An Adelaide to Perth road trip is one of the most iconic drives in Australia. The 2695km journey takes you to the southern Flinders Ranges and Eyre Peninsula before crossing the Nullarbor Plain and Great Australian Bight. The Nullarbor is one of Australia’s most awe inspiring landscapes. Its size and remoteness belie how much there is to see and do.
You will fall in love with stunning coastline around Esperance; the beaches have some of the whitest sand in Australia. On to the southwest of Western Australia and you’re in the heart or wildflower and tall tree country. As your Adelaide to Perth Road trip nears its end, Margaret River’s beaches, food and wine is the perfect way to relax after the long big drive. This is one of the best road trips in Australia. Enjoy planning this epic drive across Australia!
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- Day 1 Adelaide to Melrose
- Day 2 Melrose to Streaky Bay
- Day 3 Explore Streaky Bay
- Day 4 Streaky Bay to Nullarbor
- Day 5 Nullarbor to Fraser Range
- Day 6 Fraser Range to Esperance
- Day 7 Explore Esperance
- Day 8 Esperance to Albany
- Day 9 Explore Albany
- Day 10 Albany to Walpole
- Day 11 Explore Walpole
- Day 12 Walpole to Margaret River
- Day 13 Explore Margaret River
- Day 14 Margaret River to Bunbury
- Day 15 Explore Bunbury
- Day 16 Bunbury to Perth
|Day 1||Adelaide to Melrose|
|Day 2||Melrose to Streaky Bay|
|Day 3||Streaky Bay|
|Day 4||Streaky Bay to Nullarbor|
|Day 5||Nullarbor to Fraser Range|
|Day 6||Fraser Range to Esperance|
|Day 8||Esperance to Albany|
|Day 10||Albany to Walpole|
|Day 12||Walpole to Margaret River|
|Day 13||Margaret River|
|Day 14||Margaret River to Bunbury|
|Day 16||Bunbury to Perth|
This is one road trip where you will struggle to get lost. The main road north out of Adelaide to Port Wakefield and Port Augusta is well signed. From there, you go west towards the Nullarbor Plain. We suggest taking the coast drive to Perth in southwest WA rather than the inland route. It is a longer but there is so much to see along the coast between Albany and Bunbury, we think it is the better option. Perhaps you can save up the drive through the Wheatbelt region for the return trip.
Adelaide to Perth Road Trip FAQ’s
Adelaide to Melrose
Drive: Explorer Way – Adelaide to Melrose – 260km – 3 hours 5 minutes
Things to do along the way to Melrose
Stone Hut Bakery
223km from Adelaide – Allow 1 hour
The Old Stone Hut Bakery is a must stop place. The Lamb & Rosemary Pie is fabulous! After lunch check out the Bird Avery and Petting Zoo. Just beware of the birds, they can get a bit too ‘friendly’. Read our review to see what we mean!
Wirrabra Silo Art
232km from Adelaide – Allow 30 min
The Wirrabara Silo Art was completed by Artist Sam Bates in 2018. The stunning mural reflects the town’s rich history, forestry industry and local gorgeous Robin Red Breast Birds. It has plenty of room for parking and a picnic.
265km from Adelaide – 1-4 hours
Take the Ali Lookout Walk for a short 15 min stroll to view Alligator Gorge. The Alligator Gorge Ring Route Hike is worth the effort. The 9km walk will take 4 hours. Walk through Alligator Gorge for stunning views to Spencer Gulf.
Breakfast – If you love an amazing nursery you can drop into the Virginia Nursery.
Lunch – The Old Stone Hut Bakery is a top spot for a chunky steak, lamb or chicken satay pie.
Dinner – The North Star Hotel offers great regional produce and try Bundaleer Wines Cellar Door for a pre-dinner drink.
If you are looking for more Low Cost and Free Camping Spots in South Australia check out our Guide. We cover each region of the state with details on each of the best camping spots.
