by Tim Ahern
Perth, in Western Australia, is said to be the worlds most remote capital city. It’s nearest capital city neighbor, is Adelaide around 2500km away. With a bustling population of around 1.8 million inhabitants, Perth has something to offer nearly everyone, however it is when you head a few hours out of Perth, in pretty much any direction, that the fun really starts. Keeping that in mind, it is highly recommended to rent a vehicle whilst you are there. To have true freedom of movement though, it is recommended that you hire a campervan or motorhome so you can set your own agenda and operate to a timetable that is governed entirely by you.
To the south of Perth is the famous Margaret River wine region. Known for it’s delightful wines you can also indulge in beautiful food and amazing surf. There is even one beach there where stingrays come to the shore daily to feed on the left overs that fisherman throw away when they clean their fish. Standing knee deep and realtively still, you can have the stingrays glide past you like a cat as their flaps brush up against your legs. I’ve done it and I am still alive to tell the tale so don’t worry. There’s a sheep farm in Margaret River that has camping facilities with all the amenities you could want including a nice social communal kitchen and open fire which everyone gathers around at night. This place, along with all the good camping site around Australia can be found in Camps Australia book which is highly recommended (at time of writing Camps is up to version 7).
To the north of Perth is the famous sandstone phenomenon called The Pinnacles. Only a couple of hours along the northbound coast road, the Pinnacles are situated just near a town called Cervantes. However, ON THE WAY, make sure to stop in to a little place called Lancelin. Lancelin is the home of sand dune surfing and is a great little place to burn some energy and have some fun. There are couple of little places in town that rent out sand boards cheaply, but do yourself a favor and get a half day – sand boarding can be tiring. If you’ve got a 4WD campervan then you can have a heap of fun driving right up to the best sand dunes, if you’ve got a 2WD then best park on road next to the dunes and walk in. This whole area is a great place to let loose if you have a 4WD as the sand is fairly well packed but loose enough to really get to know what your 4×4 can do. I saw one guy fly through there at about 80km going absolutely nuts up every dune he could find. He didn’t stay long but he sure did have fun while he was there. The boards are very similar to snow boards and a pretty easy to work out. I even took the dog on mine. Anyway, afterwards you can walk to the beach, rinse off, and continue on to Cervantes for the Pinncales and a good nights sleep in your campervan. It’s a great little overnight trip. I found some other people that had done this trip, You can find their experience here.
There are lots of things to do in Perth itself and Tourism Western Australia has revetnly put out a new pomo video showing some of the things you can get up to there. You can find that video attached to this article. There is a also a cool listing of things to do on Trip Advisor that you can find here.
Perth and Western Australia are a beautiful and amazing part of Australia. It truly is massive and divergent in every manner so the ultimate way to see it is with a rented campervan or motorhome which allows you to determine your own schedule, stay where you wish, get up when you want and get going when you wish.
Tim Ahern has over 5 years of world travel under his belt with over a year spent in a 4 wheel drive campervan around Australia. It is no wonder that campervan hire in Australia is his recommended method of transportation for check outors. If you are looking for campervan hire in Perth you should check out his campervan review site to find out who the best hire companies are.