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1. Posted by Eire07 (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

Hi all, how long would it take to drive from Perth to Broome?
Are there places to stop off and stay along the way?
Is there lots of stuff to see on that route?

Thanks.

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

I think Broome is about 2,200 kilomtres from Perth.

Have a look at the following URL which has a suggested itinery for this trip.

http://www.goway.com/downunder/australia/selfdrive/sd_waus_perth_broome.html

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

It would take a minimum of 3 long days of driving I'd imagine, but if you wanted to stop at places along the way like Monkey Mia well it would take longer. I wouldn't try doing it in just 3 days unless you really had no spare time to use at all, because you'd be up very early and in very late every single day with hardly any time to even have a lunch or toilet break along the way.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 5, 2007, at 5:53 PM by aharrold45 ]

4. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

Fly it if you can.
Flights are around $170....it is at least a 24hr straight drive...aaarrgghh.
Not much to see at all.
If you do drive it, the quickest way is up the 'midlands' route. Gt Northern Hwy. There is absolutely nothing to see on this road-except bush-but it is the quickest.
The alternative is the coast road, 'Brand Hwy'. This will take you through Geraldton, Kalbarri along the way, Monkey Mia about 1/3 way and 2hrs from hwy...all the good places Monkey Mia, Exmouth, Coral Bay etc all at least 2-3hrs from main hwy. So unless you have heaps of time not worth it. I have driven that route heaps, midlands is by far the quickest. I have done Perth-Port Hedland in 15hrs, horrible! The coastal route will add a few hours and more traffic to your trip.

Also look out for stock, heaps of cattle, sheep, roos, etc wandering all over road....no fences.
Good luck

5. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Hi Eire,

I'm planning a trip to WA in a couple weeks and having done quite a bit of research, firstly I'd say that 'there is nothing to see' is codswallop and secondly, not sure if you've done much driving in Oz but distances are huge and alot more wearying than Ireland so taking time out to see WA is what it's all about. Also, drive during the day as roos tend to do kamikaze jumps in front of headlights!!

Cervantes is the closest town to The Pinnacles so worth an overnight. Kalbarri is meant to be a good stop as well but I've heard Monkey Mia is a case of watching a couple people throwing a fish to the dolphins and not much else so I'm hoping to skip it. Shark Bay and Shell Beach are supposedly worth a goo.

After that if you're into diving, Exmouth is a must. Coral Bay is smaller and the reef is literally about 10m off the beach so you can walk in and snorkel but a lot of the dive operators are in Exmouth. The navy Pier is one of the top 10 dives in Oz (closed at the mo bt hopefully reopens again soon). This is also a fab opportunity to snorkel with some stunning whalesharks as they pass by here April onw while the coral is spawning and there's lots of plankton for them to eat.

Karijini is a must and can be accessed from Tom Price/Newman. I was advised to try and take a couple days here if poss.

Port Hedland is an overnight break in the trip to Broome and then once you get to Broome you can start planning a few days in The Kimberley region and The Bungle Bungles :). Overall I reckon you'll need 2 weeks if doing diving and some chilling on ningaloo reef but minimum a week otherwise. If you fly then you're missing out on WA.

Hope this helps and if you hear of any cheap tours of The Bungle Bungles let me know as I'm struggling on that one.

Cheers :)

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

For anyone who thinks that their is nothing to see or do in Western Australia outside of the Perth region, when you get to Western Australia just get some travel brochures from the tourist information centre mainly the ones with the following on the front cover: West Australia by Discover West Holidays, then another saying Australia's North West Kimberley and Pilbara Regions, another saying The Very Best Western Australia, and another saying Broome The Kimberley & Northern Territory. If you get the brochures that have that mentioned on the front cover, your opinion of their not being much to see or do in Western Australia will change to it is an amazing place that has loads of fantastic stuff to see and do. It will also show that tours are hell expensive, so doing all the adventure yourself is a requirement unless you have more money than you know what to do with or it's a brief trip which you don't mind spending about $500 a day.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 15, 2007, at 4:04 PM by aharrold45 ]