This is the best Coral Coast Australia guide
Known for its natural events and attractions such as the annual Whale Shark season and the Pinnacles Desert, the Coral Coast region starts just two hours north of Perth and runs north to the Ningaloo Reef. It is a diverse journey through deep red desert landscapes alongside 1,100 kilometres of uncrowded, stunning coastline.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast and looking for a destination that may have it all, the Coral Coast is pretty close! Brimming with uninterrupted and uncrowded stretches of white beaches, from its untouched coral reefs just metres from the shore, to breathtaking national park gorges, pink lakes plus brilliant carpets of colourful wildflowers! It’s here!
Here are the top 10 things to get visitors excited t:
- Coral Bay
- Cape Range National Park
Plan your route from Perth to Cervantes, and then along this untouched coastline to Exmouth. You won’t be short of secluded spots along the way. And, although a 2WD is suitable in areas, a 4wD is recommended.
A popular albeit easygoing spot for family getaways, or fishing enthusiasts is Cervantes. And beyond being famous for its fishing spots, it is also a renowned spot for wildflowers. Anytime from June to September visitors to the area can expect thousands of blooming wildflowers. Perhaps you can even follow their trail. Or if fishing is more your thing, another huge Cervantes attraction is the rock lobster fishing season between November and June.
Geraldton is up there with the top must-see surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, boating and fishing destinations in Australia. It’s also ideally situated for exploring one of the greatest displays of spring wildflowers on Earth, with some intriguing Indigenous, maritime and Spanish missionary history to discover along the way.
Beautified by gorges, coves and a coastline like no other its a recommended destination year round. Attractions in and near Kalbarri include:
- Houtman Abrolhos Islands, a chain of islands and coral reefs that is home to a site of crucial breeding seabirds.
- Warribanno Chimney
- Horrocks Beach
- Pink Lake – a salt lake reflecting a pink shade!
Places of interest in Carnavon include the OTC Dish, the Space and Technology Museum, One Mile Jetty & Heritage Precinct, Gwoonwardu Mia, and Gascoyne Food Trail. Carnavon is situated directly between 2 World Heritage Sites: Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef. The town also serves as the gateway to the world’s largest Monolith Mt Augustus. According to Australia Coral Coast Tourism it is the largest rock formation in the world and during sunrise and sundown, its colours are impressive. And there is a 49km route around the National Park suitable for 2WD vehicles.
Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay & Exmouth
The World Heritage Site, Ningaloo Reef area overlays an area of more than 600 000 hectares and is Australia’s largest fringing reef. It is a paradise for snorkellers and divers, as it is most easily accessible straight from the shore. Coral gardens are a guarantee filled with a multitude of tropical fish at home, and the whale shark. Another highlight is soaring above migrating whales in a an Exmouth microlight. sits at the northern end of Ningaloo Marine Park, and is the gateway to the gorges and canyons of Cape Range National Park
Cape Range National Park
Bordering on Ningaloo World Heritage Site the Park is home to extraordinary gorges, rivers and coastlines. Yardie Creek being the most famous of any visit includes a multitude of activities from spotting resident animals to boating and walking! It is the epitome of Western Australia with prehistoric gorges surrounded by dark blue waters, red limestone, wallabies and red kangaroos.
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