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Driving Perth to Broome

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Driving Perth to Broome

I have looked at previous forums for Perth to Broome, but there hasn't been much in the past year, so I thought I'd ask again.

My parents, my girlfriend and I are looking to drive from Perth to Broome in about 10 days. I have been looking at maps and such, and we don't mind traveling, but I was wondering if I could get some help with the stops. I was thinking Geraldton the first night, but then it gets foggy. Is Kalbarri worth the visit? How about Monkey Mia? I would also like to go through Karjini if possible as well. What would we miss by not going through Karratha? I also understand there isn't a whole lot for accommodations in the national park.

I have looked into it, I would like to take them through Exmouth, but what is worth it more? Exmouth or Karjini?

It will be my parent's first trip to WA, so I want to make it a remeberable trip. They aren't really into trekking but don't mind a little bit.

Thank you for all your help! I will continue to look into it, but it isn't till mid February we are going.

Cheers,

Kieran

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1. Re: Driving Perth to Broome

Mid February is cyclone season up there. You could be lucky and have nothing happen, or you could be cut off somewhere by floodwaters. Were you aware of this?

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2. Re: Driving Perth to Broome

Kalbarri and karijini are the must sees on the drive but yes - terrible time of year to be attempting it on a specific timeframe. The roads can be cut off for weeks at a time.

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3. Re: Driving Perth to Broome

I have to agree with the others, it's not a great time to be driving up here and you could have your plans foiled by flood waters. It's also a very oppressive time to be in the north west -very warm to hot temperatures, high humidity, rain and storms and the odd cyclone.

I think it may be best to look to driving south and through to somewhere like Esperance and the wonderful Cape Le Grand national park.

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4. Re: Driving Perth to Broome

Another vote for heading down to Esperance. Feb is the worst time to travel to Nth WA due to cyclones.

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If youi decide to change the month - places of interests >> Kalbarri , Coral Bay, Exmouth and Karijini . We actually really like Karratha too especially if you head out a little to explore.

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5. Re: Driving Perth to Broome

I would go down south ... you could spend say 4 days in Perth, and visit the Swan Valley with a bus tour and cruise back to the city; a day at Rottnest, a day around Fremanlte (Fridays and weekends the markets are open and the atmosphere is good on weekends there) ... plus have a tour around Perth, with Kings Park .. you must check out the view of the city at night ... and our beautiful beaches .. not to forget Sorrento Quay at Hillarys with an aquarium, AQWA .. plus the many restaurants and shops there.

You could drive to Albany in a day and stay 2 nights .. then visit Denmark, Greens Pool at William Bay National Park, the tree top walk near Walpole, Pemberton, (maybe a stop at Karri Valley Resort on the lake (?), Bridgetown, through to Nannup, Augusta, Margaret River (stay a couple of days here as a base to explore the area), Busselton jetty, the dolphin centre in Bunbury, Mandurah and lunch on the estuary before returning to Perth.

Here's some websites for you.

http://www.captaincookcruises.com.au/

http://www.svtours.com.au/

http://www.cavershamwildlife.com.au/

http://www.rottnestisland.com/

http://www.sorrentoquay.com.au/

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www.amazingalbany.com.au/?Redirect=True

http://www.denmark.com.au/

http://www.margaretriver.com/

On the way back, if you don't do Fremantle while in Perth, you could stop there on the way back from down south ... a gorgeous place to stay is Port Mill B & B .. right in the centre of town.

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6. Re: Driving Perth to Broome

Thank you for all your help!! I completely forgot about cyclone season! I guess we will be heading down south after all. I currently live in Perth so I'm more interested in seeing other parts of WA. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas/Holiday Season! Cheers!

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7. Re: Driving Perth to Broome

Hope you have a great trip with your family down south....come visit us in Broome mid year sometime.

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8. Re: Driving Perth to Broome

I recently spent a week down south with friends from NZ.

Day 1: Perth-Margaret River - via Bunbury and Busselton (they did the jetty walk, I veged out!)

Day 2: MR - Augusta - we spent the morning doing vineyards with lunch at Leeuwin Estate, then did a couple of caves on the way to Augusta where we spent the night. My friends were very keen to see the lighthouse and the confluence of the Indian and Southern Ocean. If that's not important you might give Augusta a miss and consider going through to Pemberton via Nannup or Bridgetown/Manjimup.

Day 3: Augusta - Pemberton (via Northcliffe and Windy Harbour) It's a pity Northcliffe is getting so deserted and neglected but the Understory: Art and Nature which starts at the wonderful Visitors Centre is well worth doing.

http://www.northcliffe.org.au/

I'd also give Windy Harbour a miss in favour of more time seeing other things; we only went there because the lady at the Northcliffe visitors centre said it was worth the detour - in my opinion it wasn't. But that's just my opinion.

Day 4: Pemberton - Walpole - big trees in Pemberton, Tree top walk in Walpole. Lunch at the lovely Donnelly River Wines.

Day 5: Walpole to Albany via Denmark, with lunch at The Lake House in Denmark - superb.

We spent the weekend in Albany where there are so many things to do. I had to fly back from Albany as I needed to be at work, but my friends headed off to Hyden via Mt Barker and Lake Grace, then came back to Perth via York and stayed a couple of nights in Fremantle.

They thoroughly enjoyed their trip and I saw parts of WA I haven't been to before, even though I've lived here for more than 30 years.

Edited: 1:54 am, December 07, 2012
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