5 Winter Road Trip Ideas in WA

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From spectacular gorges to the colourful carpet of wildflower, Western Australia offers so many beautiful journey that can be tailored to your needs.

Wintertime in Western Australia also offers many spectacular road trip ideas that can be tailored to your needs. Here are 5 winter road trip ideas for you to choose from.

1. Take a dip in Karijini National Park & Exmouth

Perhaps the tropical and semi-desert climate of Karijini National and WA’s pristine coastline will save you from the winter this year.

Start this WA’s most iconic road trip by enjoying the textured gorges and refreshing hidden swimming holes in Karijini. Then continue your trip to Exmouth where you can enjoy the sun on the beach. Don’t forget to do some wildflower-spotting along the trip.

2. Embrace winter in the South West region

Wintertime in the South West region is amazing. Everything is lush and green, perfect for a picturesque road trip you’ve been thinking of.

Head south to Bunbury for the Kombana Bay Dolphins, get lost in the massive Boranup Forest Maze, enjoy the wine tasting in Margaret River and finish your trip by spotting migrating whales in Albany or Augusta.

3. Experience the Western Australia Outback Drive Routes

Your Australia road trip is going to be perfect with an outback drive and life experience. Start your road trip playlist and drive to the Gascoyne Murchison region of Western Australia where you’ll find Mount Augustus, the world’s biggest rock – but many Australians have never heard of it.

From Perth drive to the lush and green of the Swan Valley and stop in the abandoned ghost town of Big Bell, which was established in 1935 during the Big Bell gold mine period. Continue your trip to explore the lovely architecture of Meekatharra before you arrive in the 1700 million years old rock formation, Mount Augustus.

4. Follow the Golden Quest Discovery Trail

How about including some History classes during your road trip in Western Australia? The Gold Rush is part of Australian history and Western Australia is home to gold mines. For this reason, these outback towns will not only teach you about the Australian gold rush history but also provide you a wonderful experience of the charming outback pubs to wide-open red sandy landscapes. 

About 550km east of Perth, you can start exploring Coolgardie then continue to experience the historically rich city of Kalgoorlie. Don’t forget to visit the Super Pit. From here you can continue your journey to explore the ghost town of Gwalia which was abandoned overnight in 1963 due to the closure of a local mine. 

5. Wildflower Country Drive in the Mid West region

This winter, immerse yourself amongst vibrant colorful wildflowers, relax under the country night sky filled with stars, and enjoy the unique experience of WA’s best-kept secret. Western Australia’s wildflower country is the collective group of nice local areas located in the north of Perth.

The Wildflower Country self-drive routes run from Moora in the south to Dalwallinu in the east, and from Mullewa in the north to Green Head and Geraldton in the west.

Find out more details about these routes by visiting the Wildflower Country website and choose your adventure in the colorful wildflowers country.

Before you travel, make sure to plan ahead and research the area you’ll be visiting. Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound, and always carry two spare tyres with you. Pack a first aid kit and bring four to five litres of water per person per day. Enjoy your winter road trip!


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