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Follow the iconic WA coastline from Perth down south to the surfing haven of Gracetown and sample delectable local produce and wines along the way. 

A road trip map from Perth to Gracetown
Distance Approx. 290km
When to visit All year round, but spring through summer is great for swimming
Itinerary Perth - Bunbury - Busselton - Dunsborough - Yallingup - Gracetown
Tips for travel
If you're visiting wineries and breweries, don't forget to appoint a designated driver. Take a snorkel and some sunscreen - you'll want to explore the clear waters along the coast. Stay safe on your road trip.
Highlights  Meeting dolphins in Bunbury - Busselton Jetty - Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse - whale watching - Meelup Beach - local wineries - Ngilgi Cave - Canal Rocks - Injidup Beach

Perth to Bunbury (173km)

Your first stop is Mandurah, less than an hour from Perth on the Kwinana Freeway. Start your holiday with a canal and estuary cruise in Mandurah and see how many dolphins you can spot.

Or, continue following the freeway to Lake Clifton to see thrombolites, one of the oldest life forms on earth, along the shoreline.

Watch the landscape start to change as you drive south on the Forrest Highway into holiday country towards Bunbury, where you can stop off for a night to take a break.

Thrombolites at Lake Clifton
Living fossils at Lake Clifton

Bunbury to Busselton (53km)

Spend your morning in Bunbury visiting the Dolphin Discovery Centre where you can see the local dolphins up close.

Take a swim at Koombana Beach or Back Beach, then get a bird’s eye view of Bunbury and the lighthouse at the top of the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower.

It’s only a 40-minute drive to Busselton along Bussell Highway. Walk down to the foreshore and watch the sun go down over the Busselton Jetty, then dine at one of the seaside restaurants. For an easy overnight stay, there's a range of accommodation at the RAC Busselton Holiday Park.

Spend the next day wandering the busy town centre and the ArtGeo Cultural Complex before taking the train to the end of the jetty, where you can visit the underwater observatory.

Busselton Jetty on a sunny day
Take a train to the end of Busselton Jetty (Photo: Tourism WA)

Busselton to Dunsborough (26km)

This quick drive on Bussell Highway from Busselton will leave you with plenty of time left in the day to start exploring Dunsborough – it’s a great base to explore the region.

Head out to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and climb the stairs to the top for sweeping views of the Cape then go back to the town centre to browse the beachy boutique shops before heading out for the night.

Between September and December you can take a tour from Busselton or Dunsborough to see whales migrating from Antarctic waters.

In the morning, take a quick drive to Meelup Beach to swim in the bright blue water and relax on the soft, white sand before heading to Eagle Bay Brewing Co for lunch. From the brewery you see rolling hills all the way to the ocean below.

Meelup Beach on a sunny day
The bright blue clear water of Meelup Beach is inviting in warm weather

Dunsborough to Yallingup (12km)

On the way to Yallingup via Caves Road, check out the Ngilgi Cave for spectacular cave formations. Head to Canal Rocks a little further down the road for beautiful views and a walk along the boardwalk – it’s a great place to watch the sunset.

The Heritage-listed Caves House is a Yallingup institution and a great spot to relax after a busy day of sightseeing, with live entertainment on the weekends and beautiful gardens.

There are plenty of wineries and restaurants within driving distance of Yallingup to explore and taste.

Canal Rocks near Yallingup at sunset
Canal Rocks is a favourite spot for photographers - and for good reason

Yallingup to Gracetown (27km)

Say farewell to Yallingup and continue on Caves Road to Gracetown.

For the surfers, this region of WA is renowned for its epic surf breaks. Injidup Beach is great for snorkelling, diving, and surfing, while the Injidup Natural Spa is a scenic spot to relax in the sea.

Visit some of the popular wineries to pick up some goodies on your way to Gracetown. This scenic small surfing town is set on a hill overlooking Cowaramup Bay, with sweeping views of the sea. It’s famous for its world-class surf breaks and is a good base for exploring the region.

Share your favourite road trip photos with us on Instagram using @racwa. And if you need music for your travels, download our For the Drive playlist from Spotify so you can just hit play and focus on the drive.

Last updated September 2018

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