Wind your way through an awe-inspiring corner of WA. Be dwarfed by giant Karri Trees, surrounded by sun-drenched vineyards and captivated by coastal vistas.. This road trip is great anytime of the year.
|When to visit||All year round. August - November (wildflowers)|
|Itinerary||Perth - Jarrahdale - Serpentine - Collie - Boyup Brook - Bridgetown - Manjimup - Pemberton - Northcliffe - Margaret River - Busselton - Bunbury - Perth|
|Tips for travel
||There are plenty of places to stop for scenic photos on this drive and a great variety of local produce to taste. Stay safe on your road trip.|
|Highlights||National Parks - early settler historical sites - art galleries - Aboriginal cultural centres - wine regions - wildflowers - beaches - forests - caves - access to adventure activities|
Perth to Collie via Jarrahdale and Serpentine (198km)
Take a trip to the heritage-listed town of Jarrahdale via South Western Highway where you can enjoy many walk and hike trails. Continue to Serpentine Falls and Serpentine Dam for scenic forests and water features.
Dwellingup sits among the State Forest of the Darling Range between two rivers. It's one of 10 towns that the Bibbulmun Track passes through, so go for a quick bushwalk and you're bound to see other walkers in the townsite. Otherwise, stop in at the Forest Discovery Centre for a tour of the forest, and from August to November, look out for wildflowers along the side of the road.
Turn right at Bannister-Marradong Road and follow the road network south to the country town of Collie. Around the town you'll find historic settlements and undulating landscapes.
In the Collie region you can enjoy picturesque drives through the jarrah forest. Visit Wellington Dam and take a picnic or kayak on the Collie River.
Collie to Pemberton (175km)
Follow the Donnybrook-Boyup Brook Road to the charming town of Boyup Brook. Pop into the Visitors Centre for local arts and craft or go orchid spotting - many varieties can be found in the town reserves and surrounding areas of the district.
Take the Bridgetown-Boyup Brook Road towards Bridgetown, perfect for a quiet spell. Bridgetown is a popular region for walking trails, orchids and kangaroo paw. The quaint town was the eighth place in WA to be listed by the National Trust as a Heritage Town, so stroll along the historic main street for boutique shops, dining, and a snack from the bakery.
Along the South Western Highway between Greenbushes and Bailingup you will find the famed Golden Valley Tree Park, home to a collection of rare trees and flowers. While you're travelling, keep an eye out for farm stalls along the road with produce direct from the source.
Continue along South Western Highway to Manjimup, the entrance to some of the oldest growth forests in WA, with jarrah trees up to 600 years old. Stop off at the Truffle and Wine Co for lunch and pick up some truffle oil and wine while you're there.
Keep going towards Pemberton and pull over to see the Diamond Tree, a 51m karri tree that's the only wooden tree top tower in the world.
Trees are a big feature at Pemberton, which lies adjacent to Gloucester National Park. There's a lot of beautiful woodland and old growth forest to explore across the whole area, with lookouts, walking trails, trees to climb, waterfalls and birdlife. Just outside Pemberton (24km), stay at RAC Karri Valley Resort where you can fish for rainbow trout from your balcony, paddle a canoe or go mountain biking.
Pemberton to Busselton (140km)
Take the long way to Busselton through forest. Follow Pemberton-Northcliffe Road to the small town of Northcliffe, a great base to explore the nearby forests.
About 30 minutes east of Northcliffe is the Great Forest Trees Drive, a picturesque loop worth taking for another encounter with the areas tall timber. An optional stop, just 20 minutes south of Northcliffe is Windy Harbour, which offers entry to the D’Entrecasteaux National Park and access to the Tookalup Lookout. A 6km coastal drive offers fantastic views and cliff-top walks.
Head back towards Pemberton then turn left onto Vasse Highway to continue your journey through the Margaret River region for a smorgasbord of wineries, food, and stunning beaches.
On your way there the Warren, Beedelup, Scott and Cape Leeuwin National Parks offer a variety of natural delights with cave system, popular swimming spots plus the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.
From Margaret River, you can take Caves Road to pass through Yallingup for some beautiful coastal scenery or drive through Cowaramup along Bussell Highway for the quickest route to Busselton.
Busselton to Perth (220km)
After (hopefully) a few days or even more exploring, head back to Perth along the Forrest Highway.
Take Tuart Drive north-east of Busselton, then Ludlow Road North and Stirling Road, to see the beautiful Tuart Forest National Park which protects the largest remaining pure forest of tuart in the world.
Get back onto Bussell Highway and pass through Bunbury to discover one of WA's best kept secrets, the Ferguson Valley. The Boyanup-Picton Road will take you right into the heart of the Ferguson Valley, which as well as being incredibly scenic with green rolling hills, offers plenty in the way of food and wine at the local wineries and breweries.
Back on Forrest Highway heading towards Perth, stop at Yalgorup National Park, a narrow strip of coastal parkland that protects 10 lakes, birdlife, and Lake Clifton's thrombolite living fossils. Easy walking trails, geographical features, and wildflowers attract many visitors each year.
Take the coastal drive for the last stretch, returning to Perth via Mandurah and Fremantle.
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Last updated September 2018
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