South western Australia Road Trip – Part 2

Last week we published Part 1 of our exciting journey around the south western corner of Western Australia. In this part, we carry on exploring and come back round to end up in the beautiful metropolitan city of Perth.

You can read our Part 1 here.

Views over Torndirrup National Park coastline sandy beach bush

Views over Torndirrup National Park

Heading back down to the coast, they also visited Stirling Range National Park, and made a bee line for the car park lookout for some panoramic views and walks.  Leaving there they drove to Porongurup National Park, where the massive ancient granite domes of Porongurup rise 670 metres, giving exhilarating views of the landscape, especially from the Granite Skywalk suspended from Castle Rock. They took the easy walk up-slope through jarrah and marri forest to reach karri forest and the intriguing Balancing Rock.  It’s hard to believe nature could leave a boulder of this size in such a precarious position.  If you go a little further on, you will get to two lookouts, one of them being a challenging climb and not really for the faint hearted!

Don’t forget, if you haven’t already grabbed your Western Australia National Park Pass, to do so.  See previous blog for more details.

Afterwards they headed on down to Albany, a port city at the southern tip of Western Australia. Albany is known for its pristine beaches and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and diverse coastlines in the world.

Torndirrup National Park rock formations sea

Torndirrup National Park

During their time in Albany, Jean and Dave visited visited the award winning National ANZAC Centre –  one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. It is located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress and the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 40,000 men, woman and horses departed Australia to fight in WWI.

Moving on from Albany, our tour leaders headed out to the rugged coastline to Torndirrup National Park, 10 km south of Albany and accessed via Frenchman Bay Road. Torndirrup NP has state-of-the-art viewing structures at The Gap and the Natural Bridge providing safe and accessible views of the beautiful and dramatic coastal environment and of course stunning photographic opportunities. It won’t be hard to take a picture perfect postcard image here!

William Bay National Park blue waters sea rock formations

William Bay National Park

Jean and Dave ventured 80 km west from here and made a worthy stop at William Bay with its windswept headlands and large granite outcrops to sheltered bays and beaches.  William Bay National Park has something for everyone. It is most famous for its turquoise green waters bordered by huge granite boulders and the incredible Elephant Rock Formations. You’ll find that Greens Pool is the centerpiece of William Bay National Park and is a perfect place for snorkelling, swimming, exploring the granite rocks and just plain old relaxing!

Driving onto Walpole via The Valley of the Giants seeing huge tingle trees to go on the highly acclaimed Wilderness Eco Tour, Jean and Dave found this place just incredible and it was their ‘WOW’ moment! Here at Gallivanting Oz, we really cannot recommend this spot enough, and is a worthy detour if you are down in this neck of the woods.  This place is an internationally recognised nature-based tourism attraction located 52 km from Denmark and 18 km from Walpole in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

Busselton Interpretive Centre and pier beach grass blue sky sea

Busselton Interpretive Centre and pier

Finishing off the loop and heading back up to Perth, our gallivanters stopped off at Port Augusta for more walks and coastal scenery before arriving at the Margaret River grape growing area to sample some wines….hic!

On the final stretch and heading north up the Bussell Highway from Margaret River, Jean and Dave stopped off in Busselton to enjoy the colourful history of the 152 year old jetty. It’s the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere and makes for an afternoon of fun – you can either walk or train the length of the jetty. You’ll find an interpretive centre, there’s a Jetty train, underwater observatory and they also run underwater helmet walks & snorkel tour, fishing clinics and even a sunset train ride – there’s heaps to be done here. This was a beautiful spot for Jean and Dave to spend some time at before idling their way up to Fremantle where they spent a glorious day cycling around Rottnest Island. You can read about that adventure here.

If you fancy picking up your motorhome a few days before you set off on your adventure and explore some of the south western corner of WA, get in touch with us and we can hook you up with the best vehicle to suit your needs. You can check out our vehicles for hire here.