Road trip: Western Australia in less than five days
87% of Malaysians think you need more than five days for an Australian road trip.
As Australia’s largest state, Western Australia features some of the most beautiful places to explore in the country. But even with its wide open spaces, some of Western Australia’s attractions can easily be visited in less than five days. Embark on a road trip to discover pink lakes, unique desert sculptures, cute marsupials and pristine beaches.
Western Australia’s Hutt Lagoon, better known as Pink Lake, has become an iconic draw card for global visitors not only because it looks amazing on Instagram but also because you can both drive and fly over it. Hutt Lagoon, a comfortable 4 hours drive from the Pinnacles, is an extraordinary example of nature’s beauty. The water at Hutt Lagoon changes from bright bubblegum pink to lilac and sometimes even to red, making for a rare one-of-a-kind natural experience. Don’t miss the sunset to watch the colours transform. While the lake is unique, it’s also accessible and easily reached on a four or five-day Indian Ocean Drive road trip.
Regional Western Australia offers some amazing natural attractions and it doesn’t get more beautiful than Kalbarri. Resting at the mouth of the Murchison River on Australia’s Coral Coast, Kalbarri is famous for its billion-year-old gorge, towering sea cliffs and sheltered swimming holes. Beyond sand and surf, one of the main highlights of Kalbarri is the adjacent Kalbarri National Park which features magnificent red-rock gorges and flowing rivers. Trek through the national park before visiting Nature’s Window, a natural rock formation that frames a striking view of the canyons and the river below. Kalbarri can be easily explored over a four-day return road trip from Perth.
Australia might be big, but there are plenty of short trips to take in Western Australia. Just 2½ hours from Perth you’ll find the famous Pinnacles Desert, which is home to other-worldly limestone formations that are widely regarded as one of Australia’s most unique landscapes. Not only can you walk through the moonscape of the Pinnacles, but you can also sand-board on the vast golden dunes at Lancelin or wander through fields of wildflowers in spring. Just a short drive from the Pinnacles you’ll find Cervantes, a coastal town offering fresh lobster from the Lobster Shack, sweeping ocean views and rare Australian seals.
Western Australia’s Margaret River region is all about the good life - quality wine, long lunches and plenty of adventure. In just a few short days, visitors to Margaret River can explore markets, taste world class wines, and indulge in a range of activities suitable for all ages and interests. First, get out onto the water as you canoe down the still waters of Margaret River, or take your aquatic adventure up a notch by learning to surf or stand up paddle board at one of the nearby beaches. If you’d rather stay on dry land, get your heart racing with a guided quad bike tour through towering Karri trees in the Boranup Forest. When you’ve had enough adventure, indulge in a lazy long lunch amongst the vines in some of Australia’s most renown wineries. From May to August, don’t forget to watch out for humpback whales as they migrate along the coast towards the breeding grounds surrounding Broome.