For superb fishing, pristine nature and the whitest beaches you’ve ever seen, follow the coast from Esperance to Albany.
Day 1: Esperance – Hopetoun
(205 kilometres/2.5 hours)
From Esperance, take in island views of the Recherche Archipelago as you head west. Keep watch for humpback and southern right whales migrating along the Southern Ocean coastline. Stop in Munglinup for a swim before continuing to Hopetoun. Rocky headlands and unspoilt coves make this scenic driving at its best.
Head west to pristine Fitzgerald River National Park, one of the country’s last great wilderness areas. Camp here overnight or head back to Hopetoun for unspoilt country hospitality.
Accommodation options: Motel, caravan park, outback pub, B&B’s, camping in national parks
Day 2: Hopetoun – Albany
(340 kilometres/4 hours)
North of Hopetoun is the historic settlement of Ravensthorpe, where you’ll find untouched bushland, scenic lookouts, historic mining relics and beautiful wildflowers.
The drive west passes through rugged river valleys and national parks rich in wildlife. Stop for an exhilarating coastal leg stretch before continuing to the historic hub of Albany.
Accommodation options: Motel, hotel, B&B’s, caravan park, camping
To ensure you enjoy a safe and well-planned journey, take a look at Travel times and distances, Road safety and Important travel tips. If you have your camping gear or caravan in tow, check out the range of caravan parks and camping sites available in Australia’s Golden Outback.
Driving times and distances intended as a guide only and may vary depending on exact route taken. Accommodation options are indicative as to what is available in the area.
Looking for other road trips once you have done the Albany to Esperance Drive? Find out more info on other road trips from Esperance and around Australia’s Golden Outback.