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With excellent year-round weather and an easy-going vibe, Western Australia’s capital city of Perth makes a superb base from which to discover the country’s rugged west coast, the forested south and the vast, empty interior deserts. With gorgeous, deserted beaches boasting a little something extra like Pinnacles and Shell Beach with countless thousands of heart cockle shells, as well as scenic national parks including Kalbarri, Shark Bay, and Ningaloo, the pristine scenery of sparsely populated Western Australia beckons nature and adventure travelers the world over.
What to do in Perth?
Start your exploration of Western Australia in Perth, Australia’s sunniest city. Despite its claim to fame as the world’s most isolated city (being nearly 3,000km from Adelaide, the nearest major city), attractive parks, historic Victorian-era buildings, Gothic churches and world-class museums can easily fill in an enjoyable day or two on your itinerary. Highlights include the Aquarium of Western Australia, home to over 400 species of sea creatures including stingrays, turtles and 4m-long sharks best viewed through a 98m-long underwater tunnel; vast King’s Park (larger than Central Park in New York City) with regularly scheduled festivals and music / theater presentations and some of the city’s best views; London Court, a shopping arcade straight out of Tudor England; and the port precinct of Fremantle, home to over a hundred heritage buildings including restored offices, warehouses and graceful Victorian buildings.
After your fill of culture and history, take your 4WD Perth Hire on incredibly scenic coastal drives. In the state’s South West region, holiday resort towns offer cultured outings and pristine beaches, like the 30km-long sandy beaches of family-friendly Busselton, just over two hours from Perth and northern gateway to the Margaret River region. Skip the scuba gear and head to the underwater observatory at the restored nearly 150-year-old, 2km-long Busselton Jetty and peer out at beautiful corals and schools of tropical fish 8m below the water’s surface.
Real divers, however, will want to continue another 30 minutes west to Dunsborough for its underwater wrecks located off some of the state’s finest beaches, including Meelup Beach with its calm, protected waters. As with many resort towns in the region, cafes, galleries and boutiques can be found in the fashionable town center.
Just under three hours from Perth, surf enthusiasts can find world-class waves at Western Australia’s surf mecca of Yallingup, especially at Yallingup, Smiths and Injidup beaches. Head up into town situated on the hillside for good eats in a laidback atmosphere. Caravan parks are conveniently located by the beach, ready for your Perth 4WD Hire camper. Two of the more popular sites are the Yallingup Beach Holiday Park with its grassy sites and Oceanview BBQ area, and family- and pet-friendly Caves Caravan Park surrounded by shady peppermint trees.
For a more upscale experience, Margaret River, less than an hour’s drive from Yallingup, is the center of the South West’s wine region, considered one of the country’s finest thanks to terroir said to be similar to Bordeaux, France. Drive from vineyards to pastures tucked in between hardwood forests to find a foodie’s paradise where gourmet items including olive oil, cheese, fudge and craft beer are produced to go along with the premium wines, most notably Sauvignon Blancs, Shiraz and Semillons. You can tour for days and still not visit all of the hundred or so wineries, many of which offer free tastings and some with their own restaurants (mainly for lunch).
A popular side trip from Margaret River is nearby Gracetown, another of Western Australia’s top surfing spots. Situated on Cowaramup Bay, the area is famous for its world-class surf breaks and spectacular vantage points.
Towards Australia’s most southwestern point where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean lies the seaside holiday town of Augusta, an excellent place to while away the days fishing, windsurfing, whale watching for Humpback and Southern Right Whales, and lazing on pristine beaches. History buffs will want to check out the Augusta Historical Museum detailing the rich history of one of the state’s oldest settlements.
More rugged adventures await those heading north from Perth along the sunny Central West Coast. Just two hours of driving takes you to The Pinnacles at Nambung National Park. Comprised of thousands of towering limestone pillars, some as high as 5m tall, set amidst barren desert sands, the scene here is truly otherworldly. For many of us, it’ll be the closest thing to visiting an alien planet, with reddish, moonscape-like sands meeting blue sky, disrupted by these forlorn, 200,000-year-old rock formations. For maximum effect, stay in the small town of Cervantes known for its crayfish industry (mid-November through June) to be able to visit The Pinnacles during the “golden hours” of early morning and late afternoon, ideal for stunning photographs when fewer people are around.
Continuing up Indian Ocean Drive, you’ll next hit Jurien Bay where pristine waters are ideal for fishing, swimming and sailboarding. With your camper from Perth 4WD Hire, overnight right by the beach at the Jurien Bay Tourist Park with powered and unpowered sites on both hard standing and grassy areas with a camper’s kitchen and guest laundry nearby.
With a population of 20,000 or so, Geraldton is practically the capital of the Mid West. In addition to wind sports on the beach, this commercial center also has attractions of note, including the Western Australia Museum Geraldton, with well-designed exhibits on the region, as well as the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery whose extensive collection includes works by well-known early 20th century Australian artists Elizabeth Durack and Norman Lindsay.
Adventure enthusiasts may want to take a break from the coast and head inland to tackle the Miners Pathway for a look at some of the prospecting towns that sprung up during gold rush of the late 1800s. Totaling approximately 970km in distance, Miners Pathway looks like a figure eight with Paynes Find to Meekatharra acting as the north-south axis and Yalgoo to Sandstone the east-west route. No matter how you choose to drive Miners Pathway, your Perth 4WD Hire will take you past small frontier towns known for historic colonial-era buildings, long-abandoned mine shafts and quaint museums. Along the way, check out the natural rock formations, kangaroo and emu sightings, colorful wildflower displays and vast, open landscape.
