Perth to Dongara
(Approx 354km – 4hrs)
Dine at the following places for a real Aussie meal:
Lunch: The Lobster Shack in Cervantes for a factory tour and fresh lobster lunch in the courtyard
Afternoon Stop: Check out Illegal Tender Rum Co for a distillery tour or just a tasting of their award-winning spirits!
Dinner: Visit Southerly's Harbour View Bar and Restaurant to enjoy Modern Australian cuisine with good service, big serves and lots of choices.
Overnight: Dongara-Port Denison
Dongara to Geraldton
(Approx 65km - 45 minutes)
Wake up early, walk the trail around the head of the Irwin River and then visit the SeaSpray Café in Dongara for a great breakfast. It’s really popular with local residents and offers a Friday night seafood dinner.
Monday or Tuesday: Have lunch at the Central Greenough Café and Visitor Centre, right on the Heritage trail and Yamaji Drive Trail and near to Ellendale Pool – the perfect spot for a picnic.
Wednesday - Sunday: Visit the Hampton Arms Inn for a rustic home-style lunch and a browse of their bookshop. The first hotel in the area built in 1863, it was restored 17 years ago.
If you’re looking for a fresh juice or coffee and cake, try:
- Jaffle Shack
- Fleur Tearoom
Arrive in Geraldton and enjoy dinner at:
- The Lobby at The Gerald Hotel
- The wonderful Skeetas Restaurant
- The Sunset Deck at the Broadwater Mariner Resort
- Salt Dish (dinner on Friday and Saturdays)
Geraldton to Carnarvon
(Approx 480km – 5 hours)
Wake up early and enjoy breakfast at one of our favourites:
- Salt Dish (full breakfast)
- The Quiet Life (coffee, bagels and muesli)
- Piper Lane Café (full breakfast)
Continue north to Carnarvon, a popular holiday spot for sun seekers and food lovers. Carnarvon fruit and vegetable is a $104 million industry annually in addition to the fresh, local seafood caught in the waterways.
There’s so much to explore in Carnarvon. Try a few of these ideas:
- Visit the Carnarvon Heritage Precinct, then stay on for lunch at Sunsets Cafe and a Helicopter joy-ride.
- Explore and sample the abundant fresh produce along the Gascoyne Food Trail – pick up a chocolate-coated frozen banana or mango smoothie at Bumbaks.
- May to October, every Saturday morning, the Growers’ Markets are run by the growers themselves in front of the Carnarvon Visitor Centre
- Cook your own dinner and pick up a selection of seafood from Pickles Point Seafood and Boatyard or Norwest Seafood.
For a real outback dinner, stay at Wooramel River Retreat located between Carnarvon and Shark Bay. On Wednesday nights, the team offer an Australian camp oven dinner or you can enjoy a Homestead Hamper, perfect for a picnic dinner.
Overnight: Carnarvon and surrounds
Carnarvon to Kalbarri
(445km – 4.5hrs)
Enjoy a great coffee and breakfast at the Port Hotel in Carnarvon before setting off to Kalbarri. Arriving in Kalbarri, enjoy a light lunch at Angie's cafe.
For dinner, try one of our favourites:
Kalbarri to Perth
(570km – 6hrs)
Wake up early for a full breakfast at the Gorges Cafe, our favourite place for breakfast and lunch!
If you’re just looking for coffee, check out Bean Drifting, a pop-up coffee van near surfing beach, Jacques Point.
Monday – Thursday: Try Oakabella Homestead, heritage tourism at its finest. Stay for lunch or some light refreshments, including their famous scones and Devonshire tea, plus don’t forget to check out the mini-museum.
Friday – Sunday: As you travel through Northampton, turn off to Nanson and Chapman Valley where the Burnt Barrel Outback BrewBQ specialises in low and slow smoked BBQ coupled with beer which is brewed onsite.
On your way home, stop in at Jurien Bay to experience the beachfront and tasty treats. During Wildflower season (July - September) why not stop in Lesueur National Park, and if you didn’t make it on the way up from Perth – don’t forget a visit to the Pinnacles!