk, climb a tree, explore the waterfalls, or take the Pemberton tram and meander through the Karri forest.

Leg 4: Pemberton to Albany 260 kms 2 hours 40 minutes

Make your way to Albany via Northcliffe and Walpole.

Stop at the Giant Tingle Tree and explore the only place where these giant trees grow. Continue to the Valley of the Giant Tree Top walk (fees apply to enter). It features a stunning walkway positioned 40 metres above the ground amid the spectacular heights of the Tingle forest canopy.

Denmark is 52kms from Walpole. There are nice little shops on the way from Walpole to Denmark, toffee factory, burger place and even a honey shop.

Don’t miss Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks and Elephant Cove before making your way to Albany.

Explore Albany

Take a break today and explore Albany, a town full of history.

  • Between June and October, you can watch out for humpback and southern right whales.
  • First convoy of ANZACs departed for the First World War
  • Torndirrup National Park
  • Albany Wind Farm
  • World-class hiking

Leg 5: Albany to Perth 410 kms 4 hours 40 minutes

A long drive to get back to Perth.

This trip can also be made in reverse if you wish to drive from Perth to Albany first.

Total kilometres: 1,086
Total travel hours: 12
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Images & itinerary: Courtesy of  Tourism Western Australia

 

Public Silo Trail

Explore Western Australia’s largest outdoor art gallery

This colourful route through the Wheatbelt and Great Southern following the Public Silo Trail, which has transformed by a string of massive grain silos into works of art.

What better way to get off the beaten track and explore the Wheatbelt than following these larger than life murals? The open-air gallery stretches from Northam to Albany.

You’ll wind your way through gorgeous Wheatbelt country towns like Merredin, rich with bright-yellow canola fields and wildflowers in spring.  There are heaps of picnic spots and nature walks around this area, as well as Aboriginal tours.

Each leg of this adventure discovers a new silo mural, some are closer than others allowing for more than one leg to be completed in a day.

We recommend spending at least 5 days completing this adventure. There are powered and unpowered sites near all silo locations as well as ablution facilities.

Leg 1: Perth to Northam 105 kms 1.5 hours

Start your adventure from Perth travelling towards Northam and turning off on Northam-Toodyay Road for the first stop and Australia’s first ever painted silo mural.

Artwork by London artist Phlegm and Atlanta native Hense in April 2015.

*Please note CBH Northam Grain Termial is a fully operational grain handling site, with trucks and loading equipment constantly in use. The site is not open to the public. A safe viewing area on Toodyay Road does not currently exist, however plans are in motion to establish one in the near future.

Stay at Homestead, Valley, Drummonds or Bald Hill campsites for forest camping in the Perth Hills in your 4WD and Roof Top Tent.

Leg 2: Northam to Merredin 165 kms 1.5 hours

The second silo artworks are located in Merredin along Great Eastern Highway. Using 200 litres of paint, 14 days, 168 hours, two lifts, 80 rollers and 10 brushes!

Artwork by Australian street artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers in August 2017.

Stay at Merredin Tourist Park for camping or fully equipped chalets and villas.

Leg 3: Merredin to Katanning 295 kms 3 hours

This stop showcases a series of Western Power owned transformer boxes. The various artworks can be found off Clive and Austral Terrace.

Artworks by Western Australian artists Mel McVee, Brenton See, Chris Nixon and Darren Hutchens and Karim Jabbari from Tunisia in November 2017.

Stay at Moingup Springs forest camping close to the Stirling Ranges, Liberty Roadhouse and Katanning Caravan Park, Lake Ewlyamartup campground or Eulin Crossing Campsite.

Leg 4: Katanning to Pingrup 132 kms 1.5 hours

The silos at Pingrup took the artist 15 days and 230 litres of paint to create the mural depicting the scenes of everyday life in Pingrup’s farming community.

Artwork by Evoca1, whose name refers to the Spanish word evocar (meaning to evoke).

Stay at Pingrup Caravan Park or Nyabing Caravan Parking Facility

Leg 5: Pingrup to Newdegate 102 kms 1 hour

Newdegate is salt lake, wildflower, wheat and barley country.

