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Australia’s South West Itinerary

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Road trip down south in Western Australia

Our recommendations for a 15-day journey to Western Australia’s south west. One of the most beautiful places in Australia with an abundance of magnificent landscapes to enjoy, no matter what time of the year, there is so much to see, do and experience… Your challenge will be to fit it all in your itinerary!

Leg 1 Perth to Wave Rock

∼ 341 kms | 4 hours

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Wave Rock Osprey Creative

Depart Perth after picking up from Crikey Camper Hire and travel east to Wave Rock.

Enjoy a walk around this prehistoric rock that looks more like a crashing ocean wave.

Stay overnight at the Wave Rock Caravan Park.

Leg 2 Wave Rock to Esperance

∼ 382 km | 4 hours

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Lucky Bay, Esperance Rebina Criddle

Leave Wave Rock and drive towards Esperance, the gateway for the magical south coastal beaches.

Stay overnight at one of Esperance’s wonderful holiday parks where you can base yourself for the next 3 nights.

Explore Esperance 

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Cape Le Grand National Park Tourism WA

Characterised by stunning bays, rocky headlands, heath-covered sandplains and an impressive chain of peaks including Mount Le Grand and Frenchman Peak, Cape Le Grand National Park is not to be missed.

Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park is rated as one of the country’s best beaches for its pure white sand and clear turquoise water as well as famous kangaroos lazing in the sun.

Keep an eye out for migrating whales!

Leg 3 Esperance to Albany

∼ 481 km | 5 hours

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Whale Watching Tourism WA

Depart Esperance and drive west along the south coast, explore Fitzgerald River National Park and arrive in Albany.

Stay at Middleton Beach Caravan Park. Which has fantastic proximity to the beach with whale watching from July to October each year!

Explore Albany 

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The Natural Bridge Tourism WA

Rugged coastline and history awaits you in Albany, the spot where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia.

There is so much to see and do whether you would like to visit wineries, four-wheel driving, hiking, cycling a section of the Munda Biddi or learning about Albany’s past.

For the dramatic landscapes, head to Torndirrup National Park where fantastic new facilities showcase the Natural Bridge and The Gap.

The Southern Ocean crashes underfoot as you stand on the award-winning platform that extends about 4 metres over the granite rocks! Truly breathtaking experience!

Not afraid of heights? Then head to Porongrup National Park for a day, where you can climb the Granite Skywalk, which spirals around a huge granite outcrop named Castle Rock.

Sample some world-famous Great Southern wines, culinary delights and enjoy this beautiful park of Western Australia.

Leg 4 Albany to Walpole

∼ 119 km | 1 hour 30 minutes

Elephant Rocks, William Bay National Park Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

Elephant Rocks, William Bay National Park Tourism WA

Leave Albany and head towards Walpole.

Stop at Williams Bay National Park in Denmark on your way and explore Greens Pool, Elephant Cove and Elephant Rocks. The giant granite boulders are amazing!

Keep an eye on the water if you are in the area between June and October for passing Southern right whales.

If you are hungry there are a few places worth stopping at on the way to Walpole including Bartholomews Meadery, selling all sorts of honey products and the toffee factory, offering cider, toffees and home-made burgers!

Once in Walpole, set up camp in one of the tree-lined caravan parks and enjoy the tranquillity and sounds of the forest.

Explore Walpole

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Valley of the Giants – Tree Top Walk

Enjoy a day exploring the coastal town of Walpole, where the forest meets the coast. Sample the local cuisine as well as outstanding artwork and craftsmanship in the local galleries.

Walpole-Nornalup National Park provides a range of attractions such as the Tree Top Walk which enables you to walk among 400-years-old tingle trees. You can also traverse a hollowed tingle tree when walking the Ancient Empire Walk.

Don’t forget to stop at the visitor centre where you can learn more about the settlement of Walpole and get your Tree Top Walk tickets at the same time!

Leg 5 Walpole to Pemberton

∼  125km | 2 hours

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Mandalay Beach Explore Parks WA

Leave Walpole behind and head towards Pemberton. Don’t forget to stop at Mandalay Beach with amazing views of the ocean!

Explore Pemberton and Manjimup

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Manjimup (IG) @k_ane_

Enjoy the day among giant karri trees! Pemberton has so much to offer if you are a nature lover. From mountain biking in the park adjacent to the Pemberton caravan park to exploring the Cascades and Beedelup Falls, you will not be disappointed.