Melrose to Streaky Bay
Drive: Melrose to Streaky Bay – 456km – 5 hours 12 minutes
Things to do along the way to Streaky Bay
Kimba Silo Art
221 km from Melrose – Allow 30 min
This massive mural stretches over 5 and a half silos. Painted by Cam Scale in 2012 it is worth grabbing some lunch to go and enjoy the view. The stunning work is of a girl standing in a wheat field at sunset.
376km from Melrose – Allow 2 hours
Just 15km off the main road you will find Pildappa Rock. You can follow a walking trail or drive around the huge wave-like rock. Climb to the top for views of the Gawler Ranges & Blue Sturts.
Streaky Bay Foreshore
456km from Melrose – Allow 2 hours
The Streaky Bay Historic Walk covers 28 sites on a 2.6 kilometre trail. See churches, cottages, monuments and museums. Finish with a drink at the Streaky Bay Hotel overlooking the Bay and Jetty.
Explore Streaky Bay
41km from Streaky Bay – Allow 1 hour
These haystack shaped rocks are located on private property surrounded by farming land. The rock itself is believed to be 3 billion years old. A short walk takes you through the groups of rocks and allows for plenty of photographic opportunities. They look great at sunset and sunrise. A $2 donation helps maintain the toilets and picnic area.
Things to do in Streaky Bay
88km from Streaky Bay – Allow 1 hr
Located near Elliston you can explore the large ‘Woolshed’ cavern in the granite cliff and nearby blowholes. The Tub is a large crater around 30m deep. You will also find plenty of free campsites near here.
Cape Baur Loop Drive
38km Scenic Loop – Allow 2 hrs
Take this spectacular drive along the eastern side of the Great Australian Bight. You will find the 360m boardwalk and viewing platforms at Whistling Rocks & Blowholes. Keep an eye out for the oprey & sea eagles.
More on Eyre Peninsula
The Eyre Peninsula is one of those special, untouched regions that you really should explore. You’ll find rugged clifftops and some of the most stunning beaches in the country. Swim with a Great White Shark (you’re in a cage!), watch whales from the cliff tops or go bush camping on a remote beach.
Explore National Parks, swim in Insta-worthy rock pools and picnic on deserted sandy beaches. Follow the Seafood Frontier Touring Route to enjoy local catches of oysters, abalone, prawns, tuna and rock lobster. Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay, Coffin Bay, Venus Bay, Streaky Bay and Elliston are just a few spots on Eyre Peninsula you should see.
Insider Tip: Quarantine Inspections
With limited grocery options as you head across the Nullarbor it is a good time to buy a few snacks to keep you going. Just be aware that there are border restrictions on some fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seafood and honey. Check the Australian Quarantine restrictions here.
Streaky Bay to Nullarbor
Drive: The Seafood Frontier Road Trip – Streaky Bay to Nullarbor – 472km – 5 hours 29 minutes
Things to do along the way to Nullarbor
182km from Streaky Bay – 30 min
The tiny town of Penong has created an outdoor museum of restored windmills as a tribute to the local farming community. It is an eye-catching place to stop & stretch your legs.
197km from Streaky Bay – 1 hour
Just 14km from Penong will take you to a popular Insta spot. Take the self drive tour and grab some photos of the vivid pink water contrasting with the bright blue sky. It’s brightest when the lake is dry.
Head of the Bight
393km from Streaky Bay – 2 hrs
Follow the boardwalk along the magnificent Bunda Cliffs to view the Southern Right Whales relaxing and nursing their calves. Between May and October you can see up to 70 whales from the platforms.
Extra Day? Stop at Fowlers Bay
If you have time, Fowlers Bay is a great spot to break up the drive. The beach front caravan park gives you access to the jetty, sand dunes, wildlife and plenty of fishing. In the winter months you can head out on a whale watching cruise from the Jetty.
Nullarbor to Fraser Range
Drive: Nullarbor Crossing – Nullarbor to Fraser Range – 803km – 8 hours 19 minutes
Things to do along the way to Fraser Range
Eucla Telegraph Station
210km from Nullarbor – 1 hour
Check out the remains of the Old Telegraph Station at Eucla. You will see the remains poking through the shifting sand dunes. It’s great to be able to wander through the old station and think about how harsh life must have been in 1877.
