Natural, cultural and historic sites that are sure to delight
Western Australia (WA) is a giant state, covering the entire western third of the country. Mostly covered by arid Outback, it is also full of natural, cultural and historic sites that are sure to delight and impress even the most seasoned traveller.
Now that the borders are open, people from all over Australia are free to explore and enjoy our backyard again. From its turquoise waters, to the red rocks that are sure to leave you in awe and amaze the senses, Western Australia has it all. Here is our list of must do road trips in WA, out together by the team here at Cornwall House Accommodation:
- Margaret River
- Coral Coast Highway
- Nambung National Park
- Ningaloo Reef
- Meet some dolphins
- Hutt Lagoon
Margaret River is the perfect distance from Perth, making it the ideal location for a weekend road trip. You’ll definitely want to stay the night, so that you don’t need to drive home that night, as Margaret River boasts world class vineyards and cellar doors. The area is covered by lush green forests that make you forget how near the red sand and rock of the Australian desert is.
As you drive along the coastal areas, keep one eye on the waters; they play host to migrating whales during June through to November. Also, for over 50,000 years this region has supported one of the world’s longest, unbroken human occupations. There is an immensely deep cultural knowledge and connection to the land by the people who populate Margaret River, and is the traditional land of the Wadandi (Saltwater) People.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Why not make the end point of your road trip a drive to see Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse? It is positioned on the most south-westerly point on the mainland of the Australian Continent, and marks the point where two oceans meet, being the Indian and the Southern. It is also the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia, making it a must-see attraction.
Coral Coast Highway
The 1,250km of the Coral Coast Highway from Perth to Exmouth is one of Australia’s most scenic drives. This road trip will take you all way up the west coast of Western Australia. Experiences to immerse yourself in along your road trip on the Coral Coast Highway include the change to capture a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Nambung National Park
At Nambung National Park see natural limestone structures called stromatolites built by micro-organisms too small for the human eye to see. Some of them stand as high as 6m and were formed between 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. Seemingly barren, the area bursts into vegetation and flower from August to October.
The limestone and arid range view from Cape Range adjoins the pristine waters of Ningaloo Marine Park, which allows the area an opportunity to boast spectacularly contrasting scenery. Cape Range is rich, diverse and is populated by a variety of wildlife including kangaroos, emus, echidnas, birds and black-flanked rock wallabies.
Charles Knife Canyon
A ‘must’ in your road trip in WA is a drive up to Charles Knife Canyon for the views of the dramatic gullies. It’s a sparkling gem, home to some of the world’s most incredible marine creatures.
Right on the coast, the reef is UNESCO World Heritage-listed, and you are offered the opportunity to have an experience of swimming with whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and humpback whales (during their migration).
Swim experiences that are available:
- Swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, between March and July.
- Swim with humpback whales between July and October.
- Swim with manta rays all year round from Coral Bay.
Meet angelic dolphins
Monkey Mia is surrounded by rusty red dunes, white beaches and water filled with wildlife with dugongs, sharks, rays, turtles and a variety of fish found in abundance. Monkey Mia is most famous for its wild dolphin experience – wild bottlenose dolphins visit up to three times a day, and have been swimming to Monkey Mia’s shores to interact with humans for over 60 years.
An extremely high level of salinity gives Hutt Lagoon an unusual hue, and changes colours with the seasons and time of day, the most striking being a bright bubble-gum pink. Your Western Australia road trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hutt Lagoon. Time it to visit between July and September, and you’ll get to witness the countryside blanketed in wildflowers.
Your list of road trips in Western Australia wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Esperance. Visit the friendly kangaroos as you lounge on a sunny rock overlooking Lucky Bay, soaking up the scenery of sparking turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Take the Great Ocean Drive to see some of the best scenery that WA offers – of course, remember to check road conditions before heading out.
Stay in a small, historic town
Kojonup, WA, is a diverse town in the heart of the Great Southern Region of Western Australia. One of the highlights is the Rose Maze, which is a stunning maze made up of over 2000 Australian-Bred rose bushes. The maze weaves the stories of three Kojonup women; Indigenous Yoondi, European-Australian Elizabeth and Italian migrant Maria. Their stories are told through printed words, mosaics, a journal, and poignant letters home.
Rest up at Cornwall House
You will definitely need more than a few hours to visit all the exciting places in Kojonup, so stay in town. Cornwall House Accommodation offers a new 10 room motel with a distinctive country charm that are clean, well-appointed and have reverse cycle air-conditioning.