From Pingrup head along Katanning-Nyabing Road to view this mural and continue on Newdegate-Ravensthorpe Road to explore Lake King or back track to Lake Grace.

Artwork by Benton See in May 2018.

Stay at Newdegate Caravan Park or Hollands Track B&B with your 4WD.

Leg 6: Newdegate to Ravensthorpe 133 kms 1.5 hours

The landscape around Ravensthorpe comes alive every spring with thousands of  species of wildflower bursting into colour so naturally these silo murals depict the six stages of Banksia Baxteri. A species of wildflower only found between Esperance and Albany.

Artwork by Amok Island.

Stay at a variety of coastal sites on secluded beaches of Hopetoun within the Fitzgerald River National Park.

Leg 7: Ravensthorpe to Albany 293 kms 3 hours

Heading to Western Australia’s southernmost port city you will find the ruby sea dragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea)

Artwork by Yok (Australia) and Sheryo (Singapore) in 2018.

Stay at nature-based campgrounds such as Cape Riche, Bettys or Normans Beach, Easy Bay, Torbay Inlet or Cosy Corner Easy in your 4WD and Roof Top Tent.

Total kilometres: 1,225
Total travel hours: 13
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Images & Itinerary: Courtesy of Public Silo Trail

 

Perth to Perth adventure to Mount Augustus

Adventure to Mount Augustus

Mount Augustus is the world’s biggest rock, at 1700 million years old, it is three times older than Uluru and twice it’s size!

Found roughly 1,000kms north of Perth in the Gascoyne Murchinson region of Western Australia, Mount Augustus is the world’s biggest rock. It is located within Mount Augustus National Park, a lush outback paradise with swimming holes, ancient rock art, a small but buzzing tourist park and the cutest outback bar you’ve ever seen.

The adventure is recommended for a 9 day trip, however you can take as much time as you like, even add it on to make a bigger road trip!

Leg 1: Perth to Mount Magnet 563 kms 6 hours

Begin your adventure through the Swan Valley.

Refuel at Dalwallinu and check out the general store.

This will be your first glimpse at wildflowers on the roadside.

Stop for lunch at Payne’s Find at the outback roadhouse.

Stay at Mount Magnet Caravan Park for powered and unpowered sites, or head 70kms north of Payne’s Find to Nalbarra Station with your 4WD and Roof Top Tent.

Leg 2: Mount Magnet to Cue 80 kms 1 hour

Take your time and enjoy the stops along today’s short drive.

First stop at The Granites – a striking set of rocky outcrops reaching 15 metres high, and s site of great cultural significance to the Badimia people.

Aim to arrive for a beautiful sunrise and try and spot a shy kangaroo among the boulders.

Explore the town of Cue. In the early 1890s there were more people in Cue than in Perth due to the gold rush, today it is a decidedly quieter place. The grand facade of the buildings remain, head to the Queen of the Murchison to check out the classic Art Deco – high ceilings and decorative wooden architraves that make up this fantastic bed and breakfast.

Next stop is the abandoned ghost town of Big Bell. Established in 1935 for those who came to work in the adjacent mine.

Continue on to discover the rock formation that has been nicknamed ‘Uluru’s little sister’. At nearly two kilometres in length, Walga Rock is amazingly similar in structure and appearance to Uluru, and is the second largest monolith in Australia.

Stay at Cue Tourist Park.

Leg 3: Cue to Meekatharra to Mount Augustus 469 kms 7 hours

You’re off to see the world’s biggest rock!

Before you depart Cue, be sure to check out the Bell & Co emporium which today operates as a general store and working museum, with an original flying fox still in operation.

Meekatharra is home to lovely architecture and is your last chance to refuel and grab any food or drinks before you head off road for today’s ultimate destination.

Admire the unusual colour of the earth, which flows continuously between chalky white solids, field of olive-coloured srub and a dark red dirt. Stop and look for Mount Gould Lock-Up – an abandoned police station from the 1800s, be sure to check out the floor made of rocks of quartz!

This is a fantastic area to spy some of WA’s famous wildflowers during the spring.

