23 days in Western Australia Itinerary

23 days in Western Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Western Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6​h
1
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
2
Exmouth
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Denham
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Kalbarri
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  7​h 15​min
5
Rottnest Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Margaret River
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Esperance
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Relax by the water at Roebuck Bay and Cable Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Japanese Cemetery and Chinese Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at SSJG Heritage Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at Yane Sotiroski Photography Gallery.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Broome day trip planner .

Melbourne to Broome is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Broome to be somewhat warmer, around 22°C, while days are warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Broome

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Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach

3
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and The Ningaloo Gallery. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Ningaloo Reef, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, contemplate the waterfront views at Yardie Creek, and make a trip to Potshot Memorial.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Exmouth sightseeing app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Broome to Exmouth takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Broome in May, with highs in Exmouth at 33°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denham.

Things to do in Exmouth

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Ningaloo Reef
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Shark Diving
Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef
Safaris

1
night
Denham

Denham ©
Denham is the administrative town for the Shire of Shark Bay, Western Australia. On the 11th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Hamelin Pool Stromatolites and then take in the waterfront activity at Shark Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Francois Peron National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denham road trip planning app .

Getting from Exmouth to Denham by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kalbarri.

Things to do in Denham

Parks Nature Beaches
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Shark Bay ©
Shark Bay
Francois Peron National Park ©
Francois Peron National Park
Hamelin Pool Stromatolites ©
Hamelin Pool Stromatolites

3
nights
Kalbarri

Kalbarri ©
Isolated and lapped at by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the town of Kalbarri boasts a picturesque location amid the dunes and sands of westerly Western Australia.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chinaman's Beach and Nature’s Window. Get outdoors at Blue Holes and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kalbarri National Park Coastal Cliffs, explore the activities along Hutt Lagoon, get great views at Red Bluff, and explore and take pictures at Island Rock & Natural Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalbarri itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Denham to Kalbarri in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rottnest Island.

Things to do in Kalbarri

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kalbarri National Park
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Nature’s Window ©
Nature’s Window
Chinaman's Beach ©
Chinaman's Beach
Blue Holes ©
Blue Holes

1
night
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Parakeet Bay, explore the gorgeous colors at Cathedral Rocks, then contemplate the waterfront views at Jeannies Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Salmon Bay, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Henrietta Rocks. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Wadjemup Lighthouse, steep yourself in history at Oliver Hill Battery, then enjoy the sea views from Bathurst Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Basin, and finally contemplate the long history of Salt Store Gallery and Exhibition Centre.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rottnest Island online road trip planner .

Getting from Kalbarri to Rottnest Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Parakeet Bay ©
Parakeet Bay
Wadjemup Lighthouse ©
Wadjemup Lighthouse
Oliver Hill Battery ©
Oliver Hill Battery

4
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Vasse Felix Winery and Knotting Hill Estate Vineyard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Surfers Point and Hamelin Bay will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Bunbury Farmers Market (in Bunbury), Yallingup Beach (in Yallingup) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Gnarabup Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm, take in the dramatic natural features at Sugarloaf Rock, and kick back and relax at Margaret River Mouth Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Margaret River holiday maker tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Rottnest Island to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Dunsborough, Cowaramup, Knotting Hill Estate Vineyard, Surfers Point
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Sunflowers  Animal Farm ©
Sunflowers Animal Farm
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach

3
nights
Albany

Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
You'll get in some beach time at Emu Point and Little Beach. Get some cultural insight at Princess Royal Fortress and The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albany: Elephant Rocks (in Denmark) and Bluff Knoll (in Stirling Range National Park). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Mt Melville Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of The Church of Saint John the Evangelist.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Albany day trip planner.

Drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. May in Albany sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Esperance.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bluff Knoll, Elephant Rocks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bluff Knoll ©
Bluff Knoll
Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks

2
nights
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. On the 25th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Twilight Bay, then steep yourself in history at Esperance Stonehenge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lucky Bay.

Plan trip to Esperance with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Albany to Esperance takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Esperance, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay
Great Ocean Drive ©
Great Ocean Drive

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