We hope you’re all looking forward to a lovely relaxing Christmas and New Year break; and perhaps even some exploring in the Golden Outback! This is the perfect time of year to explore our backyard, and although some parts of the state are pretty hot, they can still be thoroughly enjoyed! Here’s our guide to a couple of epic road trip ideas and top tips when it comes to travelling in the Golden Outback.
Road to Esperance
Esperance really is the jewel in the Western Australian crown. The stuff of postcards (and dreams) here you will find the whitest, finest sand and the most amazing blue ocean. There are so many beaches and hidden coves to enjoy, that you can usually find a little slice of heaven all for yourself. Find out more and start planning your trip to Esperance.
Great South West Edge
If you fancy a road trip that brings together wineries, coastal cliffs, towering treetops and unspoilt beaches; then the Great South West Edge is the perfect adventure for you. This 11-day itinerary takes you from Perth to Margaret River, Denmark, Albany, Hopetoun and the Fitzgerald National Park and finally into Esperance. This amazing drive takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia. You can head back the same way, or take the inland route and experience the outback fun of Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields. Check out the Great South West Edge driving holiday.
The Wheatbelt makes an ideal weekend destination from Perth, with many attractions being just a couple of hours away. This is the place to relax, switch off and really enjoy some quality family time. Starry skies, amazing open landscapes and a few Instagram-worthy attractions along the way.. aka Wave Rock and the Tin Horse Highway. For ideas about escaping to the Wheatbelt, check out our itineraries.
The Golden Outback is probably best known for bright red dirt and bright blue skies, and Summer is when you really see those amazing contrasts. Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields are stunning in December and January, and although temperatures can be pretty high, if you’re prepared it can still be a wonderful experience. Hit the road and travel to Kalgoorlie where you can learn all about the gold rush history, then head out along the Golden Quest Discover Trail to hidden gems like Lake Ballard, Kookynie and Gwalia. Check out some travel inspiration and routes!
Heading north in 2019?
Whilst the Gascoyne Murchison region and northern parts of WA are out of season, now is a great time to start planning your trip! Did you know Mount Augustus is even bigger than Uluru? There are some amazing, quirky towns along the way such as Yalgoo and Cue, and you can experience a proper station stay at somewhere like Wooleen Station. To start planning your 2019 trip, check out these information pages.