The state of Western Australia is absolutely huge, occupying one third of the Australian landmass. It is also very sparsely populated with only 2.1 million people, of whom more than 80 percent live in the Southwest corner of the state. This means that it is the place to head to if it is great open spaces and peace and quiet that you are looking for! You can spend weeks exploring the vast expenses of this fascinating state but the following itinerary was designed to help you explore some of the most popular highlights in about a week. It involves quite a bit of driving but the sights and scenery will more than make up for it.
Day One – Perth and Fremantle
Spend a day in the beautiful West Australian capital. The central area is fairly compact making it possible to see some of the major sights (King's Park, the Swan Bells, the Perth Mint etc.) in a relatively short time. If you have time head out to the historic, and very well preserved, port of Fremantle for a bit of maritime inspiration. Read more about Perth and Fremantle.
Day Two – Rottnest Island
Take a ferry from Fremantle to ‘ Perth 's Playground' the charming and car-free Rottnest Island . There are plenty of things to see and do but renting a bicycle and doing a circuit of the island to see some of its beautiful coves and beaches should be near the top of your list.
Day Three – Perth to Kalgoorlie
Make a very early start and head out on the Great Eastern highway to the Goldfields, scene of some of the biggest gold rushes the world has ever seen. Be sure to visit the Super Pit, one of the biggest open cast mines in the world. Read more about Kalgoorlie.
Day Three – Kalgoorlie to Esperance
Spend the morning exploring the historic downtown area of Kalgoorlie and then drive down to the coastal town of Esperance .
Day Four – Esperance to Albany
A long day's driving showcasing something of the remoteness and isolation of some West Australian communities. Spend some time in the Fitzgerald River National Park on your way to Albany and try to see something of the rugged coastline as you approach the city.
Day Five – Albany to Margaret River
The Southwest corner of Western Australia contains some of the tallest trees in the world and nowhere is this better showcased than at the spectacular ‘Treetop Walk' in the Valley of the Giants near Walpole. Spend the morning walking among towering Karri and Tingle trees and then continue through stunning woodland to Margaret River.
Day Six – Margaret River Area
The area around Margaret River is one of Australia 's best kept secrets. Peaceful vineyards compete with the rugged coastline, prehistoric caves and dramatic forests for your attention. Spend a day discovering what this amazing region, much loved by West Australians but not very well known outside of the state, has to offer.
Day Seven – Margaret River to Perth
Spend the day driving back to Perth. Stop for a while at Busselton to visit the longest wooden jetty in the Southern hemisphere and the amazing underwater discovery centre at its end.