Travel Guide for Western Australia

Travel Guide for Western Australia 369 246 Sheetal Khatri

Travel Guide for Western Australia

It was hard for us to wait for this journey to start as we were already fancying the spectacles yet to see. We decided to explore WA as the weather was changing from winter to spring which is also a good time to see magnificent whale migrations towards Antarctica and lovely wildflowers blossom in the southern region of WA.

Western Australia (WA), I would say is a well cherished hidden gem, it comprises of nearly half of the Australian continent which is less populated, wild, natural and intact. Since we are nature lovers, we adored being here relishing the best of it. Every part of WA is well advanced along with thriving wilderness to adore. Beginning our trip from Perth, we explored a little bit towards north, then most part of south.

It’s best to explore the natural beauty of WA via road trip to own complete freedom and time all by yourself.

Weather & Attire

We visited WA in the last week of August and returned in the first week of September. It was particularly end of winter and beginning of spring season here. A few locals told us that it was the coldest winter this year. During our entire trip the temperatures varied between 14°c to 16°c degrees during days and 8°c to 3°c degrees during nights. It was always very windy, especially at heights and near sea shores. We also experienced morning and afternoon showers while in south.

Do purchase a wind and water proof jacket with long coverage, ours really came handy all the time. The best thing we did was to keep an eye on weather updates each morning, based on which we decided what to wear for the day. Layered clothing (3-4 layers) is preferable as weather keeps changing frequently.

Though we were always carrying our luggage with us, nonetheless we also kept a small bag ready in the car with at-least 1 pair of spare clothing, woolen scarfs, gloves, wind & water proof jackets, extra pairs of shoes and socks for backup.

Our footwear was sports shoes as we had to walk or hike at uneven, rocky surfaces mostly.

Planning Beforehand

We took ample time to outline our itinerary for 12 days,11 nights. Since there is a lot of diversity in nature from north to south, we selected interesting places considering distance, drive time, safety, food and lodging options, weather changes, costs etc. It was our first road trip in a new country so it was substantial to be careful about not getting exhausted every day, stay safe, refuel in advance, maintain supplies, complete our drive timely each day and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!

We always kept some spare time for any likelihoods as in waking up late or for additional lunch or breakfast time, in case we would like to stay more at some place or any change of plans.

Lodging for 11 nights

Reserving rooms, a month in advance really helped us. As Perth was our starting, midstream stop as well as end point for the trip, we preferred booking same hotel for three different nights. Doing this proved convenient due to hotel’s location being on our way also, it saved time and money. For other places, we selected to stay in hotels located nearer to our first destination of next morning or maybe central amongst all places to visit that day. Some accommodations include breakfast while some may not, we ensured to book nearby plenty of eateries.

Our Itinerary for 11 days

Day 1-Perth to Pinnacles

Day 1-Perth to Pinnacles 369 246 Sheetal Khatri

All you can do in a day at Pinnacles and Cervantes. This short drive fro Perth to Pinnacles is a must do in WA.

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Day 2- Fabulous Lookouts between Cervantes & Perth

Day 2- Fabulous Lookouts between Cervantes & Perth 369 246 Sheetal Khatri

Scenic coastlines of Cervantes and sand dunes of Lancelin made us fall in love with WA more. A return trip to Perth exploring more of Cervantes and Lancelin on the way.

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Day 3-Places to see between Perth & Margaret River

Day 3-Places to see between Perth & Margaret River 369 246 Sheetal Khatri

Amazing lookouts and places to explore between Perth & Margaret River. The region reveals many interesting geographical features on its significant coastline from Mandurah to Busselton.

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Day 4-Hidden gems of Margaret River & Augusta

Day 4-Hidden gems of Margaret River & Augusta 369 246 Sheetal Khatri

Hidden gems of Margaret river includes enormous ancient caves spread around the region. Exploring the enchanted Boranup drive and solitude of Augusta.

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Day 5-Augusta to Albany

Day 5-Augusta to Albany 369 246 Sheetal Khatri

A day drive from Augusta to Albany exploring its many natural wonders. We seized an entire day to reach Albany halting at few great lookouts on our way. The passage is so attractive that we never felt fatigued.

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Day 6-Stunning Charms of Albany

Day 6-Stunning Charms of Albany 369 218 Sheetal Khatri

Plethora of national parks and nature reserves, dramatic peaks, rugged diverse coastlines, lush nature, adventures, history and arts could be only few words to describe insights of Albany, situated on the south coast of WA.

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Day 7-Stirling Ranges to Esperance

Day 7-Stirling Ranges to Esperance 369 246 Sheetal Khatri

Bluff Knoll, Stirling Ranges is a must-must do hike in the only major mountain range in south of WA. A 98 km drive from Albany, Bluff knoll is listed as one of the best hikes of Australia.

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Day 8-Cape Le Grand National Park

Day 8-Cape Le Grand National Park 369 216 Sheetal Khatri

Home to most spectacular scenery in the south west where massive granite and gneiss peaks rise from the coastal plains, Cape Le Grand National Park is further a destination in the great southern slice of Western Australia, that should not be missed.

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Day 9-Fitzgerald River National Park

Day 9-Fitzgerald River National Park 369 246 Sheetal Khatri

Fitzgerald River National Park is an ideal camping ground (with 6 inlets) as the entire region is very famous for its multiple whale lookouts like Point Ann, Bremer Bay and Cave point. The park is one of the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia.

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Day 10-Wave Rock to Perth

Day 10-Wave Rock to Perth 369 246 Sheetal Khatri

A travel guide to Western Australia’s Wave Rock and surrounds. An amazing day trip spent starting stargazing at Wave Rock in Hyden and then nearby attractions on a drive to Perth in Western Australia.

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Day 11-Whale Watching in Fremantle

Day 11-Whale Watching in Fremantle 369 209 Sheetal Khatri

Day 11-Whale Watching in FremantleWhale Watching, Fermantle Waiting for whales to show up We began our day checking out early…

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Cost aspects we considered

The high season starts from September onwards in WA, due to which per night room rates are higher compared to August. We enjoyed lower room rates ranging between AUD 100 to AUD 150 per night (mostly with breakfast) visiting in the last week of August. Advance booking rates are much cheaper than booking at the last moment when rooms are both expensive and subject to availability.

It is fundamental to check cancellation policies of hotels as it may help to avoid any surprises whereas it becomes considerable factor in case of any change of plans during the road-trip. We chose hotels that allow cancellation within 24-48 hours.

I hope this itinerary helps you planning your trip to WA. Feel free to ask us, if you have any queries regarding the itinerary, we will be happy to answer.

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Travel Guide for Western Australia
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