Planning Your Perth Self Drive Itinerary?
Starting from Perth
Although we have pick up and drop off locations all over Australia, most of our customers start their journey in Perth. Indeed, many of our guests come straight from Perth International airport to collect their hire camper – starting their journey on day 1! But where do they go? And where should you go? This blog post contains a few suggested destinations for those of you starting your Perth self drive itinerary.
Going North from Perth
If you have at least 7 days, you can travel North right through to Broome. We have drop-off points in Broome, so you don’t need to worry about racing back to Perth again. If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, the Kimberley region is worth seeing, especially if you’ve got a four wheel drive to take you off road. You can travel through to Darwin in the Northern Territory, where we also have drop-off points for our vehicles.
Perhaps the best time of year to head North is during Australia’s Winter – July through September. Even though Perth’s Winters are generally very mild, it can be wet and rainy and heading North is a great escape into warmer weather. Despite being Winter, the North West is warm most of the year and you’ll be able to swim at the beach and experience Aussie sunshine all year round.
Going South from Perth
South Western Australia is surprisingly beautiful, studded with world-class wineries and pristine forests. Your sight-seeing might involve wine/cheese/chocolate tastings, cave walks, forest walks, beach swims and more. Margaret River (here’s how to get there) is perhaps the most famous Western Australian wine making region, so head there first and then travel down to August and then east to Denmark and Albany. There’s plenty to see and do and no shortage of designated paid and free tourist attractions.
If you’re visiting Perth in Summer (December-February) and you’re not accustomed to a hot climate, we recommend going South during these months. The climate is milder, but you will still be able to thoroughly enjoy warm sunny days.
Ideas for Shorter Self-Drive Trips from Perth
If you’ve only got a few days for your self drive holiday, that’s fine. Perth is central to a fantastic array of attractions that can be seen within a few hours drive. Our customers often tour Perth’s southern regions inside a few days, seeing Fremantle and the Perth coastline. You can even head down to Margaret River, which is less than a day’s drive and gives you access to pristine beaches and world class wineries. There are also wineries worth visiting that are a little closer to Perth, located in the Swan Valley. If you’d rather head North, we’d recommend a visit to New Norcia, or taking an overnight trip to see the Pinnacles.
Perth Self Drive Hire Camper Vans and Four Wheel Drives
Although you can hire a vehicle for less than a week, most of our customers hire their campervan or four wheel drive for a week or more. Obviously, the more time you have the better for exploring and seeing Australia. In either case, we recommend making the most of each stop when planning your Perth self drive itinerary. Don’t rush through your trip, trying to see as much as possible. Try to relax instead. Even if you don’t have much time, you’ll enjoy your holiday more if you stop and spend time to enjoy each location.
Give our office a call today and talk to us about your holiday ideas. We’ll help you choose between Perth-based hire campervans, our camper trailers and our range of four wheel drives.