Perth 4WD Hire Destinations
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Welcome to Perth, Australia’s sunniest capital city!
The capital of Western Australia, Perth enjoys a laid-back atmosphere and ideal temperatures all year round, making it an attractive destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Beyond what you’ll find in the city, however, Perth is the gateway to the rest of Western Australia’s treasure trove of natural sights and adventure destinations. Discover secluded, windswept beaches carpeted by countless heart cockle shells, a host of excellent national parks including Kalbarri, Shark Bay, and Ningaloo, and swaths of undeveloped, sparsely populated backcountry ready to be explored.
Despite its calling card of being the world’s most isolated city, almost 3,000 km from the closest major city of Adelaide, Perth has lots of world-class attractions to fill a few fun days of your itinerary with a little something for everyone. Nature lovers will want to check out the Aquarium of Western Australia, home to a 98m-long underwater tunnel where you can see some of the aquarium’s more than 400 animal species on display, including stingrays, turtles and sharks. History buffs can head to the port area of Fremantle, happily spend the way wandering through its dozens of historic, Victorian-era buildings. For some retail therapy with a side of culture, head to London Court, a shopping venue built in 1937 that feels straight out of a Harry Potter novel. If a relaxed outdoor outing is what you’re after, stroll through massive King’s Park (with an area larger than New York City’s Central Park) for some of the best city views and regularly held events including festivals and musical performances.
After you’ve had your fill of soft-sand beaches and Perth’s vibrant urban vibe, pick up your Perth 4WD Hire in this sunny capital city and strike out on some epic coastal drives. From Perth, head southwest two hours and you’ll find Busselton, a family-friendly resort town boasting 30km-long sandy beaches. The kids will love the underwater observatory at the Busselton Jetty. No scuba experience is required to view colourful coral and up to 300 different marine species from 8 m below the water’s surface. Busselton also serves as the northern gateway to the wineries and flourishing artisanal food scene of the Margaret River region.
Open water enthusiasts are also spoiled for choice in Western Australia. Half an hour from Busselton is the coastal town of Dunsborough where divers can dive the wreck of the HMAS Swan, a decommissioned Navy destroyer. Non-divers can relax on the beautiful beaches of Meelup, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay, or go whale watching for humpbacks and southern right whales between September and December. Surfers will want to head for the picturesque coastline and excellent beaches of Yallingup, one of Western Australia’s best surfing destinations with powerful reef breaks and epic waves. Park your Perth 4WD Camper Hire at some of the nearby family-friendly caravan parks, including Yallingup Beach Holiday Park and Caves Caravan Park, fully-equipped with BBQ areas, grassy sites and ocean views.
Margaret River and Gracetown
This magnificent area is also home to Margaret River, one of Australia’s finest wine growing regions thanks to conditions that many liken to Bordeaux, France. With more than a hundred wineries, spend leisurely days exploring the food and wine of the region, washing down artisanal products such as cheese, fudge and wood-fired bread with award-winning wines, including Semillons, Shiraz, and Sauvignon Blank’s. Outside of eating and drinking, Margaret River also has impressive limestone caves to explore, towering lighthouses to climb for panoramic views, factories and workshops where you can learn new skills, and wildflower walks to go on.
Two other seaside resort towns worthy of a visit near Margaret River are Gracetown on Cowaramup Bay, a popular detour for its excellent surfing and scenic ocean views, and Augusta on Western Australia’s south-west coast, near where the Indian and Southern oceans meet. Founded as a town in 1801, it’s one of the state’s oldest settlements, as well as being the gateway to some of the area’s major attractions including Hamelin Bay, Jewel Cave, and Cape Leeuwin with its impressive lighthouse.
For some of the whitest sand in all of Australia, beach lovers need to add Esperance to their itinerary. Set where Australia’s golden outback meets the Southern Ocean, the remote Esperance Coast features bright blue turquoise waters that contrast beautifully with dazzling white sand and dark red granite outcrops.
Drive along the Great Ocean Drive Tourist Loop and pick a beach from which to swim, snorkel or surf. Or hop on a boat cruise from Esperance to see the incredible bubble gum-pink waters of Lake Hillier on Middle Island.
