From Friday 29 May 2020 regional travel restrictions will be lifted, excluding travel to biosecurity zones within the Kimberley region, parts of Shire of East Pilbara and the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku and remote Aboriginal communities.
If you’re wondering where to head within Western Australia, here are a few ideas to travel within the current restrictions:
- Esperance to Kalgoorlie is a four-hour drive. Starting in Esperance, take a long walk along the white-sand beaches of Lucky Bay and see the local kangaroos lazing on the beach, then stop in to see the famous pink lake, Lake Hillier. Drive on to Kalgoorlie to witness the sheer size of the Super Pit, the biggest open gold mine in Australia which is right next to the town. Continue another hour to the salt plain of Lake Ballard to see the largest outdoor art gallery made up of sculptures, representing each local resident.
- Visitors are encouraged to spend a few days making their way along the rugged coastline from Exmouth to Geraldton. While in Exmouth, hike the Mando Mando Gorge track in the Cape Range National Park, cool off in the turquoise waters of Ningaloo Marine Park where you only have to swim (or snorkel) a few metres off the shoreline to see the tropical fish and multi-coloured coral of World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Drive through to the spectacular Carnarvon blowholes, where the ocean jets up to 20 metres (66 feet) high. Stop in at Kalbarri National Park, a dramatic terrain of winding gorges and wind-carved cliffs that are 400 million years old, then hike to Nature’s Window, a natural rock arch that frames breathtaking views of the area.
- Take the scenic route from Perth to Albany. If you’re into art, drive along the PUBLIC Silo Trail, to view a series of world-class murals. Head to Rockingham, about 45 minutes south of Perth, for a close-up encounter with resident bottlenose dolphins. Stop in to explore the Margaret River Region, nip into a whisky distillery or sip your way around a few wineries. Stretch your legs with a walk through Torndirrup National Park, and see the spectacular wave-carved rock formations including Natural Bridge. Alternatively, stop for a walk along Little Beach at Two People’s Bay Nature Reserve – regularly voted one of Western Australia’s best beaches.