The most instagramable roadtrip
by Delmar World
Western Australia is possibly one of the continent’s best kept secrets – with breath-taking views around every corner – so, when our Premier Aussie Specialist Adele was invited to experience it, she jumped at the chance.
Our journey starts with an easy ﬂight via Dubai to Perth – the easiest and quickest entry point when visiting Australia – and, even without a stopover, I arrive feeling relatively refreshed! After a great night’s sleep the road trip begins!
First stop Rottnest Island… Rottnest is famous for its smiling Quokkas. These tame marsupials have no predators on the island and are conﬁdent and cheeky around visitors: just google Quokka Selﬁe and you will see how cute they are! A tour of the island by bus or bike will show you its true beauty: be sure to stop for a swim at Pinkies Bay.
If you love dolphins, take a trip to Rockingham. A large pod of wild dolphins lives here and you can take a tour to swim with them in a totally wild environment. Also worth a visit is Penguin Island just a very short ferry ride away.
From Rockingham we drive to Margaret River – around 2.5 hours away – famous for its stunning scenery and vineyards. Take a tour to sample some of the region’s fantastic wines and, of course, stunning food: try the Yarri Restaurant whose cuisine reﬂects the six seasons of Western Australia’s Nyungar people.
After a couple of days enjoying Margaret River, we head further south through Pemberton – a picturesque timber town with towering Karri forests, visit the historical Gloucester Tree Lookout and take time to enjoy the diverse birdlife of the area.
After an overnight stay in the Karri Valley, we take a leisurely drive through the William Bay National Park: admire the views and take some memorable shots of the Green Pools and Elephant Rock – and don’t forget to put them on Instagram! This area is also famous for its rare and spectacular wild ﬂowers and, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try the 1,000 kilometre bush walking trail: don’t worry, there are plenty of shelters, picnic areas and campsites along the way!
Next, we head to Albany… Albany is situated 409 km south of Perth and you can step back in time and enjoy its dramatic history, including convict jails, old taverns, whaling ships and settlers’ cottages.
Albany is also a great place to experience the migration of whales from June to early October. Several species can be seen, including Blue Whales, Humpbacks and the Southern White.
A drive through the Fitzgerald National Park takes us to Esperance – a beach and nature-lovers dream. This area is one of the world’s best kept secrets: grab a picnic and head to Lucky Bay – Australia’s whitest beach. Enjoy the breath-taking beach drives, coastal walks and take time to visit the magniﬁcent bays and stunning dune landscapes (and, if you’re feeling adventurous, try dune surﬁng!).
Almost time for home but this area has one last surprise – a scenic ﬂight over stunning Lake Hillier, the world-renowned Bubble Gum Pink lake, backed by white beaches and turquoise waters: it’s no wonder this is one of Instagram’s most viewed lakes.
A short ﬂight back to Perth for our journey home the following day ends this amazing Road Trip – one I will never forget.
Time Difference: + 8 hours (Perth)
Currency: £1 = 1.8 Australian Dollar
Flying Time: 16 hours 50 miniutes to Perth
· Try the Marron: a fresh water crayﬁsh.
· Buy local: local produce is great quality and value for money – imported goods can be a lot more expensive than at home.
· Get Outdoors: book a trip to visit the remote areas and experience a world of adventures, from beach driving, sandboarding and bush tucker delicacies