Ready for a thrilling adventure? Let’s hit the road with Travellers Autobarn’s campervans! Travel from Perth to Esperance, exploring Western Australia’s stunning south west over 17 days. Along the way, you’ll discover picturesque coastlines, quaint towns, and nature at its finest. From awe-inspiring sunsets to thrilling wildlife encounters, every moment of this journey will be unforgettable.

Perth to Esperance Distance

Get ready for a thrilling 17-day adventure covering 1,262 kilometres from Perth to Esperance. With around 14 hours and 15 minutes of driving time, there’s plenty of time to take in the jaw-dropping landscapes, poke around quaint towns, and uncover secret treasures on your journey.

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1262km trip distance

17 day roadtrip

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Day 1: Perth

View of Perth CBD, Australia

Before you kick off your epic journey along Australia’s stunning West Coast, take a breather and soak up the charms of Perth. Why not start in the heart of the city? Stroll around Elizabeth Quay or King’s Park – they’re fantastic spots to admire Perth’s skyline and the graceful Swan River.

Feeling the urge to venture beyond the CBD? Fremantle is your ticket to a blast from the past and a foodie’s paradise to boot. The Fremantle Prison holds tales of Western Australia’s early days, ready for you to uncover.

Sightseeing #1: Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Prepare to fall in love with the verdant charm of Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Nestled in Perth’s lively city, this green utopia is a sanctuary for local flora and fauna, providing a peaceful retreat from the urban humdrum. With panoramic vistas of the city and river, it’s a paradise for picnic lovers, amblers, and cultural vultures. Home to over 300 native plant species and 80 bird species, this isn’t your average park stroll – it’s a colourful dance through Western Australia’s bountiful biodiversity.

Sightseeing #2: The Perth Mint

The Perth Mint isn’t just another touristy spot – it’s a golden gateway into the past of the gold industry, with engaging displays and challenges that linger in your memory. As the only government-backed precious metals venture globally, it’s a safe bet for splurging on opulent jewellery, trading gold, or expanding your knowledge about the industry. Your Perth escapade won’t be truly complete without a detour to this shining attraction.

Day 2-3: Perth to Eagle Bay

Travel time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Image of Canal Rocks in the south west of Western Australia near Margaret River and Dunsborough.

The first stop on your Perth to Esperance itinerary is beautiful Eagle Bay. Thanks to a number of accommodation options and restaurants, Eagle Bay makes for an ideal place to stop and spend a night or midday break on your road trip from Perth to Esperance. This coastal town has a number of things for you to do when you stay overnight in Eagle Bay. Highlights include swimming in the ocean and taking scenic drives around the nearby countryside.

Sightseeing #1: Canal Rocks

Get set to embrace the wild beauty at Canal Rocks. This unique granite formation offers a front-row seat to the Indian Ocean’s majesty. Stroll along the timber walkway, explore vibrant lagoons, or hike up for a breathtaking view. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try snorkelling? And don’t forget – a scenic trek to Wyadup Cliffs is a must, revealing Eagle Bay’s rugged allure.

Sightseeing #2: Ngilgi Cave

Venture into the enchanting realm of Ngilgi Cave, the jewel in Western Australia’s tourist crown. This mesmerising cave is adorned with an array of stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, and vibrantly coloured shawls. Meander through the impressive chambers via extensive boardwalks, soak up fascinating historical insights from knowledgeable guides, and watch your children enjoy the junior explorer’s tunnel.

Day 4-5: Eagle Bay to Margaret River

Travel time: 45 minutes
View of a vineyard, with a valley full of vines in neat rows. Margaret River, Australia.

Bask in the glory of Gracetown, Western Australia’s surf and gourmet escape. Follow the coast through this summer paradise as you journey further into Margaret River, a regional centre known for its thriving wine industry and vibrant food scene. Naparra Beach offers spectacular views while walking trails run through lush forests. At night, the town comes alive with a different scene of food and wine bars – unlike anything you’ll find in Perth.

Sightseeing #1: Lake Cave

Imagine yourself venturing deep underground into the enchanting world of Lake Cave. It is a crystal wonderland hidden beneath the earth’s surface. As you enter through an awe-inspiring sinkhole, you’ll find yourself in a realm where stunning crystal formations and a unique ‘Suspended Table’ are mirrored in peaceful waters below. Being the deepest and most active dripping show cave in the southwest, it’s an adventure you won’t want to miss. Don’t forget to respect the regenerating forest paths that envelop this natural marvel.

