West Coast Australia: Places to See on a Romantic Road Trip

West Coast Australia: Places to See on a Romantic Road Trip

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What better way than spending hours driving with your loved one for a romantic road trip? If you enjoy this type of journey, the west coast is one of the best road trips in Australia. Most itineraries would suggest travelling from Perth to Exmouth but I divided my West Coast Australia itinerary in two parts: the South West and Perth to Kalbarri. 

The West Australia Coast is great for surfing

West Coast Australia

Travelling around Australia is a dream of mine, but for now, I’m doing it bit by bit. Thankfully, driving in Australia is not difficult, you just need to prepare your road trip and plan for the long distances.

Perth

If you embark on a road trip in Western Australia, you will no doubt visit Perth, the state capital. There are many places to visit in Perth and it’s probably one of the best cities to visit in Australia as part of a road trip. Indeed, Perth is easy to drive around and I recommend this Perth itinerary to help you plan your journey.

You should explore Elizabeth Quay on your Perth itinerary
Elizabeth Quay in Perth

Perth Accommodation

If you are looking for the best places to stay in Perth, you have quite a bit of choice. There are plenty of Perth apartments around. Why not stay by the beautiful Perth beaches? I used to live in Scarborough and it’s fantastic for visitors with restaurants, cafes and remodelled waterfront.

The Seashells Services Apartments Scarborough have great water views. The Ramada Scarborough Beach is a more recent option, with self-contained rooms.

Scarborough Beach is one of the best places to visit in Perth
Scarborough Beach in Perth

Some of the best hotels in Perth can be found in the CBD, the Hyatt Regency Perth is on the foreshore and is quite affordable for a luxury hotel.

A new area to stay in is East Perth. It’s only a few minutes from the CBD on the free shuttle bus CAT and the Westin Perth is perfect for an indulgent weekend!

For serviced apartments Perth, I would suggest the Fraser Suites Perth, also in East Perth.

See some street art on your Perth itinerary
Street Art in Maylands, Perth

However, I would recommend at least a couple of days, there are plenty of fun things to do in Perth. Street art in Perth is especially plentiful!

Fremantle

Distance Perth to Fremantle 18km

Even more than finding out what to do in Perth, you need to make time for Fremantle. The distance from Perth to Fremantle is only 18 km and it’s an easy train ride if you don’t want to drive. There are many things to do in Fremantle. 

Sail & Anchor micro brewery in Fremantle
Sail & Anchor

Fremantle restaurants are lively and offer a good range from Italian to seafood specialties.

Fremantle Accommodation

If you are looking for a cool vibe and nightlife, Fremantle is a great place to stay in Perth. Some of the old merchant buildings have been renovated into accommodation

For Fremantle apartments, Be Fremantle is in a central location and has self-contained accommodation, some of them with harbour views.

For Fremantle hotels, the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle is a piece of history, having housed the first convicts of the Swan River colony. It is now a reasonably priced luxury hotel located in the heart of Fremantle.

The Esplanade Hotel is where early convicts stayed when arriving in Fremantle
Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle

Another option is the Hougoumont Hotel, a slick boutique hotel built using innovative sea-container construction, also in a very good location.

Fremantle Cruises

If you decide to base yourself in the port city, there are cruises from Fremantle going to Rottnest Island for a day. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

You can also take a Swan River Lunch Cruise departing from Fremantle or Perth. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

Busselton

Distance Fremantle to Busselton 220km

If you are travelling “down south” from Perth, Busselton WA is likely to be your first stop. Named after the settler Bussell family, Busselton is one of the earliest settlements in Western Australia. On the edge of Geographe Bay, it is now a resort town with plenty of cafes and restaurants to break up your journey.

Cabin overlooking the water at Busselton Jetty
Busselton Jetty

Busselton, Australia also boasts the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. The Busselton jetty was pretty run down when I first visited years ago, however it is now the most famous of Busselton attractions, with a train ride and an underwater observatory.

Check out additional information and current tour prices for the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory Tour.

