Are you ready for an epic road trip south of Perth? Pack your campervan, your sense of adventure and get ready to head south, because this budget-friendly route is packed with the perfect combination of natural beauty (home to some of the most incredible beaches you'll ever lay eyes on!), outdoor activities, and Instagram-worthy spots.
After leaving Perth, your first stop is Mandurah. Located just an hour south, this charming coastal town is the perfect starting point for your southern Western Australian road trip. Stretch your legs on the Mandurah Estuary Boardwalk, which offers stunning views of the Serpentine River and the local wildlife. For budget-friendly camping, check out the Mandurah Caravan and Tourist Park, which offers powered and unpowered sites for tents and caravans.
Next, continue on until you reach the charming town of Bunbury, located around 2.5 hours south of Perth. Bunbury is a great spot for budget-friendly camping, with free campsites available at the Leschenault Inlet and the Koombana Bay Foreshore. While in Bunbury, make sure to enjoy a stroll along the Koombana Bay Foreshore, which offers beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, or check out the Dolphin Discovery Centre for a chance to see the local bottlenose dolphins.
From Bunbury, it's a short drive to the town of Busselton, home of the famous Busselton Jetty- the longest timber jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a stroll along the 1.84km jetty, which offers great views of the Indian Ocean and is home to one of only 8 natural underwater aquariums in the world. You can also take a train ride to the end of the jetty for an underwater observatory experience to see the diverse marine life. For accommodation options, check out the Busselton Tourist Park, which offers powered and unpowered sites for tents and caravans.
Busselton Jetty (Source: Destinationless Travel)
As you continue your road trip, make sure to stop at the Margaret River region, which is known for its world-class wineries and craft breweries, beautiful beaches, and scenic hiking trails. Oh, did we mention the wineries? For budget-friendly camping, check out the Margaret River Tourist Park, which offers powered and unpowered sites for tents and caravans. While in the area, don't miss out on hiking the Cape to Cape Track, which offers stunning coastal views and the opportunity to spot local wildlife. This region is world renowned for a reason, just be sure to remember Austalia’s drink driving laws.
Margaret River, (Source: Discovery Parks)
After leaving Margaret River, head to the town of Albany, located around 4 hours south of Perth. Albany is home to the Torndirrup National Park, which offers a variety of hiking trails with breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean and the granite cliffs. For camping options, check out the Emu Point Tourist Park (part of the Big4), which offers both powered and unpowered sites for tents and caravans.
Albany (Source: The Urban List)
As you continue your journey, make sure to stop at beautiful Denmark, located around 6 hours south of Perth. Denmark is known for its stunning scenery, including the famous Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, which offers a unique perspective of the ancient Tingle forest, experienced 40m above the ground.
Finally, your road trip comes to an end in the charming town of Esperance, located around 8 hours south of Perth. Esperance is home to the Cape Le Grand National Park, which offers a variety of hiking trails with breathtaking views of sandy white beaches and crystal clear ocean. During the portion of the trip between Albany and Esperence, small detours that we recommend include Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve and Betty’s Beach, for some of the most Instagramable beaches you’ll ever come across!
Cape Le Grand National Park Esperance (Source: Beach Addicted)
This road trip south of Perth offers a diverse range of budget-friendly camping options, natural beauty, and outdoor activities that will cater to the needs of any tourist. From charming coastal towns to beautiful national parks, there's something for everyone to enjoy. And don't forget to snap some pictures along the way, because this route is filled with locations that will make your Instagram profile the envy of all your friends. Happy travels!
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