Grey Nomads Guide To Western Australia

Enjoy a Western Australia road trip by motorhome


Grey Nomads Guide To WA

Spanning over two million square kilometres, Western Australia is Aussie’s largest state. And that means there’s loads to do and see! From fascinating rock formations and ancient Aboriginal sites to beautiful beaches and world-class wineries – it’s all there for the taking on a Western Australia road trip!

As many visitors taking a Western Australia road trip are discovering, the best way to enjoy everything on offer is by campervan or motorhome. A campervan road trip means you can travel with everything you need on board, take your time, explore the many RV-friendly towns in Australia, and enjoy freedom and flexibility.

Over the past few years, there has been a huge increase in ‘grey nomads’ looking for motorhomes for sale, buying a camper van, and getting out there and living the dream! Some start off with the cheapest campervan they can afford, perhaps a campervan conversion, then trade up to a bigger and better model.

For many Australians, the first item on their campervan destination bucket list is a Western Australia road trip.

If you’ve been asking ‘How do you get around in Western Australia?’, or ‘What is the best time to visit Western Australia?’, read on! We’ve covered all the must-know info for your campervan road trip, and a whole lot more!

 

Ready to discover some of the best things to do in Western Australia? Read on!

 

The best way to travel around Western Australia

 

Exploring the diverse beauty of Western Australia is a bucket list item for visitors and locals alike. With so much to see and do across such a big part of the country, the ultimate way to travel around Western Australia is by motorhome.

Travelling in a motorhome allows you to explore Australia with everything you need in tow, including all your must-have home comforts! You’ll never need to worry about finding a public toilet or somewhere good to eat. With your own bathroom and kitchen onboard, it’s like being in a home-away-from-home.

Stop and rest when you need to, explore those off-the-beaten-track roads, and chat with other friendly campervan travellers you meet along the way. What could be better?

Western Australia scenic

 

The best time of year to visit Western Australia

The best time of the year to visit Western Australia is said to be during spring. Spring in Australia starts in September and ends in November.

By planning your Western Australia road trip in spring, you can enjoy beautiful weather before the dry summer heat comes along. Most visitors find the summer months to be too hot for sightseeing, with temperatures above 30°C. If you’re planning your WA visit over the hotter months, be sure to pack essentials such as:

  • Sunblock (opt for at least SPF30)
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Portable fan
  • Swimming gear
  • Sun protection clothing
  • Sun umbrella

 

The best spots to explore in Western Australia

 

Margaret river motorhome scenic

 

Margaret River

 

From its fantastic food and wine and thriving art scene to its pristine natural environment, Margaret River is a must-do on your Western Australia road trip. Enjoy natural wonders such as birdwatching or wandering through the Boranup Karri Forrest. Indulge in artisan goodies and meet the local producers at the farmers markets. There’s a little bit of something for everyone at Margaret River!

Park up your motorhome and enjoy a relaxing and comfortable stay at BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River.

 

Dunsborough

 

If getting back to nature is top of the list on your Western Australia road trip, then be sure to schedule a stay in the township of Dunsborough. Take a morning dip in the turquoise waters, hop aboard a whale-watching charter, or take an eco-discovery tour and see wild kangaroos. For a truly unforgettable experience, take in the sunset at Sugarloaf Rock. This towering granite rock juts out from the Indian Ocean making it one of the most photographed coastal landforms in the region. And when the sun is setting and the rock changes colour by the minute, it’s simply stunning!

Park your campervan up for the night at Dunsborough Lakes Holiday Resort

 

Albany

 

The historic port city of Albany is truly a special spot to include on your Western Australia road trip. The town offers amazing views over King George Sound and is brimming with elegant buildings, beautiful churches, and historic homes. One of the must-dos, while you’re here, is a visit to the National Anzac Centre where you can hear stories of the Anzac soldiers from Australia and New Zealand.

Another top spot to visit is Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. Not only is this special reserve home to several of Australia’s endangered animals, but it is also incredibly beautiful. Take a walk along one of the tracks and stop at the lookouts to take in the sweeping views across the bay.