Start by taking the 40-minute Loop Drive around the base of the rock. As you edge around it’s northern face, you will begin to see the resemblance to Uluru and just how enormous it is.

Settle in at an open-air bar or take the 15 minute drive to Emu Hill lookout, from which it’s not hard to understand how Mount Augustus came to be a place of spiritual significance to the Wadjarri people.

Stay at Mount Augustus Tourist Park with a choice of powered and unpowered campsites.

Explore Mount Augustus

Explore Mount Augustus starting with Flintstone Rock Walk, a short trail at 500 metres to a set of ancient Aboriginal petroglyphs (carvings in rock) hidden under a large slab of rock that bridges a creek.

If it is warm enough take a swim at Cattle Pool or head off on one of the several walking trails in and around the rock.

Mount Augustus is a monocline: the type of rock formation that leans, or ‘dips’ in a single direction. At 1700 million years old, it is three times older than Uluru and twice it’s size, making it the largest rock in the world.

Hike to the peak of Mount Augustus. This is a challenging six-hour return adventure but it is well worth it. Make sure you prepare lunch and water the day before and head off before dawn to make your way around the rock to the entrance of the Summit Trail.

Leg 4: Mount Augustus to Gascoyne Junction 299 kms 4.5 hours

Refuel at the tourist park before you go and set off towards Temple Gorge, located within Kennedy Range National Park.

If it’s spring, prepare your camera… the road to Kennedy Range National Park heads west towards Australia’s coastline and is carpeted with wildflowers of yellow, white, purple and red.

Stop off for a walking trail from Honeycomb Gorge or the other trails before heading for the town of Gascoyne Junction.

Stay at Junction Tourist Park with a choice of powered and unpowered sites with access to water and ablution facilities.

Leg 5: Gascoyne Junction to Wooleen Station 339 kms 5 hours

Refuel at the roadhouse onsite and begin your adventure south to the famous Wooleen Station.

At nearly half a million acres in size, this breathtaking outback property made it’s way onto Australian TV after it’s change of ownership to David Pollock and Fances Jones in 2007. David hosts a Guided Sunset tour that concludes at Tanjimook, an Indigenous sacred site found on the property, which is similar to Australia’s famous Devils Marbles.

Camping sites are unpowered on Wooleen Station, campfires and pets are welcome in some areas.

Wooleen Station

Explore Wooleen Station, head off on a trail or to Yewlands Pool or Wooleen Lake, or if it is warm enough to the Murchison River.

Leg 6: Wooleen Station to Perth 640 kms 8 hours

Depart early and head for Coalseam Conservation Park – an absolute treat. This sheltered valley with mineral-rich soils has created the ideal conditions for WA’s native everlastings.

Total kilometres: 3,487
Total travel hours: 44
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Images & itinerary: Courtesy of Australia’s Golden Outback

 

The best places to camp

 

You are now allowed to hit the road in WA when Phase 2 Coronavirus travel restrictions come into effect.

Restrictions are to be relaxed with travel allowed between the new regional borders, displayed in the map below – coming into place on Monday 18 May.

We’ve come up with our top camping spots within the Perth and Peel, Wheatbelt, Great Southern & South West Regions.

Perth and Peel Region

Dwellingup

Lane Poole Reserve (100kms from Perth)

Just east of Dwellingup, along the banks of the Murray River are large camping areas and smaller private enclaves.

Pack your walking boots, mountain bike, (and if you’re game enough) kayak and canoes!

Other campgrounds in this area are Baden Powell, Charlie’s Flat, Chuditch, Nanga Mill, Nanga Townsite, Stringers, Tony’s Bend, Yarragil and Nanga Brook.

Beelu National Park (About 45 minutes from Perth)

Located in Mundaring, this camping area is the perfect first-timer experience as it is close enough to Perth whilst still being in the bush.

It is part of the Perth Hills Discovery Centre which means there are amenities available. There are many walk trails to discover including sections of the Bibbulmun Track and mountain biking on the Munda Biddi Trail.