Nullarbor Links Golf Course
Nullarbor Hole – Allow 30 min
Stretching from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie, Nullarbor Links is the longest course in the world. Dingo’s Den is the Par 5 Nullarbor hole. With holes named Brumby’s Run, Wombat Hole or Nullarbor Nymph play one hole or play them all.
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90 Mile Straight
547km from Nullarbor – 2.5 hrs
Between Caiguna and Balladonia you’ll be going dead straight for nearly 150km. This is Australia’s longest stretch of straight road and a sign photo is a must for first time crossers. Watch out for camels, goannas, dingos & birds of prey.
Extra Day? Discover Kalgoorlie
It’s a bit of a detour but from Norseman you can head up to Kalgoorlie for a day or two to discover more about the town’s rich mining history. See the Super Pit or head underground on a mine tour.
It’s a long drive today so keep your eyes on the road a pick a podcast for your road trip from this list.
Fraser Range to Esperance
Drive: Fraser Range to Esperance – 307 km – 3 hours 22 minutes
Things to do along the way to Esperance
245km from Fraser Range – 1 hour
Camel trains where origninally used to bring goods and mail to Norseman. Check out the signs on the Old Post Office and Town Hall to find out more about the town’s rich history. A statue of Norseman the horse can also be found in the main street.
307km from Fraser Range – 2-3 hrs
You could easily settle in for the day along the foreshore. The bike path and walk link gardens, BBQ areas, playgounds, sculptures, toilets and exercise stations. The jetty is ideal for a stroll or to cast a line or you can hire a kayak or SUP and hit the water.
Lake Hillier Scenic Flight
2 hour tour from Esperance
See Esperance, Lake Hillier and Cape Le Grand from the air on this 80min Scenic Flight. Follow the coastline of the town, Woody Island, Frenchman Peak, Lucky Bay and the bubblegum pink Lake Hillier. From July to October you are likely to see migrating whales.
Things to do in Esperance
Cape Le Grand National Park
62km from Esperance- Allow all day
Spend the day exploring Cape Le Grand National Park. Make sure you visit Hellfire Bay, Lucky Bay and Le Grand Beach. A 1 hour walk from Lucky Bay to Thistle Cove will give you incredible 360 degree views over Cape Le Grand National Park. You can head out on your own or go on a Tag-Along Adventure tour with experienced guides. The tag along tour operates from November to February visiting hard to reach beaches, tracks and sand dunes while driving your own 4wd.
Incredible National Parks
If you love exploring National Parks the Esperance Region is for you. The jewel in the crown is Cape Le Grand National Park, but there is plenty more parks near by.
Along the coast you can explore Cape Arid National Park, Stokes National Park and Fitzgerald River National Park. You will find long stretches of beach, tiny inlets, whale watching spots, camping sites and plenty of wildlife.
You can also explore Peak Charles National Park’s amazing granite rock formations, 360 degree views and abundant wildflowers.
Esperance to Albany
Drive: Coral Coast Highway – Esperance to Albany – 481 km – 5 hours, 14 minutes
Things to do along the way to Albany
Esperance – Allow 30 min
From high on Wireless Hill you will enjoy 360 degree views of Esperance, the stunning coastline and remote islands of the Recherche Archipelago. If you have time you can follow the 38 km Great Ocean Drive.
455km from Denham – Allow 1 hour
Visit Porongurup National Park and take the Granite Skywalk. At 670m above sea level the suspended walkway offers stunning panoramic views across local farmland to Mt Gardner and Mt Manypeaks and the Stirling Range to the north.
Port Ann Whale Watching
348km from Esperance – Allow 1 hr
Between June and October watch the Southern Right Whales and their calves from the whale watching platforms. Fitzgerald River National Park is nearby and showcases nearly 20% of WA’s native flora species.
