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.
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. There is also an app available here.
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