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10 Day Perth to Esperance Road Trip

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Western Australia is so vast and in parts uninhabited, that you might be wondering how long it is from Perth to Esperance. We’ve put together the perfect road trip itinerary for the long trip from Perth to Esperance, covering the best destinations and regions in Western Australia along the way. We’ve even compiled a list of campgrounds to stay at along the way. It’s as simple as booking your campervan, hitting the road and soaking up the stunning coastal views, enjoying the giant tree-top walks, and wineries. Get ready to truly embrace the culture of some of these great Western Australian destinations.

Travel

10 days


Route

Perth to Esperance

1218km


Best Time of the Year

Any time of year

Highlights

  • Meelup Beach
  • Margaret River
  • Gloucester Tree
  • Greens Pool
  • Lake Hillier

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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Day 1
Perth to Bunbury

Distance 168km - Driving Time 1 hour 50 minutes

First things first, you’re going to need to pick up your campervan from maui Perth. Once collected, it’s time to get on the road to Bunbury and see what it has to offer. Bunbury is home to an amazing wildlife park, the Bunbury Wildlife Park, located in the centre of this coastal town. The park hosts scores of Australia’s most beloved native species such as kangaroos, wallabies, dingos and an array of scaly reptiles. It’s a great experience for the whole family to enjoy, especially if you want to learn more about these species. The Bunbury Lighthouse is a spectacle, due to its quirky chequered exterior resembling that of a chessboard. The lighthouse isn’t open to the public, but be sure to grab a snap with it. Bunbury Foreshore Campground is an exquisite place to stay for the whole family. With world-class campsite facilities such as powered camping sites, wifi, a swimming pool and hireable equipment, it’s hard to look past it. It’s a great spot to park your campervan for the night.

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Day 2
Bunbury to Dunsborough

Distance 78km - Driving Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Dunsborough is a coastal town with close proximity to the Margaret River wine region, making it a popular destination. A fun activity for everyone is heading to Country Life Farm for a day of activities like hand-feeding the friendly farm animals, riding the merry-go-round or bouncing around in the bumper cars. If you’re looking to cool off after a big day at the Country Life Farm, then head down to Meelup Beach, a picturesque beach of white sand, crystal clear water and shaded spots perfect for a family picnic. When it comes to parking the campervan for the night, head to the BIG4 Breeze Holiday Park - Busselton, offering ensuite, powered slab and powered camping sites, ideal for your motorhome. The park is full of great facilities such as kitchens, bike hire and a swimming pool - not to mention a beach on its doorstep.

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Day 3
Dunsborough to Margaret River

Distance 46km - Driving Time 45 minutes

Margaret River is one of Australia’s most well-respected wine countries, and the scenes are phenomenal. It would be rude not to enjoy a long lunch at one of the region’s many wineries. Although Margaret River is a relatively young wine region, its international acclaim has put it on the map. Check out the Stella Bella winery or Voyager Estate for some of the best Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in Western Australia. The Margaret River region is home to many underground adventures and experiences. The caves of the Margaret River region are well renowned for huge stalactites and ancient fossils found deep within. Head into Jewel Cave or Mammoth Cave to take in some of Australia’s ancient underground history. The Margaret River Tourist Park is situated in an excellent spot to explore the stunning region. You’ll have access to ensuite, unpowered and powered camping sites, easy for your maui campervan to slot in for the night.

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Day 4
Margaret River to Pemberton

Distance 134km - Driving Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Next on your campervan road trip is Pemberton, home to the giant karri trees of Gloucester National Park, including Gloucester Tree, standing at 53 metres high. Be sure to check it out, or climb it for a view at the top of the amazing canopy over the surrounding forest and farmland. Pemberton Tramway is a railway that takes tourists through deep forests and charming countryside while recreating the history of the timber railways - one of the most important trades of this region. Be sure to book a ride through Pemberton’s history for 75 minutes, listening to the commentary from the tram driver along the way. Pemberton Caravan Park is a community-owned campsite, offering both unpowered and powered camping sites. The campsite is set amongst the trees and alongside Lefroy Brook, making it one of the most tranquil camping spots in the state. Head down to the office and grab a sweet treat or a cool drink to top your day off.

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Day 5
Pemberton to Walpole

Distance 120km - Driving Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Much like Pemberton, Walpole is well regarded for its population of gigantic karri trees. The tree-top walk at Valley of the Giants is a must-do while visiting Pemberton. The famous tree-top walkway spans 600 metres, allowing tourists to walk amongst the canopy of these ancient giants and see the forest from a different perspective. When it’s time to relax, head on down to Coalmine Beach, a popular family swimming location at the edge of the inlet. The calm, serene waters create a marine paradise, full of birds and fish alike. Luckily, in this road trip itinerary, you’ll be staying right next to the fantastic beach. Park your campervan at the Coalmine Beach Holiday Park, just metres away from the water and enshrouded in a big, green bush: it’s a truly rugged, yet beautiful camping site. The site has both unpowered and powered camping sites, laundries, free barbecues and drinkable water all throughout the park.