Things to do in Albany
Historic Whaling Station
21km from Albany – 2 hours
Take a self-guided tour of the whaling station that only closed in 1978. See the skeleton of the last sperm whale harpooned in Albany. Board the Cheynes IV whaling ship and learn about the history of whaling in Australia. There is a picnic area and playground.
National Anzac Centre
Albany – Allow 2 hours
This unique experiences lets you assume the identity of an actual service man or woman during the war. Find out just what it was like from recruitment, training and life during WW1. Explore the defences of the Princess Royal Fortress.
Regional Wildflower Garden
21km from Albany – Allow 1 hour
The garden is located near the Whaling Station. The stunning wetland environment has boardwalks & paths along the coast. You will find whale watching viewing decks along the way.
The Gap – Skywalk
18km from Albany – Allow 1 hour
Look down from the 40m high viewing platform into the vast Southern Ocean. The lookout extends 10m over the edge of the granite cliffs. Also see Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park.
3 Great Walks on the Albany Coast
Point Possession Heritage Trail – This 5km loop is family and pet friendly. It takes you along the Vancouver Peninsula. See Bramble Beach, Barker Bay Beach and in between climb Point Possession Dome.
Peak Head Walk Trail – this 4.8km return track requires good walking shoes to negotiate a bit of rock scrambling. For your effort, you get fantastic ocean and island views from Peak Head. The path starts at Stony Hill carpark.
Bald Head Trail –This 12.5km return hike in Torndirrup National Park is for fit walkers. Expect rock scrambling and steep sections as you hike along the ridge line to Bald Head. The incredible views are a rewarding distraction.
If you have a few days in Albany you can find more information in this detailed Albany Guide.
Albany to Walpole
Drive: Albany to Walpole – 120 km – 1 hours, 25 minutes
Things to do along the way to Walpole
Elephant Rocks & Cove
72km from Albany – Allow 2 hours
The huge boulders that resemble elephants paddling in the shallow waters make a great photo opportunity. It’s well worth following the staircase down through the rocks to the beach at Elephant Cove.
72km from Albany – Allow 2 hours
Just a short stroll from Elephant Rocks you will find Greens Pool. Greens Pool offers great snorkelling and swimming protected by the large boulders. Surrounded by William National Park with walks, wildlife and wildflowers.
111km from Albany – Allow 30 min
This is a good winter whale watching spot. It also has a great surf beach, limestone cliffs and granite headlands. The lookout is accessible for all. A boardwalk and stairs take you down to the beach. Picnic area and a toilet is available.
Breakfast – For a good coffee and nice breaky head to the quirky, vinatage cafe – The Store on Frederick.
Lunch – Located in the historic Old Butter Factory enjoy a cafe style lunch at Mrs Jones.
Dinner – For typical pub grub the Walpole Hotel Motel Restaurant offers nice views and a great meal.
Things to do in Walpole
Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk
20km from Walpole – Allow 2 hours
Walk 40m above the forest floor in the canopy of this amazing tingle forest. The 600m walk is accessible friendly. After the Tree Top Walk, stroll through the Ancient Empire – a boardwalk through more enormous tingle trees. It’s hard to appreciate just how big these trees are until you see you can fit a car inside the trunk! Take your time exploring the area and listen out for the birds, frogs and animals in the forest.
WOW Wilderness Cruise
Walpole – 10am-12.30pm
Cruise through the Walpole and Noralup Inlets Marine Park and a walk into the Nuyts Wilderness Area. Enjoy a cuppa and home made cake along the way. Look out for sea eagles, ospreys and dolphins where the Karri Forest meets the ocean.
Breakfast – The Golden Wattle Bakery is perfect for and Egg & Bacon Roll, Vanilla Slice & coffee.
Lunch – Pack a picnic and the to the gazebo at Walpole’s Rest Point. Watch the birds and look our for the stingrays that frequent the area.
Dinner – With not too many options you can head back to the Walpole Hotel Motel for dinner.
Walpole is the gateway to the Valley of the Giants and its position on Walpole Inlet and adjoining Nornalup Inlet make it great for fishing, swimming and boating. Many of the town’s attractions are within the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre. It includes the Valley of the Giants, Swarbrick and Mount Frankland.