Pemberton and Manjimup also offer the opportunity to climb giant karri trees!

Leg 6 Pemberton to Margaret River

∼ 150 km | 2 hours

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Vasse Felix Vineyard

Leave the forests of Pemberton and head to the world famous Margaret River Wine region.

Stay at Taunton Farm Holiday Park. A Great location to set up for a few days to explore this fantastic region.

Explore Margaret River

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Boranup Forest Tourism WA

Swim at pristine beaches, surf, explore ancient caves, stroll through the Boranup karri forest, sample world-class wine and beers, savour delicious food and visit art galleries and quirky shops. Margaret River is a popular destination and we are sure you will have a great time there!

The Margaret Region stretches between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin and incorporates the town of Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Cowaramup, Margaret River and Augusta.
If you have more days to spend, we would highly recommend exploring as much as you can!

Visit the Busselton Jetty and the amazing Underwater Observatory, head west to Dunsborough and visit the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Sugarloaf rock or Canal Rocks, and why not stop in Yallingup to explore Ngiligi Cave and much more?  Even Cowaramup will catch your attention with its fireglass cows in the streets!

At the southern end of the cape is Augusta with its historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and it’s also the best place for whale watching between June and August.

Leg 7 Margaret River to Perth

∼ 256 km | 3 hours

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Perth Elizabeth Quay Tourism WA

Leave Margaret River and arrive back in Perth.

Total kilometres: 1,861
Total travel hours: 20
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km 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 book or GPS navigational system.
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Top 5 Locations Around Perth

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Our top 5 locations around Perth for day trips to begin or extend your West Australian journey.

 

Throughout Perth, you’ll find rooftop bars, fashionable fine dining restaurants and hidden laneways coloured with street art that lead to basement bars and hip cafes. The glistening Elizabeth Quay, 60,000 seat Optus Stadium, and public spaces like Yagan Square have transformed the city in recent times. Add the expansive Kings Park and a coast full of beaches it’s not surprising that Perth is seen as one of the world’s prettiest and most liveable cities.

Rockingham

∼ 47.8 kms | 40 minutes from Perth

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Rockingham Tourism WA

Heading 40 minutes south of Perth takes you to the pristine islands and reefs of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Discover an incredible array of marine encounters, from penguins and dolphins to dive wrecks and snorkel trails. With pods of dolphins regularly visiting these coastal waters, it’s a great opportunity to swim with wild dolphins. If you’d prefer to stay dry, you can watch these playful creatures from a boat tour as they ride the bow beneath your feet.

Mandurah and beyond

∼ 72.1 kms | 54 minutes from Perth

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Mandurah Bridge and Estuary Tourism WA

For those who love being on, in or near the water, Mandurah is a dream destination just 55 minutes’ drive south of Perth. There you’ll find some of Australia’s most spectacular waterways, including the Peel-Harvey estuary, which is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and blessed with abundant wildlife, pristine beaches, beautiful blue-green waters and a buzzing foreshore area.

Drive 42kms inland from Mandurah and discover the Dwellingup State Forest, home to local wineries, cider farms and quaint campgrounds beside the Murray River.

Fremantle

∼ 19.2 kms | 31 minutes from Perth

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Fremantle, Western Australia

Against a backdrop of the best preserved 19th century port streetscape in the world, a day out in Fremantle is an eclectic and eccentric blend of fabulous artisanal food, handcrafted beer, great coffee, quirky boutiques and a lively music, arts and festival scene. Duck into the Little Creatures brewery, or explore one of the hidden pockets of restaurants and bars in the west end.

Rockingham, Mandurah and Fremantle are perfect destinations to begin a journey to Australia’s magnificent South West region. For a walk through  the Boranup Forest or a centuries old cave in Yallingup, whale watching near Busselton, chocolate and toffee factories in Denmark and Esperance’s sanding beaches and friendly kangaroos lazing nearby at Lucky Bay.

Add our South West journey to your next Western Australian, 4WD road trip!

The Pinnacles

∼ 191 kms | 2 hours 17 minutes from Perth

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Pinnacles Desert Australias Coral Coast

Take a day trip from Perth to the other-worldly landscape of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Following the Indian Ocean Drive, you can stop to meet friendly kangaroos, try sand boarding and taste Cervantes’ famous seafood delicacy – The western Rock Lobster. If you’re travelling between July and October you’ll see Western Australia in full colour, as the coastal landscapes are filled with the blooms of spring wildflowers.

