Are you thinking about a Perth to Jurien Bay Road Trip in Western Australia? Find out how to get there, what to see on the way, and tips for your journey. All this by a local who has lived in Perth for over 20 years.
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Perth to Jurien Bay Distance
The driving distance from Perth to Jurien Bay is 219 km.
Perth to Jurien Bay Travel Time
You can get from Perth to Jurien Bay by road in less than two and a half hours.
How to get from Perth to Jurien Bay by road
International and domestic visitors will fly into Perth Airport. Find details about visas, prohibited items, currency, and safety in this Australia Travel Guide and tips on arriving into WA and other essential travel information in this Western Australia Travel Guide.
There are car hire booths at Perth airport, but it’s best to pre-book your car rental. Choose from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, Enterprise, and Thrifty.
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Drivenow is a good resource to compare campervan hire in Western Australia as it includes all the large companies like Britz, Maui, Jucy as well as smaller ones.
The quickest way from Perth is to take the Mitchell Freeway (2) to the end at Hester Avenue and turn right. After 1 km, turn left onto Wanneroo Road, which becomes Indian Ocean Drive at Yanchep.
Indian Ocean Drive takes you all the way up to Jurien Bay.
Read these Indian Ocean Drive Tips to stay safe on these roads (there have been numerous accidents on this stretch).
Perth to Jurien Bay Road Trip Itinerary
Duration: Three to Five Days
Best Time: Summer, autumn, and spring.
Jurien Bay can be visited as a massive day trip (not recommended), for a weekend, or as part of a road trip. This Perth to Jurien Bay Road Trip itinerary can be adapted to suit your requirements and length of time away.
Head out of the city on the Mitchell Freeway (State Route 2) and stay on it until the end. At Hester Avenue, turn right and follow the road until you reach Wanneroo Road, then turn left towards Yanchep. This road becomes Indian Ocean Drive which will take you to Jurien Bay.
If you haven’t been to Yanchep, take the turnoff to Yanchep National Park, off Wanneroo Road. One of the best things to do here is the 240m Koala Boardwalk, where you’ll get to see koalas living in a natural environment. They are usually relatively easy to spot and close to the walkway, providing fantastic photo opportunities.
Koalas aren’t the only native wildlife in Yanchep National Park. It is also home to many western grey kangaroos that can be seen early in the morning or late afternoon. At other times, look for them resting in the shade.
If you want to spend a bit longer here, the park has nine walk trails suited to various ages and fitness levels from 500m up to 46.2km!
There are free BBQs available along with plenty of places for a picnic or visit the Yanchep Inn, open from 8 am until late, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The Chocolate Drops Tearooms are perfect for coffee/tea and something light to eat.
Guilderton is a small coastal town where the estuary meets the ocean and is ideal for relaxation, swimming, fishing, surfing, and kayaking.
If you have time in your schedule, make a 5 km detour to visit Moore River (as the locals call Guilderton). The grassed area along the foreshore is a nice spot for a picnic or wander up to the lookout for beautiful views over the ocean and river mouth.
You may even want to stay longer and spend the night here. The link below provides ideas on accommodation in Moore River/Guilderton.
Guilderton Travel Guide
For more ideas on what to do here, places to eat, and where to stay, click on the link below.
We use Booking.com for most accommodation bookings as they offer free cancellation on most rooms, have a loyalty program (Genius), a price match guarantee, the site is user-friendly and they have great customer support. We also book through Stayz for private accommodation as they are often cheaper than Airbnb.
As you travel further north along Indian Ocean Drive, you’ll notice how the landscape changes from native bush to agricultural land and sand dunes.
Half an hour from Guilderton, is the small town of Lancelin, famous for its sand dunes, which are the largest in Western Australia. You can reserve sandboards here and collect them from 7 am every day of the week for a fun activity. 2wd vehicles can access the dunes, but you will need to park at the base of the dunes.
If sandboarding doesn’t appeal to you, take a drive to Lancelin’s lookout for views over the beach and ocean.
If you’re planning on exploring Yanchep and Guilderton, you may want to see what accommodation is available in Lancelin before venturing further up the Coral Coast.
Lancelin Travel Guide
For more ideas on what to do here, places to eat, and where to stay, click on the link below.