4WD adventures near Esperance include driving along the beach or along 4WD-only tracks in untouched Cape Arid National Park 120 kms east of Esperance or driving half an hour to Cape Le Grand National Park for some rock climbing or bush walking.
Nambung National Park, The Pinnacles, Cervantes, Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay
Two hours north of Perth lies Nambung National Park, with its star attraction, The Pinnacles. Thousands of limestone spires, some as tall as 5 m, form a barren, otherworldly scene, surrounded by reddish sands. Comprised of shells, these rock formations are said to be millions of years old. Serious photographers might want to stay in the nearby town of Cervantes to be able to visit The Pinnacles in the early morning or late afternoon, when the light is best and there are fewer visitors. In addition to the Pinnacles Desert, 17,487ha Nambung National Park is worth exploring for its coastal dunes, blooming wildflowers (especially during September and October), and Indian Ocean beaches at Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay. Some roads in the park are sealed while your Perth 4WD Hire will come in handy on the rough, limestone gravel roads towards the southern end of the park.
From Cervantes, put your Perth 4WD Hire through its paces on the 25km-long off-road track taking you over sand dunes and on to the beach to Jurien Bay. Once there, head north 13 kms to the sheltered bay of Sandy Cape, accessible by 4WD only, for a private beach outing. The Jurien Bay Marine Park has both sanctuary zones as well as designated areas for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing, especially for snapper, dhufish and baldchin groper. Another highlight of the marine park is the opportunity to interact with seals, sea lions and dolphins.
Continuing north to the Mid-West region of Western Australia, you’ll hit the small town of Geraldton on the Coral Coast. Home to about 20,000 people, Geraldton is gaining a reputation as a trendy beach retreat, populated with chic cafes, art galleries, and seaside restaurants serving up local rock lobster. Geraldton is also the jumping off point from which to explore its more than 120 coral atolls, Aboriginal driving trails, and beautiful fields of wildflowers representing more than 2,000 different species usually in bloom between late-July to early-October.
Hug the coast north of Geraldton 150 kms to Kalbarri. Set where the Murchison River empties out into the Indian Ocean, Kalbarri offers family-friendly activities year-round, including fishing, swimming in protected bays, and seasonal wildflowers and whale watching.
Anglers will enjoy the rich fishing grounds around Kalbarri, either in the river or from the beach, with black bream, yellow bream, snapper, and more, ready to be caught. Families with children can make use of the town’s many recreational facilities, including a skate park, tennis club, golf club and lawn bowling. Other kid-friendly activities include pelican feeding on the Kalbarri foreshore as well as mini putt putt at the Kalbarri Family Entertainment Center or wandering through Australia’s largest parrot free flight aviary at Rainbow Jungle.
Several sights around Kalbarri are ideal for your Perth 4WD Hire, including the historic Geraldine Mine. Drive along an unsealed road to the site of this 1850s lead mine with gorgeous views of seasonal wildflowers along the way. The massive sand dunes in Lucky Bay, just south of Kalbarri, are also fun for beach 4WD driving. However, with the 180,000ha Kalbarri National Park right outside town, you don’t need to drive far to begin exploring the great outdoors. The park includes a coastal section with soaring 100m-high cliffs, scenic lookout points and a handful of walking trails or you can drive along 20 kms of corrugated road to the spectacular river gorges and 400-million-year-old rock formations of the larger inland park. Don’t miss Nature’s Window, a massive rock arch that frames views over the Murchison River, or the ancient Tumblagooda Sandstone with its layers of coloured rock and trace fossils. There are several caravan parks around Kalbarri, ideal for your Perth 4WD Bush Camper.
Western Australia’s Golden Outback.
