It’s worth the drive over to the west side in your Perth 4WD hire as you’ll discover some of Australia’s most spectacular geographical treasures in Perth and its surrounds. The region is the ultimate 4WD getaway destination with sandy beaches, mountainous terrain and bush tracks. You will enjoy discovering Perth’s rich and colourful history which begins with its indigenous culture – the spectacular landscape was inhabited by the Whadjuk Noongar people for around 40000 years. The 1890s saw Perth swept up in Gold mania-(a trip to the golden outback will demonstrate this wonderful time in history) and to this day Perth still enjoys the fruits of Western Australia’s resource mining boom. The region can be split up into three main areas: the Coral Coast, The Kalgoorlie/Goldfields region and the Margaret River wine area
Coral CoastThe Coral Coast is a spectacular stretch of coastline reaching from Exmouth in the North to the Pinnacles in the south. Hop into your Perth 4WD hire and leisurely cruise along some of Australia’s most picturesque coastal scenery. Pop into coastal villages, pause for happy snaps and marvel at the lookouts. The Gascoyne Murchison Outback pathways offer three fantastic 4WD trails showcasing the western landscape as well as the state’s fascinating goldmining history. You can get back to nature with some remote camping or live it up in luxurious accommodation.
The Wool Wagon Pathway
And The Kingsford Smith Mail Run
Sights within the Coral Coast region include:
CervantesCervantes -a picture perfect beachside town with white sands and turquoise waters. It’s a popular fishing spot so head out onto the jetty and throw out a line – then relax – you’re in paradise. Afterwards hop into your Perth 4WD Hire and head out for some adventure on the sand dunes.
The Pinnacles DesertThe Pinnacles Desert – These unique limestone rock formations that jut up out of the sand are a real highlight of the Coral Coast. Walk or drive along these fascinating works of nature and enjoy the wildlife show of emus, birds and wildlife.
Jurien BayJurien Bay – A large marina has helped to make this historic fishing village a major holiday hotspot. Swim within the calm waters of the harbour, enjoy any number of water sports including snorkelling and diving and see the sea lions and sea birds that inhabit the area. There are a number of great 4WD tracks in the Jurien Bay area including the Stockyard Gully Caves.
GeraldtonGeraldton – In summer this coastal town becomes a haven for the beachgoer with its swell and climate providing ideal conditions for surfing and all manner of water sports while in the spring it offers up a wealth of wildflowers that visitors come to see. Its rich heritage combines maritime flavours with a Spanish missionary twist on a base of Indigenous culture.
Monkey MiaMonkey Mia – A world heritage site located within the Shark Bay Marine Park. For over 50 years a number of bottlenose dolphins have been coming into the shoreline for feeding. Visitors can feed and interact with the dolphins and enjoy a thrilling and unique wildlife encounter.
Ningaloo Reef/ExmouthNingaloo Reef/Exmouth Home to a wealth of fantastic snorkelling and dive spots- many of which can only be reached in your Perth 4WD hire. Head out to Turquoise Bay and Oyster Bay for some top snorkelling action. Whale sharks feed in the area from March to June but the area is also renowned for dolphins and turtles too.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder -the Golden OutbackWith Perth 4WD Rentals you can enjoy the complete Kalgoorlie/ Goldfields experience. Gold was discovered in this region in the 1890s and from there the towns and communities were built. Explore historical buildings, learn about the area’s rich heritage and try your luck with some gold prospecting and fossicking. The landscape itself is spectacular and includes Eucalypt forests, red dirt plains and low lying lakebeds. Be sure to visit the Super Pit Mine- the largest open pit mine in Australia producing up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year.
The Golden Outback has some of the most exciting 4WD trails you’ll find anywhere in the world. They include:
Canning Stock RouteCanning Stock Route – this historical stock route is the longest in the world at nearly 2000km. A 4WD dream as it is quite challenging. Best tackled in the cooler months and requires careful planning to complete in full.