Plan an overnight stay at Albany Holiday Park.

 

Exmouth

 

Sitting at the northern gateway to the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, Exmouth is the perfect spot to set up camp and explore all the wonders of this region. A great way to see the sights is with a Yardie Creek Boat Tour. Take a one-hour tour along Yardie Creek and learn about the local flora and fauna, history, and the region’s unique environment. Another must-do day trip is Town Beach. This beach is safe for swimming and lovely to stroll along when the tide is low.

Put your feet up for the night at Ningaloo Caravan & Holiday Park.

Exmouth on the road motorhome scenic

 

Geraldton

 

From snorkelling the Coral Coast to buggy tours of the Pink Lake, Geraldton offers an endless list of natural wonders. Travelling by campervan means you can see and do as many as you like! History enthusiasts will love exploring heritage sites, museums, and galleries. Our top picks include the Museum of Geraldton, Point Moore Lighthouse, and the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.

Enjoy a great night’s stay at BIG4 Sunset Beach Holiday Park.

 

Broome

 

Also known as Rubibi by Australia’s Yawuru people, the town of Broome in WA’s Kimberley Region was once the largest pearling port in the world. With its contrasting landscapes of red dirt terrain and amazing turquoise ocean, Broome is truly one of WA’s most beautiful destinations. A top spot to visit while you’re here is Cable Beach – famous for its iconic camel rides. If you’re keen to learn more about the area, we suggest a stop at Broome Historical Museum. And if you’re here during the weekend, don’t miss the Broome Courthouse Markets.

Park up for the night at Broome Vacation Village Caravan Park.

 

Karijini National Park

 

Australia has some incredible national parks, and Western Australia’s Karijini National Park is no exception. The park is Australia’s second largest and was carved out of rock that is over 2.5 billion years old. There’s plenty to see and do – from freshwater falls and secluded swimming holes to vibrant wildflowers and an array of wildlife.

Set up camp at the Eco Retreat Karijini and enjoy a night under the star-filled sky.

 

Top tips for a successful motorhome trip in WA

 

We hope we’ve inspired you to plan your Western Australia road trip! To help get you started, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your campervan holiday:

 

Do your research 

 

With a little planning ahead, you can ensure that your Western Australia campervan holiday is unforgettable! With so much to see and do in this huge state, it’s a good idea to have a road trip itinerary that ticks off as much as possible on your wish list.

A good tool to help you do this is the thl Roadtrip app. Whether you’re looking for a great camping spot to set up for the night, a great restaurant for dinner, a petrol station or dump station in the area, this handy app can help you find it.

 

Book in advance

 

If you’re travelling during peak times, be sure to reserve your spot at holiday parks, campgrounds, and other popular tourist spots. The last thing you want on your campervan holiday is the disappointment of arriving somewhere that has no availability!

 

Maintain a safe speed 

 

Driving a motorhome is quite different to driving a car; it’s a lot bigger, so it’s important to take care when you’re travelling. Remember, if the conditions are challenging – such as fog, rain, high winds, or heavy traffic – you will need to slow your speed to suit the conditions. Be sure to make use of slow lanes and let traffic pass when needed.

 

Take breaks when you need them 

 

If you’re setting off on a big road trip, plan to take regular breaks. It may be tempting to want to get to your next destination as soon as possible, but you should always stop if you’re tired.

Fatigue is a common cause of campervan crashes in Australia. We recommend stopping every two hours. Don’t be tempted to use techniques like opening a window or turning up music. It’s not worth the risk – stop, rest, and drive again when you’re feeling refreshed.

 

Get started with KEA

 

Brimming with natural beauty and packed full of adventure, we’re sure you’ll agree that Western Australia makes for an incredible campervan holiday.

If you’re considering buying a camper van, be sure to check out the KEA website to see the range of motorhomes for sale including KEA ex-rental campervans for sale.

For a closer look, or to chat with one of our motorhome experts, stop by a branch or certified dealership to chat with one of our RV campervan sales team. They can talk through the price of camper vans, show you through motorhomes for sale, answer questions about campervan conversions, pop-top camper vans, and anything else you need to know.