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Have An Unforgettable Family Campervan Holiday In Western Australia

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Western Australia is filled with one-of-a-kind adventures and jaw-dropping scenery. With so many unique experiences to be had, renting a van to travel Western Australia is bound to be a family vacation to remember!

Here you can adventure to Rottnest Island to meet the smiling quokka in their only habitat on earth, wade into the water to brush up next to stingrays in the crystal blue waters of the coast, walk amongst the largest trees on earth and much more.

There are plenty of reasons to take the kids on a campervan holiday, but one of the biggest attractions for families looking to rent a travel van is the cost effectiveness. The Rodgers family recently rented a travel van to explore Australia’s South West, and this is what they had to say:

“Although the campervan costs more than car hire, it was still cheaper than staying in hotels with the four of us. Family rooms are expensive and quite rare, and you need to book well in advance,” - Tony Rodgers

With this in mind, we have put together the ultimate family-friendly Western Australia road trip featuring some of the top Western Australia attractions and experiences. Journey 1097 km over seven days to see historical landmarks, meet native wildlife, walk amongst the larger-than-life karri trees and more. Along the way, you will hear more from the Rodgers family on their top tips for an unforgettable family road trip in WA. Let’s dive in!

Travel

7 days


Route

Perth to Perth

1097km


Best Time of the Year

All year

Highlights

  • Albany Whaling Museum
  • Busselton Jetty
  • Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree
  • Mammoth Cave
  • Lake Cave

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Day 1
Perth to Busselton

Distance 222km - Driving Time 2.5 hours

After picking up your campervan at the Perth Britz branch, it's time to explore Australia’s most western city. Some of the best things to do in Perth include:

See the Rainbow Art Installation

Snap a pic with the iconic rainbow sea containers that stand at an impressive 9 metres high and 19 metres long!

Cottesloe Beach

When visiting this vibrant Western Australian city, don’t miss the chance to swim at Perth’s famous Cottesloe Beach.

Visit Kings Park

Explore the diverse plant life of the world’s largest inner city park at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

Top tip: If you have time and want to extend your family vacation with an extra day in Perth, don’t miss the chance to pop over to Rottnest Island. This is the only habitat in the world of the smiling quokka, so it’s worth the trip!

When you have finished exploring this buzzing cultural hub, drive two and a half hours down the coast to the relaxed city of Busselton. This little seaside town pays homage to its previous life as an export hub with its pride and joy, the Busselton Jetty. There is plenty to explore in this town, including:

Visit Busselton Jetty

This iconic jetty stretches 1.8 km over the sea and is the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. You can choose to walk or take a train ride to the end of the jetty, where you can visit the Underwater Observatory. Located eight metres beneath the jetty, this observatory is the perfect place to see the wild marine life in their natural habitat.

Enjoy a high ropes adventure

high ropes adventure is the perfect activity for the whole family. Challenge yourself to high ropes courses and flying foxes, as you take in the majesty of the Ludlow Tuart Forest.

Play at Aquatastic

Aquatastic is the perfect summer family activity. As Australia’s largest inflatable floating water park, this experience packs a punch. Climb, slide, jump and fall your way through the giant iceberg, navigate obstacle courses and take on extreme jumps. This is a great activity for the kids as well as the young at heart!

Where to stay: Busselton Jetty Caravan Park

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Day 2
Busselton to Prevelly

Distance 60km - Driving Time 45 minutes

Enjoy the short 30-minute drive west toward the little coastal town of Yallingup. Sitting on the edge of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, this is the perfect place to explore nature and get up close with the local wildlife.

“This was a great spot to explore the Cape Naturaliste area and lighthouse near Dunsborough, and was a great beach community.” - Samantha Rodgers.

Some of the top attractions in this region include:

Check out the Lighthouse

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse offers panoramic views of the ocean as well as a fascinating look into maritime history of this cape. This is also the perfect place to go whale watching, so pack your binoculars!

Then it’s time to continue down the coast and stop in Prevelly in the Margaret River region. This region is best known for its top surfing spots and wineries, but there is plenty to explore, including:

Swim at Gnarabup Beach

Enjoy some sunshine on Gnarabup Beach. Go for an ocean swim, jump off the jetty and grab a bite to eat with the stunning views from the White Elephant Beach Cafe. “The kids loved the beach [...] all the beaches along here had that white sand like you find on Fraser Island, it was really pretty.” - Samantha Rodgers.

Visit Mammoth Cave

Enjoy a self-guided tour of Mammoth Cave. Wind your way through the majestic chambers and ancient fossil remains with an audio tour available to enrich your experience.

Visit Lake Cave

Descend into the Lake Cave to admire the delicate crystal formations that hang from the ceiling.

Where to stay: Prevelly Caravan Park

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Day 3
Prevelly to Hamelin Bay

Distance 40km - Driving Time 35 minutes

With another day jam-packed full of natural wonders, start the day with a 35-minute drive south to Hamelin Bay. This bay is best known for its spectacular cliffside walks, turquoise waters brimming with marine life, and beach activities, including:

Spotting stingrays

Hamelin Bay Beach is home to a huge variety of wildlife, including stingrays. These are notorious for coming in close and interacting with people on the shoreline. While this is such a magical experience, it is important to remember that these are wild animals. Be sure to keep your distance and be respectful. “Here the stingrays glide right up to you when you tap the water!” says Tony Rodgers.

