Short Drive Itineraries

One Night Away

BASE YOURSELF: Cervantes or Jurien Bay
DURATION
: 2 days, 1 night
HIGHLIGHTS: Food, land, sand, water, nature, animals and photography
It doesn’t have to take a long time to discover Western Australia’s Coral Coast. If you’re time poor, even a weekend away with time to slow down can really be felt and a mini-break is totally worth the effort!

Day 1

Head north via the Indian Ocean Drive towards Jurien Bay, an easy 2.5 hour drivenorth of Perth. If you’re looking for a good coffee, BettyVan is a pop-up coffee truck which frequents Cervantes and Jurien Bay between 7 to 11am. Find her on Facebook @bettyvancoffee for the exact location.

Stop into the Jurien Bay Visitor Centre to purchase a National Park Pass. Spend some time bushwalking and spectating wildflowers (July to September) at Lesueur National Park. If you have a 4WD, consider visiting stunning Sandy Cape for a swim or simply a sunset. Don’t have a 4WD?

Join the Sandy Cape tour with Jurien Bay Adventure Tours, who also hire equipment such as Stand-Up Paddleboards.

Overnight: Jurien Bay or Cervantes

Day 2

Wake up early and explore a little further, driving north to Green Head. There you will find the Three Bays Walkway where you can enjoy a beach walk or swim in the sheltered bays of Dynamite, South and Anchorage Bay. Here you will often see endangered Australian Sea Lions relaxing on the beach.

Driving south from Green Head, stop into Lake Thetis and the Thrombolites which are between Jurien and Cervantes. Similar to the Stromatolites of Shark Bay, there is a 1.5km walking loop with boardwalk out to view these ancient micro-organisms.

Visit the Lobster Shack for lunch and a tour to learn about how the Western Rock Lobster industry operates in Western Australia.

Use your Park pass to visit Nambung National Park, home of the Pinnacles, and stop into the Interpretative Centre to learn more about the area before returning back to Perth.

A Long Weekend Roadtrip

BASE YOURSELF: Cervantes, Jurien Bay, Dongara-Port Denison or Geraldton
DURATION: 3 days, 2 nights
HIGHLIGHTS: History, heritage, nature, animals and photography
It’s surprising how far you can go and what you can see with just three days road tripping on Australia’s Coral Coast.

Day 1
Wake up early and head north via the Indian Ocean Drive towards Dongara-Port Denison, a four hour drive from Perth. Dongara-Port Denison is an RV friendly town, offering free camping in selected locations – enquire with the Visitor Centre. There is plenty of accommodation from hotels, to holiday homes, to campsites. If you’re visiting on a Saturday, stop into the Weekend Markets to pick up some local treasures.

The best way to explore this seaside town is with Beach, Sand, Land Tours who offer 4x4 tours where you can learn to sand board, then learn about the history and birdlife of the twin towns visiting the Irwin River and surrounds.

Golf enthusiasts will love the Dongara Golf Course with views over the Indian Ocean. A full 18 holes, it’s a quick course with clubs and buggies for hire.

Finish your Saturday evening at the Drive-In movies, the oldest operating drive-in in Western Australia. New release movies are offered from May to October.

Overnight: Dongara-Port Denison

Day 2
Wake up early to enjoy a beach breakfast at South Beach and take the morning to go crabbing off the Port Denison Marina. For those who love to walk, take to the Thungarra Trails – six different trails that traverse the ocean and river with scenic views, spotting flora and fauna.

 When travelling the Indian Ocean Drive, keep an eye out for echidnas who can often be spotted during the day between Dongara and Jurien Bay.

 Arriving in Jurien Bay, consider hiring snorkel gear and picking up the ‘swim cards’ for the Jurien Bay Underwater Interpretive Snorkel trail, accessed 25 metres out from the Old Jetty piles on the beach. The Swim Cards (available from local shops) outline which fish species and coral you will see on the trail.

 Enjoy the evening with fish and chips on the beach or marina.

 Overnight: Jurien Bay or Cervantes

Day 3
For walkers or cyclists, bike the Turquoise Way which has recently been extended, now almost 30km of paved coastline.

 If you have a 4WD, visit the Stockyard Gully National Park to see the fascinating below ground river system of caves, once forming part of the stock-route for sheep and cattle. Take care in the caves if it’s been raining, due to potential flooding.

 Visit Nambung National Park, home of the Pinnacles and stop into the Interpretative Centre to learn more about the area before returning back to Perth.

Shark Bay, Fly Away

BASE YOURSELF: Shark Bay – Monkey Mia or Denham
DURATION:
3 days, 2 nights
HIGHLIGHTS: History, heritage, nature, animals and photography
When you throw in a flight, a three-day break on Australia’s Coral Coast can feel like you’re miles away in ancient lands. Regular flights to Monkey Mia leave from Perth, usually around midday, which leaves you the afternoon to relax.

Day 1
Flight: Depart Perth for Shark Bay.
Book your flight to Monkey Mia airport from Perth, landing mid-afternoon. Before flying, make plans to either hire a car (stay in Denham) or airport-transfer (stay in Monkey Mia).

Upon arrival, we suggest you ease into ‘Shark Bay Time’ by enjoying an afternoon swim or beverage near the beach.

Enjoy your dinner and then take part in an Indigenous Night Tour. It’s a great way to learn about the local Nhanda and Malgana Aboriginal people and to discover the history of Gutharraguda (Two Waters or Shark Bay).

Overnight: Shark Bay

Day 2
With a full day in Shark Bay there are just too many choices of things to see, do and experience, but here’s a few of our favourite full-day tours:
• Dirk Hartog Island 4WD Eco Tour
François Peron National Park 4WD
Eco Tou
r or Kayaking Tour
• Dive Shark Bay either Steep Point or
Dirk Hartog Island
• Stromatolites and Shell Beach, learn
about why these attractions are
World Heritage listed

Enjoy your dinner and then take an Astronomy on the Beach tour. With very little light pollution, Shark Bay is a great place to absorb the immense vastness of constellations on show.

Overnight: Shark Bay

Day 3
Wake up early to feed the Dolphins of Monkey Mia. As they are wild animals, timing differs daily but the first feeding of the day is from approximately 7.45am. The return flight to Perth is usually in the
afternoon. Make the most of your day by booking a morning Wildlife Cruise, sailing around Shark Bay spotting dugongs, turtles and rays.

Flight: Depart Shark Bay for Perth

 

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