Most visitors to Western Australia know all about Margaret River and head to the renowned region when they want to get a change from what the city has to offer – but do yourself a favour now and again take a left turn on the way to discover one of state’s best kept secrets.
Walpole offers a range of options whether you’re in town from the eastern states, an overseas visitor or even a local who is seeking change from the more traditional destinations.The magnificent tingle and karri forests are the main attraction.
The wonderful Margaret River region is now just a three hour drive south of Perth offering a great midweek escape for city dwellers and an easy option for those heading in from other states. The big “problem" is that there is so much choice you can spend as much time deciding where to go as you can enjoying the local produce and scenery.
To make the most of your break think ahead and set a loose itinerary. To help with that, here’s what we did to maximise our chill time and still have plenty of fun, food and wine.
Lancelin is a beautiful sea side town around one hour from Perth, and makes for an easy day trip north up the coast of Western Australia. Keep going up the coast and you may just find yourself in Exmouth or even Broome!
The trip to Lancelin is an easy drive along the Indian Ocean Drive. Take the Mitchell Freeway, pass through Joondalup, take the turn for Wanneroo Road, which leads to Lancelin Drive, and then head straight up the Indian Ocean Drive. You’ll pass by Yanchep, and the small seaside towns of Seabird and Ledge Point to get there.
As you plan a trip around round Australia the hardest part is where to leave off your list – but whichever way you make the trip make sure Coral Bay stays on the agenda.
Situated 12 hours drive north of Perth or three south of Exmouth, Coral Bay is virtually unbookable less than a year ahead during school holidays, so check your dates and grab a house, campsite, unit or backpacker room.
Cervantes is a beautiful, laid back town north of Perth, where the sun shines most days, and where the crystal blue water entices you to have a swim. It’s an easy 2 hours drive along the Indian Ocean Drive and makes for a perfect weekend getaway from Perth.
The Indian Ocean Drive was put in around September 2010, and cuts travelling time significantly from over 3 hours to under 2 hours. It’s straight up Mitchell Freeway, through the modern Joondalup township, then onto Wanneroo Rd, then Lancelin Drive, to take you onto the Indian Ocean Drive.
Along the drive to Cervantes, Yanchep, Seabird and Ledge Point all make good stop off points for a break, morning tea or a visit to a local attraction. Those who have an interest in astronomy will want to pay a visit to the Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin.
Cervantes is a great base for sightseeing if you have the Pinnacles on your to do list.
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