6 Unbeatable Road Trips to Take these Easter Holidays
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With the school holidays starting and the Easter long weekend coming up, there’s no better opportunity to take off and start exploring the state. If you’ve got 3 days to head out and explore, why not head inland into the charming countryside of the Wheatbelt? This is a fantastic family trip with something for everyone to enjoy, like the unique Coca-Cola collectors café and museum in Toodyay, or the Museum of New Norcia which celebrates the still living legacy of a town was settled in 1847 by Spanish Monks! The Bluebird Discovery Centre in Dumbleyung is another fun place to stop off at and check out the vehicle, named the Bluebird, which broke the world water speed record in 1964.
Or why not head down the coast and discover some of the hidden secrets of the South West. Visit the iconic Busselton Jetty and learn about its long (get it?) history at the Busselton Jetty Museum, or see the impressive exhibit of shells from around the world at the Belleview Shell Collection. Enjoy a day out at the Holmes à Court Gallery at the Vasse Felix winery, and learn regional history at the Old Butter Factory Museum in Busselton.
If you’ve got a bit more time to travel, heading down to Albany is a beautiful drive in the autumn. Albany is full of interesting collections you might not have seen before, including the Wesley Wedding Gown Collection, with located at the Wesley Church which has been hosting weddings since the 1860s. Or Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, which still has an intact whale-chasing ship and aims to educate visitors about the history of whaling in Western Australia. The Museum of the Great Southern is another great place to visit, full of local stories and artefacts. They have an action-packed school holiday program with something for the whole family to enjoy.
Alternatively, if you drive up Coral Coast from Perth, you can stop in at some amazing places like the Motorbike Museum in Jurien Bay, the unique Pinnacles and Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre in Nambung National Park, or natural wonders at Shark Bay. Did you know that Shark Bay is one of only two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in WA? The Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre is open to visitors and teaching them all about the interesting history of the region over the last 30,000 years.
A Week or More
If you’ve got the time to spend, why not use it to take a trip out east and head out to Esperance via Wave Rock? Check out the amazing rock formation and stop in on the antique Lace Place nearby in Hyden. Or maybe stop by the Kulin Museum and Men’s Shed, filled with vintage cars and trinkets lovingly cared for by its volunteers. Esperance itself also has some interesting places to check out including the Esperance Museum and Aunty Joan’s Dolly Mix, a museum of floor-to-ceiling dolls of all shapes and sizes!
You can also use the opportunity to head North into Australia’s Pilbara and Kimberley regions. Drive or fly into Broome and check out some of the great places there, like the Broome Museum and Cygnet Bay Peals, which celebrate the rich multicultural history of Broome. Other intriguing places you’ll want to check out include the Marble Bar Comet Gold Mine and the world class Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre in Derby.
On the way back you can also stop by Exmouth for the 20th of April to witness the Ningaloo Solar Eclipse. This unique event will only be seen in the north and it set to be spectacular. Learn more about it and other stargazing opportunities here or at the Ningaloo Centre on the Coral Coast.