Sightseeing #2: Mammoth Cave

Ready for a prehistoric adventure? At Mammoth Cave, you’ll wander through grand chambers housing fossils of long-gone giants. Enjoy the freedom of a self-guided tour enriched by multilingual audio. Marvel at a 50,000-year-old zygomaturus jawbone in the cave wall! But the journey doesn’t stop there – a calming stroll through a rejuvenating Marri forest caps off your nature-filled experience. Mammoth Cave is more than just a visit; it’s a journey into nature’s past.

Day 6-7: Margaret River to Pemberton

Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Karri Forest near Pemberton Western Australia

From day 6, embark on a journey from Margaret River to Pemberton, a land of towering timbers and top-tier wines. Ascend the world’s tallest fire lookout tree, the Gloucester Tree, for a unique vantage point. Wander through forests adorned with spring wildflowers or paddle a canoe across serene rivers and lakes. The awe-inspiring Yeagarup Dunes await off-road explorers.

After an adventurous day, unwind with a chardonnay beside Beedelup Falls. So, whether you’re here for the wildlife, the wine, or the waves, Pemberton promises an adventure you won’t forget.

Sightseeing #1: Gloucester National Park

Unleash your inner adventurer at Gloucester National Park, a hidden gem in southwestern Australia. Wander through enchanting trails within the towering Karri forest, home to trees that reach up to 95m high and burst into white flowers during spring and summer. Listen for the calls of purple-crowned lorikeets and keep an eye out for elusive creatures like Quendas and Quokkas. If you’re feeling brave, climb the 153-peg Gloucester Tree, a former fire lookout and a test of courage.

Sightseeing #2: Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree

Got a taste for heights? The Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree is your ticket to an unforgettable climb. Pegged in 1988 to mark Australia’s 200-year celebrations, this towering tree offers a unique vantage point over the vast forest canopy. You can ascend the spiral ladder of steel rungs to the top for breathtaking views; however, it was closed to climbing from the 21st of July, 2023, until further notice. If you prefer a grounded perspective, relax on the wooden deck at the base of the tree, soaking in the serene atmosphere of Warren National Park.

Day 8-9: Pemberton to Walpole

Travel time: 1 hour 15 minutes
William Bay National park, Albany

Hop on the South Western Highway and prepare to be swept away by views of Greater Dordagup National Park and Mount Frankland National Park on your journey to Walpole. These parks are your playground, bursting with Karri forests, cascading waterfalls, and ideal spots for bushwalks. It’s your personal invitation to explore the raw beauty of Western Australia’s natural habitat.

Before arriving at Walpole, stop at John Rate lookout for coastal views and views of the Nornalup inlet. As you spend your time in Walpole, explore the nearby Sandy, Coalmine, and Bellanger beaches.

Sightseeing #1: William Bay National Park

Nature lovers, get ready to be dazzled by the rugged charm of William Bay National Park. With its windswept headlands, gleaming turquoise waters, and towering granite formations that mimic elephants at a watering hole, it’s sure to steal your heart. Take a plunge into the rock pools, snorkel in the bays, or conquer the Bibbulmun Track. Don’t forget to watch for frolicking dolphins, majestic whales, and ever-present wildflowers. A friendly nudge – snag that parking spot early!

Sightseeing #2: Greens Pool

Nestled in William Bay National Park, Greens Pool is shielded from the Southern Ocean by massive granite boulders. Swim, snorkel, or just laze around. Remember to peek under the water – you might spot zebra fish, silver drummers, or even mosaic sea stars! To avoid crowds, try visiting outside during peak times.

Day 10-11: Walpole to Albany

Travel time: 1 hour
View of Two People Bay through a campervan, Western Australia

Next stop, Albany! This gem boasts a cool climate and an alluring harbour surrounded by national parks. Soak in the rugged coastline, serene sandy beaches, and fragrant nature trails. Wine lovers, get ready for local wineries and charming bars. For thrill-seekers, The Gap’s 40-metre-high cliff view will leave you breathless. Keep an eye out for the captivating sight of humpback whales breaching and the town’s stunning silo art murals.

Sightseeing #1: Torndirrup National Park

Ever witnessed Mother Nature’s impressive handiwork? Head 10km south of Albany to Torndirrup National Park. From the modern platforms at The Gap and Natural Bridge, watch the unyielding Southern Ocean mold the landscape. Snap amazing photos, test your skills at beach fishing or surfing, and look out for migrating whales in winter. Be sure to visit the intriguing whaling museum at the old whaling station – it’s a nod to the area’s vibrant history.

Sightseeing #2: Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve

Imagine a sanctuary where endangered creatures find refuge and pristine beaches beckon. That’s Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, just 35km from Albany. Swim, dive, canoe, or fish in the breathtakingly beautiful Two Peoples Bay and Little Beach. Meet Gilbert’s potoroo, the noisy scrub-bird, and three threatened cockatoo species that call this reserve home. Swing by the visitor centre to learn about local history, wildlife, and crucial recovery programs for threatened species.

