The Pinnacles. Jurien Bay. Cape Range National Park. These are just some of the breathtaking natural tourist attractions that await you on your ultimate campervan adventure through Western Australia. Considering the amount of ground you have to cover, planning an itinerary from Perth to Broome can be very overwhelming, especially if you’re campervanning through the state for the first time.
Because we love long road trips ourselves, we’ve come up with an 11-day, self-drive itinerary from Perth to Broome that will allow you to enjoy everything that Western Australia has to offer.
Day 1: Venture North From Perth
Your itinerary starts with picking up your campervan rental in Perth. As the capital of Western Australia, the city is a great starting point for your great WA road trip. Before heading north, stop for coffee at the “cappuccino strip”. While you’re in the city, don’t miss checking out King’s Park, where you can leave behind the bustling city for a little while and get a taste of the calm Australian Bushland.
Day 2: Onward To Kalbarri And Nambung National Park
BY Bryn Pinzgauer
From Perth, drive for 600 kilometres to Kalbarri via Nambung National Park and your first natural tourist attraction, The Pinnacles. Stop to admire these strange limestone formations, most of which rising as much as 6 metres from the yellow sand. After taking as many photos as you want, drive onward to Kalbarri, the entryway to the state’s beautiful Coral Coast.
Day 3: Kalbarri National Park to Monkey Mia
BY Bryn Pinzgauer
Start day 3 by exploring Kalbarri National Park. Hike up Nature’s Lookout and check out panoramic views of Muchison River. Afterwards, drive 400 kilometres toward Monkey Mia, stopping for a sumptuous seafood dinner at Shell Beach.
Day 4: Onward To Shark Bay
BY Roderick Eime
Your next stop is the Wold Heritage-listed site, Shark Bay, which is also one of the major natural treasures in the world. The bay’s shallow waters are separated by beautiful islands and peninsulas. Apart from its striking beauty, Shark Bay is home to 26 endangered mammal species, giving the region a huge zoological importance.
Day 5: Don’t Miss Out On Denham
BY Kristina D.C. Hoeppner
Still in Shark Bay, make sure that you spend time in Denham, located in Peron Peninsula, and known as the westernmost town in Australia. If you’re travelling with your family, take your kids to see the interactive displays at Shark Bay Interpretive Centre and learn about the region’s natural treasures and history. Before continuing on your journey, take in the incredible views of the region from Eagle Bluff.
Day 6: See The Dolphins At Monkey Mia, Hamelin Pool
BY Bryn Pinzgauer
Drive onward to Monkey Mia to spot wild dolphins swimming near the shore, which has delighted new and returning visitors throughout the years. Afterwards, stop by Hamelin Pool and take photos of the stromatolites, the dome-shaped structures formed in shallow waters and are recognised as the oldest living organisms in the world. At the end of your tour, drive onward for 360 kilometres to Carnarvon.
Day 7: Visit Ningaloo Reef Marine Park In Exmouth
From Carnarvon, travel to Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, which has the country’s biggest fringing coral reef. Once you arrive at Coral Bay, sign up for a cruise aboard glass-bottomed boats and check out vibrant corals and tropical fish that make up the reef. After your cruise, drive towards Exmouth, a.k.a. the entryway to the Coral Coast.
Day 8: Spend A Day At Cape Range National Park
BY Greg Schechter
You need an entire day to explore Cape Range National Park, home to breathtaking canyons and several kilometres of immaculate beaches. The park, which also happens to surround Ningaloo Reef National Park, is popular for its sparkling, blue-green waters and lush forests.
Upon arriving at the park, go on a cruise through Yardie Gorge and see the red limestone escarpments, deep blue waters and an array of wildlife. Oh, and there’s a good chance of spotting red kangaroos and black-footed wallabies so always have your camera at the ready.
Day 9: Stop By The Mining Town Of Tom Price
BY Stephan Ridgway
Don’t just drive through the mining town of Tom Price. You wouldn’t want to miss seeing the town which is embodiment of Pilbara’s gold and deep red hues. After checking out the town, drive on to Karijini National Park which is famous for its contrasting landscapes of awe-inspiring canyons, clear swimming holes and majestic waterfalls. Hike up Joffre Falls, situated near the park’s eco retreat.
Day 10: Drop By Millstream-Chichester National Park
Millstream-Chichester National Park is your next stop on your travels northwest of the state. It is also one of the most enjoyable stops you’ll make throughout the trip. After taking in views of the rocky cliffs and rock pools, continue driving to Port Hedland for some water adventures. Spend the rest of the day enjoying everything the largest town in the region has to offer.
Day 11: Northwards To Dampier
BY lin padgham
Head towards the port town of Dampier via the North West Coastal Highway. Drive for 20 minutes until you reach Dampier Highway going into the town.
As soon as you arrive, book a cruise around the beautiful archipelago. If you prefer a more intimate tour, rent a boat to check out the 42 tropical islands dotted throughout the region. Spend the day relaxing at Hearson’s Cove and Deep Gorge, where you can find various ancient Aboriginal rock art.
Day 12: Off To Port Hedland and Eighty Mile Beach
Day 12 starts with driving your campervan back on North West Coastal Highway, driving for two and a half hours until you arrive at Port Hedland. Apart from being the second biggest town in the region, Port Hedland is popular for its deep port, allowing large container ships to transport iron mined around the region. Go on a cultural tour by checking out Courthouse Gallery and Historical Museum. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for the long drive to Eighty Mile Beach.
Day 13: Eighty Mile Beach Onto Broome
BY Graeme Churchard
For the last 600 kilometres of your trip, make sure to stop at Eighty Mile Beach, situated between Port Hedland and Broome. Unwind at the 220-kilometre coastline and spend the day swimming or casting lines from the beach. Keep in mind though, that Eighty Mile Beach is one of the country’s prized wetlands so do not leave any trash behind and of course, stay for the breathtaking sunset.
Day 14: Touchdown Broome
BY David Gardiner
With its colourful history and striking natural beauty, Broome has quickly built a reputation for its upbeat social scene. Encompassed by pristine white beaches and sparkling blue-green waters, Broome is the perfect place to cap off an exciting 14-day campervan road trip.
Make the most out of Broome’s beautiful coastline by chartering a hovercraft to explore the open sea, joining a whale watching tour. Or go on camel rides along the shore. If you’re in town between May and October, spend an evening or two marvelling at “Staircase to the Moon.” You won’t see such spectacle anywhere else.
Whether you’re going on a self-drive holiday across Western Australia for the first time or returning to your favourite tourist spots, it’s important to rent a campervan that perfectly fits your travel needs and budget. Tell us about your road trip plans today so we can help find the ideal Apollo vehicle for you!