The famous Busselton Jetty from the beach
Busselton Jetty

If you are looking for things to do in Busselton, don’t miss the jetty and the waterfront.  On a sunny day, the jetty is incredibly photogenic, with a rendition of beautiful blue hues: sky, ocean and jetty!

Relax on the beach at Busselton
Busselton

There are several Busselton restaurants on the waterfront, however we didn’t get to try them as we stopped before lunch time.

Busselton is also a good place to take a whale watching cruise. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

Accommodation in Busselton

For places to stay in Busselton, have a look at the Esplanade Hotel Busselton for a budget option.

The Observatory Guesthouse is an adult-only option in the middle town and the Sebel Busselton is a resort-style, slightly out of town and more expensive option.

The Busselton Visitor Centre can also provide other suggestions and some historical elements.

Cape Naturaliste

Distance Busselton to Cape Naturaliste 38km

Whilst the drive from Perth to Busselton is fairly uneventful, the scenery becomes quite interesting thereafter. I highly recommend the drive from Dunsborough to Cape Naturaliste as the scenery is so unique to that part of the world: it’s a very short transition between farmland and the ocean. 

There is a lighthouse as Cape Naturaliste
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

The drive through Meelup National Park will take you to several beaches on the south west of Geographe Bay. Castle Rock, Meelup Beach, Eagle Bay, Bunker Bay…

The beaches are pretty popular and absolutely beautiful. Drive through the bush on sealed roads to find facilities and parking.

Beautiful coastline near Cape Naturaliste
Bunker Bay

Bunker Bay also has a cafe. The place seems really wild and isolated but there are some high end villas and resorts nestled in the bush.

The Cape Naturaliste lighthouse has some nice views. The original crystal for the lighthouse is still in operation and you can do a tour for $5. The compound has been renovated, with a cafe and a kids play area.

The Cape to Cape Track starts at Cape Naturaliste
Cape to Cape Track

Cape Naturaliste is at the start (or finish) of the Cape to Cape track, a coastal walk that stretches all the way to Cape Leeuwin.

Yallingup

Distance Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup 24km

This is a charming little resort town, with a strong surfing culture so things to do in Yallingup mostly revolve around the beach. True enough, the surf breaks are really good.

The beach at Yallingup has perfect crystal waters
Yallingup Beach

The lagoon at Yallingup Beach, with its rock pools and blue waters, is great for snorkelling and swimming.  We didn’t find restaurants in Yallingup so we bought lunch from the local cafe and enjoyed a break on the beach.

Yallingup Beach has a casual cafe
Cafe at Yallingup Beach

The area is full of underground caves, one of the better known being Ngilgi Cave, formerly known as Yallingup Cave.

There are wineries in Yallingup too, however we didn’t have time to stop. Besides, Yallingup to Margaret River is only 30 minutes drive…

Swim safely in the lagoon at Yallingup Beach
Yallingup Beach

Accommodation in Yallingup

For your Yallingup accommodation, the Seashells Yallingup has roomy apartments with kitchen facilities.

Alternatively, the Caves House Hotel has beautiful rooms with large deck-style balconies.

Smiths Beach

Distance Yallingup to Smiths Beach 4km

When you travel Western Australian, you will find plenty of beautiful beaches. Picking my favourite wasn’t hard though. Smiths Beach WA is absolutely stunning, with perfect sand and surf. 

Lifeguards will keep you safe at Smiths Beach
Smiths Beach

There is no shade though so if you are visiting in summer (or on any sunny day), make sure you are equipped for the harsh Australian sun.

Smiths Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia
Smiths Beach

For Smiths Beach accommodation, I can suggest the Smiths Beach Resort. I stayed there years ago and it’s right on the beach! It’s now been renovated into a very luxurious place!

Canal Rocks

Smiths Beach to Canal Rocks 7km

The granite coastline offers an interesting curiosity: the waves of the Indian Ocean have carved a straight and narrow channel between the rocks. The two sides are connected by a bridge.

The channel between Canal Rocks is quite straight
Canal Rocks

You can climb the rocks around, although I would exercise caution as the water is pretty wild.

