The mid west is a great spot for showing off what Australia is most famous for; endless expanses of bush. Amongst the undulating bushland are some truly bewildering drives just waiting to be explored. Click the images below for larger road maps.
Indian Ocean Drive As much as I despise this road for opening up places like Wedge Island to all the hoons and morons that plague the city there's no denying it's a beautiful drive.
Stretching from Perth to Geraldton the new scenic drive connects popular destinations such as Lancelin, Cervantes and Eneabba; making it more accessible and keeping tourists off of the Brand Highway truck route. You do still have to watch out for Emus and Kangaroos but it's a much safer drive.
The drive takes you through a short stretch of forest before opening out into an endless expanse of bushland and rolling dunes. Glimpses of the ocean become more and more regular as you head north and there's plenty of POIs along the way including scenic lookouts, wind farms and massive sand dunes.
Cockleshell Gully Road I love a good unsealed road and Cockleshell Gully is as good as they get. The corrugated rocky track can't be taken lightly and should ideally be driven in a 4wd as the vibrations can destroy you average city car.
The road cuts through the centre of the mid west, delivering adventurous tourists to iconic destinations such as the Stockyard Gully, Mt. Lesueur wildflower region and lake Indoon. It's a great road to see just how big our country is, it seems to just go on and on and on.
The beauty is in it's simplicity. Not much makes you feel more Australian than leaving long red dust trails down an unsealed bush road in the middle of nowhere.
Lancelin Road It's a short drive but not many roads can give you a better view of our great coastal life. After turning off from Indian Ocean Drive the view is impressive from start to finish.
The panoramic shot as you drive west features rolling bush covered hills to the left, the famous Lancelin sand dunes to the right and blue ocean end to end in the background. The township of Lancelin pops up amongst the dramatic landscape guiding you into one of the best bakeries in WA.
Kailis Drive Much like Lancelin Road, Kailis Drive is flanked by endless expanses of green bush atop rolling seaside hills.
The turn off to drive into Port Denison and Dongara always brings relief after the long drive, and as an added bonus treats you to some beautiful views over the small port city and surrounding bush. It seems like even in the driest months of summer the green still shines through.
Hansen road was made to show off one of Western Australias many famous rock formations; the Pinnacles.
The unsealed ring road meanders around the Nambung National Park taking you within metres of the popular tourist destination. There are a few spots to park along the way so you can get out and get even closer, or you can just sit back and cruise along the dirt track making sure to stay within the markers (small rocks laid on the side of the road).
The road is 2wd friendly and is sealed up to the Pinnacles entrance. You are however required to pay a small entry fee which goes into maintaining the famous rocks and surrounding national parklands.