To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable journey through Western Australia’s Coral Coast read the following road safety information and advice.
Western Australia’s Coral Coast observes the same driving laws and regulations as the rest of Australia. Vehicles travel on the left-hand side of the road and wearing of seat belts is compulsory for all passengers. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an offence.
Sealed roads are easily accessible, except in case of heavy rains when they could be closed due to flooding. Unsealed roads are more unpredictable and can be closed for during very wet periods. Get an update on local road and weather conditions at Main Roads Western Australia or contact the local visitor centre.
Some road trains (giant trucks) are more than 50 metres in length. Take care when overtaking road trains and only do so when you can clearly see the road ahead. Be aware that dust and stones can be kicked up on unsealed roads, obscuring vision and potentially damaging your vehicle.
Watch this video to see how to safely overtake road trains.
Wandering stock and wildlife
Many cattle stations are unfenced and it is not uncommon to encounter wandering stock and wildlife. Watch out for kangaroos, cows and various other animals, particularly at dawn and dusk, as these are the most dangerous times.
For further information, please contact RoadWise on 08 9213 2066 or visit the website www.roadwise.asn.au
Health and safety Healthy travelling
Always carry adequate supplies of water and a comprehensive first aid kit. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as encephalitis and Ross River fever. Use appropriate insect repellents and cover arms and legs with loose clothing, particularly at dawn and dusk. Some areas of the Coral Coast are remote so be sure to take medicines with you. Bushfire safety
The hot and dry conditions in parts of Western Australia’s Coral Coast mean there is a risk of bushfires. The lighting of fires can be extremely dangerous, care should be taken at all times and a campfire should never be left unattended. Safety information is available from Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia
(FESA). Cyclone safety
Cyclones can affect Western Australia's Coral Coast during the summer months - generally from December to March. Tropical Cyclone Advices are issued on local TV and radio stations whenever a tropical cyclone is expected. Sun protection
The sun is almost always shining on Australia's Coral Coast so ensure you're sun smart, particularly between 10:00am and 3:00pm, when UV radiation is most intense.
Emergency information and important contact numbers you should take with you as you travel around Western Australia's Coral Coast. Download a list of emergency telephone numbers and useful contacts here.