Swim in the lagoon at Canal Rocks
Canal Rocks

The beach is pretty rocky at Canal Rocks, I preferred Smiths Beach.

Margaret River

Distance Canal Rocks to Margaret River 40km

The Margaret River region is an interesting mix of bucolic scenery and hippy vibe. Here, the pace is slow and its all about wine, caves, food and surfing breaks.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Margaret River's wineries
Margaret River Wineries

If you are coming from Perth, Busselton to Margaret River is only 40 minutes drive so it’s worth pushing the day trip that far.

Visit a vineyard in Margaret River
Vasse Felix Wines

We didn’t spend too much time in Margaret River but it’s a good place to break up your journey, and even spend a day or two visiting the wineries.

Most of the Margaret River wineries are located within close vicinity. Vasse Felix and Cullen have very nice restaurants for lunch.

Margaret River also produces olive oil
Pukara Estate

Margaret River restaurants range from casual cafes to fine dining in the wineries, so it’s suitable for any budget.

Margaret River is a great place for local food. We visited Pukara Estate and the Providore Centre, which has a great selection of local produce and wine. We stocked on olive oil, chutneys, preserves… The organic kitchen garden outside is worth a look.

Providores is a great store for pantry supplies
Providore in Margaret River

Margaret River Accommodation

There are plenty of options for accommodation in Margaret River. The best thing to do is to experience the bucolic and forest aspects of the area. The Heritage Trail Lodge and Edge of the Forest are good options.

Alternatively, if you prefer a more resort-style place with a pool, I can suggest Margarets in Town.

Prevelly

Distance Margaret River to Prevelly 10km

This little township has everything going for it… Located on the south side of the Margaret River mouth, Prevelly is peaceful and enjoys some amazing views. The perfect reason to visit Prevelly as a romantic destination is the coast, but there is a very nice story around the quaint Greek Orthodox chapel there…

There is a Greek Orthodox Church at Prevelly, Western Australia
Prevelly Greek Orthodox Church

Why would a Greek Orthodox chapel be sitting on the coast of Western Australia?

The story started with Geoff Edwards, a Perth man who served in WWII, in the Battle of Crete. In 1941, he was captured as a prisoner of war by the Germans. He escaped and was sheltered by the Monks of the Preveli Monastery. 

As a gesture of gratitude, he built the Holy Chapel of St John the Theologian and gifted it to the Greek community. Today, the chapel is only used for weddings from time to time. In the 1960s, the land owned by Geoff Edwards was subdivided and named Prevelly. 

The Greek Orthodox Church in Prevelly stands out in the sun
Greek Orthodox Church in Prevelly

Several streets in the township bear the names of Greek monks who cared for Geoff Edwards during his captivity…

The little white chapel casts a charming and unusual figure on the West Australian coast, and amongst the summer colours, you might think you’re in Greece for a minute…

I knew when I saw it there must be a story about this place, and what a lovely one!

Gnarabup

Distance Prevelly to Gnarabup 3km

A little further down from Prevelly lies the smaller township of Gnarabup. Gnarabup beach is smaller and the White Elephant Cafe has a good menu.

Gnarabup Beach is pretty deserted
Gnarabup Beach

This is a place that feels both connected and far from everything. One more to add to your beach collection…

The sun sets on Gnarabup Beach
Gnarabup Beach at dusk

Accommodation in Gnarabup

As a fairly recent development, Gnarabup has some really good resort-style accommodation and it really fits with the proximity of the beach. I would recommend Margarets Beach Resort and Surfpoint Resort.

Surfers Point & Rivermouth

Distance Gnarabup to Surfers Point 4km

With all the beautiful places to visit in Western Australia, at least one has to have the most beautiful sunset…  Surfers Point doesn’t disappoint in that regard. There is a well-designed lookout and you can admire the surfers’ performance in the dimming light…

Watch the surfers at Surfers Point
Surfers Point

There is a wooden stairs to get to the beach, but the viewpoint from above is perfect.

