Long road trips down-south, up-north or anywhere else, can be pretty tiring for one driver.We look at five top travel destinations this Easter and how long it really takes to get there from Perth.

WA-Coast_900-smallEaster is a great time of year to go away on a long day trip or driving holiday. The sun’s out and not too hot, the beaches are sparkling and the fish are swimming. There are so many great places across WA to see, but living in such a vast state, road trips down-south, up-north or anywhere else can be pretty long and tiring for one driver. We’ve picked the best things to see or do in our top five travel destinations and looked at how long it really takes to drive there, so you can plan to share the drive and keep the kids at bay when they ask “are we there yet?”!

 

Top 5 Easter Spots

Destinations: Distance from Perth Driver Time
Margret River 270km 3hrs
Albany 420km 4.5hrs
Esperence 726km 7.5hrs
Coral Bay 1,150km 420km
Exmouth 1,270km 3hrs

*Source: Whereis.com.au, please note this is just guide.

Things to see and do

Margaret River: Explore the impressive natural beauty of Lake Cave or Mammoth Cave and keep the kids entertained for hours at Sunflowers Animal Farm. Indulge your sweet tooth at Gabriele Chocolate and don’t forget to enjoy some of the best baked goods from Yallingup Woodfired Bread. Relax in the sand and take a refreshing dip at Injidup or Meelup beach, two of the most beautiful beaches in the region.

Albany: Cruise down Albany highway and take a detour into the Stirling Ranges to conquer WA’s tallest mountain (at 1, 099m) Bluff Knoll, an achievable two hour ascent. Head to the Porongurup’s and experience Granite Sky Walk, which allows for brilliant views over the surrounding farming areas. Recuperate in Albany by going for a splash in the crystal-clear waters of Little Beach, part of Two People’s Bay National Park.  Pick up local produce at the Albany Farmers Market and Albany Boatshed Markets and don’t miss the National Anzac Centre, a brilliant exhibition dedicated to WWI. Take in the stunning coastal views along Princess Royal Drive, learn about the history of Albany’s Whaling museum and witness the remarkable power of the Albany Wind Farm; one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Esperance: Let the kids run wild at Adventureland Park, experience the squeaky white sand and turquoise water of the popular Twilight Beach and visit Esperance’s Stonehenge; an impressive granite replica of the UK’s Stonehenge. Enjoy a drive through Fitzgerald River National Park, which runs along magnificent coastline from Bremer Bay to Hopetoun. Make sure you pull over to look out over Culham Inlet, which offers stunning views towards Hopetoun.   Take the obligatory photo with kangaroos basking in the sun at Cape Le Grand National Park, make friends with the local wildlife at the Esperance Bird and Animal Park and venture out to the Esperance’s extraordinary Pink Lake.

Coral Bay: Grab your snorkelling gear and explore the natural beauty of Ningaloo Reef’s coral gardens, cast a line and teach the kids how to fish at one of the many designated fishing beaches. Take a glass bottom boat tour over the coral reef and learn about the incredible variety of marine life protected in the Ningaloo Marine Park.  Tick an item off the bucket list and go swimming with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks.  Go for a swim in the pristine waters of Bill’s Bay before feeding hundreds of North West snapper which swim into the shore of Main Beach at around 3:30pm every day. March and April are also the best time to see the annual coral spawning.

Exmouth: Dive into the water of the appropriately named Turquoise Bay, encourage the kids to have an interactive education at the Jurabi Turtle Centre or embark on the adventure of a lifetime as you go snorkelling with Exmouth’s renowned Whale shark’s which come out to play from March to July each year. Hike through the vibrantly red  gorges of Cape Range National Park, travel the Charles Knife Road scenic route to Charles Knife Canyon- arrive at sunrise for a brilliant view from the east and across to the coast. Join fellow travellers at the  Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, for a mesmerising sunset over the Ningaloo Marine Park.

If you’re planning on going away this Easter remember to plan your journey ahead of time and share the drive. RAC Car Insurance includes open driver cover, giving you the option to share the drive with family or friends without any insurance worries^.

Get 50% off National Park Passes through RAC if you’re a member. These can be used across the state, instead of paying each time you drive into a National Park.

If you need accommodation in Coral Bay, Exmouth, Cervantes or Monkey Mia, don’t forget members save at RAC Parks and Resorts.

There are also a number of free driving itineraries available – browse them here and plan your next driving adventure! Or go to our online shop and save 15% on maps and guides if you’re a member.

 

^ Open driver cover conditions apply. Check the PDS at rac.com.au for details.