During February 2019, I went on a three week road trip along the West Coast of Australia with my mum and sister. We drove from Perth to Broome and had one of the best trips ever.
I had planned months before our full itinerary and it turned out perfectly. It allowed us to relax, not drive 8 hours a day and still see so many gorgeous places every day.
If you’re planning on visiting the magnificent Australian West Coast, this article is for you!
We started our journey in Perth, the biggest city in Western Australia. Walk along the Swan River and don’t miss Northbridge neighborhood. Visit Kings Park at sunset for a view over Perth you won’t forget.
We took the ferry to Rottnest Island from Fremantle. The ride is approximately 45 minutes before you disembark on the gorgeous island. Rent a bike (there are no cars on the island) and explore my favourite spots: Little Salmon Bay and Salmon Bay. Look out for the cutest animal on earth: the quokka, always smiling!
We left Perth and drove to Trigg Beach before heading to Yanchep National Park, where you’ll be able to see koalas, kangoroos and other Australian wildife. Then we went to Lancelin sand dunes: a desert type landscape, beautiful at sunset. Be careful tough, the wind and sand hurt!
We like to start the day with a swim, so in the morning we swam at Hangover Bay before heading to Pinnacles Desert (better to check it out early in the morning or at sunset for beautiful colors). We were amazed by the yellow surroundings and driving through the stones felt really surreal. Spend the night in Cervantes, a cute fishing town with white sand beaches.
We spend most of this day driving to Geraldton. Try to stop at Jurien Bay and enjoy being alone on this immense beach. Geraldton is a nice city to spend some time in, with cute cafés and live-music.
On our way to Gregory, we stopped at Corronation Beach to get some vitamin D! One of my highlight of this roadtrip was definitely the Pink Lake at Gregory. Make sure you check it out, as well as the beaches around. I found the nature really preserved and pretty in this area.
First day at Kalbarri Park! Little advice, don’t do like us who went there when it was 45 degrees and with not enough water. If I had to hike there again I would go in winter or autumn. Our favourites spots were Red Bluff Lookout, Jakes Point and Eagles Gorge Lookout. They are easy to get to if you don’t want to walk for too long.
On the second day at Kalbarri, we checked out Mushroom Rock Walk Trail, Nature’s Window, Z-bend Lookout and Ross Graham Lookout. I wouldn’t recommend Nature’s Window for people who aren’t fit. It is really slippery and tricky at the end. Make sure you bring enough water and snacks if you intend to spend the day at the park!
After two intense days at Kalbarri, we spent the morning at Monkey Mia. If you go there early in the morning, you can assist dolphins being fed and swimming on the edge of the water. A really cool experience! In the afternoon, explore the little town of Denham and the gorgeous orange Francois Peron Park (only accessible with a 4X4). The contrast between the red/orange of the road and stones and the blue of the sea is something I’ll never forget.
We stayed near Denham and visited Shark Bay (Hamelin Pool and Eagle Bluff). Don’t miss Shell beach, a beautiful white beach made up of billions of tiny shells.
We headed to Carnarvon to rest and stopped at Quobba Blow Holes. This place is breathtaking, you can admire powerful ocean swells force water through sea caves and jets of water into the air!
Driving to Coral Bay, we relaxed at Paradise Beach and took our time walking along the coast. Coral Bay is a tiny village just a few steps from the Ningaloo Reef. Perfect to forget the world and be surrounded by beauty.
To make the most of our stay in Coral Bay, we had to go snorkelling! Ningaloo Reef is a World Heritage-listed site, so its unmissable. We swam surrounded by colourful fishes in the crystalline water. One of the best memories I’ve made.
After two days in Coral Bay, we were on our way to Exmouth. Between natural parks, turquoise water beaches and emus, Exmouth is a heavenly holiday town. Make sure you go to the lightouse at sunset!
We spent our second day near Exmouth, in Cape Range Park. You have to go to Turquoise Bay, which is considered the prettiest beach in Australia. We were not disappointed and spent half our day siwmming in the crystal clear water and tanning on the warm sand. Go fo a walk at Mandu Mandu Gorge or Yardie Creek, and check out Charles Knife Canyon, all offering awesome views of the surroundings.
After a long day of driving from Exmouth to Tom Price (6h30, the longest drive a day of our trip), we were agreably suprised by the unique look of Tom Price. It is a mining town, where I swear I thought eveyrthing was covered in orange dust. The atmosphere is so cool and reminded me of a town from a wild west movie (not a lot of girls living there).
My favourite park in Australia : Karijini! Try to spend at least two days there, like we did. Like that, you’ll be able to see gorgeous places like Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool, Hancock Gorge and Kalimina Gorge. They are short walks so you can do them in a day, just always carry water and some snacks!
Our second day at Karijini, we walked the Spider walk up to Kermits Pool. You can’t do it if you’re not fit or disabled because it is really steep and you have to climb rocks, stairs and ladders. Circular Pool and Oxer lookouts are more accessible and still gorgeous to admire!
We are now leaving Tom Price to reach Port Hedland. This town is a bulk export port and not really touristic but it was on our way to Broome. There is one beach, Pretty Pool, but be aware of the crocodiles!
On our way to Broome, we stopped at Eighty Mile Beach, located on the beachfront between Port Hedland and our destination. It really is not to miss, the colours and endless stretch of sand make the landscape unique and unforgettable.
We’ve reached the end of our roadtrip, in Broome! To make the most of this last day, we drove to Gantheaume Point, a promontory a few kilometres away. The red rock cliff overlooking the turquoise ocean is magical. To finish this once in a lifetime adventure, head to Cable Beach at sunset to witness the camels walking on this endless beach.
These three weeks were without a doubt the best trip of my life. I feel so lucky I got to experience the beauty of the Australian West Coast with my mum and sister.
If you hesitate on a roadtrip between the East Coast or the West Coast, having done both, I strongly recommentd the West Coast. It is wilder, less touristic and you will remember these lansdcapes forever.
Have you been on the West Coast of Australia? What were your favourite places?