Heading north towards the Pinnacles from Perth is a fantastic start to our Perth to Brome journey including Karijini National Park where you can explore Fortescue Falls, Circular and Fern Pool, and stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat or Dales Campsite.

Swan Valley & Perth Hills

∼ 28.5 kms | 35 minutes from Perth

Perth Hills Jarrahdale Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

Perth Hills Jarrahdale Tourism WA

Take a 25-minute drive from the city and you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of Western Australia’s oldest vineyards, and award-winning wineries and microbreweries. Many of the wineries offer al fresco dining, or you can opt to fill a basket with gourmet goodies and head for a picnic, In and around Guildford or besides Bells Rapids are popular spots.

Extent your drive from the Swan Valley to the Perth Hills, taking in towns of Kalamunda and Armadale, gateways to the Araluen Botanical Park, wineries of the Bickley Valley and the Bibbulmun Track walk.

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km 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 book or GPS navigational system.
Images: Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia 
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Perth to Perth Journey to Mount Augustus

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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 journey is recommended for a 9 day 4WD only 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

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Paynes Find Australias Golden Outback

Begin your journey 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 Safari Camper Trailer.

Leg 2 Mount Magnet to Cue

∼ 80 kms | 1 hour

Cue @RobMulally and @GeorgiaRickard Crikey Camper Hire

Cue @RobMulally and @GeorgiaRickard

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

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Road to Mount Augustus @RobMulally

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

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Mount Augustus @GeorgiaRickard

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 hours 30 minutes

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Kennedy Range National Park @toughlifetouring

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

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Wooleen Station Sunset Tour @RobMulally and @GeorgiaRickard

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

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Wooleen Station @franceselizabethjones

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

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Coalseam Conservation Park (IG) lesbouclettesenvarouille

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. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic and fuel / food / 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 Australia’s Golden Outback
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Public Silo Trail

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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 journey. There are powered and unpowered sites near all silo locations as well as ablution facilities.

Leg 1 Perth to Northam

105 kms | 1 hour 30 minutes

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Northam Public Silo

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 & Safari Camper Trailer package

Leg 2 Northam to Merredin

165 kms | 1 hour 30 minutes

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Merredin Public Silo

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

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Katanning Public Silo

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 hour 30 minutes

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Pingrup Public Silo

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

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Newdegate Public Silo

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 with your 4WD & caravan package.

Leg 6 Newdegate to Ravensthorpe

133 kms | 1 hour 30 minutes

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Ravensthorpe Public Silo

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

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Albany Public Silo

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 & Safari Camper Trailer package.

Total Kilometres: 1,225
Total Travel Hours: 13
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic and fuel / food / 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 and Bewley George Shaylor III
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Perth to Perth for Kalgoorlie

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Unearth the riches of the Goldfield’s 120-year gold rush history – from the mind blowing buzz of one of the largest open-cut gold mines on Earth, to eerie ghost towns and the striking Antony Gormley statues on Lake Ballard. We recommended taking at least 6 days to complete this journey.

Leg 1  Perth to Kalgoorlie

∼ 593 kms | 7 hours

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Goldfields Highway Tourism WA

Follow the path of the original pipeline that brought water to the Goldfields at the turn of the century.

Stop to view the spring flowers.

Coolgardie, the birthplace of the 1892 gold rush, with a rich pioneering heritage proudly presented in its architecture and museums.

Where to stay with your Safari Camper Trailer: Goongarrie Homestead, Yeo Lake, Lake Mason Homestead, Credo Homestead, Jaurdi Station or Great Western Woodlands (Wallaroo Rock, Cave Hill, Burra Rock)

Where to stay with your caravan: Kalgoorlie Caravan Park, Discovery Parks – Boulder or Kalgoorlie, Acclaim Goldminer Caravan Park or Acclaim Big4 Prospector Holiday Park

Explore Kalgoorlie

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Kalgoorlie Super Pit Lookout Australias Golden Outback

Pull on a hardhat for a guided tour of the Super Pit – this 6km hole in the ground is one of the largest open cut mines on Earth.

Discover and admire the grandeur of Kalgoorlie’s gold rush history and architecture. Get a taste of life today in the lively pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants of Australia’s largest outback town.

