Despite all the exciting attractions of Western Australia, many travellers bypass the city of Perth and spend the majority of their time in places like Sydney and Brisbane. While Eastern Australia is a wonderful place to visit, there can be no doubt that Perth and the surrounding region also has a lot to offer. If you want to take in the natural beauty of Australia, road trips from Perth are the perfect holiday option. It doesn't matter if you are part of a group of student backpackers on a tight budget or you want a luxury trip alone because a road trip from Perth to Broome is an amazing way to see Western Australia. Start in Perth, the remote capital city with a vibrant capital culture. If you are eager to get behind the wheel, rent your car from www.europcar.com.au in advance and get started on the adventure of a lifetime. Here are the five things that make the journey from Perth to Broome so unforgettable.
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1. Admire the Incredible Pinnacles
An almost three-hour drive along the coast from Perth will bring you to the Nambung National Park, which is where visitors can spot the Pinnacles. More than 250,000 travellers a year stop at the Pinnacles in order to see the amazing limestone formations rise out of the desert in such a breathtaking fashion. The rock formations were actually formed due to erosion over thousands of years, but the native Aboriginal people in the region have their own cultural explanation for their appearance. The traditional view is that the Pinnacles were formed when ghosts had nowhere to go and were fossilised. It is a stunning scenic destination in its own right, but combined with the traditional and cultural history of the area, this is something you won't want to miss.
2. Have a Blast at the Lancelin Sand Dunes
Almost directly in the middle of Perth and the Nambung National Park is Lancelin, a small town that offers a number of exciting outdoor recreation opportunities. You can swim or surf in the waves, but the real fun revolves around the sand dunes of Lancelin. Renting a sandboard is not expensive, but it will give you an incredible chance to try a new sport. There is also the option to drive a dune buggy through the dunes on a guided tour.
3. Visit a New Country at the Principality of Hutt River
Keep driving north after Lancelin and Nambung and you will see signs after about four hours that point to the Principality of Hutt River. It might mean a short detour, but it is definitely worth it to see a bizarre country in the middle of Western Australia. Over 40 years ago, Leonard Casley declared the town a principality and named himself the prince. You can visit the area, use their currency and even have your passport stamped at the only hotel.
4. See Dolphins at Shark Bay
Shark Bay is located four hours north of the Principality of the Hutt River, and it is home to the charming towns of Monkey Mia and Debham. Visiting Shark Bay will give you an incredible opportunity to feed dolphins at the Monkey Mia Resort, collect shells at Shell Beach and see the blowholes at Point Quobba.
5. Be Amazed at Exmouth
It's a full 10-hour drive from Shark Bay to Exmouth, but your reward will be a chance to dive in the stunning Ningaloo Reef. The marine life in the area is amazing, and you can see humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins and countless fish underwater.
After you have seen all of these incredible attractions, your road trip will come to a close in the historic town of Broome. This is an adventure you won't forget, and it is a wonderful chance to see what Western Australia has to offer.
Posted By mick
Updated : 26th July 2014 | Words : 642 | Views : 15447 | Comments : 1
Myself and the family did a similar trip on the recent school holidays! Our goal was to drive up in minimal time (to make it for Christmas eve) and take our time heading back down to Perth and doing all the sight seeing. Fantastic trip but a very long drive on the way up. We were particularly impressed with the Karratha Motel where we stayed from 1 afternoon to the following morning. Affordable and perfect for me and the wife and the little ones! Good to know about these places if like us your family is on a budget over the silly season.
Posted By Tim on Friday 31st January 2014 @ 16:56:00