Western Australia has some incredible sunsets
Sunset at Surfers Point

Rivermouth is, quite literally, the Margaret River mouth… Great place for swimming…

Go swimming or surfing on the West Australia Coast
Rivermouth

Boranup Karri Forest

Distance Prevelly to Borabup 20km

Driving through the Boranup Karri Forest is one of the highlights of a trip around Australia. The drive is only half an hour at a slow pace and starts about 25 mis south of Margaret River. The road is unsealed but the limestone base makes it perfectly drivable for 2-wheel drives.

The Boranup Karri Forest has some really tall trees
Boranup Karri Forest

The karri tree is a type of eucalyptus and one of tallest hardwoods in the world. Trees can live up to 350 years and were used for building ships and mining beams.

The Boranup Forest is a new growth forest, established after extensive logging in the 1880s. Still, the trees can be over 60m tall and are a commanding presence…

Look up into the trees when you visit the Karri Forest
Tree Tops

To enjoy the drive, open your windows (and car roof if you have one), and take it slowly. I also recommend stopping and walking amongst the trees for the full experience. Listen to the silence, the birdsong and even the tree branches cracking and falling to the ground.

And an experience it is! There is a majesty and a stillness about those really tall trees, it is truly magnificent…

You can catch some sweeping views over the coast from the Boranup Karri Forest
Hamelin Bay from the Karri Forest

You can take a short sidetrack drive to Boranup Lookout, which offers beautiful views of the forest and Hamelin Bay.

Boranup Karri Forest is a home to many birds: purple-crowned lorikeets, fairy wrens, white-breasted robins, crested strike-tits, golden whistlers and many more…

We also saw some kangaroos but they were very shy…

Hamelin Bay

Distance Boranup to Hamelin Bay 22km

Just south of the Boranup Forest, Hamelin Bay WA is a stunning beach with pristine white sands. The beach is famous for its stingrays visiting the shoreline. The best season to view the stingrays at Hamelin Bay is in summer, but you should only observe them, and certainly not touch them!

The beach at Hamelin Bay is pretty deserted
Hamelin Bay

Hamelin Bay has some toilet and shower facilities at the car park so it’s perfect for spending the day there: swimming, fishing and snorkelling!

There aren’t many options for Hamelin Bay accommodation but Augusta is less than 20 minutes drive away.

Augusta

Distance Hamelin Bay to Augusta 17km

Augusta, Australia is a quaint historic town with a choice of accommodation options, if you want to break up your journey. It is a good spot for whale watching in Flinders Bay in winter (june to august).

Augusta is on the coast of Western Australia
Augusta, Western Australia

We didn’t find much to do in Augusta but it is the closest town to Cape Leeuwin.

Accommodation in Augusta WA

Accommodation choices in Augusta are a little limited to motels. A good option though is the Baywatch Manor Augusta.

Cape Leeuwin

Distance Augusta to Cape Leeuwin 8km

This rocky promontory is the most south westerly point in Australia. Windswept and barren, it was named by explorer Matthew Flinders in 1801, after a Dutch ship who had charted the area in 1622. 

A lighthouse stands tall at Cape Leeuwin
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Cape Leeuwin lighthouse was built in 1895, at a time when Western Australia was known as the Swan River Colony. The light keepers cottages have been renovated since our last visit and there is a cafe and gift shop in one of them. 

The view over two oceans at Cape Leeuwin
Cape Leeuwin

The lighthouse had a live-in keeper until 1988, was automated in 1992 and the last keeper left in 1998. 

Two oceans meet at Cape Leeuwin
Southern Ocean & Indian Ocean

Cape Leeuwin is important to seafarers as it is the point where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. There is a lookout where you may want to try and pick the exact point where the waters meet but I’d say you would need a very good eye. 

It’s also a must-see on a southwest road trip!

Lancelin

Distance Perth to Lancelin 122km

On our second romantic road trip on the West Australia Coast, we headed north. My earliest discoveries of Western Australia took me to Monkey Mia and Coral Bay, and I had passed through the Lancelin sand dunes on several occasions.

