HOLIDAY IDEAS - WA SOUTH WEST TRAIL

Our suggested 12-day route will take you on a round trip of Western Australia's South West, starting and ending in Perth. You’ll spend the night on the pristine shores of Geographe Bay, take in the karri forests of the Gloucester National Park, enjoy the fine flavours of the rolling vineyards at Margaret River and spend time on Penguin Island.
Tailor your experience exactly as you like, there is so much to experience in Western Australia and as well as our route suggestions, you’ll find even more ideas below for things to see and do throughout your stay.

700 MILE 12 DAY ROUTE

DAYS 1-3
Fly to Perth and spend two nights in a city centre hotel. Perth is Australia's only capital city where you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset all within just 30 minutes of the city.

DAYS 4-5
Pick up your motorhome and head for Bunbury to see the dolphins of Koombana Bay on a boat cruise and then head south to spend the night on the pristine shores of Geographe Bay at Busselton or Dunsborough (whale watching cruises operate here from September to early December).

DAYS 6-7
Head around Cape Naturaliste to to Margaret River. Blessed with mild weather and abundant sunshine, Margaret River has evolved from a chilled-out surfie town into a popular base for enjoying the region's fine flavours and spectacular scenery, where rolling vineyards sit against a backdrop of ocean and forest. Call in at Penguin Island where you can take a boat trip to see penguins, dolphins and sea lions.


DAYS 8-9
Travel to Pemberton surrounded by the spectacular karri forests of the Gloucester National Park, with lush green pastures and acres of rolling vineyards. Pemberton lies in the heart of tall timber country - the Gloucester Tree is probably Australia’s most famous karri tree, towering above the forest surrounding Pemberton. Visitors can climb to the cabin for sensational views of the surrounding karri forest.
DAYS 10-11
Head further south to Albany. This charming city marks the spot where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia, and much of their legacy remains today with around 50 colonial buildings standing proudly as museums, galleries and restaurants. From convict prisons, whaling ships and taverns to quaint cottages and grand National Trust residences, you can take in almost two centuries of history on a 30-minute self-guided walk, following the Amity Trail.

DAY 12
Return your motorhome to Perth and either return to the UK or fly to another region of this spectacular country.

PINNACLES 4WD EXCURSION WITH KOALAS, SANDBOARDING & LUNCH

PERTH AND FREMANTLE MORNING CITY EXPLORER

MARGARET RIVER, BUSSELTON JETTY & CAPE LEEUWIN EXCURSION

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Western Australia has a Mediterranean climate so this trip can be taken year-round, however we recommend travelling from November to April to enjoy some of the best weather and make the most of the activities on offer.