Prepare for your road trip with our guide to the best road trips from Perth.
With so much land to explore in Western Australia, where to visit and how to start planning your epic Western Australian road trip can be daunting.
We’ve searched everywhere to bring you the ultimate travel guide, with all the best places to visit and what you need to know if you’re upgrading your car before hitting the road.
Since the current COVID-19 restrictions have put a damper on our future travel plans, we decided it was time for a good old road trip to cure all those vacation blues, and we have some pretty perfect spots. here in WA to travel to.
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Plan now with our travel and advice guide.
How far do you plan to travel?
The first part of mapping your epic road trip? Determine how far you want to travel.
There are plenty of great options near Perth if you’re not up for a day trip, or if you decide a long trip is your calling.
If this is your first road trip in a while and you’re testing the waters with the kids or your car, then going ahead and planning a shorter trip might be the answer. There are heaps of gems just an hour or two from Perth for a quick weekend break or week-long family getaway where the kids won’t be too anxious on the road.
If you’re a seasoned road pro heading out on a long road trip, you’ll need to make sure your car is ready for the road and you have a map (GPS isn’t always your best friend), supplies emergency for breakdowns or flat tires, and a stock of food, drink and camping equipment if you take the week to go there.
Making the long journey will mean lots of sightseeing and stops along the way, find out the best places to stop with our top WA pit stops on your next road trip from Perth.
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Plan your route and start packing your car with our road trip essentials listed below.
Road Trip Checklist
No matter how long your trip is, there are some “don’t forget” items you’ll need to pack:
- insect repellent
- Bottles of water
- Solar cream
- GPS and map
- First aid kit
- A cap
- Snacks (VERY essential)
- charging cords
- Disinfectant or disinfectant wipes
- card games
- Esky/portable fridge or cooler
- Garbage bag
Plus the all-important playlist.
We recommend jumping on the Perth Road Trip Playlist for non-stop classics and wall-to-wall hits.
Is your car ready for the road trip?
Before heading to one of these epic locations, is your vehicle up to the challenge?
If not, upgrading might be your best option – but there are a few things potential buyers should know while you research the best car loan options available.
There are currently significant import delays in the market, with buyers waiting 6 to 12 months in some cases for their car to arrive. The result of this? Less bargaining power for buyers.
If you are looking for a used vehicle, there are also other elements to consider: will you opt for a private sale rather than a dealership? Warranty vs no warranty? Beware of scams and check the vehicle against PPSR.gov.au. Also consider this WA government car buying checklist.
An easy way to avoid the hassle and get a more competitive deal is to get pre-approved for the amount you want to borrow. By getting pre-approved, you enter the negotiation with a set budget in mind, often a lower interest rate and greater bargaining power.
So where to go?
With options both near and far, here are our top 8 picks for road trip destinations:
Ah, the dreamy turquoise waters of Espérance are calling us.
Enjoy some of the whitest beaches you’ve ever seen and plenty of beautiful scenery at one of WA’s best outdoor playgrounds with plenty of water activities and good times to enjoy.
Stop via Hyden and visit the iconic Wave Rock on your way, or pass by Lake Grace and admire the salt lakes and giant silo painted murals. The best time to visit is between the hottest months of September and April.
An oasis for ocean lovers, Coral Bay is the perfect family vacation spot with a bit of something for everyone.
Explore the beautiful Ningaloo Reef, get up close to whale sharks, manta rays or sea turtles, dive into the water in a kayak or glass bottom boat or just relax by the ocean.
Due to the long journey, it is recommended to stop along the way – try to visit Geraldton, Northampton or Carnarvon.
Beautiful beaches and vast rolling sand dunes – Lancelin is only a short drive north with plenty to do.
It’s the perfect place for a weekend not too far away, with plenty of activities on offer like sandboarding through the dunes, 4×4 tracks, windsurfing at Ledge Point or relaxing at the beach.
Park at Endeavor Tavern at the end of the day and watch the sunset roll over the ocean with a drink in hand.
Set amidst lush hills and lush green surroundings, the Ferguson Valley is only a short drive away for total relaxation, great food and great wine.
There are over a dozen wineries to visit, plus two craft breweries and opportunities for scenic walks and bike rides.
Be sure to visit the famous Gnomesville as well as thousands of gnomes around the world.
Yes, even if you’ve heard it before, Margaret River is obviously included in this list – there are good reasons why the people of Perth flock here regularly.
The number one reason? Wine.
Home to some of WA’s best, wine lovers will be delighted with plenty of stunning, world-class vineyards to tick off the list. You can dazzle your stay as much or as little as you like with camping or luxury stay options, the choice is yours.
Kalbarri has it all. The red hinterland and crystal clear waters combine in a laid back small town that will make you feel like a world away from home.
Priority stops on your trip include Nature’s Window, for breathtaking views of the Murchison River, and the Kalbarri Skywalk, for one of the best experiences in all of WA as you emerge suspended 100m above the ground.
There are a number of tour operators you can also watch if you want the full experience.
Perhaps a more laid-back version of Margaret River, Denmark is an absolute gem on the WA coast.
Perfect spots like Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool provide the perfect opportunity for some killer gram shots, and there are a few sweet little caves scattered around.
Broome + Karijini
King of all road trips from Perth, head to Broome with a stopover in Karijini and other amazing destinations on the way.
Swim with dolphins at Monkey Mia, hit pristine beaches, explore deserts, coastal roads and breathtaking gorges – the possibilities are endless. If you really want to go off-roading, take the Gibb River Road – a unique backcountry 4×4 track through the vast wilderness and ancient Kimberley Gorge region.
For a full and comprehensive itinerary, check out Nomadasaurus Guide for an epic road trip from Perth to Broome.
You are now ready to hit the roads of WA – don’t forget to #soperth your adventures.
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