The weather was a bit ominous at Lancelin
Lancelin Beach

Lancelin is a small fishing village on the West Australian coast, some 130km north of Perth. Its white sand dunes and clean beaches make the bulk of things to do in Lancelin. The relaxed seaside lifestyle was personified for many years by the fishermen’s shacks dotted in the sand dunes. The shacks were very basic, without running water or electricity and mainly used for summer holidays. They were eventually dismantled to return the dunes to their initial condition.

The dunes at Lancelin are great for sand boarding
Lancelin sand dunes

When we visited Lancelin, the sky was very overcast, which robbed us of some very nice photos, unfortunately… But on a sunny day, the beach must be stunning and sand boarding on the dunes sounds like a lot of fun!

Accommodation in Lancelin

In this part of the West Australian Coast, accommodation is mainly about motels and holiday parks. It’s usually fairly standard and family-orientated. On the upside, you have kitchen facilities in most places and plenty of space!

The Lancelin Lodge is very reasonably priced. It’s actually a hostel but you can book private rooms. The Lancelin Beach Hotel is a little more expensive but a more traditional hotel.

The Pinnacles

Distance Lancelin to the Pinnacles 73km

In Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles are a great day trip from Perth and we had to stop for a walk and some great photos.

The Pinnacles desert has thousands of limestone pillars
The Pinnacles Desert

The Pinnacles WA are limestone formations and a geological curiosity unique to Western Australia. There are various theories as to how the pillars were initially formed. What is known for sure is that the base material of the pillars are seashells, as the area was once covered by the ocean. 

Walking through the limestone pillars feels a little eerie
Nambung National Park

Today, there are thousands of weathered limestone pillars, standing up to 3,5m above the yellow sand base. The Pinnacles desert is an eerie sight and a walk through feels like you’re wandering on a spiky moonscape. 

Some of the limestone pillars at the Pinnacles are quite tall
The Pinnacles near Perth

On a sunny day, the colours are incredible, with the blue ocean in the background. Unlike the sand dunes in Lancelin, the sand is yellow, which is a beautiful contrast with the blue sky.

Get close to the Pinnacles near Perth
The Pinnacles

You can either take a slow drive and stop in various places for photos, or you can take the Pinnacles Walk, which takes about an hour and is graded as easy.

The Pinnacles tour is one of the most popular day trips from Perth. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

There is also a fabulous Pinnacles Desert Star Gazing Tour. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

Jurien Bay

Distance Pinnacles to Jurien Bay 52km

We stopped briefly at Jurien Bay, another small coastal town with a relaxed beach vibe. It’s only 220 kms from Perth (or 2,5 hour drive). We felt the place was a bit standard but the beach is beautiful and it’s an ideal location for swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding and other water activities. 

Jurien Bay is a small and quiet coastal town in Western Australia
Jurien Bay

Also, Jurien Bay is a perfect location if you want to explore the Pinnacles or find some wildflowers in season.

Accommodation in Jurien Bay

You may want to experience the typically Australian holiday park at Jurien Bay Tourist Park. Here, you can book individual cabins and mix with caravans and campers…

A little cosier is the Jurien Bay Hotel Apartments.

Dongara – Port Denison

Distance Jurien Bay to Dongara 136km

Further north is Dongara and Port Denison. The two townships are either side of the Irwin River and are often referred to together. Dongara has a few historical buildings and is the “capital of cray fishing”.

Dongara is a small historical town with a pretty beach
Dongara Beach

Port Denison is south of the Irwin river.

Accommodation in Dongara

The Seaspray Holiday Park has various accommodation options, ranging from cabins to family-sized apartments. The Dongara Hotel Motel is a little more upmarket with more traditional hotel rooms.

Geraldton

Distance Dongara to Geraldton 64km

For a more sizeable town, Geraldton WA is 420 km from Perth, so more appropriate for a weekend at a minimum. With a population of 35,000, it’s bigger than any other coastal town in the area and is a great base to visit Coral Coast Australia. 

