Long distance driving

Know what to expect when travelling long distances across WA. From rest area locations, fatigue and road hazards, learn about the unique road network in the state.

Car with caravan driving along regional road

Travelling across WA by road is one of the best ways to see the state. Due to the size, a road trip across Western Australia can include long stretches of driving. While you may be used to driving in metro areas, regional roads present new and unpredictable challenges. Plan your trip and be prepared.

If you want to plan an unforgettable road trip around Western Australia, visit the Tourism WA website for itineraries, events and more.   

Rest Areas

Find our rest areas by visiting the Travel Map and turning on the rest area filter. By planning your journey beforehand, you can prevent fatigue. Distance between remote towns can be vast, so plan out your route before you go.  

Driving in WA - A guide to safe stopping places - PDF (8.21 MB) 

Look for entry signs for safe stopping places. Facilities vary within each as some may have toilets, effluent dump sites, information or picnic areas. 

Always be fire aware. Ensure all fireplaces and barbeques are put out before you leave a rest area.  

24-hour rest areas are not intended for camping. They are great places to take a break if you are travelling long distance. Please do not stay at these stopping places for more than 24 consecutive hours.   

Acknowledgement of country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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