Leg One of this Perth to Broome road trip will be a tough act to follow. Perth is an incredible destination in itself, where you’ll need several days to just scratch the surface of what it has to offer. After that, it only gets better as you visit caves, koalas, and sand dunes along the coast before arriving at one of Australia’s best attractions - The Pinnacles. The small town of Cervantes adds a few more iconic experiences to the list along the coast before finally turning in and heading inland, ready for the next adventure.
It can be tough to describe Perth. It’s the bustling capital of Western Australia, a place of immense beauty and history, a city blooming with greenery and advancing with the times, and a beachside resort that makes time fly like jet planes - all at once. First, get your bearings with a stroll through Kings Park and its Botanic Gardens. More than 6 million people visit this park every year, and it’s one of the largest inner city green spaces in the world. Then, get amongst the nightlife at Perth’s collection of small wine and tapas bars that have been cropping up around the city in recent years and adding a vibrant buzz to the town. Relax on the sand for a day or two by soaking up the sun at iconic locations such as Cottesloe Beach, then get out of the city and visit historic Fremantle for its reminders of the colonial days such as the Fremantle Prison and the Old Courthouse. Of course, you could pass several days alone on Rottnest Island, where you can spend more time on beaches, dive around shipwrecks and meet Western Australia’s cutest residents - the quokkas. You can even drive a little inland to Swan Valley where there are 40 wineries awaiting you and your tastebuds. Perth is certainly not a city you want to rush, so make sure you give yourselves a good amount of time here (and then some) before moving on.
Yanchep National Park
The drive from Perth to Yanchep National Park is a gorgeous one heading north up the coast starting off on State Route 2. This park is known for three things; bushland, caves, and koalas. There are more than 400 caves in the park altogether, but the most well known and accessible ones are the Yonderup Cave, Crystal Cave, and Cabaret Cave. You can also learn more about Western Australian history when you visit the Wangi Mia meeting place, a significant site for the Nyoongar aboriginal peoples. For nature fans, get out your binoculars and get ready to spot a variety of birds throughout the park. You can also take a wander at sunrise or sunset when the kangaroos are most active, or stroll along the 240-metre koala boardwalk to see these fuzzy, cuddly creatures in their native environment. On top of all this, the park offers endless hiking trails, as well as barbeque facilities and countless picnic spots.
Only a little further up the coast is the small fishing town of Lancelin, which has made a name for itself on the international stage thanks to its surfing, sand dunes and lobsters. There are 14 shipwrecks along the coast in this area to attract the divers, and the town is the location of Australia’s biggest annual windsurfing event thanks to its perfect wind and surf conditions. On the other side of the town wait immense white sand dunes, which are best enjoyed on top of a hired board from town as you try your hand (and feet) at sandboarding. That said, you can also take to them in a 4WD or simply bring a picnic to enjoy the views. Of course, the beach at Lancelin Bay is a must-see, and once you’ve seen it, you’ll likely decide it’s a must-do, too.
Nambung National Park
Continue following Route 60 along this scenic drive up the coast, and you’ll come to Nambung National Park - one of the biggest highlights of your entire Perth to Broome motorhome itinerary. This park is largely known for one thing and one thing only: The Pinnacles. Almost 200,000 people come from all over Australia and the world to see these formations every year. The pinnacles are giant limestone spires, some as tall as several metres, others only knee-height. There are thousands of them scattered across the desert like a giant, living art project of the world. You can visit the discovery centre to learn more about how they were formed, and you should certainly wait until sunset to get a view of these epic pillars as they light up in a mesmerising orange and red extravaganza. While you wait, spend time in the water swimming, surfing or snorkelling, or wander the land along hiking tracks as you look out for emus and galahs. If you’re there during spring, you’ll also get to see the resplendent wildflowers that grow in abundance throughout the national park.
Cervantes, a small town along the coast to the north of The Pinnacles, has several of its own wonderful attractions. For starters, it’s the perfect place to try the lobster that the western coast of Australia is known for. The Lobster Shack is the stuff of legend, as you can jump aboard the ‘Shack Attack’ boat for the full fisherman experience before heading back to the factory to see how they package and post live lobster to locations all over the world. Naturally, it’s also where you can taste this oceanic delicacy. Another of Cervantes’ attractions is Lake Thetis, only a kilometre from the centre of town. The lake is one of the few places on earth where you can find ‘living fossils’ (stromatolites), which you can easily see during drier months when the water level is at its lowest. Be sure to take the 1.5-kilometre walking route around the lake to fully appreciate the beauty and history of this stunning attraction.
After continuing through a handful of small coastal towns (keep an eye out for Dongara’s giant crayfish along the way) you’ll arrive in Geraldton.