Always wanted to visit Perth? Always wanted to visit Adelaide? Always wanted to walk on stunning beaches, walk through Natural Parks and be immersed in Australian culture? Why not go on a Margaret River to Adelaide road trip? They are approximately 3800km apart and you will travel through historical villages, beautiful countryside and lively towns.
Before beginning the journey you may want to hire a campervan from Mighty Campers (www.mightycampers.com). They have a variety of vehicles that sleep 2 – 6 people and with stoves, microwaves and other mod-cons on board you will be travelling in style.
Hiring a motor home gives you a lot more freedom because you can travel at the pace you want. You are able to be much more spontaneous, if you find a town on your way that you want to stay at for an extra few nights then you don’t need to worry about rearranging hotel bookings, you can make the decision straight away.
Margaret River Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat
Begin your journey near the Margaret River, at the Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat. This eco inspired campsite is incredibly unique and you can relax amidst nature and cook dinner on the traditional campfire.
Or, for a more modern alternative, why not try Down South Camping, where you can even become a VIP customer and go diving from the camp site. The Margaret River caves are only a short drive from each of these locations so you can visit at any time and go on the 3 hour torch lit tour. If you fancy booking an adventure tour then try West Coast Cruiser. You can do snorkelling, abseiling, sand boarding and much more with their professionally trained staff.
Wharncliffe Mill, Bramley National Park, Carters Rd, Margaret River
Cape Le Grand National Park
On this route you will get to see many of the nine National Parks in Western Australia, including the Cape Le Grand National Park. You can camp at Lucky Bay or Cape Le Grand Beach, both of which are equipped with bbq area but have no shop and no power because of being quite remote.
You can take walks from here, such as the Frenchman’s Peak walk (3k return) if you fancy a leisurely stroll, or the Coastal Trek (15k one way) for the more adventurous. You could also try Cape Arid National Park where you can do the Lenotte Trail and look for animals and rare plant life or do the Tagon Coastal Walk, where on occasion you can spot a whale frolicking in the water.
Be sure to make a stop at the wonderful Port Lincoln. You will be spoilt for choice when looking for a campsite to make a stop at but I recommend the Rickey Bates Reserve, Shringa Beach and Pondalowie Park as these are all on the coast and have excellent facilities, especially for those travelling with young children.
If you are an animal lover then you are very close to the Whalers Way Conservation Park, the Flora and Fauna Reserve and the Glen Forest Wildlife Park where you can see everything from kangaroos to emus. If you decide that this is somewhere you would like to explore for longer then, with a campervan, you can do. Just pull up at a different camp site and bed down for the night; it’s as simple as that.
Finally you will arrive in beautiful Adelaide, a lively city with lots going on. Be sure to sample the local produce at the market, go shopping at the East End and relax on the sandy beaches. Adelaide Caravan Park on the Torrens River is only 2km from the city centre or if you fancy something slightly further afield then Levi Park is 4km from the city and is very tranquil with beautiful gardens.
Overall, there is so much to see and do on this road trip across western and southern Australia that it will undoubtedly leave you counting down until you can visit again.