Best beach? Best drive? Best camp? Arguing is fun!

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Amazing drives in WA for grey nomads
Western Australia has some amazing drives ... but which is the best? PIC: Tourism WA

While it’s a near impossible task to get anything approaching a consensus on such burning questions as ‘where is Australia’s best beach?’ or ‘where is Australia’s best campsite?’, that doesn’t seem to stop just about every grey nomad Happy Hour gathering from giving it a red hot go.

If nothing else, such debates give the opportunity to look at things from someone else’s perspective and perhaps learn a thing or two about places you may have missed on your way around.

One survey that always sparks a good level of lively discussion is when the RAC names the ‘best’ road trips in Western Australia. After a poll of more than 4000 motorists, the drive from Perth to Margaret River via Pemberton has just been named the most popular.

The Perth Now publication reports that the 830-kilometre journey in the state’s south west winds through giant karri trees, passes scenic vineyards and reaches the turquoise waters of the coast at Margaret River’s world-famous beaches.

Runner-up was the 2960-kilometre Perth to Exmouth drive along the Coral Coast, followed by the 1250-kilometre Perth to Albany and the Porongurups trip. Rounding out the top five was Kununurra to Broome via Gibb River Road (1200km) and Perth to Esperance via Albany (993km).

In sixth places was Perth to Exmouth via Meekatharra, seventh was the Great Central Road, eighth was the Canning Stock Route, ninth was Perth to Kalgoorlie, and 10th was Perth to Wave Rock.

RAC executive general manager tourism Tony Pickworth said the top road trips ranged from captivating coastal drives to Outback missions, and he said more people were hitting the road to see the best of the state.

“If you’re planning a road trip this summer, driving conditions can be different outside the city limits, so we remind all travellers to make safety the number one priority,” he said. “Stay vigilant, prepare yourself and your vehicle before heading off and plan your route.”

  • What is your favourite drive in the whole of Australia? Comment below.

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2 Responses to Best beach? Best drive? Best camp? Arguing is fun!

  1. Best Beach? Lucky Bay east of Esperance in WA. The vista and the colour of the sand and the water is absolutely breathtaking. Most beautiful spot I have seen but I could guarantee that there would be 10,000 as nice it’s just I haven’t been able to get there yet.
    Australia, gotta love it.

    • I would agree with you Bob, the sand at Lucky Bay would be the whitest I have seen, and the water is a beautiful Aqua colour.

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