Play a hole on the world’s longest golf course, the Nullarbor Links.

Leg 2 Kalgoorlie to Menzies and Lake Ballard

∼ 207 kms | 2 hours

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Lake Ballard Tourism WA

Pass the ghost town of Broad Arrow, Ora Banda, Siberia and Goondarri to reach the historic gold mining town of Menzies.

View one of the largest and most remarkable outdoor galleries on Earth at Lake Ballard, where 51 Antony Gormley sculptures stand against the stark white salt bed.

Leg 3 Menzies to Kookynie, Leonora and Gwalia

∼ 286 kms | 4 hours

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Gwalia State Hotel ABC

Explore the ruins of Kookynie’s industrious past.

Explore the historic gold rush precinct of Gwalia, including the museum and historic Hoover House – once home to the former American President Herbert Hoover.

Leg 4 Leonora to Laverton and Kalgoorlie 

∼ 473 kms | 5 hours

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Laverton Australias Golden Outback

Pass the old nickel mines of Murrin Murrin and Windarra and the sites of Hawks Nest, Mount Morgans and Old Rail Bridges.

Leg 5 Kalgoorlie to Perth 

∼ 593 kms | 6 hours

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Great Southern Rail Indian Pacific Train Tourism WA

Follow the golden pipeline from Kalgoorlie back to its source in the Perth Hills.

Total Kilometres: 2,152
Total Travel Hours: 24
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h,, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km 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 book or GPS navigational system.
Images & itinerary: Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia 

Top camping locations in the WA Wheatbelt

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Australia’s Golden Outback – Rebina Criddle

The Wheatbelt is a region within Western Australia’s Golden Outback and is home to Wave rock. As it is only a short drive from Perth, WA’s capital it makes for a perfect family getaway. This is the perfect experience of Australian pioneering history and outback pubs, with an abundance of campgrounds and farmstays it’s the perfect place for your next Crikey holiday.

Here’s our top camping locations within the Wheatbelt region…

Back to Nature Caravan Park

Located in West Gingin, and is just an hours drive north of the metro area. It is within a 30 minute drive from the towns of Gingin, Yanchep, Two Rocks, Guilderton, Lancelin, Seabird and Ledge Point.

Powered and unpowered sites are available along with ablution and laundry facilities.

Baladjie Rock

Baladjie Rock is a granite rock formation located approximately 42 km north of Westonia and approximately 55 km north west of Southern Cross in the eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia and is part of the Baladjie Lake Nature Reserve.

Congelin campground

The campground offers 8 caravan bays and a group camping area with room for approximately 30 campers. Facilities available are toilets, gas BBQs and open ring fire pits (fire wood provided).

Congelin Campground is the only place visitors are permitted to camp with in the Dryandra Woodland area.

Koorda Native Flora Reserve – Campground

Located 14km east of Koorda on the Mulji Road, BBQ and Picnic facililties are on site as well as walk trails and a toilet. This reserve has a large collection of varieties of flora native to the Koorda area including the “Koorda Rose”.

Sandy Cape Recreation Park

Sandy Cape Recreation Park is a very popular white sandy beach campground situated in a small, sheltered bay perfect for water activities. Located 10kms north of  Jurien Bay in the Shire of Dandaragan. To the north and south of this campsite there are some excellent 4WD tracks.

Unpowered sites are available along with ablution facilities.

Wandoo Woodland Bush Camp

Wandoo Woodland Bush Camp sits on the edge of the Darling Scarp, adjacent to the Wandoo National Park and Mt Observation. Only a short drive from the historic Saint Ronan’s Well and the town of York, it is the largest bush block of its type in Western Australia, less than an hour’s drive from Perth.

A basic bush camping site. There are no amenities or potable water available. Dogs welcome but must be on a leash at all times.

Chittering Acres

Just 35 minutes from the Swan Valley, Chittering Acres farm is situated on 700 Acres of stunning rural property offering spectacular views over Lake Chittering and the Chittering Valley.

Pucker Farm Animal Sanctuary

Pucker Farm Animal Sanctuary is situated on a 138 acre farm, the farmhouse being one of the original pioneering buildings in Kondinin dated back to the beginning of the 1900s. It is on a high spot of Kondinin, with vistas extending out to Kondinin Salt Lake & the surrounding golden fields of wheat.