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Day 6
Walpole to Denmark

Distance 65km - Driving Time 1 hour

Denmark is a rural town known for timber milling, orchards, beef cattle and dairy farming. In that regard, it doesn’t sound overly exciting, but the Greens Pool will change your mind about that. Famous for its turquoise green waters, Greens Pool is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches and is an absolute must-do. The calm, clear waters are great for snorkelling and swimming amongst the unique marine life such as zebrafish, mosaic sea stars and six-spined leather jackets. If you feel you’ve done enough beaching thus far, be sure to head to Denmark Dinosaur World. This museum has intact skeletons of velociraptors, and tyrannosaurus rex. The Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park is perched on an idyllic piece of land, jutting out into the Denmark River and Wilson Inlet. They offer both unpowered and powered camping sites as well as an onsite cafe, perfect for grabbing a coffee and parking up with your maui motorhome.

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Day 7
Denmark to West Cape Howe

Upon arrival in West Cape Howe you can choose between lazing on Shelly Beach or strapping on your boots and doing one of the hikes in West Cape National Park. Bookended by massive granite boulders on each end of the wide sweeping beach, Shelly Beach is an awesome spot to kick back, cast a fishing rod or go for a dip. The white sand and blue waters are a sight to behold. You can take your pick of trails to walk in the West Cape National Park, choosing between bushy walks like the Bibbulmun Track or coastal walks like the Dunskey Beach Track. Whatever mood you’re in, this national park has something for you. Park your campervan at the BIG4 Denmark Ocean Beach Holiday Park, another campground with world-class facilities like mini golf, basketball courts and covered free barbecues. As a campervan traveller, you have the option of an unpowered or a powered camping site.

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Day 8
West Cape Howe to Albany

Distance 36km - Driving Time 40 minutes

One of the best attractions to the port city of Albany is the nearby Gap and Natural Bridge. Visitors will experience the surging sea rushing up the channel. The views are spectacular from the accessible viewing platform sitting 40 metres above the sea. A unique experience in Albany is the Chainsaw Sculpture Drive - a slow drive through a bush circuit, viewing the surrounding wooden sculptures carved by a chainsaw. The sculptures are masterfully crafted into animals, instruments and humans, showing off the amazing skills of the sculptors. The Albany Tasman Holiday Park is the best local spot to park your campervan on this section of the road trip. The facilities include free barbecues and pizza ovens, great spots for children to play and free park wifi. Choose to park your motorhome on an ensuite-powered camping site, an unpowered site or a powered camping site.

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Day 9
Albany to Hopetoun

Distance 342km - Driving Time 3 hours 45 minutes

This is the longest leg of the trip, so you’re best to stop somewhere on the way, and your best bet is for a picnic at the Pallinup River Nature Reserve. Well regarded as a tranquil and wild spot, it’s the perfect opportunity to relax while immersed in nature. Upon arrival in Hopetoun, head up East Mount Barren on the edge of the Southern Ocean and gaze upon the magnificent views of the Fitzgerald River National park. If you’re not much of a hiker or are tired out from the rest of the trip, there's no need to worry, the view from the carpark is nearly as outstanding. Take your campervan into the Hopetoun Beachside Caravan Park for the overnight stopover. This lovely campground offers hot showers, a fish cleaning station and both unpowered and powered camping sites. Here you'll be within walking distance of the local white sand beach, with full access to the turquoise waters beyond.

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Day 10
Hopetoun to Esperance

Distance 192km - Driving Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Upon arrival in Esperance, make sure to visit Lucky Bay, possibly the most quintessential Australian place ever. It’s a beautiful white sand beach (it holds the title of Australia’s whitest beach) that’s home to a colony of friendly kangaroos. If you’re really keen to see the kangaroos, visit them at dusk or dawn as Kangaroos are nocturnal animals and like to avoid the heat of the day. Pink Lake, also known as Lake Hillier is another extraordinary sight. It’s a bright pink lake just metres away from the turquoise blue ocean, creating an unimaginable natural colour board. Make sure to check for alerts and road/park closures before checking it out. Located just across from Esperance Bay is the RAC Esperance Holiday Park, the perfect place to stop the campervan for your final night of the campervan road trip. It features unpowered and powered camping sites as well as a number of shared facilities for all guests to enjoy. It is located in a slice of paradise and is the perfect base for you to explore the entire area.

Want to try this road trip itinerary?

There’s so much more to Western Australia than Perth and white beaches. The bushland, wildlife, local communities and culture of this part of Western Australia make it every bit worth visiting and you won’t want to miss a thing. From the superb Pink Lake to the wineries of the Margaret River region, there is so much to explore. This is the perfect route to travel in a maui campervan. Stop when you want, for as long as you want, taking full advantage of the freedom of van travel. Book your maui campervan online and then pick it up from your nearest maui branch.