To extend your outback adventure, head west from Meekatharra to Carnarvon on the coast along the 700km Kingsford Smith Mail Run. This relatively flat, gravel track has points of interest along the way, including caves with Aboriginal art, fields of spring wildflowers and impressive 715m-tall Mount Augustus.
Alternately, deviate slightly from the coast and drive due north from Geraldton more than 1,000 kms to Exmouth through the outback along what’s known as the Wool Wagon Pathway. This drive follows the footsteps of early drovers and shepherds and takes you through some iconic sheep and wool country, past fields of wildflowers exploding with color and along the gorgeous Kennedy Ranges. Parts of this track are 4WD-only and are recommended for experienced drivers.
The northern part of Western Australia’s west coast is known as the “Coral Coast” for brilliantly colored coral reefs just off shore in waters blissfully untouched by humans.
For animal lovers, Monkey Mia is a must, most notably for the opportunity to wade into the water and interact with wild dolphins who have been showing up in the shallows since the 1960s. The white sand beach itself is beautiful, located on a quiet bay with World Heritage Site and Marine Park status.
If you can’t get to the Great Barrier Reef, the hidden gem of Ningaloo Marine Park is 250km of protected coast and ocean with a well-preserved reef containing 250 species of coral and a healthy, diverse sea life population numbering over 500 species including dolphins, whales and dugongs. Best of all, the reef is just 100m from shore in certain areas, making it very accessible to snorkelers and divers. Come between late March and June to witness gigantic (and gentle) whale sharks which show up in numbers to feast on the eggs and sperm mass released by the coral. The town of Exmouth about a 1.5hr drive north makes a good base from which to explore Ningaloo. Animal lovers will want to look out for pink cockatoos, kangaroos and emus along the road. Exmouth also features lovely town beaches and is known for its delicious shrimp.
Apart from the coast, the interior of Western Australia has much to offer travelers, especially 4WD enthusiasts. Known as the “Goldfields” for gold rushes starting in the late 19th century, the region is still one of the richest gold-producing areas in the world, giving up some 24,000kg of gold per year. To witness living history, head nearly 600km east from Perth to the frontier towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder, home to restored Wild West-type buildings and the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, where you can tour a re-created mining town, complete with underground tunnels. In Boulder, you can even watch blasting in the massive Super Pit, which at 2.5km-deep and 3.5km long is Australia’s second largest open cut gold mine.
Once in the Mid West, off-roading opportunities abound with some of the most scenic, remote and challenging tracks anywhere in Australia, ready to be tackled with your Perth 4WD Hire.
Just 40km southwest of Kalgoorlie is the town of Coolgardie, the starting point of the rugged 350km-long Holland Track which connects to the easier John Holland Way leading to Broomehill. The track was first used by settlers from the south heading inland to the gold fields in 1893. Navigating the narrow single-lane track towards the northern end is still a challenge even for confident 4WD drivers, with washaways, mud trenches and bogs to be conquered. The reward, though, is virgin bushland, scenic rock formations, crossing the original Rabbit Proof Fence and even gentle farmlands as you near Broomehill in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.
Petrolheads will likely head 500km due north to Wiluma, the start of the Canning Stock Route. Opened in 1911 to bring cattle from the Kimberley region to the gold mining area around Wiluma, the nearly 2,000 kilometers of unmaintained track is considered one of the most remote and challenging 4WD tracks anywhere in the world, requiring up to three weeks to cover the unforgiving distance. With just a couple of Aboriginal communities along the way, navigating the Canning Stock Route with your Perth 4WD Hire is an exercise in self-sufficiency where drivers will need to be prepared with all fuel, food, water, spare parts and vehicle repair know-how. Corrugations, challenging sand conditions, rocky sections and more await the off-road adventurer in one of the least habitable regions on earth. In return, be rewarded with sand dunes and vast, empty stretches of desert, punctuated with more than 50 wells, some of them restored. Notice the grave markers by some of the wells, some from the original party who constructed the route more than a hundred years ago.
Another alternative from Wiluma is to take your Perth 4WD Hire west along the rugged Gunbarrel Highway. At 1,400km, this desert road sometimes known as “Australia’s longest shortcut” through the Northern Goldfields in Western Australia to Yulara in the Northern Territory was the first east-west passage through the center of Australia. In addition to the wide open, uninhabited landscapes marked by scrub and sand dunes, expect river crossings, frequent washouts, heavy corrugations and sand and flood plains.
Covering one-third the country, Western Australia has no fewer than 60 national parks, many of them offering excellent camp sites, especially accessible with your Perth 4WD Hire camper. Favorites include: Yalgorup National Park, a little over an hour’s drive south of Perth and known for its excellent wildlife viewing; Cape Range National Park on the North West Cape, just minutes from the Ningaloo Reef; Karijini National Park with its natural attractions of waterfalls, lookouts and gorges; and Dirk Hartog Island National Park situated on the state’s largest island whose striking sand dunes and pristine beaches are best accessed by high-clearance 4WD vehicle and barge.
Perth 4WD Hire is part of Australian 4WD Hire, a nationwide network of premium rental agencies strategically positioned in close proximity to all famous 4WD destinations and hotspots as well as major regional and capital cities throughout Australia, ensuring you’re never far from a pick-up point.
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