Driving between Perth & Broome, WA – The Roadtrip
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Perth to Broome Drive: The Ultimate WA Road Trip
The Perth-Broome drive is one of Australia’s most popular road trips. You won’t be able to stop at any of the beautiful and tranquil places you can visit. This itinerary will show you the top places to visit and tell you what to do. It is also possible to drive from Broome, Australia to Perth.
While the East Coast road trip is often overlooked by Western Australia, it can offer much more for curious travelers. It boasts some of the most beautiful and remote beaches in the world, as well as surfing and incredible wildlife. The iconic sunsets over India Ocean are just a few examples. You might also want to consider extending your trip by taking Perth-Esperance.
How far is it from Perth to Broome?
Google Maps estimates that the Perth-to-Broome drive would take 22 hours 20 minutes if there were no stops. This route is via National Highway 95, and it will not take to you to the most beautiful places in Western Australia. We recommend you take the coast route. Not only will it break up your journey but you’ll also have the time and enjoyment of your life.
How long in the drive from Perth to Broome?
Driving direct, the shortest route is 2,224km and takes around 23.5 hours to drive.
We suggest taking the scenic route, though, because the west coast of Australia is absolutely stunning.
Taking the more scenic route means the route starts at 2,346km and will vary depending on how many stops you make along the coast.
Travel time starts at 24 hours, and we suggest taking time out to stop,and see the sights.
When is the best time to drive from Perth to Broome?
Wildflowers, whales, and the wet seasons.
- You can see wildflowers along roads and in national parks if you visit between July/August and November.
- You can see the humpback whales in action in the ocean between June and November.
- Because the temperatures are more mild, you should visit between May and October (during dry season).
How do I get from Broome to Perth?
Rent a Car or Van: If you don’t have a car, renting a vehicle is a great option to drive from Perth to Broome. Broome to Perth is usually the most affordable option. You can also return your vehicle to the same place you picked it up. You should also consider the additional miles you’ll have to drive.
Although a van rental is more expensive than a car initially, you can still stay in freedom camps and save money on accommodation.
Immova is another option for moving cars and vans. This is covered in detail in our article cheaply travelling to Australia. If you have a tight budget and are flexible with your dates, it is possible to relocate a vehicle free of charge or for a small fee.
Public Transport: it’s possible to take the bus up the West Coast of Australia. It isn’t as common as the Greyhound on East Coast so it will take you longer to get there. Integrity Coach Lines offer a hop-on, hop-off service. This is a great option for those who travel alone or don’t want to drive. This option allows you to travel in any direction you wish and can even design your own itinerary. There are a variety of deals available, ranging from $267 to $722 depending upon how often you travel and how many kilometers you travel.
Tours You can join multiple tours to make Perth to Broome driving easy. The Why Not Bus is a respected tour company that takes you to all the major sights. The tour is primarily a camping trip and caters to people aged 18 to 35.
There are many tours that you can choose from so you have to search for the best deal. Although they often follow the same route, prices and start dates vary. These options have a downside: they offer less freedom and are more expensive. It takes away the stress of planning your trip and allows you to enjoy the best of the west.
Which route should I take? Broome to Perth, or Perth to Broome?
Your circumstances will determine which direction you choose to travel. You will need to decide if you are driving the route or renting a camper or car to travel. Car hire from Broome to Perth is usually cheaper because most travellers drive Perth to Broome and then fly back home to Perth. It is important to research the prices and determine your budget.
If you’re planning a trip like this, but perhaps interstate, check with the state government where you are travelling to, or find a site like covidtraveltesting.com.au in case you need to have a RAT or PCR test prior or after entering the state.
How far do you have to drive from Perth to Broome?
The length of your trip will depend on how much you love travelling and what you want to do. You would need to travel for about two weeks to cover everything on the list. If you are short on time or don’t like travelling fast, then a week might be sufficient. You will need to skip the main attractions but that shouldn’t stop you from travelling.
Important Things You Need to Know
Western Australia National Park Pass
If you are planning to visit them, you should purchase a Western Australia National Park Pass. It is much more affordable than purchasing them individually. You can choose to get a holiday card for five days ($25), fourteen days ($40), or four weeks ($60 depending on the length of your Perth to Broome drive. A pass is cheaper than buying an individual entry. Each car costs between $10-$15.
Download an Offline map
Sometimes, you may not be able to connect to your phone on the Perth-Broome drive. Download an offline map. Maps.Me is our favorite travel app. We explain why in this post. There are many other apps you can use.
Keep in mind that Western Australia is remote and isolated. It is a good idea for you to drive from Perth to Broome so that your tank is full.