Gunbarrel HighwayGunbarrel Highway – an isolated desert track that stretches just over 1300km. There are sand dunes and flood plains to conquer as well as other challenging terrains. It’s a long haul that also requires careful planning.
John Holland TrackJohn Holland Track – an historical rugged bushland track that offers camping areas and famous sites such as Lake Grace, Emu Rock and the rabbit proof fence. Woodlands, desert landscapes, overhanging trees and boggy terrains after the wet. Careful planning and permits are required.
Margaret River – South West regionJust shy of 300km southwest of Perth, (a 3hr drive) this iconic location is a must see on your Perth 4WD hire holiday. The whole region is incredible and renowned for its gourmet food and wine trails but there is plenty more on offer. Take time out to see the network of limestone caves including Mammoth Cave and Lake Cave, explore the picturesque coastline from Cape to Cape, Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre, whale watching in Dunsborough and get lost in the 1.5km of hedge maze at A’mazen Margaret River Park. Make sure you indulge in a winery tour and also a gourmet food trail tour too.
Places to visit include:
Margaret RiverMargaret River – Here you can cellar door hop until your heart’s content as there are over 100 wineries in this premium wine region and many cafes and restaurants too. There are also art galleries and fresh produce to devour; the region is renowned for its fresh fruit and vegetables, meat seafood and home style jams and chutneys. After the wineries, head to one of the many beaches located along the Margaret River coastline.
BusseltonBusselton – a scenic coastal town featuring a landmark jetty. You can enjoy everything from water sports to wine tastings here. Hop in your Perth 4WD camper hire and head out to the Ludlow Tuart Forest, enjoy some dolphin and whale watching and there is also golf, museums and galleries to enjoy too.
DunsboroughDunsborough – enjoy the tranquillity and serenity here in this beachy patch of paradise. Hike along the bay, kick off your shoes and walk along the white sands and take some happy snaps posing at the working lighthouse. There’s boutique shopping and snorkelling and diving the HMAS Swan wreck too.
YallingupYallingup – the big drawcards here for tourists are the beautiful beaches and the limestone caves. The caves are located with the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The Cape to Cape track also cuts through this stunning coastal town. It’s home to most of the galleries in the region too with a funky arts precinct. The wineries are a must and there are hip cafes and modern restaurants where you can enjoy the local produce.
Coweramup / GracetownCoweramup / Gracetown – Coweramup is a charming coastal town with a gourmet food and wine trail while Gracetown is well known for its first class surf breaks, tranquil swimming waters and excellent lookouts.
Augusta – Popular fishing village set on Flinders Bay. Great spot for water sports like canoeing, kayaking, snorkelling and kite surfing. Whale watching popular from June to August and you can take a tour to the top of the lighthouse for an amazing view over the coastal town.
4WD Camping, Travel and Accommodation in Western AustraliaAustralia Perth and its surrounds feature a wealth of accommodation options to suit every traveller’s taste. There are caravan parks and camping grounds where you can sleep under the stars or stay in a cabin. The Coral Coast and Margaret River region offers boutique and luxurious accommodation and you can always enjoy the comforts of a Perth camper hire on the road too.
National Park Camping SitesNational Parks have serviced camp areas, many with onsite rangers, designated generator and non-generator sites, fresh water, toilets and shower facilities. These areas may have restrictions on length of stay and park fees may apply. See the Department of Parks and Wildlife website for more information about national park camping sites and fees. There can be huge distances between townships so you may have to camp on private properties or Aboriginal lands, make sure you obtain permission and permits before entering the area. Some roads are not suitable for towing a caravan and there are camping restrictions in certain areas. Please check road conditions and permit requirements with the local Visitor Centre before you set off on your journey.Due to the remoteness you are advised to follow some simple caravan and camping tips. For more travel advice, see the road safety section. Perth 4WD Hire welcomes you to explore one of the most pristine places on the planet.