The Swarbrick Art Trail features the 39m long Wilderness Wall of Perceptions carving and Mount Frankland has some great walks and lookouts. There are a few stairs, but the views are worth the climb. Walpole Rest Point Caravan Park is a good spot to stay. At the jetty, look for the stingrays that cruise around looking for fish scraps.
Walpole to Margaret River
Drive: Walpole to Margaret River – 252km – 2 hour, 53 minutes
Things to do along the way to Margaret River
Pemberton Discovery Tour
120km from Walpole – Allow 4 hours
We did the tag along 4wd tour through the dunes and old growth Karri forest and had a great time. This guided eco adventure has a variety of highlights depending on the season. Follow forest trails, drive along the beach, learn about the old growth forests & see WA’s amazing wildflowers.
122km from Walpole – Allow 1 hour
If you are game you can climb the 153 peg, 53 metre tall Gloucester Tree for a spectacular view of the forest. A number of trees were used during the 1930’s as fire lookouts. These trees are estimated be be around 250 years old. The tree is located in the Gloucester National Park.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
242km from Walpole – Allow 1.5 hr
Visit the most south-westerly point of Australia where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. Tour the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and enjoy the exhibition in the lighthouse keepers cottage. See the rock encrusted historic waterwheel used to supply the lighthouse keepers with water.
Breakfast – Grab something to eat from The Golden Wattle Bakery.
Lunch – Enjoy lunch on your Pemberton Discovery Tour or try the Hidden River Estate for an amazing seasonal menu & glass of wine.
Dinner – For something special try the 5 course degustation menu or Rustico Tapas with stunning vineyard views and sea breezes at the Hay Shed Hill.
Indulge in a Luxury Beach House Stay
If you fancy a night or two of luxury with 180 degree ocean views The Roozen Residence is for you. Just 10 min from Margaret River, you will wake up to incredible views of the beach and the surf metres from your bedroom. With three kingsize bedrooms there is plenty of room for the family or a few friends.
Explore Margaret River
Things to do in Margaret River
Margaret River Wine Adventure Tour
This tour is on our list for our next visit, it looks amazing! If you are looking for a bit more than the standard wine tour this includes a canoe along the Margaret River, 4wd access to the remote Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs and a stop at Kevill Road Waterfall for honey tasting. Finish the day with some Marron & Mussels and local Aboriginal history. You will also visit Fraser Gallop Estate for a gourmet lunch and wine tasting and the White Elephant Cafe & beach.
Breakfast – If you like to feel the sand between your toes while you enjoy your first coffee of the day try the White Elephant Beach Cafe.
Lunch – Enjoy a Gourmet Lunch around the wine barrels or vineyard at Fraser Gallop Estate. Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea are all provided on your Margaret River Wine Adventure Tour.
Dinner – Soak up the Winery atmosphere at the Nookery Cafe at Woody Nook Wines. Start with a Woody Nook Taste Plate followed by the Spring Lamb Rump or Beetroot & Goats Cheese Terrine.
Margaret River Wine Region
Margaret River sits in the south-western corner of Australia, around 270 kilometres from Western Australia’s capital city of Perth. A long, narrow region, it is hugged by the Indian Ocean on the north and west and Southern Ocean to the south.
Its Mediterranean climate provides ideal grape-growing conditions – winter rain and cool sea breezes that give vibrancy to the fruit and a long, dry summer capable of ripening Cabernet Sauvignon right to the end of the season.
The Margaret River Wine Region is also a gourmet food lover’s delight with locally produced olives, venison, cheeses, chocolate plus an abundance of locally caught fish and seafood.