4 Wheel Drive
You don’t need a 4WD to make this trip, as most roads are sealed. It is worth having one if you plan to do some off-roading, or go off the beaten track.
Because Western Australia can be very hot, it is a good idea that you have water in your car. You could get stuck in remote areas. Dehydration can also be fatal in national parks. We are not trying to scare you, but to ensure you feel prepared.
Where can I stay
You will find hotels, resorts as well as hostels, campgrounds, and free camping throughout the trip. Your budget and your location will determine the accommodation you choose. There was always something to do in hostels, campsites, or free camps.
The 14 best spots on the Perth-Broome Drive
This West Coast Australia road trip guide shows you the best places to visit on your Perth to Broome drive, and what you can do there. You can also drive from Broome or Perth by flipping the route. These are the must-see places that you should not miss: Read, explore, and create your itinerary.
Time to spend: 1 – 2 days
Perth is Western Australia’s capital. It is often referred to as a “ghost town” when compared with Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. We disagree. Although it’s the most remote city in the world, that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable. It has more sunshine than any other capital city in the state, but that is not the only reason to visit.
These are the best things to do and see in Perth
- King’s Park – for a bushwalk with views of the skyline.
- The CBD – Visit Elizabeth Quay or London Court.
- Take a walking tour with a local guide (lasts for 90 minutes).
- Perth’s Cultural Centre is a collection of museums, libraries and amphitheatres.
- Visit Northbridge and eat at a delicious restaurant.
- Take the Instagram shot to see the Blue Boat House and black swans.
- Cottesloe Beach, City Beach
- Fremantle- Markets and Fremantle Road House are just a few of the adorable shops.
- Rottnest Island Day Tour – A 45-minute ferry ride, hire bikes, and see the quokkas.
Time to spend: 2 hours
Time taken from Perth: 1 hour 30 minutes
Lancelin is known for its white dunes, which are a natural playground. Rent sandboards or a road buggy and take your 4×4 to the dunes. Or just admire them. This is a great place to take pictures, and it is also a great place to explore.
Nambung National Park – The Pinnacles
Time to spend: 2 hours
Time from Lancelin: 40 minutes
The natural wonders of Nambung National Park are the Pinnacles. To drive around the park, you will need to purchase a pass or pay a fee. To see the sunset at the park’s circular driving route, you should arrive an hour early. The visitor center has information about the Pinnacles. These are marine fossils, which were formed in columns and can reach up to 3.5 metres in height.
Time to spend: Half a day to one day
Time from The Pinnacles: 1 Hour
Jurien Bay is the best spot to swim with sea-lions in Australia. There are also many colonies you can see. You will need to book a tour if you wish to swim with the sea lions. You will have the opportunity to interact with these curious creatures for approximately two hours. Jurien Bay offers a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful blue waters.
Time to spend: Half a day
Time from Jurien Bay to Jurien Bay: 2:05 hrs
Geraldton is a great place to stop and break up your journey. It is also the largest town between Perth, Darwin and Adelaide. It is a smart idea to get as much essentials as possible while you are there. It won’t be long before there isn’t a Coles or Woolies.
Geraldton, a city near the coast, is known for being a great place to escape to the ocean. There are many activities you can do: snorkelling, sailing, surfing, and so much more. You can also visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial and Museum of Geraldton (both free).
Time to spend: One day.
Time from Geraldton – 1 hour
Horrocks was voted Australia’s best beach on the mainland in 2018. It is well worth a visit just for that reason. It is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the amazing colour of the ocean. The pier is a great place to jump off, enjoy a barbecue using the facilities provided or get seafood from the local shop. Horrocks Beach Caravan park is a great place to stay. It’s not too expensive and not on the touristy route. You will have the feeling that you’re actually exploring WA.
Hutt Lagoon-The Pink Lake
Time to spend: 1-2 Hours
Time to Horrocks: 35 min
Hutt Lagoon, a pink lake, is something you’ve probably seen on Instagram. Although you won’t need to stay here for very long, we recommend stopping by Kalbarri to take some photos. Although we have not swum in the lake, we did take a dip once as it is salty. If you’re looking for a great view from the air, take a scenic flight above the lake. You can also see the pink lake colour at midday when the sun hits it.
Time to spend: 1 – 2.
Time from Hutt Lagoon is 35 minutes
Disclaimer: We lived in Kalbarri while we did our backpacker farm work. We may be biased, but we still love Kalbarri and recommend it to anyone who is considering a Perth to Broome trip. You can spend more time here if you want. Check out our post about 16 amazing things to do in Kalbarri.