Alternatively, from Geraldton, steer your Perth 4WD Hire inland to Yalgoo, the northeast starting point of the 970km-long Miners Pathway through Western Australia’s Golden Outback. Shaped like an hourglass with Payne’s Find to the south, Sandstone to the east, and Meekatharra to the north, the tracks take you through some of the prospecting towns that grew out of the 1800s gold rush. Take your time exploring museums, heritage walks, historic buildings and discarded mine shafts, remembering to look out for local wildlife on the drive, including kangaroo, emu and wedge-tail eagles. There are also numerous accommodation options available along the route, including camp grounds, station stays and caravan parks, ideal to park your Perth 4WD Bush Camper.
From Meekatharra, continue west along the Kingsford Smith Mail Run, following in these 90-year-old tracks carved out of the bush as Charles Kingsford Smith delivered mail and tools to isolated stations. The 700km-long track takes in Gascoyne Junction, 715m-tall Mount Augustus with its associated dreamtime stories, and the Burringurrah Aboriginal Community on its way to Carnarvon on the coast.
Alternatively, from Geraldton, you can head north to Exmouth along the Wool Wagon Pathway. Travel more than 1,000 kms through some of Western Australia’s legendary sheep and wool country along red dirt and gravel roads, past striking fields of wildflowers and fascinating interpretive sites. Along the way, you’ll pass the Murchison area, known for its high-quality wool, Gascoyne Junction near which seashell fossils have been found speaking to its ancient geology, and the scenic Kennedy Ranges, 75 kms of canyons, springs, and wildlife. Sections of the track are 4WD-only and are recommended for confident drivers, but the reward for making it to the town of Exmouth on the coast is the gorgeous Ningaloo Marine Park.
Ningaloo Marine Park.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ningaloo Marine Park encompasses more than 700,000 hectares and 250 kms of protected coast and ocean. Just 100m from shore in some areas, the reef is easily accessible to snorkelers and divers who come here for the over 250 species of coral and more than 500 species of marine life, including dugongs, whale sharks and dolphins. If you time your arrival between late-March and June, you’ll likely find large numbers of whale sharks who arrive just as the coral mass release sperm and eggs.
Monkey Mia and Shark Bay.
Another must-visit for wildlife lovers is Monkey Mia. Since the 1960s, wild dolphins have swum up to the shallows here to interact with humans. Kids and adults alike will melt at this incredible experience, just off a beautiful white sand beach situated on a tranquil bay.
Monkey Mia is located within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shark Bay at Australia’s most westerly point and its waters teem with marine life, including turtles, manta rays, a large dugong population and vast sea-grass beds. Other highlights of the area include 70km-long Shell Beach covered by countless tiny white cockle shells up to 10m deep, and the rust red sand dunes of Francois Peron National Park. Past the former sheep station of Peron Homestead near the Denham – Monkey Mia road, this 52,500ha park is off-roading country, with tracks through arid shrublands, soft sand, and clay pans leading to excellent outback camping sites, beach fishing sites and walking trails.
After the scenic beauty of the coast, 4WD enthusiasts can explore a different kind of beauty – the rugged landscapes of interior Western Australia. Ever since gold was discovered here in the late 19th century, this area still produces a staggering 24,000 kg of gold annually. Go back in time through the Australian “Goldfields” by visiting Kalgoorlie and Boulder, two restored frontier towns. Tour the underground tunnels and visit buildings straight out of the Wild West. Boulder is also home to one of Australia’s largest open cut gold mines. Visitors can witness blasting in this 3.5km long by 2.5km deep crater known as the Super Pit.
From Kalgoorlie, point your Perth 4WD Hire southwest towards Coolgardie and pick up the Holland Track. First used by settlers looking to join the gold rush of 1893, the 350km-long single-lane track is still challenging to navigate, even for experienced drivers. Drive through bogs, trenches and washaways through wonderfully rugged terrain including woodlands and bushland. Cross the original Rabbit Proof Fence built in the early 1900s to keep rabbits and other pests out of Western Australian farmlands. Near Pigeon Hole Rock, the Holland Track meets up with the paved John Holland Way and continues to the small wheat and sheep service town of Broomehill where a small folk museum located in the local church showcases the town’s history.0
Canning Stock Route.
