Day Trip from Perth to Lake Clifton

Day Trip from Perth to Lake Clifton

The distance between Perth and Lake Clifton is 97 km and the road distance is 108.5 km. Lake Clifton in the Yalgorup National Park, south of Mandurah is well known for its special rock-like formations that provide a unique look at what life was like at the dawn of time. They are the largest Thrombolite reef in the southern hemisphere.


These amazing formations are called thrombolites, and like the famous stromatolites at Shark Bay, they are built by micro-organisms too small for the human eye to see. It’s one of the few places in the state where living thrombolites survive.

Best Time

These peculiar structures live on the eastern edge of Lake Clifton and are most easily seen in March and April. There’s an observation walkway that allows you to get up close to the thrombolites. Microbial mounds, which are the remains of thrombolites, can be seen at nearby Lake Preston.

Facilities: Carpark, Coach Parking, Lookouts, Public Toilet

Entry cost: Free

Address: Mount John Road, Lake Clifton, Western Australia, 6215


Mandurah is a city on the southwest coast of Western Australia. It’s known for the Peel-Harvey Estuary with its abundant wildlife and migratory waterbirds. The Mandurah Community Museum features exhibits on the Peel region’s history. Halls Head Beach has a large resident dolphin population. 

Cheapest option

The cheapest way to get Lake Clifton to Mandurah costs only $6, and the quickest way takes just 32 minutes. The distance between the two destinations is 20 miles and it takes 40 minutes.


Bunbury is a port city in Western Australia, south of Perth. It’s known for wild bottlenose dolphins that often swim close to the beach at Koombana Bay. Nearby is the Dolphin Discovery Centre and the Leschenault Inlet, with calm waters and parkland rich with mangroves and birdlife. Bunbury’s western coastline spans popular Back Beach and Wyalup-Rocky Point, with its basalt rock formations.


The distance between Mandurah and Bunburry is 107.3 km via Forrest Highway and the durations is 1 hour and 9 minutes.

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