Snorkelling in Hamelin Bay

The crystal clear waters of Hamelin Bay are begging to be explored. What better way than to head out on a snorkelling tour.

Walk on the Cape to Cape walking track

The Cape to Cape walking track is a 130km track that traverses the length of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Plan a multi-day trip along the full length of the track, or enjoy the sweeping cliff-top views with a stroll along a smaller section of this track.

Where to stay: Hamelin Bay Holiday Park

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Day 4
Hamelin Bay to Pemberton

Distance 117km - Driving Time 1.5 hours

Today it's time to explore the furthest southwest corner of Western Australia. Drive 15 minutes south, stopping in the sleepy town of Augusta. This town is full of heritage and small-town charm. Some of our top tips of things to do on a family road trip to Augusta include:

Visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

When on this southern tip, don’t miss the chance to visit the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. This is where the Indian and Southern Oceans collide! If you are here between June and December, this is one of the best spots in Australia to watch thousands of whales on their migratory route.

Visit Jewel Cave

The Jewel Cave boasts the longest straw (a hollow tubular stalactite) of any tourist cave in the world. Sitting at 5.4 metres, this is something the whole family will enjoy.

Try the Abalone

Local fisherman Brad Adams has created a world-first sustainable harvest of these tasty treasures in Augusta. Head to the local restaurants to try the out-of-this-world, sustainably-sourced abalone.

Once you have seen the sites and eaten your fill, drive the remaining 1 hour and 20 minutes to the forested town of Pemberton. The local caravan park has a great selection of powered camping sites and unpowered sites to park up at for the night.

Where to stay: Pemberton Caravan Park

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Day 5
Pemberton to Walpole

Distance 120km - Driving Time 1 hour 20 minutes

The road between Pemberton and Walpole is lined with some of the most stunning and unique trees in Western Australia. Spend the day seeing these giants from above, walking through the hollowed base of the giant tingle trees and challenging yourself to climb an old fire lookout tree.

Explore the Karri Forest

The Karri Forest begins just outside the timber town of Pemberton and is home to the world’s largest tree species: the karri tree. Walk around the Karri Forest and be humbled by these leafy giants.

Climb the Gloucester Tree

The Gloucester Tree is a fire lookout tower standing 65 metres high. Test your nerve with a climb up into the forest canopy. You’ll be supported only by chicken wire around you and metal rods jutting from the tree’s trunk as a ladder. The other giant forest climb in the area is the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree - standing at 75 metres high. This experience is reserved for the fearless!

See Beedelup Falls

Wander into Beedelup National Park to see Beedelup Falls. These are best viewed in winter when rainfall is at its highest. This gives you the perfect show of the water tumbling over the 100-metre high granite rocks.

Once you have explored the forests surrounding Pemberton, drive 1 hour and 25 minutes to Walpole. This sleepy little town is made up of one main street, but its treetop walk makes it a buzzing spot for tourists passing through this region.

Walk the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is an immersive treetop experience perfect for the whole family. Walk effortlessly amongst the forest canopy with the safety of a suspended bridge winding its way through the varied elevations in the forest.

When you have finished exploring the skies, get grounded with a forest floor walk around the 400-year-old tingle trees. These trees are easily spotted for their hollowed out bases and make a perfect family photo backdrop.

Where to stay: Walpole Rest Point Caravan Park

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Day 6
Walpole to Albany

Distance 120km - Driving Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Drive 50 minutes to Denmark. Here you can stop by Bartholomews Meadery, relax at Greens Pool/ Elephant Rocks and treat yourself to a wine and cheese platter at The Lake House. Get the family buckled up and drive another 40 minutes to Albany. Some of the best things to do in Albany, Australia, include:

Visit Albany Historic Whaling Station

Albany Historic Whaling Station offers a fascinating look into Albany’s colourful past and is the only complete whaling station tourism attraction in the world. This Australian attraction is engaging, educational and a perfect addition to any family trip to Albany, Australia.

Wander Torndirrup National Park

Torndirrup National Park is a wild and rugged coastal park best known for the Natural Bridge, The Gap and the Blowholes. These wave-carved natural Australian attractions are the perfect addition to any Western Australia family road trip.

Where to stay: BIG 4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park

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Day 7
Albany to Perth

Distance 419km - Driving Time 5 hours 10 minutes

For the final day of this trip, it’s time to buckle up and begin the 5-hour and 10-minute drive back to Perth via state route 30 and the Albany Highway. To keep everyone happy on this long driving day, make sure you plan a few games and activities to keep the kids entertained on the road.

When you arrive, you can choose to extend your trip by adding on another day to explore Perth. Otherwise, it’s time to return the camper back to the Perth Britz branch and head home from this campervan trip to remember!

Explore the WA coast with Britz

Ready to wander out yonder for an unforgettable campervan trip with this jam-packed Western Australia itinerary? Check out our latest deals and book now online or at one of our Australian Britz branches.