Yalgorup National Park

Martins Tank (About 1 and a half hours from Perth)

Close to Preston Beach for fishing, swimming and walk trails to take in nature. Yalgorup means place of lakes. Check out Lake Clifton where amazing living fossils called Thrombolites can be found.

Yanchep National Park

Henry White Oval (52km North East of Perth)

Only 43 minutes from Perth is a campsite in Yanchep National Park in the Wanneroo Shire. There is a lovely meadow feel nestled in the tuart and banksia woodlands. It’s the perfect long weekend getaway with young kids.

You can check out Yanchep Lake, the Adventure Tree’s course, Crystal Cave, Yonderup Cave and Cabaret Cave.

You must book online and it is a super popular campsite (due to the proximity to Perth and affordability). Sites are allocated on a first come first serve basis so get there early!

Wheatbelt Region

Baladjie Rock (Approximately 3.5 hours’ drive from Perth)

Located 42km north of the Shire of Westonia.

Bring your camera with you and climb up the main rock for a spectacular view over the lake system and surrounding landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for Ornate Dragon Lizards (Ctenophorus ornatus) who also call this area home.  

Billiburning Rock  (358 kilometres east of Perth)

Located in the Shire of Mt Marshall

One of the best reasons to visit the site has to be the spectacular views from the top of Marshall Rock where one can see Lake McDermott, vast agricultural lands and even the Bencubbin Wheatbins.

The best time of year to come here is Spring (September to November) when there are masses of wildflowers. This Outcrop 35km north of Beacon provides excellent views of both cropping and pastoral country. This site is also dog-friendly.

Beringbooding Rock (298 kilometres east of Perth)

Located on the corners of Beringbooding Road and Cunderdin Road is a real gem if you enjoy exploring walk trails and natural attractions. Beringbooding has an amazing balancing boulder, a huge gnamma hole and Aboriginal hand paintings at the rear of the rock, painted by the Kalamaia Tribe.

Elachbutting Rock (Just over 4 hours from Perth) If Wave Rock is too far to travel, about 366 kilometres from Perth is a very similar rock formation.  

Karalee Dam (298 kilometres east of Perth) Popular camping spot on the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail.

Kwolyin – Kokerbin Rock (298 kilometres east of Perth) Campsite is located 9kms south of Kokerbin Rock.

Great Southern

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

Set up and enjoy the new facilities at Conto campground (19km south of Margaret River). Keep in mind this is a popular destination during the school-holidays.

Fitzgerald River National Park

Travelling via Hopetoun stay at the Four Mile campground or Hamersley Inlet. It is the perfect time (July to October) to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales with their newborn calves.

Walk the new Mamang Trail to Fitzgerald Inlet.

St Mary’s Inlet, near Bremer Bay

Located in the coastal dunes of Fitzgerald River National Park, St Mary’s is ideal for whale watching. Nearby at Point Ann is a whale nursery.

Cape Le Grand

Lucky Bay campground (Located 50km south east of Esperance)

Here’s an old favourite and for good reason; the white beach and turquoise waters are a must see.

Stokes National Park

Benwenerup campground (80km west of Esperance.)

A 4WD is needed to access some parts of this park. This small campground is nestled on the banks of Stokes Inlet. Sites are allocated on a first come first served basis. It’s a great place to unwind and experience nature at its best with activities such as kayaking, fishing, bushwalking. 

South West

Wellington National Park

Honeymoon Pool (18km west of Collie)

Set among beautiful trees it is a popular spot, especially with the easy swimming access to the tranquil river.

Boranup Forest, near Augusta

Situated in a beautiful karri forest, you’ll feel surrounded by nature in this campsite.

Warren National Park

Heartbreak Trail, near Pemberton

Located on the banks of the Warren River in the Warren National Park, both Drafty’s Camp and Warren Camp are beautiful spots for camping.

D’Entrecasteaux National Park

Black Point, near Augusta

Accessible only by 4WD and located within D’Entrecasteaux National Park. Plenty of basic campsites, some with picnic tables. Just a short drive to great fishing and surfing spots on the south coast.

Banksia Camp, near Walpole

With pristine beaches nearby this is a great campsite for groups! 4WD access only.