The waterfront at Geraldton has some pretty amazing colours
Geraldton, Western Australia

The waterfront at Geraldton still has a fairly industrial feel, however these days, the town is a port of call for large cruise ships and a point of access to the Abrolhos Islands. There is a 5-hour tour departing from Kalbarri. Check out more information and current tour prices.

Enjoy a relaxing lunch in Geraldton
Geraldton Waterfront

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants on the renovated foreshore and we had lunch there before continuing our journey north.

The beach colours were incredible that day, lucky us!

Accommodation in Geraldton

Due to its size and recently redeveloped waterfront, Geraldton has some really nice accommodation options. For a central location with water views, you can try the Ocean Centre Hotel. For self-contained accommodation, also with water views and spacious rooms, the Mantra Geraldton is well located.

Lynton – Horrocks

Distance Geraldton to Horrocks 73km

Continuing along the coast towards Kalbarri, we took a turnoff at Northampton in search of some convict history. Horrocks is a pleasant coastal hamlet, with its typical caravan park, a few beach shacks and, interestingly, some luxurious beach villas. Nothing unusual there… But if you continue along Port Gregory Road, to the mouth of the Hutt River, there is an interesting piece of history.

Find some convict history near Horrocks
Lynton Convict Depot

The Lynton Convict Hiring Depot, or what’s left of it, is worth a visit. 

Horrocks, by the way, was named after Joseph Lucas Horrocks, a convict transported to Australia in 1851, who later became the Medical Officer at the Lynton Convict Hiring Depot.

Several buildings remain at the Lynton Convict Depot
Lynton Convict Depot

The depot was supposed to provide convict labour to a local lead mine, on the Murchison River, and operated from 1853 to 1857. 

Only one building is still standing at the Lynton Convict Depot
Depot Building

Within this short period of time, the convicts built several buildings, some of which partially remain today: a store, a depot, a lockup, a hospital, a lime kiln and an administration block. 

The Lynton Convict Depot is mostly in ruins
Lynton Convict Depot

There was a lot of degradation in the 1930s and some of these buildings are now piles of rubble but the depot, the lockup and the officers’ quarters are still standing.

I’m always fascinated by how convicts and settlers ended up in such remote places, albeit for a few years only. 

Some visitors etched their names in the walls at the Lynton Convict Depot
Lynton Convict Depot

As the names and dates scratched into the walls show, the place was never really left alone. 

There are plaques giving some details about Lynton’s history and entry is by donation.

Hutt Lagoon

Distance Horrocks to Hutt Lagoon 37km

The West Australian coast is full of quirky natural phenomena, and there is even a pink lake! Hutt Lagoon is a salt lake. The pink hue is due to the presence of a carotenoid-producing algae in the water. 

Hutt Lagoon is pretty in pink!
Hutt Lagoon

The colour varies from bubblegum to lilac, to even red. The most fascinating is the pink, of course, but you have to find the right spot and right time to get the best colour.

George Grey Road leads to Kalbarri, however it is very close to the water level and the view is partially obstructed. From there, the lake didn’t even seem to be pink.

The pink lake is near Kalbarri
Hutt Lagoon

Your best chance to see the lake in all its glory is to drive to the other side, along Port Gregory Drive. 

Pink Lake is spelled in salt!
Pink Lake

The colour rendered by the lake is very dependent on the weather and how clear the sky is. The best time to visit Hutt Lagoon is in summer, when the light is brightest. If you can, pick a sunny day, between 10am and 2pm, when the sun is at zenith. Slightly more difficult is finding a good vantage point but you can also take a scenic flight from Kalbarri.

Check additional information and current tour prices.

The clouds are reflected in pink at Hutt Lagoon
Hutt Lagoon

Beware that this attraction has become very popular thanks to Instagram, and there are plenty of vehicles poorly parked along the road and even driving erratically. There was hardly anyone there when we visited but I suspect things have changed now…

Kalbarri, Australia

Distance Hutt Lagoon to Kalbarri 55km

 A 6-hour drive from Perth to Kalbarri (590km) will take you to a small township at the mouth of Murchison River. It didn’t stand out in terms of dining options, however the coast is stunning. Enjoying a coastal walk, the different places to swim would take a day, and you would need another day to visit the national park.

