Road trip in Perth

by By Latashni Gobi Nathan (latagn@sph.com.sg)
published on 21 June 2016

Australia is one of the best countries to rent a car and go on a road trip with friends and family.

Take a leisurely drive through Perth. Travel at your own pace and enjoy a flexible itinerary.

Check out available accommodations along the way. Find out where are the petrol stations where you can refuel. For added adventure, you can even check out camping sites. Camping sites may require permits so do your research and get the necessary documents.

Here are some places you can go to if you are planning to drive through Perth.

See wildlife at the national park

It is always best to start your day early so you have more time to drive at a relaxed pace.

Put Yanchep National Park on your list of places to visit. Located about 45 minutes from the city, culture and nature come together here. Explore limestone caves, go on walking trails and see if you can spot the western grey kangaroo.

Entry to the park is AUD$12 (S$12.07) per car.

Visit the koala boardwalk and take pictures of the adorable Australian native animal. Go deeper into the park and you can see exotic birds like the white ibis, the great egret or a while-tailed cockatoo.

Mr Karthigesh Govindaraj, a 26-year-old Singaporean studying in Perth, fell in love with the calming beauty of the national park.

He said: "You feel your stress melt away when you step into the park. You get to see wildlife in their natural habitat and you are completely surrounded by natural beauty. There is simply so much to see and explore. Give yourself at least a day to explore the park."

Sand board at sand dunes

Lancelin is a small town by the coast that has a bright blue bay with calm waters. It is a two-hour drive from the city.

The town is also surrounded by massive sand dunes that provide tourists with fun activities like driving jeeps through the dunes and even sand boarding.

Mr Govindaraj said: “You can rent a sand board at around AUD$10 an hour. It may take you a while to learn how to use a sand board, but once you get the hang of it, you will find it very enjoyable. Prepare to slather on sunblock and have a spare change of clothes. It is amazing how soft the san feels under your feet when you walk up the dunes."

Other activities you could try in the town of Lancelin are windsurfing and rock lobster fishing.

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles is an area with limestones of varying sizes that are found in the desert within the Nambung National Park. The drive will take around two and a half hours.

The natural limestone structures were formed some 25,000 to 30,000 years ago after the sea receded and left seashells behind. Over time, coastal winds blew the sand away, exposing the pillars that can stand as high as five metres.

 Entry to the park costs about AUD$11 per car. You can either choose to drive and follow the route for vehicles, or park your car and walk.