Day 12-13: Albany to Bremer Bay

Travel time: 2 hours
Close up shot of a large pod of dolphins relaxing in Bremer Bay, Western Australia

Next up, Bremer Bay – an unspoiled marvel where nature steals the show. This deep-sea habitat is among the rare spots globally where sightings of offshore killer whales are almost guaranteed. Dive or snorkel amidst a vibrant display of sponge life, Gorgonian fans, and hydroids that create an underwater paradise. The seclusion of this coastal town enhances its allure, with pristine white beaches, lively wildflowers, and an amazing variety of marine life ready for you to uncover.

Sightseeing #1: Fitzgerald River National Park

Craving a nature-filled escape? Fitzgerald River National Park is your ticket. With diverse rare plants (75 unique to the park!), it’s a botanist’s dream. Wear your hiking boots and binoculars for a bushwalk – 200 bird species await discovery. Indulge in swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, surfing, or fishing in picturesque bays and inlets. And come winter, it’s a whale-watcher’s paradise.

Sightseeing #2: Wellstead Heritage Museum

Housed on a stunning property, Wellstead Heritage Museum boasts over 6,000 exhibits that whisper tales of yesteryears. Each corner hides a memory, a captivating memento. Spot wild kangaroos lounging in the sun, admire the native birdlife and watch out for charming hosts Max and Marie Wellstead, who still manage the property. It’s more than just a visit – it’s a genuine journey through history.

Day 14-15: Bremer Bay to Ravensthorpe

Travel time: 2 hours 15 minutes
young caucasian man standing at Wave Rock. Wave Rock, Hyden, Western Australia

Before reaching your final stop, be sure to journey to Ravensthorpe. Tucked away on the Fitzgerald Coast, this gem features 200km of gorgeous coastline and untouched bushland. This town is a nature lover’s dream, with age-old ranges, rough river valleys, and a dazzling display of wildflowers. Trek through the salmon gums of Ravensthorpe Range or discover mining artifacts at Dance Cottage Museum. And the panoramic views from Point Ann, a sanctuary for whale watching, are a must-see.

Sightseeing #1: Ravensthorpe Silo Art

Sprinkle some art into your nature adventure in Ravensthorpe, a charming farming town that erupts in vibrant hues during the wildflower season. The town’s pride and joy are its silos, repurposed into an art canvas by Amok Island for the PUBLIC Silo Trail. Discover the ‘Six Stages of Banksia baxteri’ on this mural wonder, portraying the life cycle of a local plant and its primary pollinators. It’s a colourful nod to nature, painted with 338 litres of paint over a month.

Sightseeing #2: Wave Rock

Travel northwest from Ravensthorpe to encounter Wave Rock, a marvel of nature shaped by time and elements. This 15m high and 110m long granite cliff face mimics a colossal wave about to crash, giving it its name. The rock wears a palette of red, brown, yellow and grey stains resulting from seasonal springs dissolving and redepositing chemicals in the granite. Aged at about 2700 million years, it’s a testament to the enduring beauty of natural wonders.

Day 16-17: Ravensthorpe to Esperance

Travel time: 2 hours
Kangaroo at Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance, Western Australia

Upon arriving in Esperance, take a pit stop and visit the world-famous Pink Lake just 15 minutes outside of Esperance. The first stop whilst in Esperance is its Esplanade and beautiful marina and beaches.

Amongst these, Esperance has great accommodation options, including more than 5 campgrounds for you to explore, great bars and restaurants on the water, and plenty of stunning beaches for you to explore. It’s the perfect place to spend a few days after a 14-hour road trip.

Sightseeing #1: Cape Le Grand National Park

Ready for a wild adventure? Step into Cape Le Grand National Park. Here, ancient granite landscapes meet pristine beaches, such as Hellfire Bay and Lucky Bay. You’ll find pygmy possums, western grey kangaroos, and a riot of wildflowers. Take a dip, surf or sail in the clear blue waters. Fancy camping? Settle down by the beach and let the waves sing you to sleep. If you’re up for a challenge, the Le Grand Coastal Trail and Frenchman Peak hike promise views that’ll take your breath away.

Sightseeing #2: Twilight Beach

Experience the grandeur of Twilight Cove, where 70m cliffs guard a sweeping beach of crisp white sand. Named after the shipwrecked ‘Twilight’, the cove is steeped in history with remnants from the old telegraph line and Carlisle’s Hut. It’s an ideal fishing spot, a slice of history, and a gateway to the Hampton Tablelands. As you walk along the beach, the crunch of sand underfoot and the view of Baxter Cliffs will leave you spellbound.

Happy Exploring!

Campervan next to lighthouse in Western Australia

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