Turquoise waters, culture-rich towns and the whitest sand you’ll ever crunch between your toes – explore the coastal beauty of Albany and Esperance on a five day round trip from Perth. Just shy of 2,000 kilometres, it’s a journey of astounding contrast and continuous wonder, where the South West and Golden Outback interweave their magic.
Set off from Perth to Albany and wind through the Wheatbelt’s picturesque farmland, dotted with rocky outcrops and laidback towns.
If Albany could talk, it would tell fascinating stories. Tales of Australia’s early settlers, Anzacs and fishermen are imbued in the port city’s historic surrounds. The spectacular coastline affords whale-spotting opportunities from June to August when these majestic beasts perform their annual migration.
The Albany to Esperance journey features exquisite interludes. Bremer Bay welcomes you into Fitzgerald River National Park, where a magical carpet of exquisite wildflowers comes alive from September to November.
Esperance is pure seaside bliss. Spend lazy days soaking up the vibe, then jolt into action with swimming, snorkelling or surfing the impossibly clear aquamarine waters. At Lucky Bay, be prepared to share the pure-white sands with kangaroos lazing on the shore.
While there, explore the 100-plus islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago, where sea eagles soar the endless blue sky and fur seals flourish. Ever seen a pink lake? A scenic flight over the vibrant, flamingo-hued Lake Hillier is simply mesmerising.
Wave Rock, near Hyden, is a must-do on the return trip to Perth. Catch the biggest wave on land without an ocean in sight – the cresting 15-metre wall of rust-red granite might just be the most mind-blowing experience of your adventure.