26 November, 2018   

We asked you to vote on which WA road trips are the very best. Now for the winners. Here are the five best road trips in WA…

From the remote beauty of Kununurra all the way down to the white sand beaches of Esperance, there's so much to see in WA.

With more than 2.5 million square kilometres to explore, we're nearly as big as the whole of Western Europe, with an incredible diversity of landscapes and unique attractions.

So of all the many road trips you can take, which are the best of the best? Here’s what West Australians have voted as the top five road trips to take in WA.

Winner: Perth to Pemberton and Margaret River

Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree near Pemberton
Climbing trees can be found near Pemberton (Photo: Tourism WA)

Much loved and often taken, this southern road trip takes you through WA’s spectacular South West, winding through giant karri trees, passing through vineyards, and finding its way to the bright blue waters of the coast.

Starting in Perth you'll travel through Jarrahdale and Serpentine, where you can explore Serpentine Falls and scenic forests, before reaching the tall tree country of Pemberton. Along the way visit the quaint towns of Boyup Brook and Bridgetown.

Then it’s on to iconic Margaret River, where the paddocks are filled with grapes and the coast has some of the world’s best surf.

On your way back to Perth, stop off and see the cows in Cowaramup, visit Peppermint Grove beach near Capel, grab lunch in Bunbury and make it home in time for dinner.

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Runner-up: The Coral Coast - Perth to Exmouth

Pinnacles at Nambung National Park near Cervantes
The Pinnacles are a popular tourist attraction along the Coral Coast - and great for photographers

Chase the sun along the Coral Coast with this beachside road trip all the way from Perth to Exmouth, and back.

Heading up the Indian Ocean Drive from Perth, your first stop is Nambung National Park to see the Pinnacles rock formations. Take a break for coffee or a bite to eat at Jurien Bay and Dongara before stopping in for a longer overnight stop in Geraldton.

From there your next stop – Carnarvon – will have you indulging in local tropical fresh fruit before reaching Exmouth for a stay where you can swim with the whale sharks and snorkel above the colourful coral of Ningaloo Reef.

On the way back, take in the beautiful beaches of WA's North West in Coral Bay, stop to see the dolphins at Monkey Mia, and explore the rugged Kalbarri National Park.

This spectacular journey was the runner-up of WA's best road trips.

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Third Place: Perth to Albany and the Porongurups

Greens Pool near Denmark
Greens Pool near Denmark should be on your must-see list (Photo: Greg Snell)

The Great Southern region has it all - good food and wine, beautiful coastline, and stunning national parks to explore. This trip takes you through WA farmland via Kojonup down to Albany, before you head west to explore the stunning bush and coastline of Denmark and Pemberton.

On the way back to Perth, explore charming towns like Bridgetown and Nannup before stopping at Augusta and Margaret River. Then meander back to Perth through Busselton and Donnybrook.

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Fourth Place: Gibb River Road

Emma Gorge, El Questro Wilderness Park
Take a well-earned break at Emma Gorge along the Gibb River Road (Photo: Tourism WA)

Touted as one of the last true outback experiences in WA, the Gibb River Road spans 660km between Derby and Kununurra. The track passes stunning gorges, cattle stations, and remote wildlife sanctuaries.

It's not a drive for the faint-hearted. It can be an unforgiving journey if you're not prepared, so make sure the four-wheel drive is packed with water, food, and emergency supplies. And remember to allow plenty of time to enjoy this majestic landscape. 

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Fifth Place: Perth to Esperance

A couple walking on rocks at Lucky Bay in Esperance
Find your own paradise at Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park (Photo: Tourism WA)

Follow Albany Highway and travel through historic Wheatbelt towns of Williams, Kojonup and Mount Barker, before reaching the southern coastline of WA. Here you'll find fabulous fishing, pristine national parks, and the whitest beaches you've ever seen.

Explore the rugged coastline around Albany before moving on to Hopetoun and Esperance, where you can enjoy stunning beaches and the breathtaking Cape Le Grand National Park.

Take your time to take it all in and pack your camera. These places are so beautiful you’ll want proof to show others its true.

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