West Coast Road Trip

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific West Coast Road Trip

Last Post This thread is marked as being about Australia
1. Posted by taevans (Budding Member 8 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I'm flying out to WA in the next two weeks with the intention of going up/down the coast from Perth to Darwin or Darwin to Perth. I'm travelling alone, and trying to make the trip as cheaply as possible - hopefully sharing lifts with other backpackers along the way. Is this easy to do.. are there many lifts up or down the coast?

I'm currently thinking of starting in Perth, but I believe that relocation vehicles are available in Darwin to return to Perth, which would obviously increase the number of potential lifts down the coast. I guess if all else fails I could hire one myself for the journey, but I'd prefer a few weeks to do the trip rather than the 9 or so days they may insist upon!

So, do you think I should do Perth-Darwin, or Darwin-Perth!?

Many thanks
Thomas Evans

2. Posted by taevans (Budding Member 8 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Okay, just got an email from some guy who reckons it's not really that possible to find many lifts from Darwin/Perth or Perth/Darwin. Thus, I'm thinking about rejigging my plans and going from Sydney to Mel to Ade to Perth - probably taking Oz Ex bus from Syd to Adelaide, then hopefully finding a few people to share the journey from Ade to Perth.

Whats are the highlights of Sydney to Perth? And is it wothwhile (cost-wise) to take in Ayers Rock? I'm tempted, but it's a long way, and pretty expensive.

3. Posted by ssaleeba (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Not a great idea to try and find anyone travelling from Perth to Darwin, the Australian outback is not a place to playaround in. Suggest either bussing it or find driver share whilst in Perth. Going up the coast is great I have done it on my own but driving. Loved it. Though it is reasonably safe its best to share.