For true 4WD enthusiasts, the jewel of Western Australia is undeniably the Canning Stock Route, widely considered one of the world’s most epic four-wheel drive adventures. From Perth, drive your Perth 4WD Hire about 500 km northeast to Wiluna to pick up the Canning Stock Route. The reward for tackling one of the most remote, unforgiving roads anywhere, complete with endless corrugations, difficult sand dunes and some rocky sections, is the joy of driving through blooming wildflowers, past historic grave sites, and vast stretches of empty desert dotted with the occasional rock art site. Other than a couple of designated campsites with toilet facilities, travellers mainly make camp at the well sites which are tangible signs of man’s efforts to conquer nature. A few of the 50 or so wells Canning drilled along the route have been restored.
Originally surveyed in the early 1900s by Alfred Canning as a means of moving cattle from the Kimberley region to Wiluna in WA’s mid-west region, the longest historic stock route in the world stretches some 1,850 km through some of Australia’s most remote landscapes, including the Gibson Desert, Little Sandy Desert and the Great Sandy Desert. The route’s origins does come with some controversy, however, as Canning and his team used forced Aboriginal labour and some cruel means to coerce local guides into revealing sacred water sources.
The Gunbarrel Highway
Another epic 4WD Adventure awaits along the 1,400km-long Gunbarrel Highway, linking Carnegie Station in Western Australia to Yulara in the Northern Territory. Construction started on this desert track through the centre of the continent in 1955 for military, meteorological and survey purposes and its name comes from the construction team’s intention to lay a road as “straight as a gunbarrel”.
The Gunbarrel Highway remains much today as it was 60 years ago, requiring confident 4WD enthusiasts to be totally self-sufficient for much of the journey, ready to navigate everything from corrugations and eroded sections, to claypans and desert, stone, sand and flood plains.
From Wiluna, the starting point of the Canning Stock Route, head 350 kms east to Carnegie Station to pick up the Gunbarrel Highway. The first 500 km to Warburton is truly deserted, with no stops available for water or fuel. So you’ll need to load up your Perth 4WD Hire with everything you need for the journey before you start, including food, water, fuel and spare parts. While you will find bores with water along the track, travellers are advised to bring their own for washing and drinking. Your reward for navigating these tough conditions will be the satisfaction of conquering Australia’s harsh centre, ending in Yulara, gateway to the majestic sandstone monolith of Uluru in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
With more than 60 national parks in Western Australia, each with its unique attractions, park hopping is a great way to plan your Perth 4WD Hire vacation.
Australia’s second largest national park, remote Karijini, features spectacular landscapes filled with scenic gorges, stunning pools and beautiful waterfalls. Located in the ancient Pilbara region in northern WA, about 1,500 km north of Perth, the area surrounding Karijini is known for its red earth and rock formations, and harsh climate.
Take your Perth 4WD Hire along unsealed, corrugated, red gravel roads to enter the park from the east through Dales Gorge or from the west, to Hancock and Weano Gorges. The park has plenty of hiking trails through the gorges, ranging from easy Class 2 trails all the way to difficult Class 5 hikes requiring wading through water crossings. Weano Gorge is a good place to start, as it has many of the features which Karijini is known for – layered rock walls, rock pools, and beautiful views – while being accessible to families with no bushwalking experience needed. Alternatively, experienced bushwalkers with a high level of fitness and agility can opt for a Class 5 trail walk down through the amphitheatre and Kermits Pool.
The closest town to Karijini is Tom Price, approximately 60km from the entrance, and is a good place to stock up on fuel and food. Make the most of your time in Karijini exploring the walks and enjoying the many swimming spots by staying overnight in the park. There are a number of unpowered campsites with good facilities including toilets and showers, ideal for your Perth 4WD Bush Camper.
Other park standouts include: Yalgorup National Park, with its magnificent lakes, peppermint woodlands, and large waterbird population just an hour south of Perth; Cape Range National Park on the western side of the North West Cape peninsula and adjacent to Ningaloo Marine Park, known for its pristine beaches, scenic gorges, and rugged limestone ranges; and Dirk Hartog Island National Park, a true 4WD outdoor playground on Western Australia’s largest island favoured by photographers, divers, and nature lovers.
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