The cliffs near Kalbarri are stunning in the evening
Kalbarri Cliffs

Coastal Cliffs at Kalbarri WA

There are various lookouts on the coastal cliffs and they are good at different times of the day. 

This is a grandiose West Australian sunset
Sunset at Kalbarri

Natural Bridge, Island Rock and Eagle Gorge had beautiful colours at sunset. Other lookouts include Shellhouse Grandstand, Pot Alley, Rainbow Valley and Red Bluff.

Walking the Kalbarri cliffs is quite easy
Kalbarri Coastal Walk

Don’t miss the Bigurda Trail, 8km of coastal boardwalk. Some of the lookouts have shaded areas.

The Bigurda Trail is an 8-km track on the Kalbarri cliffs
Bigurda Trail in Kalbarri

Accommodation in Kalbarri

Kalbarri accommodation varies in price and quality, with budget to luxury options. Most places are self-contained and roomy. I can suggest the Kalbarri Beach Resort has a range of apartments and the Kalbarri Edge Resort is a little more upmarket.

Kalbarri National Park

Distance Kalbarri to Kalbarri National Park 37km

The National Park is worth spending at least a day. We were there on a hot summer’s day so we didn’t attempt any long hikes, however there are plenty of options.

You can see the Murchison Valley from Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri National Park

Don’t miss Nature’s Window, and see if you can beat the crowds…

What a view over the Kalbarri National Park!
Nature’s Window

Z Bend 

Admire the force of nature at the Kalbarri National Park
Z Bend

Apart from admiring the view over the Z Bend, you can hike down to the Murchison Gorge via the Z Bend Trail, although that’s a bit challenging on a hot day. 

September is the best time to see the wildflowers
Wildflowers

We spent the rest of the day visiting the different lookouts. We can actually combine the Kalbarri Gorges and Coastal Cliffs in a scenic flight. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

There are many more places to see on West Coast Australia road trip and we have yet to continue north. What are your favourites?

Please tell me in the comments below!

What better way than spending hours driving with your loved one for a romantic road trip? If you enjoy this type of journey, the west coast is one of the best road trips in Australia. I divided my West Coast Australia itinerary in two parts: the South West and Perth to Kalbarri. 
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20 Comments

  1. Carol Colborn

    October 14, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I used to think West Australia is too far. My daughter lives in Melbourne. But seeing those pinnacles and the lilac and pink lake, I would really like to go!!!

    1. Delphine

      October 14, 2019 at 9:55 am

      Hi Carol, it’s true than when you are travelling from afar, adding an extra 4 or 5 hours on a place seems like a lot. But Western Australia is absolutely worth the effort. There are other pink lakes in Australia, including one in Melbourne but the Pinnacles are unique to WA!

  2. Danik

    October 14, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    A very good in depth guide here and I have saved this for my future reference as I am still to explore this part of Australia. Really can’t wait to get out there and would love to explore the smaller places along the coastline as well as the lighthouses. Perth looks amazing and heard good things about the city recently especially as its suppose to be really good for food now. 🙂

    1. Delphine

      October 15, 2019 at 6:55 am

      Hi Danik, Perth is really pleasant as a city. I also recommend Fremantle where it’s all happening, with lots of bars and restaurants. The coast of WA is really dramatic so you’ll get plenty of beautiful photos!

  3. Nic

    October 15, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Awesome post and absolutely beautiful photos too. We’ve only visited Perth and Fremantle over in WA but it’s an area of the country we really do want to go back and explore more, probably in a camper on a long road trip. Kalbarri National Park for us is one of the places we really want to see most in WA.

    1. Delphine

      October 15, 2019 at 6:54 am

      Hi Nic, WA is a great destination for road trips, if you can manage some long distances… Driving from Perth to Kalbarri is not too bad, there are plenty to things to see on the way, especially beaches!

