The final leg of your Nullarbor road trip will take you through a range of Australian landscapes in a fitting final goodbye to the experience. You’ll start in the heart of the country’s gold fields, before driving through the Wheatbelt. You’ll explore natural and man-made attractions before finally arriving at your destination of Perth. Be sure to give yourself a little extra time in Perth with your RV rental before handing it in, as there are plenty more things to see and do here that will be easier with a set of wheels. In Perth, you can spend the last stretch of time making the most of that Australian sunshine and the laid-back vibe of this fantastic city.
Kalgoorlie - now known as Kalgoorlie-Boulder, or just ‘Kal’ to the locals - is the Outback’s largest town, and one steeped in gold-mining history. It’s the first place you’ll have seen for a long time that has a strip of bars and clubs, so make the most of the buzzing social scene while you’re in town. One of the best attractions here is the aptly named Super Pit, an astonishingly large open cut mine that’s one of the biggest in the world. It’s 3.5 kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide, and it produces as much as 900,000 ounces of gold every year - making it one of the richest deposits in the world. You can get a great view of the pit from the KCGM Super Pit Lookout to get a better idea of just how massive this mine really is. Of course, you can play another round of golf on the Nullarbor Links course, then head up to Mount Charlotte next to the township for a stunning sunset vista.
After Kalgoorlie, you’ll be heading west all the way to Perth. The next town worth a visit is Coolgardie, another gold mine hub and outback classic. The best attraction here is the Goldfields Museum and Visitors Centre, which gives you plenty of additional history on the lives of settlers and the geography of the area. After that, get outside for a quick camel ride to make you really feel like you’ve ‘done’ the Outback!
After you leave Kalgoorlie, you’ll start heading away from the gold mine area of Western Australia and heading into the Wheatbelt. While there are numerous towns dotted about this region, one of the best stops is that of Bruce Rock, which you can get to by turning off Route 94 at Merredin onto the Bruce-Rock-Merredin Road. This little town offers a collection of historic items at the Bruce Rock Museum, as well as the country’s third largest monolith - Kokerbin Rock. You can head out to this spot for picnics, then make your way to the Old Railway Dam for incredible views of the area and township.
Mundaring Weir is your last attraction before finally reaching the city of Perth. This site isn’t just pretty - it’s important, too. The weir is the start of the water pipeline that made life in the goldfields possible, as it carries water across 700 kilometres of hot Australian Outback to reach the fields. It was completed in 1903 and is considered one of Australia’s - and the world’s - best feats of engineering. You can take walks around the area, stroll across the Weir itself and learn more about the history of the place at the Number 1 Pump Station Museum.
From here, it’s just a 40-minute drive to Perth. The capital of Western Australia, there are roughly 2 million people living here - so it will definitely be a real change from the last few hundred kilometres! There is an endless list of things to do in Perth. You could start with some time off the road and on the sand at Cottesloe Beach, then say hello to the 160 species of gorgeous wildlife at the Perth Zoo. Check out the greenery at Kings Park and the Perth Botanic Gardens for a change from all the red earth, as these areas make up one of the largest city parks in the world. Don’t leave the city without taking a quick trip out to Rottnest Island to meet some of the cutest little animals you’ll ever see. Quokkas primarily make their home on this island so it’s a very special final experience before you head back home. That said, it’s a stunning place in its own right, and you can spend time here surfing, fishing, and golfing, or even taking a scenic flight for a stunning view of the whole area.
Before you hand over the keys to your campervan, take it for one last spin to Fremantle, a historic township known for its history, architecture and culture. The Fremantle Prison is one of the premier attractions in the town, as its towering walls, solitary cells and gallows make for a ghostly reminder of what jailed-life was like for convicts in the region for almost 140 years. Another not-to-be-missed spot in town is the Shipwreck Galleries museum, a collection of hundreds of relics from unfortunate ships that met the Western Australian coastline and lost. When you’re ready to relax and cool off, make your way to South Beach for some time spent on the shore and in the water!
From a major city, winery-filled valleys and shark-filled bays to historic towns, mining sites and natural formations, this road trip gives you a smattering of everything that you can expect from Australia in one quick road trip. No matter what you enjoy in your travels, you’ll find it on a road trip from Adelaide to Perth across the Nullarbor plain.