Perth to Dongara
(Approx 354km – 4hrs)
Travel north along the Indian Ocean Drive (continues north from Wanneroo Road), through the coastal towns of Cervantes, Dongara, Port Denison and Greenough.
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 Tea: StarFish Café at Port Denison for a cup of coffee and cake right on South Beach (Wednesday - Sunday)
Dinner: Visit Southerly's Harbour View Bar and Restaurant to enjoy Modern Australian cuisine with good service, big serves and lots of choice. Dat ‘n’ Thu Kitchen are also open daily for dinner.
Overnight: Dongara-Port Denison
Dongara to Geraldton
(Approx 65km - 45 minutes)
Wake up early, walk the trail round 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 a pre-dinner drink
at the Broady as the sun sets over Champion Bay. Enjoy dinner at:
- The Broady
- Salt Dish (dinner on Friday and Saturdays)
- Port View Restaurant
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. $104 million worth of fruit and vegetables is grown annually in Carnarvon.
Stop off at the Billabong Homestead with its Red Car Café to fuel up and stretch your legs.
Take an evening stroll along The Fascine (Carnarvon’s central waterway) showcasing magnificent sunset views before heading out for a seafood meal at Sails Restaurant at the Best Western Carnarvon.
There’s so much to explore in Carnarvon. Try a few of these ideas:
- Visit the Carnarvon Heritage Precinct and One Mile Jetty and stay on for lunch or coffee at Valentina’s One Mile Jetty Cafe
- 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 from the Port Hotel before setting off to Kalbarri. Arriving in Kalbarri, enjoy a light lunch at Angie's cafe.
For dinner, try one of our favourites:
- Edge Restaurant
- The Grace of Kalbarri Indian Cuisine (BYO wine and beer)
- Finlays Fresh Fish BBQ (BYO)
- The Jetty Seafood Shack (BYO)
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 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 from the Jurien Jetty Café. 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!