Keep in mind
While we can go camping in our region, remember to keep to social distancing rules, stay in small groups (10 or less) and be aware of personal hygiene at the communal kitchen and toilet blocks. 

WA Region May 18

Perth to Perth itinerary including Karijini National Park

Itinerary including Cervantes, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Karijini National Park and much more!

Leg 1: Perth to Cervantes 200 kms 2.5 hours 

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an Aboriginal experience.
Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.

Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old!

Further north of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset.

If you have a 4WD, you can stay at Sandy Cape.

Leg 2: Cervantes to Kalbarri 378 kms 4 hours

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia. There are many natural attractions to visit such as Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park. You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August.

Stay at Lucky Bay campground.

Leg 4: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia 397 kms 5 hours 

If you want to break up the drive, Hamelin Pool has a museum and boardwalk over the stromatolites. Interesting history and the tea rooms do meals and a fantastic Devonshire Tea.

Camping could be in either Denham Township or Monkey Mia.

Explore Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottle-nose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans. South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park. This national park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving.

Fifty minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres!

Spend a night on a coastal site or take your 4WD and roof top tent to Francois Peron National Park.

Leg 5: Monkey Mia to Coral Bay 580 kms 7 hours

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when travelling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…

You can even visit the reef shark nursery between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach.

Spend a day or two, to enjoy swimming and exploring.

Stay at Warroora Station.

Leg 6: Coral Bay to Exmouth and Cape Range National Park 220 kms 2.5 hours

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Site! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed!

Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife.

You can camp within Cape Range National Park, or Yardie Homestead Caravan Park.

Leg 7: Exmouth and Cape Range National Park to Karijini 674 kms 8.5 hours

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool.

Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat in your 4WD with roof top tent.

Leg 8: Karijini to Mount Magnet or Paynes Find 376 kms 4.5 hours 

A long drive. Get an early start and see how far you get. At the very least you should get to Mount Magnet, but if you can get to Paynes Find or further it will make the last day a lot easier.

Depending on how far you choose to travel today you can camp at Lake Mason Homestead or Karara Rangeland Park.

Leg 9: Drive back to Perth 562 – 399 kms 5-6 hours

The trip can be done in the reverse direction, however we find that doing the coast first is beneficial in case it becomes too windy. If it is too windy, you can head inland to Karijini earlier than expected where it is more protected. If you do Karijini first you don’t have anywhere new to go to get away from the wind.

Total kilometres: 3,857
Total travel hours: 42
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

 

Perth to Broome Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

Perth to Broome Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

Traveling north in Western Australia will take you along the Coral Coast. The Coral Coast extends over 1100 kilometres of white beaches and offers the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales and manta rays. For the water sport lovers, there are countless opportunities including windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and snorkeling. If you visit the Coral Coast in Spring, the coast is alive with colourful displays of wildflowers.

If time allows, why not head to Karijini National Park, which is a day drive from Exmouth? Karijini is the jewel of the Pilbara with splendid waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools.

These are the top places that Red Dirt 4WD Rentals recommends not to miss during your trip along the coast of Western Australia, whether it is a small trip or whether is it part of a bigger adventures for our customers who will return their 4WD to Broome or Darwin!

Leg 1: Perth to Cervantes 247 kms 3 hours

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an Aboriginal experience.
Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.  Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as ‘living fossils’. Which have been dated to about 3370 years old!

Further north of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset.

Stay at Sandy Cape Recreational Park.

Leg 2: Cervantes to Kalbarri 378 kms 4.5 hours

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia.

There are many natural attractions to visit such as the Kalbarri Sykwalk offering soaring views of the Murchison Gorge and surrounds, Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park.

You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August.

Stay at Lucky Bay campground.

Leg 3: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia 397 kms 5 hours

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottlenose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans.

South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park. This National Park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving. Fifty minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres!

There are four coastal sites south of Denham: Eagle Bluff, Fowlers Camp, Whalebone Bay and Goulet Bluff.

Leg 4: Monkey Mia to Coral Bay 580 kms 7 hours

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when traveling during school holidays.

