Hit the road in WA, the home of the road trip
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When you head off on a Western Australia road trip you could find yourself on an adventure that will take you from the iconic, to the exhilarating, to the untouched. With its uncrowded roads, built for easy driving and made for exploring, you can see it all at your own pace. You could say Australia’s largest state is tailor-made for driving holidays.
Road trip holidays are the ultimate in flexibility and personalisation and provide a more authentic way to experience the diverse regions of WA. You don’t need a 4WD to get off the beaten track – a simple sedan will allow you to experience a large variety of what the state has to offer.
A road trip holiday in WA will take you to some of the world’s most pristine coastlines into the heart of premium wine country and through spectacular gorges and outback. Here we showcase two of our favourite road trips.
Coral Coast Highway
Take it slow on this 10-day adventure and see some of the most unique landscapes in the world.
This road trip takes you from the rugged gorges of Kalbarri to the stunning coral reefs of Ningaloo and the Pinnacles of Nambung National Park. From Perth, the Indian Ocean Drive leads to the windsurfing capital of Geraldton and the HMAS Sydney II Memorial. Less than two hours away is Kalbarri National Park, where you can spend a full day kayaking, hiking or climbing in the Kalbarri’s 400-million-year-old river gorges.
Continue north to Shark Bay World Heritage Areas and the Hamelin Pool Stromatolites – the largest and oldest living fossils on the planet. Along this trip you will meet some of Australia’s diverse wildlife, from Monkey Mia’s famous bottlenose dolphins, Shark Bay’s population of dugongs – which you can see on a kayaking tour – to WA’s largest Manta Ray population in Coral Bay.
If you are travelling between December and March a stop in Exmouth is essential for the turtle nesting season. It is the southern gateway to Ningaloo Reef where you can see the gentle whale sharks who visit between March and July. The seaside town of Carnarvon makes a perfect base for your northern adventures. Visit the Gascoyne Food Festival to sample the finest produce from the region, take a detour to follow the Gascoyne Food Trail or take a day trip to the Hinterland. When travelling north make sure you stop at the Blowholes to witness their powerful
force as they shoot water metres into the air.
Kimberley Wilderness Highway
A seven-day road trip discovering a 40,000-year-old culture and its 350-million-year-old secrets.
This trip will spoil you with natural remote beauty and culture. Starting in Broome, the gateway to the West Kimberley, soak up the beauty of the world-famous Cable Beach – a 22km stretch of pristine white sand and clear cerulean water. Experience the magical sunset and marvel as the camel train travels along the beach. Dive deep into the history of pearling or even experience the colourful coral and tropical fish while snorkelling at Rowley Shoals Marine Park.
Fitzroy Crossing is the perfect place to experience the rich culture of the local people. Explore this true outback town – you can even try your luck at barramundi fishing. We recommend a day trip to Geikie Gorge National Park to enjoy a river cruise exploring the 350-million-year-old gorge, fossilised ancient lifeforms and native wildlife. Make sure you stop in at the ancient canyons and take a torch-lit walk through the caves of Tunnel Creek. Alternatively, the Mimbi Caves showcases the Gooniyandi rock art through its labyrinth of caves.
Head east to Halls Creek to discover World Heritage Purnululu National Park with two natural wonders – Wolfe Creek Crater and the Bungle Bungle Range, which look like beehives (this section of the trip does require a 4WD). Visitors are spoilt for choice for hikes through this ancient mountain range including the Echidna Chasm Walk. On arriving in Kununurra you will discover one of the largest man-made fresh water lakes in the southern hemisphere, Lake Argyle. Kelly’s Knob Lookout is the best spot to capture the sunset.
Interested in a Coral Coast Highway Road trip? Inquire with RACQ Travel