Yanchep National Park is just an hour away from Perth. There are a few short walks in the area, but the best attraction is the range of wildlife. It’s one of the only places in Western Australia where you can see koalas, and there are also great bird watching opportunities and plenty of kangaroos.
It’s home to the most dazzling white sand dunes; which are an awesome landscape for photos and a popular spot for sandboarding. It’s also quite fun to see how long it takes you to get to the top of one! From the summit of the dunes, you can see the Indian Ocean and the small settlement of Lancelin.
Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri’s where the Perth to Broome drive itinerary starts to get good. Kalbarri National Park is located slightly inland and it’s absolutely epic. There are also some great lookouts in Kalbarri National Park, including the Murchinson River Gorges which encompass the trail I just mentioned and Z-Bend.
The Ningaloo Reef runs from the water’s edge out to sea at the small town of Coral Bay. Ocean tour operators will take you out to see whatever sea creatures are in season, including whale sharks between March and June, humpback whales between June and October, turtles gathering to breed on the beaches between November and February, and manta rays all year round.
Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is for many the highlight of the journey from Perth to Broome. Away from the coastline of Western Australia and a few hundred kilometres inland, this is the best detour by coach you will make on the road trip north. It’s the second largest National Park in the state and it will leave you simply astounded by its intricate network of gorges, natural swimming pools, and high mountains.