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As the weather cools down in southern parts of Western Australia, you can easily find some winter sun on Australia's Coral Coast.

Our Indian Ocean comes alive with marine interactions and our National Parks are brimming with natural experiences and secret hikes. We have bright night skies to camp under and stunning sunsets to end a perfect day fishing, and the beach – well it’s practically yours.

There’s just no better time than now to recharge the batteries and reconnect with family and friends along Western Australia's Coral Coast. Let us help you plan the perfect trip north to the warmth!

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IOD  

The Indian Ocean Drive starts just two hours’ drive north of Perth, its pristine white beaches and clear turquoise waters offer an array of exciting 4WDing and marine life encounters.

Cervantes, Jurien Bay are your gateway to the magical Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park with Green Head and Dongara-Port Denison, the southern seaside playgrounds of the Coral Coast home to our endangered Australian Sea Lions.

WILD 

WA wildflowers bloom on Australia's Coral Coast all year round, however between June and October you’ll see some of the most stunning displays in the State, when blankets of brilliant wildflowers colour the outback landscape.

To help you plan your very own wildflower road trip, we’ve got two, four, six and ten-day self-guided wildflower trails to fit your schedule. The flowers start 3 to 4 hours drive north of Perth.

GERO 

Geraldton has established itself as a trendy seaside city with the emergence of cafe culture, music and arts festivals, diving sites plus museums and art galleries. Blessed with beautiful beaches and warm winds makes the region is a popular destination for all water sport enthusiasts. The city of Geraldton is 4.5hrs drive north of Perth or a 40minute flight with Qantas or Virgin airlines. It's an excellent base from which to explore the area’s many great attractions such as the Abrolhos Islands, wildflowers, and Hutt Lagoon.

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Follow one of our drive itineraries to explore the Coral Coast! Don't forget to download our holiday guide too. Looking to hire? Chat to Red Sands Campers. Or visit us on tour with ADAMS coachlines!

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Qantas flies 12 times per week to Learmonth airport (Ningaloo region), with connecting flights through Perth airport when traveling from Melbourne or Sydney. Book your Ningaloo flights here.

 HUTT

Port Gregory lies near the mouth of the Hutt River. This picturesque fishing village is encircled by five kilometres of exposed coral reef and Hutt Lagoon, a pink lake.

Depending on the time of day, the season and the amount of cloud cover, the lake changes through the spectrum of red to bubble-gum pink to a lilac purple. The best time to visit is mid-morning or sundown. The lake can be accessed by road between Geraldton (1 hour north of Geraldton) and Kalbarri or on a scenic-flight out of Gerladton.

KALBARRI 

Where the Murchison River meets the Indian Ocean, Kalbarri is a favourite holiday playground blessed with a stunning coastline, soaring river gorges and protected swimming bays. Kalbarri is 6 hours drive north of Perth.

What’s more, the weather is sunny and warm all year round making any time a great time to visit. The striking National Park welcomes 30,000 visitors each year with rugged terrain for gorge hiking options or moderate to easy walking trails to lookout points.

 

Shark Bay was the first location in WA to be UNESCO World Heritage listed. More than just the dolphins of Monkey Mia, the area has important ecological and natural history. Factors contributing to the status are Shell Beach, one of only three beaches like it in the world and the Hamelin Pool Stromatolites.

Other great experiences to be had include aboriginal tourism, Francois Peron National Park, the secluded Dirk Hartog Island, wildlife cruises and Denham's World Heritage Discovery Centre.

 

Thanks to Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef for providing this video footage. Watch the full Ningaloo story via Sal Salis' Youtube channel.

CARN  

Known as the fruit bowl of WA, the Carnarvon region is a lush oasis lying as the south gateway of Ningaloo Reef. The town is an 11 hour drive from Perth or three hours drive south of Exmouth. Witness the dramatic spectacle of the Blow Holes and discover Red Bluff, Quobba and Gnaraloo, home to the third largest Loggerhead Turtle population in the world.

Play astronaut for the day and take part in a Apollo Capsule simulation at the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum or spend Saturday morning strolling through the Gascoyne Growers Market to pick up fresh produce.

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Coral Bay is a marine paradise. With beautiful coral gardens just metres from the pristine white beaches of this tiny, laidback seaside town, it’s a nature lover’s dream. Here you’ll discover a host of land and sea adventures to suit everyone, and with beach weather all year round it’s a 90 minute flight with Qantas or a 13-hour drive north of Perth.

Meet the friendly resident Manta Rays of Coral Bay, swim with Whale Sharks, Quad Bike to secret snorkeling spots, jump on a Glass-Bottom boat tour, stay at an Outback Station, or simply just enjoy a meal overlooking the beach.

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Ningaloo, the largest fringing reef in Australia, runs north to the town of Exmouth, making it the must-see destination for keen divers and snorkellers. Exmouth is a 90 minute flight with Qantas or a 15-hour drive north of Perth. Here, the rugged gorges of Cape Range National Park give way to the pristine white beaches, clear blue waters and vibrant coral reefs of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

Swim with Whale Sharks and Humpback whales, drift snorkel at Turquoise Bay or cruise along Yardie Creek, hike the gorges - there's always something to do and see in Exmouth.

Here's a few quick ideas on how to travel the Coral Coast today!

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