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Ultimate 8 Day Western Australia

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Planning to rent a travel van and explore some of the best things to do in Western Australia? Great idea! Western Australia is home to the sprawling outback, ancient Aboriginal rock art, beautiful coastlines, and the fabulous city of Perth.

Given it’s such a large state – 2.626 million square kilometres of it! – you’d need months to tick off all the awesome things to do in Western Australia! If, like most campervan travellers enjoying an Australian road trip, you don’t have quite that much time, it’s a good idea to target the best spots and make the most of them.

To help plan your trip and get you on your way to enjoying the ultimate Western Australia road trip, we’ve put together this eight-day itinerary covering some of the prime spots in the bottom half of WA. We’ve also included some of the best campgrounds to stay at along the way.

This awe-inspiring route starts in Perth then takes you south to Margaret River, across to Denmark and Albany, through the towns of Bremer Bay, Hopetoun, Esperance, and Hyden, and then loops back to Perth. There’s a whole lot to see, do, experience, and enjoy on this amazing road trip, so let’s get started!

Travel

8 days


Route

Perth to Perth

1993km


Best Time of the Year

November to March

Highlights

  • Gap and Natural Bridge
  • Fitzgerald River National Park
  • Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition
  • Cape Le Grand National Park
  • Wave Rock

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Tourism Western Australia

Day 1
Perth to Margaret River

Distance 270km - Driving Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Day one of your Western Australia road trip starts at the maui Perth branch where you’ll be welcomed by our friendly team as you pick up your pre-booked campervan hire. Our helpful staff will quickly get you set up and ready for the road with everything you need to know about your campervan.

Today’s drive is a relaxing three-hour road trip as you head to Margaret River – known for its wineries, craft breweries, and beautiful beaches and forests.

On your way, plan a stop in the coastal township of Bunbury. This cosmopolitan city is home to the largest collection of street and public art in regional Australia. So be sure to take time to check out some of the amazing installations, sculptures, and mosaics on display.

Once in Margaret River, you’ll want to make the most of its vibrant wine scene by booking into a local winery tour. It’s a great opportunity to sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving for a bit while you experience the unforgettable food and wine this region is known for.

Enjoy an overnight stay at Margaret River Tourist Park.

Day 2
Margaret River to Denmark

Distance 322km - Driving Time 3 hours 42 minutes

Today, your travels will take you to the heart of the Rainbow Coast and the beautiful town of Denmark.

Almost halfway along your journey, you’ll pass through the town of Manjimup where you can stop and explore the Manjimup Heritage Park. Spend a few hours looking through the museum exhibitions and wander through the tranquil native bush and parklands.

Keen for a cool afternoon dip? Get your swimming gear ready as you arrive in Denmark and head to the Greens Pool on the edge of William Bay National Park. Famous for its stunning granite boulders and captivating turquoise waters, this top spot is a must-see (and do!) while you’re here. Make the most of the experience by snorkelling the waters and getting up close with zebra fish, six-spined leatherjackets, mosaic sea stars and more.

After a great day of exploring, put your feet up at the Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park.

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Day 3
Denmark to Albany

Distance 180km - Driving Time 1 hour 54 minutes

Today, you’ve reached the halfway point of your Western Australia road trip as you head off on the two-hour drive to the coastal hamlet of Bremer Bay. Packed with stunning beaches, this beautiful bay is home to some of the world’s most ecologically significant flora. It’s also a great place to spot whales, and the best way to do so is on a Bremer Canyon killer whale expedition.

To see more of Bremer Bay’s rugged landscapes, unique plant life, and raw beauty, set your GPS to Fitzgerald River National Park. This botanical wonderland – one of Australia’s largest parks – is overflowing with a diversity of native and rare plant species.

Settle in for the night and enjoy a good sleep at the Bremer Bay Caravan Park.

