Boranup Drive, a great road under the majestic karri trees

Boranup Drive is a charming unpaved but well tended road through the heart of Boranup Forest, in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.

Boranup Drive

This stunning scenic drive through the forest is 13.8km (8.57 miles) long. It’s suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles although it can be bumpy due to corrugations, pot-holes and rocks. Expect your car to get a good shake-up. It is also narrow, so keep the speed down and be ready to move over and make room for oncoming vehicles. The drive runs through the imposing and grand Karri trees of the Boranup Karri Forest in the southwest. The drive is accessible all year round. 

The road runs north-south parallel to Tourist Drive 250 (Caves Road). It tops out at Boranup Lookout, a viewpoint with stunning views of the coastline, Karri forest and Hamelin Bay, near the southern end of the road. The lookout marks the start of some lovely bushwalks and has a great picnic spot and a basic toilet.

The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. The attraction of this drive is the forest it passes through. Don’t forget your camera! Located three hours southwest of Perth, within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, in the heart of the Margaret River Region, this delightful gravel road winds its way through majestic karri forest. Renowned for its wineries and home to a plethora of natural attractions including underground caves, surfing beaches and nature trails, the region offers something for everyone.