One of the most scenic itineraries you can find, the Perth to Broome drive takes you along some of the most gorgeous coastlines in the country. From exploring the delights of the Pinnacles and seeing wild dolphins in Monkey Mia, to sampling seafood under the stars, this road trip is not one to miss. It should be at the top of your Western Australian bucket list, so dust off your Havaianas and get ready for your week in paradise.
Perth to Geraldton
Four-and-a-half-hours’ drive north of Perth, you’ll discover the imposing landscapes of Nambung National Park. It’s the ancient land of the Yued people, and houses one of the most surreal sights in Western Australia: the Pinnacles, an incredible collection of limestone formations up to 3.5 metres tall and 25,000–30,000 years old.
The area is said to resemble the moon or another planet! Come and see the horizon light up with desert wildflowers between August and October, which is peak wildflower season. From here, it’s less than half an hour to Cervantes, a town known mainly for its lobster fishing.
After eating your body weight in delicious seafood at one of the seafood cafes on offer, it’s a short drive to Lake Thetis, one of only five sites in Western Australia that feature thrombolites, which are closely related to stromatolites (the oldest ‘living’ fossil in the world at 3.5 billion years old). The Lake Thetis ones are believed to be over 3000 years old! Find the best examples at the south-western edge of the lake.
Keep driving for another two-and-a-half hours until you reach the vibrant port town of Geraldton. There’s lots to do here in the way of water sports, such as sailing, surfing and fishing. Diving enthusiasts will enjoy the underwater sights at the South Tomi wreck or the Batavia wreck near the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.
Geraldton to Monkey Mia
The dolphins await you at Monkey Mia, which is about four-and-a-half-hours north of Geraldton. Before heading off, pick up breakfast and picnic items from Flow vitality, Salt Dish or Café Fleur. Squeeze in a morning swim at the beach to start your day, then drive for almost two hours until you see Kalbarri. Press pause at Hutt Lagoon, near Port Gregory, which is a striking pink lake. You can also book a flight tour to see the pink lake from above!
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Pictured is Eighty Mile Beach, south of Broome. Image courtesy of Tourism Western Australia.