Top 10 foods to take camping

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Unsure which staples to pack for your camping trip? We’ve picked ten essential items that can be easily carried and used in a range of dishes.

Cooking in Pender Bay

Which staples to take camping

Making a meal using just a handful of ingredients you’ve carried along is one of the joys of camping – as long as the ingredients you’ve picked are light and versatile. We’ve chosen 10 ‘staples’ that can create many meals for your campsite dining, perfect to whip up on your stove with our Safari Camper or in your kitchen if you’re in a Caravan.

1. Rice pouches

As one of the most versatile grains, rice is the foundation for so many great meals. Ready-cooked or boil-in-the-bag pouches are light and portable, and go from cooking stove to plastic plate in minutes.

2. Pasta

Whatever shape or size, pasta is a much-loved convenience ingredient that rules in a league of its own. Slender spaghetti is best for saving space, but penne and fusilli are more palatable once they’ve gone cold.

3. Bread

While bread is a must we suggest taking flatbread as you can pack it down easily. They are very versatile; can be made into a pizza or, go Mexican and fold up some melty quesadillas, or use for a wrap.

4. Tinned fruit

Some tinned fruit can double as breakfast or desserts. Tinned fruit can be mixed into an instant salad, but if you want to add a special touch, melt some chocolate to drizzle over tinned pears, then sprinkle with hazelnuts.

5. Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes can be used to make anything from a jacket potato or to bulk-up your pasta dish.

6. Condiments

Condiments are handy when camping as they allow you to add flavour to your cooking without adding to your packing. We recommend Oil, salt, pepper and your favourite sauce.

7. Nuts and dried fruits

Nuts and dried fruits are great for a quick snack with very little effort.

8. Pre-made

It’s time to accept the convenience and ease or ready meals.

  • Pancake mix
  • Long life noodles

9. Deli Meats

Deli meats refer to cooked meats that have been sliced and prepared for a sandwich and other light dining options. Handy for everything from lunches and dinners to snacks and canapés, deli meats add flavour to lots of recipes.  Chorizo can be eaten raw and cooked, perfect for a cheese platter or to be added to scrambled eggs or an omelette. Ham is perfect to add to sandwiches and salads, or pizzas, quiche and pasta dishes.

10. Eggs

Eggs are perfect to bulk up meals or for a simple breakfast however, we suggest buying these every few days.

Don’t forget bottles of water for everyone (they are easy to refill at the back of the camper trailer!)

When Your Journey Awaits

When You Are Ready, Your Journey Awaits

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When you’re ready, your journey awaits;  postpone, plan and pursue…

The Coronavirus has made for a tough and uncertain year, and we are seeing the effect on  tourism as many cancel their plans due to travel bans.

We are in this together and with an ever-changing situation we believe the best way to get through this hardship is to plan for the future. We’re here to give you something to look forward to and dream about. Your Journey Awaits!

Support the Australian Tourism Industry and  postpone your current plans to a later date!

Use this time to plan the best road trip yet! Check out our suggested itineraries.

When the time comes you will be able to pursue your Crikey Holiday.

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When you’re ready, your journey awaits;  postpone, plan and pursue.

Whether it be a weekend away near home, a trip to another state or discovering somewhere in Australia you’ve always wanted to visit.

James Price Point

There is a long road ahead of us and even through we can’t travel at the moment, the road will be there when we can!

We’re ready and your epic road trip awaits…. 

Follow our social hashtags to see where we’re dreaming of heading  #WhenYouAreReady #YourJourneyAwaits #WhenYouAreReadyYourJourneyAwaits

(Photos taken at James Price Point in our 4WD and Safari Camper Package)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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This information is valid as of 1.04.2020 as it is likely to change as the situation progresses, please check back regularly for updated information.

We would like to keep our customers up to date with how our company is responding to COVID 19 and in particular options surrounding rental bookings. This is an ever changing situation and as a result our position is being constantly reviewed and the information below is current as of 1st April 2020.

During the current period where extenuating circumstances exist, such as government-mandated restrictions on travel, quarantine, etc. we have made the following exceptions to our cancellation policy.

Please see our fact sheet on postponing your holiday due to Covid19

Australian Government direction

We will waive the normal cancellation fee whilst the Australian Government has an official travel warning or ban in place that prevents you from reaching your collection point on the first day/ date of rental.

What can you do if you are affected by a COVID 19 event?

