It’s a road trip that must be on your agenda whenever you visit the state of Western Australia.The South West, it is as captivating as it is beautiful.
The drive will hold your attention as you change from different scenery. There are no boring bits, as you pass by the beaches, through the lush vineyards, into the shadows of the tall trees, before losing yourself amongst the epic coastal views.
You start in Perth. Take the path down the Forrest Highway, before reaching the residential areas of Bunbury and Busselton. From there you hit the vibrant tourism towns in Dunsborough and Margaret River, which is a real hit, especially in the summer months. The road trip in the South West ends in the pretty little town of Augusta.
It’s the South West and it is 7 stops in 7 towns.
Bunbury is the largest region in Western Australia outside the Perth/Peel region and it is the perfect spot to kick off a South West road trip. Bunbury is more a residential area, although it doesn’t let the tourist down with popular spots, such as the scenic Back-beach, Dolphin Discovery Centre and Koombana Bay to name a few.
Where you must stop for a visit: The Bunbury Waterfront is perfect for a pleasant lunch or perhaps just a morning coffee by inlet. Sit down at the Dome café or try some local beer at the Mash Brew house with the fabulous views in the background. A dolphin may even pop its head in if you are lucky.
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Busselton packs a punch with its bustling town centre and stunning foreshore. Great for walks along the sands of the calm beach and seaside dining, Busselton is a priority whenever in the South West.
Where you must stop for a visit: Busselton Jetty is the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at 1.8km in length. It is great stroll or a peaceful train ride over the Indian Ocean as you make your way to the end of the Jetty. Awaiting is the Underwater Conservatory where you receive a detailed history lesson of the jetty and see some amazing coral and sea creatures.
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Dunsborough is small and boutique with a vibrant town centre and placid beaches a short walk away. For a crazy family fun activity, stop in at the Xscape fun park and let the kids run wild while the parents eat ice-cream.
Where you must stop for a visit: Dunsborough Town Centre is a fantastic shopping hub. Full of retail outlets, Cafés and excellent restaurants, it gives the town centre its lively vibe.
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Yallingup is a stone throw from Dunsborough and is more of a younger sibling to its larger neighbour. Come and enjoy a takeout coffee while looking at the views of Yallingup and Smiths beach. Have a dip in the ocean too.
Where you must stop for a visit: The Ngilgi Cave is between Dunsborough and Yallingup and is one of the four major caves in the South West region. Go deep inside and see the wonders of Ngilgi and the crystals below. Visiting a cave is a must see on a South West road trip. Whichever one you choose is up to you.
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Known for its wineries, surfing and the Chocolate Factory. Margaret River is popular amongst tourist. No matter the season, there is a good reason that this town is one of Western Australia’s top tourist spots. Come and see why for yourself, because you will read plenty about it.
Where you must stop for a visit: Prevelly Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia. Not only does it have some of the state’s best surfing spots, it has one heck of a coastal view as far as the eye can see. Another great reason to visit Margaret River.
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Hamelin Bay is not a town. It’s a caravan park and it makes for a popular spot to camp over a weekend or school holidays. It’s still worth the detour off Caves road for the beautiful bay and the Rays.
Where you must stop for a visit: The stingrays at Hamelin Bay is the highlight in this stunning area. The Rays are often around and they get so close that you can touch them. Watch out as they swim between your legs.
The most South Western town in the State. You have finally reached the last leg after about 300km of driving when you arrive in the boutique town of Augusta. Explore the town with all the time you have left, because you will always find a spot that is ideal for that perfect photo.
Where you must stop for a visit: The Leeuwin Lighthouse is on the most south Western area of Western Australia. It is situated on the corner of the coast where the Southern and the Indian Ocean meet. Climb high to the top of the Lighthouse and be prepared to be knocked out by gorgeous views. If that is not enough, enjoy a coffee afterwards at the Leeuwin Café.
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It is 7 stops in 7 towns. All you must do upon reaching Augusta, is do the return leg. Never threat, because you could never get bored in the beautiful South West region as you explore the towns all over again and learn new destinations.