Considering a campervan trip in Western Australia? We don't blame you! Known as the 'road trip state', you'll find plenty of options to explore from the state capital Perth. On this itinerary, you'll travel from Perth to Esperance and back again.
Perth is a bustling city, while Esperance hosts some of Australia's whitest beaches and clearest waters. It is a popular spot to visit, and while it's a full day away from Perth if going direct, it's well worth the journey.
To break up your time on the road, we recommend this 6-day Perth-to-Perth round trip as the best way to get from Perth to Esperance and back again. You'll spend time heading inland before dipping towards the coast in the Southern area of Western Australia. With stop-offs in Albany, and Fitzgerald River National Park, Cape Le Grand National Park, and Hopetoun, there is plenty to look forward to along the way. You'll cover around 1,600 kms and have the chance to check out native bush, National Parks, pristine beaches, historic townships and more.
With plenty to see and do along the way, you could easily make this trip longer or add to it by taking a detour and following the coast south from Perth to Albany. Suppose you're already using the Avon Valley, Coral Coast Highway or Indian Ocean Drive itineraries. In that case, this itinerary could extend your trip by an extra week with minimal cross-over. Whatever you decide, you're in control of your journey because that's what campervanning is all about.
Check out some of the best destinations and top places to stay overnight as you explore the southern coast of Western Australia.
Perth to Esperance
Best Time of the Year
All year round
- Cottesloe Beach
- Fremantle Markets
- Fitzgerald River National Park
Welcome to Perth! Today's the day you'll pick a camper up at the Britz Perth Branch and move into your home on wheels for the next week.
While you're in Perth, go for a wander at Kings Park, check out the cityscape, wander past the swan river, or climb the DNA tower for 360-degree views. Or, if you're after a great lookout spot, try the 4km Lions Lookout walk trail loop.
Visitors who arrive between Friday and Sunday can explore the shops at Fremantle markets and pick up local produce, fresh baking, coffee and more. Be sure to fill your campervan with some treats for the road.
Where to stay
After a day of exploring, settle in at one of two Big4 Perth holiday parks - choose the location and facilities that suit you best. We love them both.
Perth to Kojonup
Get on the road early, and you'll be at Kojonup in around 3 hours. You're driving inland today, towards a bustling rural town where you'll find the perfect mixture of history, heritage and friendly locals.
Make a bee-line to visit the gardens and the gallery at the award-winning Kodja Place. You'll learn about the ancient links to the traditional custodians of the region, the Noongar Aboriginal people.
Once you've worked up a thirst, take a load off and visit one of the wineries in the region. Don't forget to grab a bottle of wine to enjoy later on your travels!
Where to stay
Spend your night in Kojonup at the popular Kojonup caravan park. You can make use of their laundry facilities (excellent if you've packed extra light), on-site BBQ and camp kitchen. Despite being close to the highway, you'll enjoy the bush setting and small-town hospitality.
Kojonup to Albany
Distance 272km - Driving Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Today you're heading south towards the coast along State Route 30. With about 2 hours on the road to reach Albany from Kojonup, you can afford a lazy start to your morning.
At about the halfway point, stop off at Mount Barker and take a 15-minute detour east so that you can relax at Porongurup village. You'll find wineries, restaurants, and plenty of locally produced arts and crafts to keep you busy. If you need to stretch your legs or walk off lunch, a small collection of walks start at Porongurup, ranging from easy 1 hour walks to more challenging hikes.
From Porongurup, it's less than an hour drive into Albany. The first place where European settlers landed on Australian shores and a great spot for whale-watching.
Once you've arrived, visit the Albany whaling station, where you can take a cruise to meet whales up close, explore the National ANZAC centre or get the blood pumping with a swim or hike at Goode beach.
Where to stay
Park up for the night at Big4 Emu beach. Ten minutes from the middle of Albany and just steps from the beach, you'll find a playground, BBQ area, and mini-golf course to keep any potential boredom at bay as you settle in to campervan life with three days under your belt.
Albany to Fitzgerald River National Park
Distance 443km - Driving Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Get on National Route one and head east along the coast from Albany to Fitzgerald River National Park today. You should be on the road for just under 3 hours.
Fitzgerald River National Park is one the largest national parks in Australia, with plenty of interesting scenery to enjoy and explore. Once you've reached the National Park, you'll find plenty of walking tracks to enjoy. Try out the Mt Maxwell trail for coastal scenery, or head towards St Mary Inlet to see water birds and other fauna.
As you make your way through the National Park, make sure you follow Hamersley Drive, a sealed road that winds along a beautiful part of the coast between the park's eastern boundary and Hamersley Inlet.
If you need some chill-out time, why not soak up the sun and go for a swim at one of the string of beaches along the coast? We rate 4 Mile beach for a dip.
Where to stay
Settle in for the night at Hopetoun Caravan park, where you'll find a camper’s kitchen, toilets and hot showers, and a fish cleaning station - perfect if you've caught today's lunch or dinner.
Fitzgerald River National Park to Esperance
Distance 319km - Driving Time 3 hours 40 minutes
A 2-hour drive from the Hopetoun caravan park along the coast will bring you to the white-sand beach paradise of Esperance.
If you've still got some gas in the tank and want to explore further afield, head an hour out of town to Cape Le Grand National Park and walk the coastal trail, or enjoy a spot of swimming, surfing, fishing, or boating in the park's picture-perfect bays.
While you're in Esperance, you won't want to miss some kangaroo spotting! Visit stunning Lucky Bay for a swim, and watch the kangaroos sunbathing at the edge of the crystal-clear water.
Looking for something a little 'other-worldly' to do? Check out Esperance Stonehenge, the only full-size replica of the original Stonehenge in the world.
It's not a beach trip until you've cooled off with a yummy refreshing treat. Grab an ice cream at Aurelia's to escape the mid-afternoon sunshine.
After a day of relaxing at the beach, make sure you get an early night as your final day includes a big drive.
Where to stay
Settle in at RAC Esperance Holiday Park which had a face-lift in 2021. Located across from the beach and walking distance to the town, you'll find a camp kitchen, rec room, pool, playground, BBQ, and wash down bay, perfect for your stay in Esperance.
Esperance to Lake Grace to Perth
Distance 696km - Driving Time 8 hours
Get up bright and early today for your final drive back to Perth. We recommend doing this in two parts.
First up, drive about 4 hours from Esperance to Lake Grace via Ravensthorpe.
Get out of your campervan for a wander around Lake Grace itself, then have a bite to eat. If you want a slightly longer break, museums, public art displays, and nature walks can keep you on your feet for a few hours.
If you have time up your sleeve, you might even consider adding this stop as an overnight and really exploring the lakes in the region.
From Lake Grace, get back on the road for your second 4-hour drive to Perth.
If you want a laugh along the way, why not follow the Tin Horse Highway to see colourful sculptures in the paddocks around Kulin.
Once you're back in Perth, it's time to head to the Britz Perth branch to drop off your campervan and start thinking about your next adventure. If you've got time on your side, check out other Western Australia itineraries that will explore different parts of the state and keep your campervan adventure going.