  4. Eric Gamble

    October 16, 2019 at 6:48 am

    This might be too much cause I was like this would be cool for Darcee & I..AND that beach looks amazing…and whoa, check out those lighthouses…AND then I actually whoa-ed out loud when I saw the Pinnacles. SO basically I need to go to Perth for 3+ weeks and then take side trips to all the beaches like Busselton and Yullingup. Then I need to explore the bizarre world of the Pinnacles. And finally I need to finally cross off my Pink Lake Bucket List Item by exploring the Hutt Lagoon! Whew!

    1. Delphine

      October 16, 2019 at 7:11 am

      Eric, there is a lot to do in Western Australia… Three weeks is a good chuck of time if you include Perth and Fremantle. You may still need more time to explore Coral Bay, Broome and the far north coast. The distances are so big, you don’t want to end up driving all the time… I’m currently researching the south west around Albany and there are a lot of places I didn’t get to see…

  5. Heather

    October 16, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Fremantle looks like it has a cooler, chic vibe to it that would be neat to visit. Busselton just looks flat out gorgeous and oh my goodness, Smiths Beach…that just looks like hidden paradise! Hamelin Bay looks a lot like it too. You have some flat out stunning beaches! Hands down I want to see Hutt Lagoon/Pink Lake the MOST. I’ve always dreamed about seeing a pink lake as pink is my favorite color. I hear you on wanting to travel around Australia. I do too. I just want to get to Australia for the first time!

    1. Delphine

      October 17, 2019 at 8:49 am

      I think it’s a fair comment to say that Western Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The pink lake is ok but seeing the best colour is very dependent on the weather. The weather was a bit average when we were there so I’d say the experience was OK. The good part was that there was no-one around. I heard that the place is now overrun with tourist, thanks to Instagram!

  6. Michael Hodgson

    October 17, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Beaches and sunsets spell romance for certain. Though unless you are a most patient couple and veterans of the road, I am not sure being in a car for 6+ hours each day is a recipe for romantic notions. “I told you turn right.” “No, I said is the hotel to the left, and you said right, so I went left like you said.” “What I said was right, meaning turn right!” 🤣🤪❤ And as always Delphine, your photos are superb!!!

    1. Delphine

      October 18, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Michael, we did quite well as a couple in the same car… My husband always likes to get to places fast, especially at the end so I had to convince him to stop a few times and let me take some photos. It is definitely a test for couples though, how much conversation can you have and do you like the same music?

  7. Mohana Das

    October 18, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Marking many of the places down as references for the future, West Coast Australia looks lovely; expansive, beautiful, and inviting. Also a pretty nifty road trip guide can be pieced together from many of the places you mention here. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Delphine

      October 18, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks Mohana, the West Coast of Australia is the perfect place for a road trip adventure!

  8. Mirela | The Travel Bunny

    October 18, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    I’d love to go on such a road trip! I have one question, though. How many pink lakes are there in Australia? I only knew about Lake Hillier until now and I thought it was one of a kind there.

    1. Delphine

      October 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Mirela, that’s a good question! I did hear about Lake Hillier in Melbourne, I think there might be one in Queensland? The pink colour is due to an algae so I’m guessing it can happen in various places… Maybe I should go on a search for all pink lakes in Australia, that would be a hell of a road trip!

  9. Joanne

    October 19, 2019 at 8:25 am

    This area of Australia is so beautiful! I’d love to do this road trip. I’m sure we could enjoy a week relaxing in Busselton and my teens would love Surfers Point and Rivermouth. Australia reminds me a lot of our home in Canada. So rustically beautiful!

    1. Delphine

      October 19, 2019 at 8:53 am

      Hi Joanne, I agree that the West Australia Coast is really beautiful. It’s also really diverse, and not always as dry and rugged than you would expect. The area between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin is absolutely gorgeous. I would love to do the coastal walk some day!

  10. Andi

    October 19, 2019 at 10:58 am

    My hubby and I definitely want to spend some time in Australia, our favorite way to explore is by road-tripping and I see lots of spots that we would love!

    1. Delphine

      October 19, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      Road tripping is my favourite way to travel. I’m not quite done with Western Australia, there are so many more places to see!

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