Perth South Western Circuit Travel Route (Campervan Hire)

Be awed by the long white beaches and crystal blue waters, mixed up with dramatic National Parks, wineries, caves and the golden outback.
Distance: 2,150kms
Time Frame: 14 days
Best Time: Anytime but winter may be cold
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Highlights of the south western circuit

  • Enjoy the world renowned wildflower displays, usually Sept to Nov (depending on weather conditions)
  • Be awed by the long white beaches and crystal blue waters
  • Sample wines and local produce in one of Australia’s most popular wine regions of Margaret River, and explore nearby caves
  • You’ll have the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife including emus and kangaroos – even on the beach if you’re lucky
  • Between July and October southern right and humpback whales are often spotted
  • Wave Rock is a worthy detour – a giant ‘surf wave’ granite rock near Hyden
  • Experience the vast skies and stunning scenery of the Golden Outback including visiting the biggest Gold open pit mine in Australia at Kalgoorlie
  • There are many National Parks to explore, including interesting walks like the tree top walk at Denmark, WA to see the giant Tingle Trees.
  • You’ll find a number of freedom camps (free or low cost camping) and commercial camps in beautiful locations
  • Grab a Holiday National Park Pass to save money on entry fees

For more exciting details about this travel route, grab yourself a drink, sit back
and relax while you watch this 5 minute video giving you more insight about the route


Be awed by the long white beaches and crystal blue waters as you meander around the coast of South Western Australia.  Enjoy sampling wines and local produce in the beautiful Margaret River and other regions.

Visit Australia’s Gold Capital Kalgoorlie, and nearby Norseman the gateway to the iconic Nullarbor Plains.  Adding to the diversity to this loop, you’ll also experience the Golden Outback or you may prefer to detour to Wave Rock and experience the salt plains.

Travelling clockwise from Perth:

  • Meander through the Swan Valley for some wine tasting, and onto the stunning Avon Valley to the historic town of York
  • Consider a detour to Wave Rock, near Hyden through the Salt Plains
  • Wave Rock is one of Australia’s famous land forms – it looks like a giant surf wave of multi coloured granite about to crash onto the bush below. There are some great walks around the surrounding bushland, salt lakes and sand plains.  You can also go on top of the rock – which dates back over 2,700 million years, before dinosaurs roamed the earth! Best enjoyed early morning/evening as it can get pretty hot there
  • Continuing on to Kalgoorlie-Boulder to visit Australia’s gold capital and learn fascinating stories of the early prospectors in pursuit of gold.  Visit the Super Pit, which is the biggest open pit gold mine in the country
  • Head south to Norseman, situated in the Great Western Woodlands, where you can visit the largest temperate woodland left in the world.  Gateway to the iconic Nullarbor Plains
  • Esperance has the most beautiful coastal scenery with squeaky white sand and turquoise water
  • The Cape Le Grand National Park is where you can see kangaroos lazing on the beach. Cape Le Grand does have some sealed roads in the National Park and camping options (non-powered) – keep your eyes peeled in the farmer’s lush green paddocks just before you arrive at the National Park. You’ll probably see a number of kangaroos and emus in this area
  • Around Esperance, The Great Ocean Drive (Tourist Loop) is a 38km scenic drive that follows the local coastline and then loops back into town and is a must do. Some of the highlights to see along the way are the Rotary Lookout, Twilight Beach, Observatory Point, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake
  • Detour to Stirling Range National Park for dramatic scenery and a hike if you are feeling energetic
  • Back out on the coast, Albany offers beautiful sandy beaches, interrupted only by rocky outcrops and cliffs.  Whale watching cruises operate from Albany in season  (May to Sept usually)
  • Visiting Torndirrup National Park, near Albany is a must to visit.  It’s amazing to see what the massive power of the Southern Ocean has created.  The spectacular rock formations of The Gap and Natural Bridge are definitely worth visiting
  • There’s wineries around Albany to visit
  • Denmark is home to the Scotsdale Tourist Drive, which is a beautiful forest drive, passing a number of vineyards, galleries and opportunities to pick up local produce for your dinner
  • Visit Williams Bay National Park – Greens Pool is beautiful and where the locals head for their early morning swim, even in winter.  Explore the nearby Elephant Rocks
  • Visit beautiful National Parks for exploring and walks on your way to Pemberton – One of the popular ones is the Valley of the Giants where you can see very large Karri trees.  In this area, is also the Tree Top Walk, which is spectacular. You can walk 40 metres above the ground to marvel at the canopy of the beautiful tingle forest
  • The cool climate wines produced around Pemberton and Manjimup are superb and are complemented by the fresh produce of the area. Maybe you’ll also have a chance to enjoy one of the local delicacies – Marron (fresh water crayfish)
  • Augusta and Cape Leeuwin, which is the most south-westerly mainland point of Australia and where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean
  • Margaret River is a must do.  The Mediterranean climate allows you to relish in the pristine vineyards and stunning coastline, throughout all four seasons
  • Winery hopping is a popular tourist activity with many wineries providing free tasting of their international award winning selections.  Also in the area you can sample many other delicacies including olives, cheeses, oils, preserves and chocolate
  • Explore Caves Road which is a scenic drive all along the coast from Augusta in the south to Dunsborough in the north.  This coastline is famous for its surfing, long sandy beaches and caves (you can arrange entry tour into these caves)
  • Yallingup – a surfer’s paradise but fun to watch if you’re less adventurous
  • Busselton –  most famed for its far stretching jetty – one of the longest jetties in the world. You can walk along the wooden decking, to the tip of the pier or take a train

What Else?

  • Of course there is plenty more to see, but this gives you a good idea on some of the key areas along this route
  • For this trip, a 2WD camper is perfect.  If you would like to take advantage of some of the freedom camps en-route, hiring a motorhome with an on board toilet and shower would be ideal
  • What is nice about this trip, is that it has a great mix of outback and stunning coastal scenery
  • There are some great vineyards to enjoy in some of the most spectacular settings
  • This south western circuit is perfect to be travelled at any time, and is one of the more temperate areas in Australia, although can be cold/wet in winter
  • To experience the dramatic wildflower display, depending on the weather, usually from the end of August to November is the time to go.  This is usually nice time weather wise also
  • Allow 14 days to experience this region, however longer is better if you’d like to stop and smell the flowers!  Our retired clients usually take 21 – 28 days for this loop
  • This is also perfect to include as part of an adventure across the iconic Nullarbor
  • Refer to the Camps Australia Wide Guide book for locations for freedom camps which can be purchased for AU$65 from us, or you can purchase along your route at some information centres, book or camping stores.  You can also purchase an app called ‘Wiki Camps’ if you use a smart phone or tablet, plus the information centres en-route are a gold mine for local information

For a personalised information pack for this travel route drop us an email or call us on +61 7 3314 1518 (Australia) or +64 3 547 3003 (New Zealand) and we can provide you with rates and vehicle options.

We have a wide range of vehicle options to suit your travel needs and you don’t pay any extra to deal with us and you will benefit from our one to one customer service, experience and greater variety of vehicle options.


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