Perth & Western Australia loop
Make the most of your time in Western Australia and hire a campervan to explore Australia’s largest state. This two week itinerary takes you from Perth down to Albany in the south before looping back around to explore Monkey Mia, Kalbarri and the Pinnacles further up the coast.
Perth - Margaret River
Spend a day acclimatising to Western Australia’s laid back climate by exploring Perth – a vibrant city with a thriving arts scene, restaurants aplenty, and quirky bars and cafes on every corner. Hire a bike and ride around the city foreshore, visit Kings Park for spectacular views, or relax on one of the city’s 19 beaches.
Then, head south from Perth towards Bunbury, home to the Koombana Bay dolphins. Here you can take a Dolphin Watch Eco Cruise, before continuing on to Margaret River.
Explore the Margaret River area at your leisure; visit vineyards, view the rugged coastline, stunning beaches and sample local gourmet foods.
Margaret River - Pemberton - Albany
Depart Margaret River and continue southeast to the town of Pemberton where you can hunt for black gold, the area’s infamous truffles, where a trained truffle dog will help you sniff them out. This area is also known for its immense karri, jarrah and marri trees and you can climb to the top of the Gloucester Tree for 360 degree views of the surrounding forests.
Next, make your way from Pemberton to Albany, stopping off en-route at Northcliffe’s famous forest sculpture walk. Journey through the ancient tree-top canopy at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk (at own expense), before continuing on to Albany, taking in the stunning coastline and spectacular Elephant Rocks on your way.
On your sixth day in Western Australia spend a day of leisure around Albany. Discover the whaling heritage of the region at Whaleworld, the only whaling museum created from an operational whaling station and pay your respects to the fallen soldiers of World War One at the newly opened National ANZAC Centre.
Albany - Freemantle - Cervantes - Kalbarri
Heading north inland on the drive back up to Fremantle, stop off at Porongurup National Park and take on the sky-high walkway lookout at the Granite Skywalk. Spend the afternoon exploring the bustling port city of Fremantle, rich in maritime history, art and culture.
Head north from Fremantle towards Cervantes, taking the coastal road through Cottesloe and Scarborough, stopping for breakfast with a beach view. Pause at Yanchep National Park, home to one of Australia’s largest koala colonies, before continuing north along the Indian Ocean Drive to watch the sun set over the Pinnacles, often described as a ‘moonscape on earth’.
Drive to Geraldton, home to beautiful beaches and one of Australia’s top destinations for watersports. On your way to Kalbarri, admire the dramatic scenery from lookouts along the spectacular coastal cliffs – you may even spot dolphins or a whale.
Kalbarri - Monkey Mia
Start the day by feeding the pelicans on the Kalbarri foreshore, before driving inland to Kalbarri National Park, with its deep red and white banded gorges, and take a walk to Nature’s Window for spectacular views beautifully framed by this rock formation.
Travel up towards Monkey Mia - famous for its dolphins, beautiful scenery and sparkling blue waters. Stop at locations along the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive such as Hamelin Pool, with its living marine stromatolites, Shell Beach and Eagle Bluff.
Next, explore the Shark Bay region enjoying empty beaches and plentiful wildlife. Take time to feed the dolphins which visit the shore of Monkey Mia up to three times a day. The area has long been the home of Aboriginals, take a walking or kayaking tour with a local guide to get an indigenous perspective.
Monkey Mia - Geraldton - Perth
Start the journey back to Perth, stopping overnight in Geraldton. Visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial, before sampling delicious fresh Western Rock Lobster at a local restaurant.
Return to Perth, taking time to relax on some of the beautiful beaches in the area.