With the ANZAC Day long weekend only just a tiny speck in our rear-view mirror, the WA Day Long Weekend is just around the bend and what better way to celebrate this great State than with a road trip to one of its many iconic locations. Read on below for five must-visit Western Australian locations to road trip to this WA Day long weekend, along with some info on why you can expect big things when you do so in a Ford Puma.
Black Diamond Lake
Let’s get the most Instagrammable location out of the way first shall we? Black Diamond Lake around this time of year will look stunning, although potentially a little chilly for a dip! Along the way you can visit the massive Wellington Dam mural, tackle some of the state’s best mountain biking and walking trails and visit some other beautiful lakes and pools like Honeymoon Pool, Potters Gorge and Stockton Lake.
You’ll need help finding all of these places, and the Ford Puma’s SYNC®3 infotainment system means you never have to take your hands off the wheel using voice command. You can also integrate your phone for hands free control of your fav apps, most importantly the music to soundtrack your travels!
From lush forests in the south to north and a sandy, barren landscape filled with thousands of limestone pillars pointing towards the heavens, The Pinnacles are one of Australia’s most unique and intriguing landscapes. These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as 4m, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.
It can get warm traipsing around in the sun for a few hours exploring The Pinnacles, however with the Ford Puma’s remote start on the FordPass App, you can pre-chill the cabin on your way back to the car, which is actually pretty darn cool.
Forever breaking at a whopping 15m tall, Wave Rock just out of Hyden is one of the world’s most stunning rock formations, and it’s a must-visit when it comes to iconic Australian landmarks. The imposing, multi-colour granite cliff stretches 110m long, and is also an historic area for Indigenous Australians, who’ve inhabited the region for hundreds of years, with several ancient rock-painting sites in nearby Mulka’s Cave.
It’s about a four-hour drive from Perth, and with trails to walk and caves to explore, we recommend staying overnight at Wave Rock Caravan Park. While this means you’ll have a bit more to pack, it’s no problem as you’ll be able to fit more in with the Ford Puma’s interior flexibility and storage solutions, including an adjustable load compartment.
A delightful little city in its own right, there’s a plenty of reasons to put in some serious time in Busselton – from sheltered beaches with visiting whales and a bubbling food and drink scene, to national parks filled with caves and wineries, you don’t just have to pass it by. Its star attraction is of course the Busselton Jetty, the longest pier in the southern hemisphere and an exciting tourism development, carrying tourists along its 1,800m length via an old railway network, and featuring one of only six natural aquariums at the end.
The southwest region is super busy year-round these days, which means even parking can be difficult at times, but that won’t be a problem in a Ford Puma. Enhanced active park assist helps you find and navigate a suitable parking spot, automatically steering you in and out, making parallel and perpendicular parking stress-free.
Albany is filled with stunning beaches, rich marine life, incredible national parks and a wonderfully historical township to explore, indeed there’s plenty to love in and around this southern gem. There’s museums galore, along with some stunning walking and hiking trails, and plenty of great cafes and restaurants that demand you stay in town a couple of days.
There’s also plenty of great shopping around Albany, and the Albany Farmers Market is a must-visit on Saturday mornings from 8am. If you find yourself with your hands full headed back to the car and can’t reach your keys, the Ford Puma’s hands-free power tailgate makes access to your Puma load compartment easy – just kick your foot under the rear bumper and the boot opens and closes automatically.
So there you have it – five essentials road trips to keep you busy this WA Day, and if we’ve sold you on a Ford Puma why not book in a test drive here!