Alternative Day Tour – Margaret River Winery + Brewery Tour
Margaret River is one of Australia’s finest food and drink destinations, which you’ll discover first-hand on this full-day tour. Start the day with a coffee tasting at Yahava Koffeeworks. Enjoy wine tasting at some of the best local wineries and stop for lunch at a brewery. Finish the day at the Margaret River Chocolate Company with tastings or a coffee or delicious ice cream. >>Full Day Winery & Brewery Tour
Margaret River to Bunbury
Drive: Margaret River to Bunbury – 100 km – 1 hour, 21 minutes
Things to do along the way to Bunbury
Margaret River – Allow 2 hours
Stop in at the Margaret River Nougat Company, Chocolate Company and Dairy Company. Pick up some treats to enjoy over the next few days.
51km from Margaret River – 2-3 hrs
The 1.84km long Busselton Jetty has plenty going on. Either walk or catch the jetty train and at the end of the jetty you will find a museum and underwater observatory. You can even don an undersea helmet and walk along the sea floor.
Bunbury Wildlife Park
100km from Margaret River – 2 hrs
You could easily spend the whole afternoon walking through aviaries, feeding kangaroos, meeting the Quokkas, Potoroos and Hairy Nosed Wombat. If you are up for it you can hold a snake or perhaps an Owl. There is plenty of room for a picnic.
Breakfast – Try Drift Cafe for an All Day Breakfast Menu. Have a vegan Bubble & Squeak or House Made Pancakes with berries.
Lunch – For beautiful views along the Busselton Jetty book into the EquinOx, the pizzas and salads are fab.
Dinner – The Bayview Restaurant has a relaxed vibe overlooking the water. From pizzas, salads or a parmi there are plenty of options.
Dolphin Discovery Centre
Bunbury – Allow 2 hours
Right in the heart of Bunbury you can interact with a local pod of dolphins. Volunteers are on hand with plenty of information as the dolphins swim within a few feet of shore. You can also check out the Interpretive Centre and book an eco cruise or swim with the dolphins experience.
Things to do in Bunbury
Marlston Hill Lookout
Bunbury – Allow 30 min
Enjoy panoramic views over Bunbury harbour and Koombana Bay. The new 25m tall lighthouse stands on the original lighthouse site. Look over several beaches, the breakwater, old timber jetty and you might even see a few dolphins.
Bunbury – Allow 1-2 hrs
Ocean Beach and the 4km streach of beaches along the west coast is the towns main surfing beach. It is a lovely scenic drive with plenty of parking along the way. The Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club patrols the area.
Bunbury – Allow 30 min
From the Marlston Hill Lookout take a short walk to the striking checkered lighthouse. While there is no public access to the lighthouse, it is a prominent landmark easily seen from Bunbury and the Ocean. It is a great spot for a photo.
Day Trips from Perth
If you are spending a few days in Perth it’s worth checking out our list of 12 of the best day trips from Perth. They feature everything from wildlife, street art and stunning beaches to giant sand dunes and the state’s oldest national park.
In just a couple of hours from the city centre, these day trips will take you to some of Perth’s and Western Australia’s best attractions.
Bunbury to Perth
Drive: Bunbury to Perth – 167 km – 1 hour, 53 minutes
Things to do along the way to Perth
Yalgorup National Park
56 km from Bunbury – 2 hours
Enjoy bushwalking and birdwatching at Yalgorup National Park. The park runs along the coast and has a chain of 10 lakes. The thrombolites are visible on the edge of Lake Clifton in March and April.
106km from Bunbury – 2 hours
The Joesph & Dulcie Nannup trail is a 4km easy walk with boardwalks overlooking the Lake Goegrup Nature Reserve and Serperntine River. Keep an eye out for dolphins, bandicoots and plenty of birdlife.
Fremantle Prison Tour
165km from Bunbury – 2 hours
Operating for 140 years and only closing in 1992, Fremantle Prison is a confronting place to explore. The stories, history and feel of the place make a visit here an unforgettable experience.
Additional Days? Rottnest Island
If you finish your Adelaide to Perth Road Trip but have a spare day or two make sure you head out to Rottnest Island for the day. You can book a ferry & bike package to make the most of your day. Ride along the coast to discover incredible beaches, history and of course everyones favourite – the Quokkas. >> Discover Rottnest Island
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