Perth SW Western Australia Circuit

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Experience an actioned packed corner of Oz!

Journey through the golden outback, be awed by the long white beaches with crystal blue waters mixed with dramatic National Parks caves and world-renowned wineries.

DISTANCE: 2,150 kms
SUGGESTED TIME FRAME: 14 days minimum
BEST TIME OF YEAR: Anytime, but winter may be cold

Watch this video for a quick taste of the Perth South Western Circuit route:

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Highlights of a driving holiday from Perth South Western Circuit Route

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. Climb 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.
  • Journey 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, to visit the largest temperate woodland left in the world. Gateway to the iconic Nullarbor Plains.
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  • 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).
  • 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) and spend time at the ANZAC museum.
  • 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, in particular the formations of The Gap and Natural Bridge are spectacular rock formations.
  • Denmark is home to the Scotsdale Tourist Drive, which is a beautiful forest drive passing a number of vineyards, galleries and farm gate stalls providing local produce.
  • 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 .
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  • 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 along with sampling 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.
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Learn more details and useful planning tips about this route.

Grab yourself a drink, sit back and relax while you watch this 8-minute video providing more insight to help your road trip planning for the Perth South Western Circuit Route.

Perth South Western Circuit route planning tips

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  • 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.
  • It doesn’t matter really matter which direction your travel the ‘loop’ for this route, however we prefer to go clockwise and travel to the outback first. The reason for this, is that the outback just takes the length of time it does, however the coastal section sometimes entices you to want to spend an extra night or two at a beautiful coastal beach for example. If you were winging the trip and had not planned each nights stop, there could be a feeling of a bit of a need ‘to keep moving’ if the coast was done first as it was felt there was so far still to travel. If its nearer the end of the trip, you’ll be much clearer how much time is left.
  • 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.
  • To experience this route, you can pick up your camper in Perth; or for those with more time available, consider including a crossing of the mighty Nullarbor plains to Adelaide (or vice versa).

We’d recommend a minimum of 14 days for this trip, but most of our retired clients take a minimum of 21 – 28 days to experience this route, especially if they are incorporating it into an adventure to cross the Nullarbor plains to Adelaide. Some also include this iconic route as part of a circuit via the Nullarbor, Adelaide, Darwin, Broome and returning to Perth – most commonly allowing about 3 months for something like that.

  • You’ll find helpful information centres along your route, and generally it is a good idea to book ahead for caravan parks for the more popular beach side locations or locations such as Albany. School holidays/long weekends are popular also, so some extra planning maybe required.
  • To experience the dramatic wildflower display, depending on the weather, usually from the end of August to November is the time to go, depending what sort of flowers you’d like to see and which part you are travelling. September/October tend to be the most popular times.
  • Refer to the Camps Australia Wide Guide book for locations for freedom camps which can be purchased 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.
  • See plenty of wildlife along this route also like emus, kangaroos, wallabies, vast range of birdlife and marine life such as humpback whales, marron and sea turtles.
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We’d strongly recommend obtaining a national park pass for Western Australia. There is an entry fee for each NP – most travellers wish to visit some of these, so it is very easy to save money with the pass.

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