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 popular for the  Koombana Bay dolphins. You can visit the Dolphin Discovery Centre for a close encounter.

From here, continue on to Busselton, 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.

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Busselton Jetty, Western Australia © Australia’s South West

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.

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Ngilgi Cave, Margaret River, Western Australia © Archie Sartracom

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.

Gloucester Tree, near Pemberton Tourism Western Australia Red Dirt 4WD Rentals
Gloucester Tree, near Pemberton © Tourism WA

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
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Elephant Rocks, William Bay National Park © Tourism WA

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.

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Perth City Elizabeth Quay © Tourism WA
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.
Itinerary: courtesy of  Tourism Western Australia

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