Western Australia is the biggest state in Australia. It claims 32.9 per cent of the country’s total landmass, and this means there is plenty to see when you hit the road.
Here are some of our favourite road trips for you to try out during your holidays – all of which are 100 per cent Instagrammable!
Perth to Exmouth
This popular route will see you experience the very best of WA’s Coral Coast. Travelling through this part of the world, you'll see stunning rock formations, swim with whale sharks, experience the delights of the Ningaloo Marine Park, and enjoy some amazing fresh produce.
- When to visit: April - July (whale sharks) or March - November (milder temperatures)
- Landmarks of interest: The Pinnacles, Nature’s Window in Kalbarri National Park, Ningaloo Marine Park, The Principality of Hutt River
- Towns to visit on the way: Kalbarri, Shark Bay, Carnarvon, Coral Bay
Perth to Karijini National Park
Karijini is one of the state’s largest and most spectacular national parks. When you visit, you can scale some of the oldest rocks on the planet, swim beneath waterfalls, descend into ancient cavernous gorges, and more.
- When to visit: May – August
- Landmarks of interest: Hancock Gorge, Fortescue Falls, Mount Bruce, Knox Gorge
- Activities: camping, four-wheel driving, rock climbing, scenic drives, swimming, walks
Visit Australia’s Coral Coast: https://www.australiascoralcoast.com/
EVEN FURTHER NORTH
Exmouth to Broome
While you’re exploring WA’s Coral Coast, we encourage you to head even further north and enjoy the delights of Australia’s North West. From Exmouth, drive back down the peninsula and head east at Exmouth Gulf to take the North West Coastal Highway towards the ‘pearl of the north west’.
- When to visit: April/May – September/October
- Towns to visit on the way: Karratha, Port Hedland
- Landmarks of interest: Cane River Conservation Park, Eighty Mile Beach, Wille Creek Pearl Farm
Broome to Kununurra
Kununurra is about as close as you can get to the Northern Territory without crossing over the border (it’s only 37 kilometres away). It is on the eastern extremity of the Kimberley, situated among scenic hills and ranges of the region.
The town was established in 1961 as a service centre for the Ord River Irrigation scheme, with the Ord River Diversion Dam built two years later to control the flow of water for the irrigation of crops in the area. The resulting body of water, Lake Argyle, is Australia’s largest artificial lake by volume.
- Towns to visit on the way: Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Durack
- Landmarks of interest: Purnululu National Park and The Bungle Bungles, El Questro Wilderness Park, Ord River Diversion Dam
Visit Australia’s North West: https://www.australiasnorthwest.com/
Perth – Margaret River – Pemberton - Bridgetown
The south west corner of WA really is beautiful. On this road trip you can enjoy delicious fresh produce and wine, be captivated by awe-inspiring coastal views, and even be dwarfed by giant Karri Trees.
We suggest doing a route circuit on this road trip, going along the coast via Margaret River on the way to Pemberton, and back up through Bridgetown on your way home.
- Landmarks of interest: Diamond Tree (51m karri tree; the only wooden tree top tower in the world), Margaret River Wine region, Manjimup truffle region, Mammoth Cave
- Towns to visit on the way: Margaret River, Dunsborough, Bridgetown, Manjimup, Busselton, Bunbury
Visit Australia’s South West: https://www.australiassouthwest.com/
Perth to New Norcia
Western Australia is home to the country’s only monastic town, New Norcia. Located just under two hours away by car, New Norcia was settled in 1847 by Benedictine monks, and it continues to be home to a community of Benedictine monks who own and operate this truly unique settlement.
- Landmarks to visit: Old Gaol Museum, wildflowers (when in season), Slater Homestead, New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery
- Towns to visit on the way: Toodyay, Goomalling, Wongan Hills, Bindoon
Perth to Kalgoorlie
Kalgoorlie holds a special place in Western Australia’s history. Located in the Goldfields-Esperance region, it is where people flocked to seek their fortunes during the gold rush. Follow the CY O’Connor freshwater pipeline all the way from Perth to Kalgoorlie.
- Landmarks to visit: Museum of the Goldfields, Super Pit Lookout, Mount Charlotte
- Towns to visit on the way: Northam, Cunderdin, Merredin, Southern Cross, Coolgardie
Visit Australia’s Golden Outback: https://www.australiasgoldenoutback.com/
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