This epic WA road trip takes you from Perth to Esperance along the Great South West Edge. Here are our top 6 experiences along the way.
Indijup Natural Spa
Hire your car in Perth and drive straight to Margaret River. Famous for its premium wines and world-class surf, it’s also the home of beaches, plenty of restaurants and this secret spot: Indijup Natural Spa. Simply sit in the water and relax as waves rhythmically fill the pool with a gentle fizz.
An ancient valley of giant trees
The Valley of the Giants is a deeply serene forest of some of the world’s biggest trees, which stretch back hundreds of years in age. You can walk beneath them, explore the sights from their leafy tops via a suspended aerial walkway, or even climb one, if you’re game: the Dave Evans Bicentennial tree near Pemberton is the highest fire-tree lookout in the world!
A natural, bright green pool
Greens Pool is framed by huge boulders, which act as a protective shore break; the naturally occurring, almost perfectly circular pool of peppermint-tinged water attracts locals from the nearby town of Denmark for their morning laps.
Great Ocean Drive
As you drive into Esperance, you’ll come across the Great Ocean Drive – get your camera ready! Passing along 20km of stunning coastline, it’s been dubbed Australia’s most beautiful stretch of road, and for good reason – you’ll see more than a dozen dazzling beaches, almost 100 islands and the famous Twilight Beach.
Kangaroos on the beach
Kangaroos can be found at Lucky Bay (just near Esperance) on most days, so get ready to make some furry friends (and take some great shots). The combination of white sand, blue ocean and sunbaking kangaroos makes this place something special.
Thought to have formed some 130 million years ago, Wave Rock is entirely natural and measures about 15m in height. It’s about four hours inland from the Great South West Edge, and you’ll see it on your way back to Perth.