A great way to discover Australia’s South West is on a self-drive journey. At every turn there is always something to explore and a self-drive adventure can take you a couple of days or even better a couple of weeks.
A drive along the windy roads will take you through stunning valleys where you will come across small boutique and family run wineries and breweries. Along the way, take your time and discover the fresh local produce at corner shops, cellar doors and farm gate stalls.
Venture off the beaten track and explore another world as you drive under massive karri trees with a canopy that reaches 40 m high into the sky allowing only the dapple light to come through.
Take a scenic drive along the coast and it will take you to amazing vantage points where you can watch the waves roll in. Keep an eye out in the distance for migrating whales and playful dolphins.
There are so many scenic routes to try and here are some of our favourites:
A truly stunning scenic 100km drive of meandering road that forms a triangle from Bridgetown, Balingup, Nannup back to Bridgetown through magnificent scenery, much of it along the banks of the Blackwood River.
Following the Margaret River Wine Region north to south, journey through farmland, vineyard and cave country to the spectacular Boranup Forest.
A 6km scenic drive from Wheatley Coast Road at Windy Harbour to Point D’Entrecasteaux.
This 86km self drive tour, winds through some of the region’s most magnificent karri forest. The drive starts just outside the historic timber town of Pemberton.
A 34km drive through Denmark’s picturesque countryside with views to the spectacular coastline. Be sure to also journey along the Mt Shadforth scenic drive nearby.
Take a leisurely tourist drive through the Ludlow Forest National Park 15 km north-east of Busselton to capture the beauty of the giant tuart trees.
Flora Road, a 7km scenic gravel road between Coalfileds Highway, Allanson and Mungalup Road, south Collie.
Starting just 15 minutes east of Mount Barker the 12km Porongurup Range with distinctive granite peaks and wineries along the way provide a picturesque backdrop. Continue onto the Stirling Range Drive which stretches 65kms from east to west.
Only 15 minutes from Albany this 18km drive takes you south around Princess Royal Harbour through to the Torndirrup National Park.