The western state of Australia boasts a dramatic coastline making it one of the best places to take a road trip. Here, you can pick your own fruits, drink incredible wines, sunbathe with kangaroos on the beach, and learn about the Second World War. If an Australia road trip is on your bucket list, then we’re here to guide you through the hidden wonders of Western Australia. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!
Historic Town of Albany
Surrounded by the Southern Ocean, the picturesque Stirling Range and the Great Southern hinterland, Albany is only a 5-hour drive from cosmopolitan Perth. Here, you’ll find private beaches where you can swim, snorkel, tan, or just relax. Many travelers choose to park their RVs at William Bay National Park, which provides easy access to turquoise waters at the Green Pool, the huge granite Elephant Rocks, and many hiking spots in the area.
Downtown Albany offers a few family-run hotels and restaurants overlooking a scenic harbor. Stay at Beach House at Bayside, a cozy family-run B&B, only steps from the beach and town center.
Over 41,000 men and women departed Australia for the First World War from Princess Royal Harbor in Albany, and you can learn about their lives and see war memorabilia at the National ANZAC Centre. Veterans from all over the world come here to pay their respects.
See impressive rock formations carved by gushing waves at Torndirrup National Park. You’ll have plenty of great photo opps, whales, wildflowers, and steep cliffs. Torndirrup was the Aboriginal clan that lived on the peninsula and to the west of what is now Albany.
Charming Countryside of Denmark
Mount Shadforth Scenic Drive takes you west of Albany through English style countryside and farmlands to Denmark, Western Australia. The region is renowned for farm stays, boutique wineries and cottage industries, attracting local and international travelers for gourmet food and wine pit stops.
Sample homemade cheeses, breads, chutneys and spreads at The Lake House Denmark, while sitting at the patio overlooking a lake and gardens. Or take a foraging tour fit for the Queen (The Queen of England came here in 2015) at Oranje Tractor Wines. The sustainable winery and farm is filled with avocado, passion fruit, fig, apple and pear trees.
Watch the Denmark River flow through heritage trails, bridges, inlets and beaches, as you pass through forests covered with tall trees and wildflowers. You can also get your adrenaline rush with many outdoor adventures to choose from including paragliding, kite surfing, canoeing, biking, and mountain climbing.
Nature and Wildlife in Esperance
Travel parts of the Great Ocean Road, which starts just a few miles outside Esperance, a small town that also won an award for having the whitest sand in Australia (as certified by Geoscience Australia)! There are a number of places to catch surfing waves and cool ocean breezes, including 9 mile beach, 11 mile beach, and Cape Le Grand National Park, where you can see wild kangaroos lounging on the warm sand at the iconic Lucky Bay.
Hike up to Frenchman’s Peak to get a panoramic view of the cape. Drive a 4-wheel-drive right on to the soft dunes of Wylie Bay with Esperance Eco Discovery Tours, where you can go sand blasting and sand boarding for some thrills.
For a memorable experience, take a scenic flight over the famous Lake Hillier on Middle Island, also known as “pink lake.” The white to grey hued salt-pan (color depends on the rain) is caused by concentration of algae and best viewed from the sky.
Take a break from the road and hop on a scenic cruise around Lovers Cove, West Beach, and Blue Haven before heading out to various islands in the Recherche Archipelago around Esperance. Temperate year-round weather makes it ideal for snorkeling and swimming, as well as to spot wildlife that includes goats, sea lions, dolphins, and sea eagles.
Another cool fact about Esperance is its connection to space travel. The Esperance Museum has parts of the NASA Skylab space station that fell close to town when it dropped from orbit in 1979. Shop for locally made crafts, soaps, and souvenirs in the city’s downtown area. There is usually a food and music festival on the weekends where you can mingle with the locals.
Still looking for a unique Western Australia road trip? Try out this itinerary and you’ll discover the amazing scenery and wildlife that Australia’s Western coast has to offer!