Whether you are looking for a beach getaway or experience nature in all its glory, a scenic road trip along the Golden Outback is perfect for any kind of traveller. Home to white beaches and technicolour fields filled with wildflowers, you can be guaranteed an amazing experience during your trip to this wonder of nature.
Set off on your adventure by flying into Perth on a short 5.5-hour flight from Malaysia. From there, rent a car right at the Perth airport and begin your adventure to these top spots along your drive to explore the Golden Outback.
Spend an afternoon exploring Wave Rock
Beginning from Perth, enjoy a four-hour scenic drive admiring the greenery of picturesque rolling farmlands to wide vistas of wheat and canola fields to the Wheatbelt town of Hyden.
Over 2,700 million years in the making, Wave Rock rises 15 metres above the outback plain and is interestingly, one of Australia’s biggest waves that is located the furthest away from any ocean. This 110-metre long multi-coloured granite cliff is shaped remarkably like a huge wave that is about to crash, making it a popular photo spot among tourists. Pose on the rock face and “surf” the giant wave or see it from a different perspective by walking along the trails around the base and over the top.
Stroll along the white sands of Lucky Bay
Located just under five hours away from Wave rock, Lucky Bay is the jewel among the string of spectacular beaches along the coast of Cape Le Grand National Park. The white sandy beach, turquoise waters, and breath-taking views are sights to behold for nature lovers.
If you’re lucky, you might even come across a group of kangaroos lazing away and taking in some vitamin sea themselves. Now, that’s something you don’t want to miss!
While you’re there, grab a quick bite at Lucky Bean Café that is located right on Lucky Bay and enjoy their espresso coffees, fresh juices, freshly baked muffins and a variety of confectionery snacks and ice cream.
Get a bird’s eye view of the bubblegum-pink hues of Lake Hillier
After your stop at Lucky Bay, take a pause from driving to inject a splash of pink into your trip with a journey to Lake Hillier, located on Middle Islands. The lake is situated at a remote location 11 KM away from the coast of Cape Arid National Park and is accessible via charter plane or boat.
The breath-taking panorama of the contrasting deep blue ocean next to the bubblegum-pink colour of Lake Hillier is separated solely by a thin strip of sand. This charming natural attraction of Western Australia defies scientific explanation as the colour of the water remains unmistakably pink which makes it the perfect shot for your Instagram feed.
Be amazed with colourful wildflowers in Fitzgerald National Park
Once you’re back on land, take a drive to Fitzgerald National Park and take in its pristine wilderness in all its glory. Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the park is the largest single national park in Western Australia and is perfect for nature lovers and adventure-seekers.
Being one of the most diverse botanical regions on Earth, the park is home to about 1,800 species of flowering plants including Royal Hakea, Qualup Bell, Sepulcralis, Weeping Gum, Pincushion Hakea, Woolly Banksia, and Bottlebrush. With the diverse flora as the perfect backdrop, be sure to take plenty of pictures for that perfect Instagram post.
Visit the largest outdoor art gallery at Lake Ballard
From the park, take a 10-hour drive to Lake Ballard in Western Australia’s Goldfields to view the creation of Turner prize-winning artist, Antony Gormley. The surreal landscape offers a stunning exhibition of 51 metal statuettes scattered along the expanse of the shimmering salt lake.
The vast 10 square kilometre land makes it geographically ideal to spend a night bush camping, as well as capturing the sunset and vast night sky. Be sure to walk and explore across the exhibition site to view the different sculptures. Plan your visit between the cool months of May until October when the lake surface is sturdier, making it much easier to explore the exhibition site.
The Golden Outback is the perfect destination for a road trip to experience the best of nature and go on an adventure. With easily accessible facilities and destinations, you can easily plan a quick getaway during any of the upcoming long weekends!