South West Region

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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

Wave Rock Osprey Creative Crikey Camper Hire

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

Lucky Bay, Esperance Rebina Criddle Crikey Camper Hire

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 

Cape Le Grand National Park Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

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

Whale Watching Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

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 

The Natural Bridge Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

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

Valley of the giants tree top walk Crikey Camper Hire

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

Mandalay Beach Explore Parks WA Crikey Camper Hire

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

Manjimup (IG) @k_ane_  Crikey Camper Hire

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

Vasse Felix Vineyard Crikey Camper Hire

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

Boranup Forest Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

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

Perth Elizabeth Quay Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

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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Quick South West Trip Itinerary

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Have a taste of the south west with our 8 day itinerary.

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 to Simmos Ice Creamery, which offers over 60 flavours of ice cream with a huge playground at the back for the kids.

Explore the Dunsborough area

Must see & do:

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

Leg 2 Yallingup to Margaret River 42kms 30 minutes

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

Spend a day or two exploring the Margaret River region. The visitor centre is a great starting point.

Leg 3 Margaret River to Pemberton 150 kms 2 hours

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 3 hours

Make your way to Albany via Northcliffe and Walpole.

Stop at the Giant Tingle Tree and explore the only place where those giant trees grow. Continue to the Valley of the Giants 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 52 km away from Walpole. There are nice little shops on the way from Walpole to Denmark (a toffee and burger place and even a honey place). 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.

Leg 5 Albany to Perth 410 kms 5 hours

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

A long drive to get back to Perth.

You will certainly come across a Margaret River Region map available at caravan parks or visitor centres. It highlights all the places which can be visited, included cafes and restaurants. It is a great handy map.

Total kilometres: 1,089
Total travel hours: 12
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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