Tourism Western Australia

Day 4
Albany to Bremer Bay

Distance 180km - Driving Time 1 hour 54 minutes

Today, you’ve reached the halfway point of your Western Australia road trip as you head off on the two-hour drive to the coastal hamlet of Bremer Bay. Packed with stunning beaches, this beautiful bay is home to some of the world’s most ecologically significant flora. It’s also a great place to spot whales, and the best way to do so is on a Bremer Canyon killer whale expedition.

To see more of Bremer Bay’s rugged landscapes, unique plant life, and raw beauty, set your GPS to Fitzgerald River National Park. This botanical wonderland – one of Australia’s largest parks – is overflowing with a diversity of native and rare plant species.

Settle in for the night and enjoy a good sleep at the Bremer Bay Caravan Park.

Tourism Western Australia

Day 5
Bremer Bay to Hopetoun

Distance 259km - Driving Time 2 hours 41 minutes

Tucked into the shores of Mary Ann Harbour, the beach resort town of Hopetoun is the perfect stopover on a Western Australia road trip from Albany to Esperance. Hopetoun is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and water-based activities including surfing, boating, and fishing.

It’s also a great place to stretch your legs and check out some of the local heritage. The Ravensthorpe Railway Heritage Walk is a rugged rail trail with a variety of walking options ranging from 5-16 km.

For the best views in the area, plan a visit to East Mount Barren. The walk to the summit takes a bit of effort but is well worth it. On a clear day, you’ll enjoy views out to Barrens Range.

Make the most of this beachside location with an overnight stay at Hopetoun Beachside Caravan Park.

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Day 6
Hopetoun to Esperance

Distance 193km - Driving Time 2 hours 7 minutes

The whitest sands, the most turquoise of waters… Esperance is a true-blue Aussie gem. High on the list as one of the best things to do in Western Australia is a picnic at Cape Le Grand National Park. Imagine a postcard of pristine white sands and romantic blue waters… this is it!

See Stonehenge right here in Western Australia! Built using 137 Esperance pink granite stones, Esperance Stonehenge is a full-size replica of the UK original, and just as magical.

Get up close with some of the region’s fascinating wildlife at the Esperance Bird and Animal Park. Here, you’ll find over 200 birds and animals that you can learn about, feed, and photograph. There’s a café on site too if you fancy a good coffee.

Tonight, stay at the conveniently located Esperance Bay Holiday Park – just a few minutes walk from the town centre.

Tourism Western Australia

Day 7
Esperance to Hyden

Distance 451km - Driving Time 5 hours 54 minutes

Wake up bright and early on day seven – it’s a big one! Today you’ll be driving almost six hours to Hyden – home to the famous Wave Rock. This granite cliff is 15 metres high and 110 metres long. Its wave-like rounded shape has been caused by water erosion and weathering over a period of around 2,700 million years.

From Wave Rock, you can also take a walk along the Hippo’s Yawn trail – a nice and easy 1.03 km trail that loops back to the car park.

Around 18 km north of Wave Rock is Mulka’s Cave where you can see ancient Aboriginal cave paintings.

Make the most of all the great attractions in Hyden with a stay at Wave Rock Caravan Park.

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Day 8
Hyden to Perth

Distance 332km - Driving Time 3 hours 52 minutes

It’s the very last day of your ultimate eight-day Western Australia road trip! Today, you’ll be heading from Hyden back to Perth. Be sure to plan time to enjoy some of the great attractions of Western Australia’s capital city.

We suggest taking a Pinnacles Desert Sunset Stargazing Tour where you can enjoy a traditional Australian barbecue dinner while you wait for the stars and planets to reveal themselves.

Finish off your roadie with a sandboarding experience before dropping your campervan back at maui’s Perth branch.

Time to explore Western Australia?

What an action-packed eight days! From skywalks and Stonehenge to stargazing and sandboarding – this small section of Western Australia offers something for everyone.

With your maui campervan hire, you can experience all the highlights at a pace that suits you. Stay longer in the places you love, and skip past those that don’t interest you. And enjoy it all with the comfort and convenience of having your own bed, bathroom, and kitchen with you at all times. What could be better?

Ready to explore the wonders of WA? Make it happen today and book your maui campervan hire online now.

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