Should your booking be affected by our cancellation policy there are 3 avenues to consider;

  1. Reschedule your booking
  2. Monitor relief packages being offered by your travel insurance provider
  3. Work with us to ensure all customers have access to their entitlements based on the company’s desire to deliver a sustainable outcome for everybody

During this period our administration staff are still on hand to assist you. Please be aware the team are currently experiencing a high level of telephone and email traffic, and therefore we apologise in advance if our response time is longer than what would normally be expected.

Reschedule your booking

When you are ready, your journey awaits………

Our current situation is not going to last forever, and things will return to normal, including road trip holidays.  You are welcome to book for the same time next year or for different dates, duration or direction of travel.

Should you wish to Postpone your booking, 100% of any cancellation fee or deposit will be offset against future travel and we will reward your support with a further discount.

For many customers it will be more advantageous to reschedule a booking rather than to cancel the booking altogether.

We are offering the following incentives for all clients to reschedule their holiday

Price

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will honor 2020/21 rental rates.

Discount

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will discount your rental rates by a further 5%

Generous redemption period

Customers will have 24 months to redeem their postponed booking.

Credit Note issued

Should you not have new dates in mind, the company will issue a Credit Note preserving the value of your booking for a later date. Our team will be in regular contact with you to help you arrange your trip.

Availability

Rescheduling will ensure that preferred dates and direction of travel are secured for the customer. As we are offering an incentive to reschedule rather than cancel, we anticipate 2021 fleet capacity will be taken up earlier than normal booking trends.

Get in early….

Product changes permitted

You are welcome to change your selected product to any vehicle type offered by Crikey Campers or Red Dirt 4WD Rental.

Vehicle selection is naturally subject to availability.

No cost changes

We do not charge fees should a booking need to be changed slightly after air travel is booked.

Changes are naturally subject to availability.

Travel Insurance

In some cases, your travel insurance provider may cover your cancellation costs.

It is becoming apparent that some providers, including those products offered by your Credit Card provider are altering their initial stance of “No cover” since Government travel restrictions have been imposed.

Contact your provider and stay abreast of their current claim payment policy.

Please contact our staff to obtain the necessary documentation to support your claim.

We are in this together

In cases where you are owed money by the company we ask you to work with us.

The unforeseeable and sudden nature of the events leading to a large number of booking cancellations over a short period of time will put significant pressure on the cash reserves of all tourism providers. We are affected by this scenario.

We ask you to work with us so we can address the scale of the company’s exposure and provide a sustainable payment plan to all those that qualify.

It will take the cooperation of all stakeholders to achieve this outcome.

As the effect of current events have not yet settled, please be aware that the company is not in the position to commit to a defined time frame at this point.

As we emerge from the current travel environment, you may wish to convert your cancellation request into a booking. In these circumstances you will be afforded the same postponement incentives as originally offered.

The company will be constantly monitoring official advice and work to maintain the health and safety of its clients and staff.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact.

Regards, Andrew Woodcock
Director – Crikey Campers (WA) Pty Ltd

Important Announcement

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Operational Shut Down

Following the advice of the Australian Government and World Health Organisation, we are devastated to inform you that our business will be going into “Operational Shut Down” until 30th April 2020, after which time our position will be reviewed. At this stage it looks very likely that the shut-down will extend beyond this initial date.

This certainly was not an easy decision for us to make, although as we operate throughout regional Western Australian and Northern Territory, we feel a strong sense of social responsibility to not only keep our guests and employees safe, but also to protect our regional communities.

It is with great sadness that we have had to let many of our valued staff members go as we respond to the challenging trading environment.

However, we are still here to help.

In the interim our administration team will still be on hand. The administration team are currently focused on managing the insurmountable level of booking alterations and maintaining communication with our valued clients during this ever-changing situation.

For those travelers who were planning to visit our region in 2020, we hope you are able to postpone your travel plans and join us in 2021, or as soon as we can responsibly recommence our rental operations.

All current bookings are fully transferable, and we have committed to honoring 2020 rates for these existing bookings if you elect to postpone. Our team are working through current bookings and will contact you in due course.

If you are considering new travel plans with us, no booking deposit will be required until the appropriate Australian Government travel restrictions are lifted.

We appreciate your support and understanding.

Regards,

Andrew Woodcock

Director – Crikey Campers (WA) Pty Ltd

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