Perth to Esperance by Road
Western Australia is Australia’s largest state. It covers a total land area of over 2.6 million square kilometres and is the second-largest country subdivision in the world. Western Australia is made up mostly of arid Outback and, as a result, is sparsely populated. Getting to many of the States tourist attractions, means having to travel vast distances. Esperance, for example, is over seven hundred kilometres from Perth. The most direct route is along the Brookton Highway (State Route 40) and takes you through the southern wheat belt and along the Stirling Range. A worthy stop is made at Hyden where the major attraction is Wave Rock. For those wanting a stopover, Albany breaks the journey up perfectly. After almost nine hours on the road you will arrive at your destination.
On my recent visit to Esperance, I decided to take the coastal route back to Perth. The following are some of the attractions and stopovers on this less direct route, that is well over a thousand kilometres.
Esperance to Denmark
There are a number of potential first night stopovers on the route back from Esperance. Albany is one and Denmark is a second option. I decided to spend the night in the latter as I love the thick forests and tall trees in the surrounding area. The distance from Esperance to Denmark is 531 kilometres along National Route 1. The following is the sunrise that beckoned me when I woke up in my Denmark lodgings.
Denmark to Margaret River
The fauna along the route from Denmark to Margaret River becomes increasingly thicker and more verdant. There are large swathes of dense forest which is in stark contrast to cleared farmland closer to Esperance. The following photo was taken as I started my journey on the road between Denmark and Walpole.
Valley of the Giants – Tree Top Walk
By the time we reached Valley of the Giants in Walpole, we had covered a distance almost six hundred kilometres from Esperance. The giant Tingle trees in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park can reach heights of over fifty metres and many have been in existence for over four hundred years. The six hundred metre long Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk is the most visited attraction on the Rainbow Coast. It rises to over forty metres in height and has majestic views of the surrounding wilderness area.
Esperance to Margaret River
Margaret River is eight hundred and fifty kilometres from Esperance. This resort town is popular with tourists particularly because of its close proximity (270 kilometres) to state capital Perth. It is renowned for its fine wine and surfing.
The last leg of the journey from Esperance to Perth takes us to Wyadup Rocks, Busselton Jetty and finally through the port town of Bunbury. Wyadup Rocks is forty kilometres from Margaret River, close to the village of Yallingup. It is a great place to swim, fish or just admire the landscape.
Esperance to Perth – Forest Areas
One of the many appeals of driving from Esperance to Perth along the coastal route, is the number of beautiful forests that you will drive through on route. This was taken close Gracetown, Western Australia.
Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the world, stretching 1.8 kilometres out to sea. The jetty was originally built in order that cut timber from the surrounding area could be transported to ships. It is no longer used commercially and is now a tourist attraction.
I highly recommend taking an alternate route on the return journey from a vacation in Esperance. I also suggest breaking the journey up with stopovers along the way. There are some truly amazing place to visit and sights to see.