As you leave Lancelin behind you, consider a stop at Nilgen Lookout for views over the bushland to the ocean.
Wedge Island is only a 35-minute drive from Lancelin and a great place to stop for morning tea and a swim if you have a 4wd. Other vehicles can now access Wedge Island but need to use the car park, four-wheel-drives can drive onto the beach and set up for the morning (it gets very windy late-morning/afternoon).
The next stop on this Perth to Julien Bay road trip is the incredible geological limestone formations of the Pinnacles, located in Nambung National Park, about half an hour from Wedge Island. It’s amazing to see this desert landscape so close to the ocean. You can see the coast from the Pinnacles Lookout.
If you have your own car, an unsealed road takes you around the Pinnacles, where you can stop to wander amongst them and take photos. Otherwise, park in designated parking bays and walk the short distance.
A Guide to The Pinnacles
This guide provides information on the history and how to see the Pinnacles.
The fishing town of Cervantes is a 15-minute drive from the Pinnacles, where you can take a walk around Lake Thetis, a small inland saline lake, to view the living marine stromatolites.
While there, take a drive to the ocean-front to see cray boats moored or have a swim at one of the beaches.
A Guide to Cervantes
This travel guide provides a list of things to do in Cervantes, accommodation options, and where to eat.
The last stop on this Coral Coast road trip is Jurien Bay, a popular holiday destination for Perth locals. Choose from activities such as relaxing on white sand beaches, surfing, fishing, and snorkelling in the protected bay.
If you base yourself here for a couple of days, there are other options including Lesueur National Park, Stockyard Gully Caves, Sandy Cape and Greenhead.
Things To Do in Jurien Bay
For a complete list of things to do in Jurien Bay, click on the link below.
Jurien Bay Accommodation
Jurien Bay Caravan Park has a range of air-conditioned chalets that sleep from two up to seven. The Jurien Bay Tourist Park is in an excellent location right by the beach and close to the bakery, tavern, shops, Jurien Bay Hotel and IGA.
Jurien Bay Motel Apartments have a wonderful reputation for their air-conditioned apartments, which feature modern kitchens. The central location means that you don’t have to walk far to the shops, foreshore, and restaurants.
Aqua Shack, a 3-bedroom house located 200 m from the beach, has a large garden with a barbecue. The fully equipped kitchen provides guests with a dishwasher, a microwave, a washing machine, a fridge, and an oven.
Coastal Paradise features a terrace with sea views, an outdoor swimming pool, and a bar. This Jurien Bay accommodation can sleep up to six guests in the three bedrooms. So, if it’s a spectacular property you’re after with lots of space, then this is the holiday accommodation for you.
Zoom into the below map to view hotels and accommodation in Jurien Bay.
Where To Eat in Jurien Bay
As Jurien Bay is a small town, there isn’t a massive range of dining options. However, here is a list of some of the best places to eat in Jurien Bay:
- Jurien Bay Bakery (delicious pies & sausage rolls and good coffee – recommended)
- Sandpiper Tavern (tasty pizzas and great service – recommended)
- Murray St Grill (good reviews on Tripadvisor)
- Family Affair Café
- Jurien Jetty Café
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Flights: We use different sites to get the best possible price for flights. Check matrix.itasoftware.com to get an idea of the cheapest dates, but you can’t book through this site. Compare the cost of flights with Kiwi.com and try different routes.
Travel Guides: As well as using online resources, like other travel blogs, I like to flick through a paper travel guide too. I either rent them from our local library or buy them from Bookdepository if I want to take it with me.
Accommodation: We mainly use Booking.com for accommodation as they consistently have the lowest rates with free cancellation on most properties. We also book through Stayz for private accommodation as they are usually cheaper than Airbnb.
Car Rental: To compare rental car company prices, we use Discover Cars, an award winning car rental comparison website. They offer competitive pricing in over 10,000 locations worldwide and are highly-rated. Another option is Rentalcars.com
Campervan Rental:Drivenow is a good resource to compare campervan hire in Western Australia as it includes all the large companies like Britz, Maui, Jucy as well as smaller ones.
Tours: We use third-party sites Viator, Get Your Guide & Klook due to their free cancellation policies, instant confirmation, price guarantees, and mobile ticketing. We occasionally book through Red Balloon too.
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