Exploring the most isolated area in Australia in a caravan is not a walk in the park but it provides one of the best road trip experiences available. While the route is long, it is ideal to break your trip down into shorter yet enjoyable day-trips. If this adventures sounds perfect to you, here are some must-sees that you should consider.
Start your day early by jumping in your campervan and driving from the capital city of Perth to Cervantes, home of the Pinnacles Desert. The two-hour drive will take you to the enchanting limestone formations within the Nambung National Park. Afterwards, take a time to revel in the mystery of Lake Thetis, still located in the town of Cervantes, a mere 30-minute drive away from The Pinnacles. The lake remains one of the few places on Earth where “living fossils” or living stromatites exist. These are the rocky lumps that are easily spotted in the drier months and are believed to be dated to about 3370 years old.
From there, prepare for the 4-hour trip to the Kalbarri National Park. While there are many beach and hiking activities that you can do, you should not miss the Pot Alley. This picturesque ocean gorge showcases an expansive Indian Ocean view that meets the beautifully rugged cliffs. If you travel in July, you can even enjoy the bountiful wildflowers greeting you on the track.
End your day by driving for four more hours to the small town of Carnarvon where you can choose from a number of caravan parks to spend the night in.
Make your way to Exmouth, located three-and-a-half hour north of Carnarvon. The small town is the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef where you can snorkel and see an interestingly diverse underwater life. Ningaloo Reef has been declared a World Heritage Site, being one of the most biologically diverse marine environments on the planet. A visit therein is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Head on to the Karijini National Park for an unforgettable outback experience. This national park boasts of gorges where you occasionally meet waterfalls, slot canyons, and water holes that are perfect for a dip. Do not forget to go to the melting pot of the park’s four gorges—Weano, Red, Hancock and Joffre—the Oxer’s Lookout. Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat where you can recharge for the final leg of your adventure.
Cable Beach in Broome is a 10-hour drive from the Karijini National Park. Nevertheless, it is best visited during sunset when you can join a camel ride along with other tourists. Therefore, plan your timing well so that you can reach your destination before the sun goes down. A stopover at the cattle station, Pardoo, is a must to enjoy a good steak or any beef-based dish.
When you reach the Eighty-Mile Beach, take a moment to stretch and get a breath of fresh air before finally heading to your last stop in Broome.