Virtually every pit stop on The South West Edge road trip features an Insta-worthy sight, but these seven spots are truly photogenic from every angle. Cameras at the ready…
1. East West Design Street Art, Fremantle
Wander the streets of Perth’s historic town of Fremantle and you’ll just about have a whole Instagram feed of photos ready for posting, but East West Design in South Fremantle in particular is a must-see spot. Massive painted wall murals of the shop fronts located on the East West Design warehouse are the perfect place to capture the quirkiness of Fremantle – or as the local’s call it – Freo. Stroll along South Terrace to really take in the talent behind these works-of-art and marvel at their size.
2. Sugarloaf Rock, Cape Naturaliste
Is it real, or a simulation? Rising above the ocean like a tessellated pyramid, Margaret River’s famous Sugarloaf Rock draws an open-mouthed audience each day as the descending sun sets into the ocean, framing the enormous rock formation with a clear, rose-hued light. You may also wish to follow the lead of other clever picnickers and bring your own champagne hamper; there’s plenty of space to find your own snuggly viewing spot within the wildflower-dotted scrub nearby. After the light show, make your way into nearby Dunsborough for an appropriately beautiful meal paired with some local Margaret River vino.
3. Elephant Rocks, Denmark
Caster-sugar sands and water like liquid mint: the warm, flat expanse of ocean juxta positioned with giant boulders resembling a herd of elephants, Elephant Rocks should belong on a dazzling tropical postcard, but – shh! – you’ll find it in William Bay National Park, just twenty minutes by car from the centre of Denmark. A hop, a skip and a jump down the short walking track and you’ll reach your reward: postcard-perfect views of dreamy waters in hues of pastel peppermint. Next door you’ll find Greens Pool, where thanks to a shore-break of smooth boulders, the shallow-bottomed body of water is protected by the ocean’s normal current, creating a giant natural pool of water perfect for a dip. Join the locals and kick out a few morning laps across its top, or make do with a splash in the shallows and relax on the flat, sun-warmed rocks. Local tip: small multi-coloured coral communities have sprung up underwater around the base of the boulders; pack your snorkel for a closer look.