Should we do the West Coast or the Centre?

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1. Posted by Karoi (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


We are in a campervan and done the east coast, now heading for Darwin. Cant decide if we should do the centre or go round the west.

Basically, if we do the west, we'll skip the centre. Visa versa.

Any Auz travel gurus out there that can share any thoughts? Is there alot west thats not in the east?

We have the time (ie, months to do either). If we do the centre, it might free up some time (and budget) to visit another place on the way home eg, Malaysia.

What would you do?

2. Posted by JessieG (Full Member 67 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The middle doesn't have thaaaaat much. How much time do you have?
The coast is always pretty.
Depends what you like

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you can only do one, make it the West Coast. Heaps more interesting stuff to see and do. The West is heaps different to the East and a lot better as well (as well as very pricey for most stuff).

4. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Why not do both.
This is the prime time to travel the Centre and Northern Australia. The temperature is ideal and the colours of Central Oz are magnificant. The area is very different to any other areas you have been to or will go to in OZ.

I say allow a week and a bit to do the centre; Don't stop at Tennant Creek, just keep heading South and via Alice to Uluru & the Olgas and spend a few days in Yalara then, head back to Alice via Kings Canyon and the Merinee Loop. Or, you can take the main road back - it's a good, easy run.

Spend a few days in Alice and take in some of the canyons & town attractions. Then head back North and enjoy the NT Tropics, this is also a must see area (I liked Litchfield NP).

WA is vast and it's quite a distance betwee nice places. I liked Geikie and Wynjana Gorges - but it's been a while since I was there last. visit Kununurra, maybe stay at Lake Argyle CP. See if you can get out to the Bungle Bungles (4WD only).

Broome is the 'Cairns' equivelent in WA and very commercialised now - but still nice. Once you get below Broome, the country is repetative until you arrive around Carnarvon.

WA is good but I would certainly include the Centre and consider spending less time in some parts of WA.

Some of my memories of the areas you plan on going to are:-

Uluru - Majestic

Starry - Starry nights in Outback Oz - Awesome

The contrast of The Ghost Gum in the Canyons with the blue sky as a backdrop - Breathtaking

Enjoy your travels ;)

5. Posted by Karoi (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the responses!

Would be nice to do both but thats a LOT of miles. Once we are a little used to long outback rides (ie, Cairns to Darwin), maybe we will have a better idea of how we might like to carry on. But seems if its one or the other, the West is in favour. Oh, life is just full of tough decisions. To travel and see this, or to travel and see that! :)