Western Australia is the largest state in the country, making it the perfect place for a road trip.
Have you ever wanted to just get in the car and get away from it all?
The classic Aussie road trip is a rite of passage, with a number of people being able to recall piling into a car with mates and heading towards the horizon.
But Australia is such a huge country – where should you go?
Luckily for you, we’ve got that covered. In the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing you the best and most awe-inspiring road trips in each Aussie state and territory.
We’re heading over to Western Australia this week; so pack your bags, buckle up and hit the road!
The Nullabor Plain
You’ve probably heard people talk about crossing the Nullabor – an epic three-day drive that will take you through some of the most unique landscapes in Australia.
This route takes you around the coast of the Great Australian Bight, which features the longest line of ocean cliffs on Earth.
You can also take a stroll through the abandoned telegraph station at Eucla, or wander through the eerie ghost towns in the goldfields around Kalgoorlie.
If you’re into golf, you can play a round on the longest golf course in the world, the 18-hole, 1365-kilometre Nullabor Links.
Grand Central Road
If you’re a lover of all things outback, the Grand Central Road adventure is the drive for you.
This 2720 kilometre drive actually begins in Queensland, stretches through Alice Springs, Uluru and the central deserts, and finishes up in Laverton in the WA goldfields.
Despite it stretching across three states, it includes some of the quintessential staples of the Western Australian road trip.
These include the mesmerising desert landscape, Indigenous art centres, herds of camels and carpets of beautiful wildflowers.
You should also pop in to the Giles Weather Station at Warakurna and check out the Len Beadell Museum, dedicated to the man who built most of the country’s legendary outback tracks.
The Great South-West Edge
Not many people realise this, but Australia’s south-western corner is one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth.
You’ll find yourself among beautiful, pristine sands and clear blue water and you’ll wish you could stay longer than you planned.
The next leg of your trip will see you embark on some whale watching at Point Ann and take a relaxing stroll through the Fitzgerald River National Park.
Later, watch the surf roll in near Margaret River and enjoy some of the country’s finest wine any one of the region’s hundreds of cellar doors.
The Kimberley might just be the most naturally picturesque region in all of Australia.
Sparsely populated by humans, the Kimberley is known for its rugged ranges, dramatic gorges, semi-arid savanna and largely isolated coastline.
There are two ways to explore this area: the sealed Highway 1 or the unsealed Gibb River Road.
Highway 1 will take you through iconic places such as Purnululu and Geike Gorge, where you’ll be able to cruise the river with Indigenous rangers and explore historic outback communities.
You’ll also be lucky enough to see Lake Argyle, Australia’s second-largest largest man-made body of water.
If you choose the unsealed option, you’ll be able to camp underneath boab trees, swim beneath waterfalls and see ancient rock art galleries.
You can also take a two-day detour up the magnificent Mitchell Plateau and witness the famous multi-tiered waterfalls that make the area famous.
There you have it, Western Australia’s best road trip destinations! Can you think of any others? Let us know in the comments.
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