Kalbarri is located where the Murchison River meets Indian Ocean. It is home to two stunning national parks. There is an inland and a coastal park. These are both breathtaking and should be visited.
These are the highlights of Kalbarri:
- The Kalbarri Window, Kalbarri National Park
- The Z-Bend
- The Kalbarri Skywalk
- The Coastal Cliffs – including Mushroom Rock and Island Rock as well as the Natural Bridge
- Jacques Point – Surf and coffee at the Van
- The Blue Holes are great for snorkelling
- Chinaman’s Beach
- Quad Biking
Time to spend: 1 – 2 days.
Time from Kalbarri: 3 Hours
Shark Bay is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Area that you shouldn’t miss. It is located at the westernmost point of Australia, and is home to many animal species, both on land and in the ocean.
Shark Bay offers many fun and free activities.
- Nanga Bay – Enjoy the crystal clear water.
- Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve
- Shell Beach – You will find millions upon millions of tiny shells. Only two beaches are like this in the entire world.
- Denham is a beautiful seaside town where you can rest and fuel up your car.
- Monkey Mia – to see the dolphins.
Monkey Mia has been a popular place to view bottlenose dolphins since the 1960s. Volunteers can feed the dolphins if you arrive early (7:45 AM). Three feeds are offered each day. While it is amazing to view the dolphins up close, you need to decide if you wish to participate. The Mia Dolphin Resort offers overnight accommodations. You can also stay there and enjoy a delicious meal or a well-deserved drink at their restaurant.
Time to spend: 1 – 2 days.
Time from Shark Bay: 7 Hours
Coral Bay is a small community with white sand beaches, located on the Ningaloo Reef. The coral gardens are a few meters away from the beach, making it a marine paradise. You may see manta rays, dolphins, and other fish species at the Coral Bay WalkWay if you’re lucky. Coral Bay is World Heritage-listed, and it is protected and unspoiled. It is undoubtedly a stunning spot along the Perth-Broome drive.
Time to spend: 1 – 2 days.
Time from Coral Bay is 1 hour and 35 minutes
The Cape Range National Park is a wonderland. Turquoise Bay is located here, one of Australia’s most stunning beaches. This beach is close to Ningaloo Reef, which we loved. If you’re lucky, you can even drift snorkel just metres from the shore and spot beautiful turtles and fish. Our top tip is to be aware of the current. Start snorkelling at the southern end of the beach, and let it take you down. But get out before any sandbar. If you’re not a strong swimmer, don’t do it.
You can also swim with whale sharks in Exmouth. This tour is run sustainably by one of the few places worldwide. This tour is available from March through August. You can also shop around to find the best company.
Karijini National Park
Time to spend: 1 – 2 days.
Time from Exmouth: 8 Hours
Karijini national park is one the most unique and beautiful places in Australia. You don’t need a 4WD vehicle to visit Karijini. If you plan to travel anywhere, however, you will need one. You won’t find water inside the park so make sure you bring plenty of water. The national park covers a vast area and is Australia’s second largest (627,422 ha). There are many things to do and see.
These are the best things that you can do and see:
- Fortescue Falls
- Fern Pool
- Take a hike to Circular Pool
- Hancock Gorge (spider Walk to Kermit’s Pool).
- Hamersley Gorge is where you will find waterfalls and swimming pools.
Eighty Mile Beach
Time to spend: 1 day
Time to Karijini: 6 hours
Eighty Mile Beach makes a great stop on your way to Broome. It is home to many migratory birds. This is a great place to stop and enjoy the sunset over the Indian Ocean. The beach is long (220km), so you’ll feel isolated. You can also find a spot to relax and unwind before you begin your final leg to Broome. If you are looking for a place to stay the night, there is a caravan park that offers camping, caravans, and cabins.
Time to spend: 1 – 2 days.
Time from Eighty Mile Beach: 3 Hours 50 Minutes
Broome is the final stop. Broome is undoubtedly beautiful and lives up the hype. Cable Beach is the most well-known spot in Broome. Here you can enjoy the famous sunsets with the camels. Broome is a fascinating place with outstanding natural beauty.
These are the top things to do in Broome
- Gantheaume Point: To see the footprints of dinosaurs
- Broome Markets – Every Saturday morning.
- Cable Beach – For the perfect sunset
- Visit the Japanese cemetery.
- The Staircase to Moon – A natural phenomenon at full moons.
- Matso’s Brewery is the most remote brewery in WA. Enjoy a Mango and Ginger beer.
You want something new? Rent a scooter to discover Broome. You can take a scooter to explore Broome, visit the beaches, view dinosaur prints on the red rock, stop at tranquil coffee shops and go exploring Bohemian market, all for $35 per day.