The Perth to Sydney Coast to Coast road trip is easily one of the most epic long-distance Australian road trips. This trip is the perfect way to explore Australia with the whole family and experience the diversity of its landscape.
This itinerary traverses a whopping 4000 km cross-country over 14 days. Beginning in Perth, this route winds down through the red outback of Western Australia, through the sandy beaches and wine country of South Australia, across the outback of New South Wales and finishes in the heart of Sydney. Ready to find out the best stops between Perth and Sydney? Let’s dive into this ultimate 14-day coast-to-coast Australia road trip.
Perth to Sydney
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- Fowlers Bay
- d'Arenberg Cube
- Jamberoo Action Park
- Blue Mountains
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Perth to Northam
Distance 95km - Driving Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Once you have picked up your campervan and are given the rundown of everything you need to know about renting your Britz campervan from the lovely staff at Britz Perth, it's time to start exploring. The first stop on this cross-country road trip is Western Australia’s largest inland town: Northam. When you arrive, take some time to wander along the streets and marvel at the historical buildings. With over 185 heritage buildings in town, you will be spoilt for choice.
Afterwards, head to The Perth Mint for a gold pour demonstration and to check out their gold shop for some last-minute souvenirs. For dinner, we recommend grabbing a few supplies and taking advantage of the temperate Western Australia weather with a picnic on the shady banks of the Avon River.
Stay at Northam Caravan Park.
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Northam to Kalgoorlie
Distance 496km - Driving Time 5 hours and 17 minutes
Get up early for a Windward Balloon Adventures tour, the perfect way to see the area from above. Then jump on the Great Eastern Highway and get your kid-friendly entertainment ready - it's going to be a long driving day! One of the best places to stop along the way is Merredin Peak. Just past the township of Merredin, this lookout provides a panoramic view of the area as far as the eye can see.
Once you arrive in Kalgoorlie, make your way to visit the Super Pit gold mine. As one of Australia's largest open pit mines, it is bound to wow any visitor.
Park up for the night at Kalgoorlie Caravan Park.
Kalgoorlie to Fraser Range
Distance 289km - Driving Time 3 hours and 12 minutes
After a bite to eat, it's time to hit the road toward Fraser Range. Fraser Range is an outback mining town that was settled during the gold rush in the 1870s. These days it’s best known as home to the world’s largest Eucalypt Hardwood forest and stunning landscape of towering granite hills. On the way to explore this natural beauty, stop for a picnic and take a walk at the Red Hill Lookout and walking trail to stretch your legs.
Once you arrive in town, learn all about this unique place with a station tour. In this three-hour tour, you will learn about local wildlife and historical points, as well as enjoy drinks and nibbles as you watch a beautiful outback sunset.
Stay at Fraser Range Station.
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Fraser Range to Cocklebiddy
Distance 225km - Driving Time 3 hours and 25 minutes
Get an early start and make your way toward the small town of Cocklebiddy. The town itself consists of a roadhouse and a caravan park, but there are a few great local attractions worth checking out. The first is Cocklebiddy Cave, where you can explore an underground passage system containing limestone formations that date back over 340 million years.
Then, head to the Eyre Bird Observatory. The observatory houses a museum, research centre, aviaries and breeding facilities for endangered species. It also offers guided tour options where you can learn more about these animals and see them up close!
Settle in for the night at Wedgetail Inn and Roadhouse.
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Cocklebiddy to Fowlers Bay
Distance 634km - Driving Time 6 hours and 39 minutes
Buckle in for one of Australia’s most sparse stretches of road as you begin the journey to cross over into South Australia. On the way, make sure you stop at Bunda Cliffs to view the spectacular 90-metre cliffs this coastline is known for. Another great stop is the Head of the Bight lookout. This is a popular spot for whale watching and is the largest whale nursery in all of Australia!
Once you arrive in Fowlers Bay, head down to the ocean frontage to unwind. Here you will find plenty of spots to pull up and enjoy an evening beverage with views across salt marshes, mangroves and dunes.
Stay at Fowlers Bay Caravan Park.
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Fowlers Bay to Ceduna
Distance 141km - Driving Time 1 hour and 30 minutes
Start the day by going whale watching or looking for the local sea lion colony in Fowlers Bay. Then enjoy the short drive to Ceduna for an afternoon of unwinding at Alexander's Beach. Alternatively, you can choose to add on a detour to Cactus Beach to go surfing or simply experience the beauty of South Australia’s most vivid pink lake: Lake Macdonnell.
Stay at Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park.
