Follow the coast north from Perth, visiting its northern beaches,
before reaching one of Western Australia’s oldest national parks
and a string of isolated coastal fishing and holiday settlements. This
is where the locals go for some peace and quiet, to catch a fish or
two, swim or canoe in the river or ocean and generally do as little
else as possible.
Distance: 260 km.
Journey east from the city along Cambridge Street and Oceanic Drive
to City Beach, one of the most sought after beachside suburbs of the
west coast with some of Perth’s most expensive, luxurious houses.
Drive north up West Coast Highway past a Scarborough and Trigg, both
favourites with board surfers. Where West Coast Highway sweeps inland,
take West Coast Drive and follow the coastline north past North Beach,
Marmion and Sorrento to Hillarys.
Hillarys Boat Harbour
Hillarys Boat Harbour is a very popular day-and-night destination in
Perth’s northern beachside suburbs, as much because of its
diverse range of eateries, bars and nightclubs and attractions, as it
being the sole coastal point from which to catch a ferry to Rottnest.
The marina is home to the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre, Aquarium
of Western Australia and numerous fishing charter, whale watching tour
operators and diving schools. Keep heading north; following the tourist
drive signs, passing by Mullaloo, Burns Beach and Quinns Rocks which,
only a decade or so ago, were little more than collections of
What remains of the wreck of Greek freighter Alkimos can be seen off
the coast at Yanchep. It is quite a walk to the wreck site and there
isn't much to see these days. Head north from Yanchep Beach to Two
Rocks and see remnants of the glory days of the 1980’s when
development was at a peak and intrepid entrepreneurs were busy building
theme parks, marinas and hotels. At Two Rocks is Wild Kingdom Wildlife
Park, a native animal zoo where visitors have the opportunity to feed
kangaroos and handle the rare golden hairy-nosed wombat.
A short way inland from Yanchep Beach is Yanchep National Park, one
of Perth’s oldest attractions, created around one of the many
coastal lakes in the region. The Park has hire boats, bird life and
native animals on display including koalas. The area has many limestone
caves; there are daily guided tours of Crystal Cave; Aboriginal
cultural demonstrations are given on weekends.