Boasting beautiful beaches, sprawling parks and a thriving craft beer scene, Perth is well worth arriving in a few days pre-tour to get to know. Day 1 of our tour we set out early east across the city and over the Darling Ranges, stopping off for lunch at the unusual granite formations Hippo’s Yawn and Wave Rock. Millennia in the making and colossally spectacular, these epic natural sculptures are one very photogenic pit stop. Further south to Fitzgerald River National Park, there’ll be time for an afternoon beach stroll before pitching camp for the night. Note: driving time today is approximately 9 hours, walking is approx 1.5 hours.
Welcome in the day with a hike up East Mt Barren for incredible views across the rugged coastline and waters of The Bight, or don’t – it’s your call. Sleep in if you’d prefer. Once on the road, we’ll stop in for a coffee and stretch in the charming little town of Esperance, then pass through some extraordinary landscapes to Cape Le Grand (we’re talking clear blue seas, chalky white beaches, hidden bays and sunbathing kangaroos). After setting up camp, there’ll be a free afternoon for swimming, bushwalking, stretching out on the sand, or whatever else your heart desires. Note: driving time today is approximately 3 hours. Walking time is approximately 3 hours.
The views from the top of Frenchman’s Peak are pretty impressive, so this morning the top of Frenchman’s Peak is where we go. Following the walk, it’s back in the van for the drive into the Stirling Ranges (with a lunch stop near Esperance along the way). Note: driving time is about 6 hours, walking time is about 4.5 hours
Cruise along WA’s glorious stretch of coastline, seeing how years of natural erosion have crafted incredible rock sculptures and granite bluffs – the Natural Bridge and The Gap are two of our favourites. Heading inland, we then get to the Valley of the Giants, a giant forest of towering Red Tingle trees, many of which are over 400 years old. Walk amongst these tall tingle trees on the ancient empire walk. Climb the Diamond tree, towering 50 metres above the ground, a native karri tree once used as a fire lookout. It is 1 of 3 wooden top towers in this area and in the world. The day’s last lot of driving brings us to Quinninup camp. Note: driving time is about 4 hours, walking time is about 1.5 hours.
Try the delicious local fare of Margaret River. Now’s the time to eat, drink and be merry. Boutique breweries, chocolate, cheese and even a fudge factory. Today you will have time to browse and explore. Driving time is about 2 hours.
Today it’s time to see some other sides of this remarkable region. Venturing underground at Ngilgi caves, we’ll discover crystalline stalagmites and stalactites that have formed over thousands of years, then hear how the region has traditionally been regarded by its indigenous people during a meet and greet with local residents. Our Overland adventure finishes up back in Perth. Driving time is about 3.5 hours