Planning a road trip can be time consuming no matter where you are planning to travel. I know when I was looking up where to stop at and places to see for the road trip I did in Australia there was so much information out there. What I ended up finding the most helpful compared to trip advisor and sites like that, was reading other people’s blog posts of their own road trips. By getting first-hand information about other’s experiences and what they suggested seemed much more relatable. So I hope this post helps you if you are planning a road trip from Broome to Perth in Australia.
There are some amazing stops on this stretch and its absolutely beautiful! This part of the road trip was one of my favourites.
The Drive looked something like this:
- Broome to Port Hedland – stop for one night to sleep
- Port Hedland to Karijini National Park – camp one night
- Karijini National Park to Exmouth – camped two nights
- Exmouth to Carnarvon – one night to sleep
- Carnarvon to Shark Bay/Monkey Mia – camp one night
- Shark Bay to Kalbarri National Park – camp one night
- Kalbarri National Park to Gerladton – one night to sleep
- Geraldton to Perth
Overall it was about 8 days which is pretty fast and I would recommend taking more time if you can. The overall timeline for the whole 7 week trip was tight.
What will you see and where to stop?
The absolute must stops in my opinion are Karijini National Park, Exmouth and Coral Bay area, Shark Bay and Monkey Mia, Kalbarri National Park and the Pinnacles.
Karijini National Park
Karijini is a must do! As Western Australia’s second largest national park, filled with rugged land, ancient geological formations, mountains, gorges, waterfalls and watering holes. The park has an admission of about $12 AUD and there is also a visitor centre open from 9-4 pm daily.
Spots to see:
- Hamersley Gorge
- Dales Gorge
- Fern Pool
- Hancock Gorge
- Weano Gorge
- Oxer Lookout
- Joffre Gorge
- Kalamania Gorge
- Fortescue Falls
As mentioned in my previous road trip post many of roads in the national parks require 4WD in Australia and as the rental car I had was 2WD, many of these spots were not reachable so go 4WD if you can!
Fortescue Falls and the Fern Pool were the stops we did and it was breathtaking! Make sure you go for a swim, its so refreshing especially in the heat.
If you are camping, Dales Gorge Campground has sites and it’s really close to Fortescue Falls. Note the ground can be pretty tough to get tent pegs in so bring something that can dig into the ground and a hammer so you don’t damage your tent pegs too much.
Exmouth and Coral Bay
This was by far my most favourite part of entire road trip over 7 weeks. Exmouth is so beautiful and the beaches looks you are in the Caribbean or Bahamas.
The camp spot was found on the Wikki Camps app which I mentioned in my last road trip post. Wiki Camps is an amazing app and is your best friend for finding campsites. It lists free sites, donation sites, pay sites, RV camping and more. You can also see reviews and pictures left by other campers and download offline maps. It also includes shower sites, bathrooms and gas stations where you can see fuel prices. Its so handy when road tripping Australia. Highly recommend it.
The campsite was right beside the ocean and there was no one on the beach which was amazing. Perfect for swimming and I also saw dolphins near the shore, a sea turtle and sting ray. It was magical!
Coral Bay (a World Heritage Site) is about an 1.5 hour drive from Exmouth and home to the Ningaloo Reef. Western Australia’s version of the Great Barrier Reef. The ocean life is abundant with coral, fish, whale sharks during the migration season from March to June and so much more. We booked a snorkel scooter tour which also included kayak and stand up paddle board rental. The scooter snorkel tour was such a great experience. Our tour guide took us out and we got to see ancient coral, thousands of years old and lots of tropical fish. The ecosystem is so rich.
The tour was booked through Ningaloo Kayak Adventures . The full day package which was on sale for $80 at the time included a two hour scooter snorkel package, 1 hour kayak and 1 hour paddle board. The company was really great and for the price, totally worth it!
Shark Bay and Monkey Mia
This is another jaw-dropping gorgeous stop on the route to Perth from Broome. If you love dolphins, then this is the place to be. Monkey Mia is a World Heritage Site located in the Shark Bay Marine Park, 25 km from the town of Denham. Home to beautiful beaches and the famous dolphin feeding. Park Rangers feed the dolphins about 3 times a day and you might even be lucky enough to feed a dolphin yourself! I got to and it was a big tick off the bucket list. About 8-20 dolphins swim up for their fish feeding attracting tourists from all over. There is a charge for the park to enter for the day costing around $6.40 AUD per person.
Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri National Park is quite an amazing place as it covers coastal and inland regions. The park boasts gorges, ancient rock formations and beautiful coastline trekking with scenic ocean views. The tracks are quite easy to walk in most areas and wheel chair accessible in many spots.
Some main points of interest inland:
- Nature’s Window
- The Loop
- Hawks Head
- Red Bluff
- Natural Bridge
- Rainbow Valley
- Island Rock
- Eagle Gorge
- Mushroom Rock
The Pinnacles of Western Australia in Namburg National Park are truly something else and considered a spectacular natural wonder. The pinnacles are made of limestone matter that is still open to debate how they actually formed. Wikipedia states they are from seashells from an earlier era that were broken down into lime-rich sands blown inland. However they formed, its not something you want to skip. They are an incredible site to see and you almost feel like you’re on another planet.
After the Pinnacles, the final destination for this part of the trip was reached. Perth! We only spent one night in Perth and the weather was raining quite a bit so the next day was spent in Fremantle for Rottnest Island and the Little Creatures Brewery tour. Coming up in the next road trip post.
If you are planning a road trip from Broome to Perth I hope you make it to these stops as they are so incredible to see. Western Australia is a beautiful, rugged place with some of the best beaches in the world.
If you are looking to plan a trip on the East Coast check out Epic East Coast Australian Road Trip for all tips on places to stop and see.
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