Set your own pace with a self-drive scenic tour of Western Australia
Cruise along at your own pace on a self-drive scenic tour of WA’s stunning coast, tall-tree forests and rolling country landscapes. Stop for a closer look, a lazy picnic or a stroll, and snap some photo memories.
Stirling Range National Park [Image courtesy of Spool Photography]
Scenic tours of the forests
Enter the majestic tall tree country of Pemberton along the Great Forest Trees Drive. This 48-kilometre scenic route begins just to the north of the South Western Highway and leads you through stunning old-growth karri, marri and jarrah forests to heathlands, rugged granite outcrops and a string of top picnic spots.
In Denmark, where the towering karri tree forests meet the sea, you’ll find two scenic drives and a feast of local produce, wineries and galleries to cruise at your leisure; the Scotsdale Tourist Drive and the Mount Shadforth Scenic Drive.
Take an afternoon, or a whole day to enjoy spectacular scenery and attractions along the 34-kilometre Scotsdale Tourist Drive. Walk through the enchanting Harewood Forest, stop for a wine tasting, and go for a dip in the most inviting emerald waters at Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks.
Or pack a picnic and head for the towering trees of Mount Shadforth Scenic Drive for a real scenic treat that takes in panoramic views over the Wilson Inlet, the Southern Ocean and the striking Porongurup and Stirling Ranges. Finish the day with a spot of fishing or a paddle at Peaceful Bay.
Manjimup Forest [Image courtesy of Elements Margaret River] Scenic tours of the countryside
The pretty rolling pastures and heritage towns of the Avon Valley are just a one-hour drive north from Perth.
Once you reach the charming colonial country town of Beverley, take the scenic route to the summit of Country Peak. Continue the climb to the lookout on foot and take in expansive views of the valley and Yenyenning Lakes.
In the Blackwood River region of the South West, you’ll find one of the most scenic drives in the State. Meandering along the path of the Blackwood River, the drive from Balingup to Nannup and Bridgetown is your gateway to the Blackwood wine region, walk trails, picnic spots and WA’s largest range of arts and crafts.
When you plan your journey, be sure to ask the local visitor centres for the latest seasonal wildflower reports. Coalseam Conservation Park, Mingenew
More than 12,000 species of wildflowers colour WA’s diverse natural landscapes between June and November every year – making it the world’s largest collection of wildflowers.
You can see the best of these dazzling displays in Perth, the South West, Coral Coast, Golden Outback and even as far north as the Pilbara following the wildflower self-drive trails.