As we say goodbye to those dull and rainy winter days and welcome back the beautiful and sunny days of summer, it is time to hit the road jack! With the holidays around the corner and the kids itching for adventure, we have taken the liberty of packing your itinerary with some of Western Australia’s most scenic drives.
As we look to head approximately 35 kms inland, we discover the beautiful and hilly drive of the Mundaring Weir through to Zigzag Road in Kalamunda. The drive to Mundaring Weir consists of numerous twisting roads immersed in forestry, wildlife and wildflowers, so you may want to take things slow and take in the scenery. Once you arrive at the Mundaring Dam, stretch your legs and explore the surrounding bushland – make sure you grab maps! From Mundaring, follow the road out through to Bickley-Carmel Valley, stopping along the way for a bite to eat at one of the local wineries and breweries. To top it all off, we descend down Zigzag Road, one of Perth’s most famous scenic drives, with views of the sun setting across the Perth CBD.
West Coast Highway
Arguably, one of Perth’s most prestigious drives is the West Coast Highway that links 19 beautiful beaches with stunning views across the coastline. You can begin the drive at any point along the highway but we recommend starting your trip with a coffee in North Fremantle. Follow the highway north till you arrive at Perth’s hottest beach Cottesloe, if you’re lucky you may catch sculptures by the sea. The highway will eventually take you to Perth’s highest point – Reabold Hill that features breath taking views of the city and the coast. Dinner time! making your way north, you will eventually hit Sorrento, choose from a wide range of restaurants, and find a nice spot on the beach and enjoy the sunset.
This coastal drive takes us along the south from Fremantle to Rockingham to Safety Bay. Starting in Fremantle, have a quick bite whilst taking in the views of the harbour. Following the scenic coastal drive to Rockingham, stop by the foreshore and enjoy a dip or coffee from the local cafe’s. Head south along the coastline passing some hidden gems along the way including Palm Beach and Safety Bay.
Starting along Riverside Drive, enjoy the beautiful skylines of Perth that overlook the river, as well as Perth’s famous Bell Tower and Elizabeth Quay. At a cross road, you can either continue your journey along Mt’s Bay Road and check out the old swan brewery or make a quick detour and enjoy the city and river views from Kings Park. Making your way towards Hackett Drive near UWA, we can begin our journey through the suburbs of Peppermint Cove, Matilda Bay and Mosman Park featuring some of Perth’s hottest properties.
Valley of The Giants
Leaving the Perth city behind, we head South West towards Pemberton, The Valley of Giants. The 48km scenic drive starts just to the north of the South West Highway, taking you through an ancient forest of towering giants of marri, karri and jarrah trees. Make sure to grab some maps and explore some of the hidden lakes and caves in the surrounding area and don’t forget your camera!
One of WA’s most famous scenic drives and encompassing all things that are Western Australian, Caves Road should be on everyone’s bucket list. The scenic route is a whopping 111 km long filled with world-class wineries, breweries, chocolate and cheese factories. Fill up your bellies and visit some of WA’s most historic places including the limestone caves, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and world-renowned wineries of Margaret River. Don’t forget to stop along the way and take in the beauty and vastness of nature that surrounds one of the most scenic drives WA has to offer.
Now that you have a good list of places to explore, don’t let the sun be an annoyance to your car trip. We have all kinds of window and windscreen tinting options that will protect you from sun damage and few tips to keep cool while driving.