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South West Road Trips

South West Road Trips

Australia’s South West offers a destination of diversity. Experience it all by travelling the entire length of the region, or design your own self-drive journey. It can take you a couple of days or better still a couple of weeks. Enjoy a gourmet getaway, or get immersed in nature; the possibilities are endless!

Geographically, this unique region comprises many contrasting landscapes; from ancient mountain ranges and rugged granite headlands along the south coast, to the towering karri trees and hills in the Southern Forests and Valleys and a network of spectacular caves nearby unspoilt coastlines in the Margaret River region further to the west. The regions’ best attractions are dotted in and around country towns and vast national parks harbouring some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna.

Free yourself with the epic South West Edge hero route is a 12 day adventure that traverses 1200km from Perth to Esperance, a road trip that will fill your lungs, leave you in awe, and have you breathing more deeply. It feeds your soul with discovery and wonderment; every turn giving you a new experience.

View our South West Map to start planning your road trip in Australia’s South West today!

Driving advice for the South West

Driving in the south west is easy, as there’s plenty of open road and little traffic. You do need to keep alert though, as you’re driving on country roads, and often for long stretches at a time. Remember these simple guidelines to ensure a safe trip:

  • Vehicles are not the only road users in the South West
  • Try to avoid travel at dawn and dusk as this is when wildlife is most active.
  • If you see an animal on the road in front of you brake firmly in a straight line and sound your horn. Do not swerve as it is safer to stay on the road.
  • The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for driving in Australia is 0.05.
  • If you’re planning to sample wines, beers or liquor, be sure to nominate a Designated Driver.
  • The maximum speed limit in WA is 110 kilometres per hour.
  • With a maximum of 50 kilometres per hour in built-up areas such as towns and estates.

Road Trip Ideas

Get inspired with these South West road trip itineraries.

Art Lover’s Road Trip

Australia's South West is a region with a rich historical past and a thriving arts community.

South West Foodie Road Trip

Hitting the road? Follow this six-day itinerary and your stomach won’t be sorry.

#MelbstoMargs Road Trip

Come for the wine, stay for the sunset! Here's our go-to guide for a 3 night stay in the Margaret River region.

Villages in the Valley Road Trip

Explore hidden gems in the heart of the South West on WA's most charming road trip.
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The South West Edge Road Trip

Discover a journey into the heartland of an undisturbed, uncrowded Australia - a road trip that will change you forever.
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Highlights of the South West Road Trip

Journey through the South West on an epic 10 day adventure.

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Welcome to Australia’s South West!

Here you can easily enjoy natural beaches beautiful vineyards, forests, caves and more, all in a single day. More than 23,000km make up the south west corner of Western Australia, with 1000 of those kilometres consisting of awe-inspiring coastline just waiting to be explored.

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