It’s big, it’s diverse and it’s epic! Western Australia comprises a third of the Aussie continent. From snorkeling coral gardens to hiking through deep gorges; WA is home to landscapes that dreams are made of.
Cape Le Grande NP
- First stop in civilisation once you exit the Nullabor in WA is the charming seaside town of Esperance. From Esperance take a 45min drive to the pristine beaches of Cape Le Grande National Park.
- Join kangaroos lounging on the white sand at Lucky Bay, voted one of Australia’s best beaches.
- Hike the steep 3km of granite rock to Frenchman’s peak. Absorb amazing views of the sweeping heath lands and inlets below.
- Camping at Lucky Bay is $10 per person per night and very popular. Bookings cannot be made so be prepared with a backup plan in case you can’t get into one of the 22 sites available!
- The southwest corner of WA is home to giant karri, jarrah and tingle trees growing up to 90m high in a chain of national parks.
- Between Augusta, Pemberton and Walpole find an abundance of walks and camping options. Beware that Easter holidays in this region are hectically busy!
- Climb one of the fire lookout trees: Gloucester, Bicentennial (the largest) or Diamond. Metal rungs spiral around the giant trunks to take you on an exhilarating uphill climb into the forest canopy.
Coral coast: Shark Bay to Exmouth
- Starting from Shark Bay and ending in Exmouth, the heritage listed Ningaloo coast is an ocean wonderland!
- Begin with spotting manta-ray, whales, dolphins and the odd dugong from Skipjack and Cape Peron points at the tip of Francois Peron NP (4WD only). This is where plunging red desert cliffs contrasts turquoise sea.
- Coral Bay is the next stop on a northbound journey up the west coast. Straight off the beach in the tiny town of Coral Bay you will find the best free snorkelling in Australia!
- Ask the Coral Bay info centre staff right on the beachfront, or follow a scooter tour, to the giant brain coral known as “Ayres Rock”.
- Exmouth is the end point of your northbound Coral Coast journey. Camping in Cape Range NP is super popular and best booked in advance. From the Cape Range campgrounds you can drive to incredible snorkeling destinations at Lakeside (sea turtles), Oyster Stacks (high tide only) and Turquoise Bay Drift (coral gardens). Snorkel and fin hire is available at the entrance to the Cape Range NP $15 for the day. All Cape Range NP roads are 2WD accessible.
- Karijini in the Pilbara region of WA was our favourite national park in Oz!
- Imagine emerald coloured rock pools set among lush green flora and rugged, red cliffs.
- 610kms from Exmouth into the heart of mining country, Karijini is well worth the journey inland!
- From the campground at Dales Gorge the best walks in the park are a few strides away.
- Our favourite walks included Hancock Gorge, Fern Pool, Fortescue Falls and Dales Gorge. Knox and Joffre lookouts were easy small walks from the carpark. The spider walk section of Hancock Gorge is a must do! At an arms width traverse through the narrow gorge to Kermits deep plunge pool at the end of this amazing walk.
- The 4WD only Gibb River Road takes you along an old stock route, 660km through the heart of the magical Kimberley region from Derby in the West to Kununurra in the East of WA.
- Read our destination guide for a more detailed itinerary.
- Allow 1+ weeks to explore this incredible region of gorges, ranges and rivers. Our favourite place in Australia!
- There are no major shops and petrol is expensive so stock-up before departure!
- The 5 rivers lookout in Wyndham is a grand end to an epic road-trip adventure.