After living in Melbourne for a few months a couple of years ago I didn't think I would have the opportunity to visit this wonderful country anytime soon. But after finding some cheap flights from Singapore to Perth on Skyscanner and with Kate backpacking in Australia at the same time I thought a best friend road trip was definitely in order! My usual travel partner, Kate and I crammed in as much as Western Australia as we could (if you can go for more than 13 days, please do!) but due to time restraints we tried our best, covering roughly 800km a day we saw some incredible sights this wonderful Australian state has to offer. Here are some of our highlights and top tips. If you have any questions just leave a comment below or message me directly.
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As you can see we covered a lot of miles in 13 days 🙈:
Kalbarri was my favourite stop along the road trip. A stunning coast line and perfect bay to catch the sunset. The area also includes amazing gorges to explore and a chance to feed pelicans every morning!
Top Tip: We were lucky enough to be there at the right time to see the humpback whales migrating from the Antarctic through the Indian Ocean. Our lunch spot included watching them breech and wave their tails at us. If you can, the perfect time of the year for this is the end of July.
This place genuinely feels like a secret paradise. It was about a 7 hour drive from Kalbarri to get here (with not much in between) but the miles were definitely worth it. It is known as the gateway to Ningaloo Reef, a perfectly preserved coral reef and said to be even more beautiful than Great Barrier Reef. After snorkelling, our favourite food spot here was Fin's Cafe, reasonably priced and BYOB! Fresh seafood by a WA sunset - perfect. (Book in advance as it is only a small place with limited space.)
Top Tip: Check the weather you before go and book your reef tour, especially wind speeds. Even if the weather looks sunny and warm, wind is the major factor that stops boat tours from running. Tours also run on minimum numbers so they can be tricky to fill in low season but you can always ring a head. On windy days Sub Sea Explorer tends to still run as it is a more sturdy boat and can handle most weather conditions. This is an independent company and not associated with any of the accommodation there so your hostel might not tell you about them (sneaky!)
Cape Range National Park
Cape Range is a massive national park in the North West and a little overwhelming to be honest. We only had a day there so only got to catch a glimpse of what the park had to offer. We had time to squeeze in the Mandu Mandu trail and the Yardie Creek trail which were stunning and definitely recommended. There we got to spot some black and white wallabies, which are exclusive to WA and emus.
Top Tip : There is also a chance to book a boat tour along Yardie Creek in the morning.
Margaret River is the foodie and drinks region of WA and it does not disappoint!
There are many different food and wine tours to chose from, we went for Wine for Dudes which was a round $100 per person. The tour takes you to the finest wine makers in the area. The tour includes a proper wine tasting masterclass, information on wine is Australia, a chance to blend your own wine and lots and LOTS of wine to try. Oh, you also get discounted prices on most of the wines to buy. The tour also includes a stop at an olive oil shop, chocolateir, a brewery and a gourmet lunch!
Top Tip : Moories Anytime in the center of Margaret River town provided some of the best food I have had in a while, I mean I nearly cried when I had my last mouthful....Amazing atmosphere, fancy cocktails and live jazz on certain nights of the week, bliss.
An artsy seaside city just 30mins outside of Perth. The vibes of this place were laid-back and friendly, there was a creative spark where ever you turned. We spent our day finding the perfect coffee shops, hanging out at Little Creatures (a beautifully designed brewery with amazing food, art gallery and free bike hire), and at the Fremantle market.
Top Tip : After lots of research (Kate and I always pride ourselves on finding the best coffee spots) Moore & Moore Coffee definitely wins 1st place. It has a beautiful outside area with sofas, fairy lights (always key) interesting lattes including red velvet and honey comb affogato, great music and artistic space and gallery, great place to hang out for a couple of hours.
A 2 hour boat ride from Perth City centre takes you to this stunning island with happiest animals on Earth; quokkas! We hired bikes and took our time exploring the rolling hills of the island.
Top Tip : You are able to get the boat to Fremantle directly from the island which will save you a train journey from Perth city.
We didn't have long here, this was mainly a rest point for our long drive. But if you end up staying here check out The Shed for a place to stay, an extremely cute out house, with aesthetics that feel like they are straight from a magazine, an outdoor bath tub underneath the stars, cosy blankets and sofa, it was the perfect den.
If you are coming from the North to Geraldton you will be able to find the Pink Lake on the way. Annoyingly the conditions do need to be right for the Pink Lake to be pink, (some cloud cover , the right level of algae etc). But if you are lucky enough the lake is a real bubble gum pink and you feel like you have stepped into something from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
I had the most amazing time in this untouched haven of natural beauty. Everyone I met told me not to tell anyone of the Western Australis's secret gems - but I can trust you not to tell too many people right 😉 ?
PS To find the cheapest car hire options you can check on Skyscanner, (yea Skyscanner does car hire too!) and always has some great deals.
Thanks for reading, hope you have the chance to get on the road with your best friend soon 🚗
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