Arguably one of the most Aussie things a person could ever do is embark on a regional road trip — and the extended summer holidays are non-arguably the best time to take off.
Whether you’d rather pitch a tent in Karijini, relax at Monkey Mia or tackle the Gibb River Road, the strange behaviour of living a nomadic life remains the idyllic dream for those of us who need a plane to visit another nation.
West Aussies, in particular, take pride in our ability to sit in a car longer than we sit at our desks, and in our ability to find the best free campsites, the best local bakeries and the best cafe pitstops.
Because everyone is too exhausted from Christmas to think about where to stop and stretch their legs along the road, we thought we’d make some suggestions.
Whether you’re heading north or south in the coming weeks, here are some of the best places to stop along your WA road trip.
Best places to stop along the road
Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome
If you’ve been concerned about heading up north due to recent headlines, let this eatery win you over.
Dunked in WA history and weighed down with awards, the Roebuck is THE must-visit venue of Broome and a perfect stop to help you forget the hours of driving.
Bred Co. Bakery, Albany
Given Albany Highway is the road well-traveled to most southwest destinations, it’s only fitting to suggest this bakery for a pitstop.
Sourcing their grains from the Great Southern, stopping in at this micro-bakery will ensure not only a delighted stomach but also support for local providers.
Spilled the Beans, Kununurra
If you’re ever embarking on the Gibb River Road and find yourself in the region of Kununurra, Spilled the Beans is your go-to stop for coffee and conversation.
Serving drinks hot and chilled alike, the small business has been designed to welcome weary travellers and remind us what food tastes like when camp dust isn’t on the ingredients list.
Pies & Ale, Boranup
While most road trips are made with the intent of reaching the destination ASAP, we recommend allowing yourself some time to leisurely enjoy a rustic lunch.
The subject of many food reviews, this little eatery is hidden among the southwest forests and will provide pies and local brews like no other — just make sure you’ve got a designated driver for the journey.
Ningaloo Bakehouse and Cafe, Exmouth
If you’ve not heard of the Bakehouse and are passing by Exmouth, you’re in for a treat — and a queue.
The favourite is renowned for its pastries, fresh loaves, and fearless birds who wait by the tables outside for scraps, not that they’ll find many.
Westonia Gallery Cafe, Wheatbelt
This gem made headlines this year when boxing legend Danny Green announced it served the best coffee of any small town, making it an obvious addition to the must-visit list for your road trip.
Pinjarra Bakery, Pinjarra, Waroona, Maddington, Port Kennedy
Anyone who’s driven long hours through WA’s outback knows there is nothing like stumbling upon a town bakery selling hot, chunky, meat pies.
Well look no further than this bakery master, the winner of several awards for their pastry goods.
This particular legend has made its name so well-known, that it spouted new locations across the State, meaning you’re bound to stumble upon one no matter which direction you’re headed.
Haz Beanz, Albany
There have been many debates over which cafe can make the best brew, and there are guaranteed to be many more over the years.
But if you’re looking for a caffeine top-up during your drive, we’re suggesting you hit up the winner of the Wotif Uniquely Aussie Awards for Best Flat White.
Located along the Albany marina, a stop at Haz Beanz will allow you to stretch your legs while admiring a gorgeous view – the perfect combination for a road trip pitstop.