Australian summers were made for road trips – but WA is a pretty big place, and you don’t necessarily want to be driving for days. Fortunately you don’t have to travel far from Perth to enjoy all that the state has to offer, and we’ve found some awesome trips you can easily tackle in a weekend. So pile in the car and let’s get cracking!
We’ll start off at one of the state’s best spots for local beer and wine (we know how to get you interested). The Margaret River is dotted with countless boutique breweries and vineyards, and you could make a hundred trips here and still never get through them all. But if stopping to sample a quick bevvie isn’t your style, there’s also plenty of natural beauty to appreciate. Ngilgi Cave and Mammoth Cave are both incredible, and the Cape to Cape Track is well worth a go.
Just an hour’s drive from Perth, the Moore River is packed with fun activities. The gorgeous coast offers diving, windsurfing, snorkelling and sand boarding, as well as the balmy town of Guilderton. There’s plenty in store further inland too, including the unmissable Chittering Valley Wine Trail. It’s all set against rugged, dramatic bushland, and there’s no end of hills and valleys to explore.
You may not be familiar with Ledge Point, and you’re certainly not alone. It’s a tiny little beachside town to the north of Perth, and it’s quite possibly the most peaceful place in WA. If your idea of the perfect road trip is to ditch the crowds for some peace and quiet, this is definitely the one for you. The sand is pristine, the reef is great for fishing and snorkelling, and the rentable beach houses are lovely.
There isn’t too much going on at Ledge Point (that’s the point, after all), but if you’re starting to fade away from hunger, the Ledge Point Country Club and Kombi Cafe should do you just fine.
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We all love a good desert every now and then, and there’s none more breath-taking than the Nambung National Park. Vast, wavy dunes and craggy rocks abound, and the ancient sculptures of the Pinnacles themselves are an incredible sight. Best of all, it’s all right on top of the Indian Ocean, so you can cool off any time you like at Jurien Bay. If you’re well behaved, you might even get to swim with a sea lion!
All the best deserts are situated near trendy restaurants, don’t you think? In this particular case, the yummy culprits are Seashells Cafe and Cervantes Bar & Bistro.
For our final jaunt, we’ll be heading south of the city and straight to Preston Beach. This picturesque stretch of sand is tough to beat when it comes to swimming, hiking, fishing and 4WDing, and it’s utterly beautiful to simply sit back and admire. You can also stroll out and discover the surrounding Yalgorup Lakes National Park, which is famous for its huge variety of birdlife.
Enjoying yourself this much is hungry work, so make sure you stop by Footprints Preston Beach for some casual dining deliciousness.