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Ceduna to Port Kenny
Distance 170km - Driving Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Can you believe you’re halfway through your epic adventure already? Enjoy a relaxed seaside drive as you pass the turquoise waters of Streaky Bay on the way to Port Kenny. Once you arrive, don’t miss the opportunity to join a Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience. Here you'll learn all about the area's ecology and take a short walk down to one of the most unique beaches in Australia. There, you can see the seals in their natural habitat and relax on the beach as you admire these cheeky, beautiful creatures.
Chill for the evening at Port Kenny Caravan Park.
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Port Kenny to Port Augusta
Distance 342km - Driving Time 3 hours and 38 minutes
Port Augusta is known for its rich indigenous heritage and as an important service centre for the South Australian outback. While in town, be sure to get a photo with The Big Galah. Also, check out the Wadlata Outback Centre to learn all about the evolution of the Flinders Ranges and South Australian outback.
Stay at Shoreline Caravan Park.
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Port Augusta to Adelaide
Distance 308km - Driving Time 3 hours and 27 minutes
If you have extra time, you can choose to meander your way around the Eyre Peninsula - experiencing the hundreds of pristine, secluded beaches for yourself. If not, take the direct route to Adelaide. Once in town, everything is at your fingertips. If you are looking for something truly spectacular, why not try a Kayak Tour in Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary or a wine tasting at the unique installation of d’Arenberg Cube.
Stay at Adelaide Caravan Park.
Adelaide to Renmark
Distance 258km - Driving Time 2 hours and 53 minutes
After exploring the beauty of the lively Adelaide, it's time to head inland toward the Riverlands at Renmark. This sleepy Riverland town is located on the banks of the Murray River and is best known for its daily showing of the Possum Parade. This ‘parade’ takes place at the Renmark riverfront, where you can watch friendly possums scamper down the palm trees for their daily feed.
Stay at BIG4 Renmark Riverfront.
Renmark to Mildura
Distance 138km - Driving Time 1 hour and 28 minutes
Today is day 11, and it's time to cross the border into Victoria - the third state of the trip! After an hour or so of driving, you will arrive in Mildura. This vibrant regional city perfectly combines outback reds with Riverland blue hues. While in town, plan a visit to Fossey’s Ginpourium and Whiskey Distillery or simply enjoy a picnic on the large grassy areas near Lock 11.
Park up for the night at BIG4 Mildura Getaway Holiday Park.
Mildura to Wagga Wagga
Distance 557km - Driving Time 5 hours and 56 minutes
Start the day with another border crossing as you travel to Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. On the way through this stunning regional New South Wales landscape, make a stop to visit the Shear Outback in Hay. Here you can wander through the Australian Shearer’s hall of fame and pick up something from the retail and souvenir shop - a truly Aussie experience!
Once in Wagga Wagga, wander down to Wagga Beach, enjoy one of the riverside walks or treat yourself to a night of discovering the delicious regional food and wine.
Stay at BIG4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park.
Wagga Wagga to Wollongong
Distance 417km - Driving Time 4 hours and 20 minutes
Settle in for another long driving day as you make the final stretch toward the east coast of Australia. When you arrive, Jamberoo Action Park is an absolute must-do experience. Bring your inner child to life at this water theme park, all while enjoying the spectacular mountains and sea views surrounding the park. A refreshing way to end a long day of travelling.
Crash out beachside at Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort.
Wollongong to Sydney
Distance 95km - Driving Time 1 hour and 22 minutes
Leave the city lights of Wollongong behind and make your way north to explore the Blue Mountains. These iconic mountains are a collection of quaint towns, all set in amongst the ancient wild mountain ranges. While in the area, be sure to visit the three sisters in Katoomba, hike to Katoomba falls and head to Scenic World to experience nature's bounty from this glass-top railway.
Stay at Sheralee Tourist Caravan Park or drive the final stretch to Sydney and drop your campervan off at Britz campervan hire Sydney. If you are looking for things to do in Sydney, Australia - why not extend the trip a day or two? There are so many great road trip stops in Sydney and Beyond.
Time to book your own Perth to Sydney adventure?
Perth to Sydney is easily one of Australia’s most diverse and expansive road trips. Driving this beast is worthy of any traveller's bucket list, and what better way to travel cross country than in a campervan with everything you need on board.
For more tips on what to see and do on this cross-country adventure, our thl Roadtrip itinerary planner tool, as well as tips on how to plan a campervan trip, and survive your first campervan trip, check out our blog. Want to get the ball rolling and book your own Perth to Sydney adventure? Book your Britz campervan online today.