This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…You can even visit the reef shark nursery  between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach.

There are powered and unpowered sites available in Coral Bay.

Leg 5: Coral Bay to Exmouth and Cape Range 152 kms 2 hours

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Site! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed! Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife.

You can camp within Cape Range National Park.

Leg 6: Exmouth and Cape Range to Karijini National Park 674 kms 8.5 hours

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool.

Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat in your 4WD.

Leg 7: Karijini to Millstream Chichester National Park 207 kms 3.5 hours

Millstream compared to Karijini, is a more peaceful place. Nonetheless, it boasts tranquil gorges and hidden rock pools. The most popular site is Python Pool. It is one of the most important Aboriginal sites in Australia!

Stay at Miliyanha Campground.

Leg 8: Millstream Chichester to Eighty Mile Beach 476 kms 6 hours

The place where majority of people stop at Eighty Mile Beach to camp – it’s a beautiful beach that you can drive on (not past the high tide mark) and very popular for fishing.

Leg 9: Eighty Mile Beach to Broome 376 kms 4.5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset
Total kilometres: 3,487
Total travel hours: 44
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Images: Courtesy of Western Australia

 

Top 10 places to visit in Perth

Explore the best that Perth has to offer

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and offers countless of experiences. Perth is also well known for its perfect Summer weather and its beautiful beaches. From eating or drinking, getting up close to the local wildlife, visiting art galleries or seeking some action and adventure, Perth has something for everyone!

1. Perth CBD

Perth is trendy and there’s a lot to do in the CBD! With our perfect weather, there are also many available outdoors activities such as kayaking or paddle boarding on the Swan River.

  • The Bell Tower
  • Elizabeth Quay
  • London Court
  • A guided walk or a tour on the Perth Explorer
  • Visit some of the beautiful gardens

2. Kings Park

It is the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia with unique native bushland and unique views over the CBD and the Swan river. The park features many walk trails, a botanic garden and many events throughout the year.

3. Fremantle

Fremantle is full of charm with its 19th century port streetscape. Again, a lot to do and see when out for the day. There are also many tours available such as whale watching (the new Perth Canyon Blue Whale Expedition), walk tours and Indigenous Heritage tours.

  • Fremantle Prison
  • Western Australian Maritime Museum
  • Fremantle Markets
  • Fremantle Roundhouse
  • Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour

4. Cottesloe

Cottesloe is well known in Perth with over 1 km of white sandy beach. It’s the most popular spot for swimming, snorkeling and surfing.

5. Rottnest Island

Take the ferry from Fremantle, Hillary’s Boat Harbour or Perth City and head to Rottnest Island for the day or a weekend. Meet the local residents, the Quokkas and tour the island on a bicycle. Rottnest Island is the favourite destination for tourists as well as locals. There are many walk trails and beautiful beaches were you can go swimming.

6. Penguin Island

If you enjoyed Rottnest Island, you will probably enjoy Penguin Island as well. Although it is further away from Perth CBD it is well worth a detour. After a quick ferry ride of 10 mins from Rockingham, you will have the possibility to see penguins and sea lions. Rockingham Wild Encounters also offer the opportunity to go on a dolphin cruise and to swim with dolphins. If you need more adrenaline, you can also book a skydive over Rockingham Beach.

7. The Swan Valley

Just 25 mins away, it’s the place not to miss if you love food! Visit a chocolate factory, explore the food and wine trail, visit art galleries and much more.

9. Caversham Wildlife Park

While in the Swan Valley, don’t forget to visit Caversham Wildlife Park and get up close to kangaroos and koalas!

8. The Bickley Valley & Carmel Wine Route

Beautiful forests, extraordinary wildflowers, tranquil bush walking trails…The Perth Hills are alive! The wine Route is only half an hour from the Perth CBD, and presents a cluster of boutique wineries situated within a few kilometres of each other make for a fantastic day out.

10. Yanchep

Yanchep is a popular National Park located about an hour away from Perth CBD. There is a koala viewing area and a few caves to explore. It’s a great place to stop for lunch if you are on your way up North.

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