Leg 1 Perth to Geraldton ± 463km | 5.5 hours
Arrive at Crikey Camper Hire and get a thorough run-through of the 4WD and camper trailers you’ve booked with us. Make sure you speak your mind and don’t be afraid to ask the team if you have any questions!
Head north of the city towards your first suggested stop: Yanchep National Park. This relaxing region of bushland and wetland is a haven for native wildlife, housing western grey kangaroos, koalas, and a wide variety of birds. See how manyyou can spot along the walking trails, one of which has a boardwalk raised amongst the tree canopies. Another attraction here is Crystal Cave, an enchanting subterranean cavern system, nicknamed the ‘jewel city’ for its illuminated stalagmites, stalactites, and helictites alongside a glittering underground stream. Tours are available daily from the McNess Visitor Centre;guides can tell you about the fascinating tiny creatures that live in this magical underworld.
Continue along Indian Ocean Drive to reach Lancelin Sand Dunes, a renowned destination of white sandy dunes perfectfor sandboarding and off-road driving. For some exhilarating (and cheap!) fun, hire a sandboard and spend an hour or two sliding down the slopes, which include some of the biggest in Western Australia. Walking back up is the tiring part—but it’s worth it for the lovely panoramic views over Lancelin and beyond!
Another hour’s drive brings you to The Pinnacles Desert. This must-see landscape is often described as like being onanother planet. Natural limestone pillars, which formed around 25,000-30,000 years ago by receding sea waters, stand proudly up to 3.5m tall amongst the sandy desert within Nambung National Park. You can drive the one-way 4.5km looped trail, stopping at designated parking bays to get a closer look.
About 40 minutes onwards is Jurien Bay—an excellent spot to stay the night if you don’t carry on right through to Geraldton. This sweet seaside town is known for its excellent fishing, which not only attracts human fishermen to the area but a bunch of playful sea lions, too. Local tour operators can take you out to snorkel with them near one of their preferred offshore homes, Essex Rocks, where a colony of about 30 of these ‘sea puppies’ reside.
Campsites for your Off-Road Safari Camper around Jurien Bay:
- RAC Cervantes Holiday Park
- Jurien Bay Tourist Park
- Sandy Cape Recreation Park
Campsites for your Off-Road Safari Camper around Geraldton:
- BIG4 Sunset Beach Holiday Park
- Geraldton Caravan Park
- Belair Gardens Caravan Park