Road trip down south in Western Australia
Western Australia’s south west is 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!
Our recommendations for a 15-day + itinerary
Day 1 Perth – Wave Rock (341 km)
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.
Day 2 Wave Rock – Esperance (382 km)
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 will base yourself for the next 3 nights.
Day 3 & 4 – Explore Esperance region
Characterised by stunning bays, rocky headlands, heath-covered sandplains and an impressive chain of peaks including Mt 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!
Day 5 – Esperance to Albany (481 km)
Depart Esperance and drive west along the south coast, explore Fitzgerald River National Park and arrive in Albany. Crikey’s tip: Stay at Middleton Beach Caravan Park. Fantastic proximity to the beach with whale watching from July to October each year!
Day 6 & 7 – Explore Albany Region
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, 4WDriving, hiking, cycling a section of the Munda Biddi or learning more 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 the height? Then head to Stirling Range National Park for a day, where you can climb the Granite Skywalk, which spirals around a huge granite outcrop named Castle Rock.
Sample some of the world famous Great Southern wines, culinary delights and enjoy this beautiful part of Western Australia.
Day 8 – Albany to Walpole (119 km)
Leave Albany and head towards Walpole. Stop at Williams Bay National Park in Denmark on your way and explore Green Pool, Elephant Cove and Elephant Rocks. Those giant granite boulders on the beach are truly 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 to stop 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 in Walpole and enjoy the tranquillity and sounds of the forest.
Day 9 – Explore Walpole
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!
Day 10 – Walpole to Pemberton (125km)
Leave Walpole behind and head towards Pemberton. Don’t forget to stop at Mandalay Beach with amazing views of the ocean!
Day 11 – Explore Pemberton and Manjimup region
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!
Day 12 – Pemberton – Margaret River (150 km)
Leave the forests of Pemberton and head to the world famous Margaret River Wine region. Crikey’s tip – Stay at Taunton Farm Holiday Park. Great location and a great place to set up for a few days to explore this fantastic region.
Day 13 & 14 – Explore Margaret River Region
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.
Day 15 – Margaret River to Perth (256 km)
Leave Margaret River and arrive back in Perth
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