To help you plan your Coral Coast holiday, we've made it simple.

The best time to visit:

We generally say the best time to visit the Coral Coast is between March to October. This is due to the weather being dry, mild heat and the majority of our seasonal experiences/tours happen between these months.

Key Travelling Resources

Here are all the resources you'll need, including Australia's weather/seasons; how to travel by air, road or water; booking accommodation and tours; plus more. And of course, a map to help you get around!

Western Australia has 192,000km of unique and contrasting road conditions. The variation can be challenging for even the most seasoned drivers, while small differences in road laws between other countries can have significant safety implications.

Ensure you’re well advised and prepared. Familiarise yourself with our travel safety tips and emergency information before you set off on your journey through Western Australia’s Coral Coast. To help keep you safe, the Western Australian Road Safety Commission produces a Guide to Driving on WA Roads. This free booklet is essential reading for those getting behind the wheel and hitting our roads. It includes helpful information about Western Australian road rules and tips for driving in urban and regional areas.

Guide to Driving on WA Roads - English booklet

Guide to Driving on WA Roads - Arabic booklet

Guide to Driving on WA Roads - Chinese (Mandarin) booklet

Guide to Driving on WA Roads - French booklet

Guide to Driving on WA Roads - German booklet

Guide to Driving on WA Roads - Italian booklet

Guide to Driving on WA Roads - Japanese booklet

Guide to Driving on WA Roads - Korean booklet

Guide to Driving on WA Roads - Malay booklet

If you are towing a caravan or trailer it is best not to try and overtake at all. Wait for an overtaking lane, where it is safe to do so. Learn more via the "Visitors to WA" Road Safety Commission website.

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 Road Safety website.

Important Information to Consider

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School and Public Holidays

On average, Western Australia’s Coral Coast has 10 public holidays per year, most of which commemorate landmark Australian historic events, or religious celebrations. Find out more about school and public holidays.

Coalseam Conservation Park

Conservation on the Coral Coast

Help protect the beautiful natural landscapes and unique wildlife of Western Australia's Coral Coast for future generations. Find out how you can minimise the impact of your visit by considering these conservation tips.

Shark Bay World Heritage Drive

Plan Using our Itineraries

Our suggested itineraries are the perfect guide to help plan your next Coral Coast adventure. Whether you choose to fly, drive or a combination of both, each of our carefully curated itineries suit a range of schedules so all you have to worry about is what to pack. Find out more here.

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Travel Times and Distances

Get organised and plan your trip with our travel times and distances guide.

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Free Holiday Guide

Download our free holiday guide so you have everything you need for your Coral Coast trip at the tip of your finger.

Region map

Download our maps

Click here to download a range of useful maps to assist with your travels throughout the region.

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National Park Pass

Australia's Coral Coast is home to an array of picturesque National Parks, get organised before your trip and purchase your National Park Pass here before you leave.


FInd out what's on

Keep up to date with events happening in the region here and see if they line up with your travels.

Murchison House Station dog caravan

Your Furry Friends

It's important to plan ahead if you want to bring your pet with you on your travels. We've made it easy by compiling a list of all pet-friendly operaters, accomodation providers and tours within the region, find out more here.

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.

Read tide charts
Before entering the water, take note to see if there are any signs warning of rip tides.

Please be careful at the following locations:

  • Turquoise Bay (drift snorkelling) in Cape Range National Park, Exmouth
  • The Blowholes (king waves), Carnarvon
  • Quobba Station (king waves), Carnarvon

If you are undertaking any activity by the water, check the local tide charts, available at visitor centres and service stations.

Sun protection

The sun is almost always shining on Australia's Coral Coast so ensure you're sun smart, particularly between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm when UV radiation is most intense. Travellers should always wear a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses and at least an SPF 15+ sunscreen when outdoors. It is also recommended that you drink at least two litres of water each day.

Safety at the Beach

  • Always swim or surf at a beach patrolled by lifesavers
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags, they mark the safest areas to swim
  • Always swim under supervision, or with a friend
  • Read and obey the signs
  • If you are unsure of conditions, ask a lifesaver
  • Don't swim directly after a meal
  • Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Don't run and dive in the water
  • Conditions change regularly; check before you enter the water
  • If you get into trouble in the water, don't panic - signal for help, float and wait for assistance
  • Float with a rip current or undertow, do not swim against it!

Emergency Contact Numbers

Emergency information and important contact numbers you should take with you as you travel around Western Australia's Coral Coast can be found below.

We recommend downloading the Emergency+ app to your phone. The Emergency+ app is a free app (Apple, Android and Windows) developed by Australia's emergency services and their Government and industry partners.The app uses GPS functionality built into smart phones to help a Triple Zero (000) caller provide critical location details required to mobilise emergency services

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Exmouth and Coral Bay Police08 9947 8700
Carnarvon Police08 9941 7900
Shark Bay Police08 9948 1201
Kalbarri Police08 9936 3000
Geraldton Police08 9923 4555
Dongara-Port Denison Police08 9955 9300
Jurien Bay Police08 9652 0600
Royal Flying Doctors Service (State-wide)1800 652 800
Automobile Association of Australia13 11 11
Parks and Wildlife - Marine helpline08 9483 6462
Parks and Wildlife - Wildcare helpline or Fire Management in National Parks
(for sick, injured or orphaned native animals)
08 9474 9055

Mobile phone coverage is limited (generally only Telstra if available) and if you are in a life-threatening situation, please contact: State Emergency Services via text/SMS +61417097330.

Road Conditions

Main Roads (24 hours)138 138
Fire and Emergency Services1300 657 209 or
Bureau of Meteorology Weather Warnings08 9949 2436 or

The Main Roads WA road closures map is the best source of information on road closures across the State providing information on access due to roadworks or weather conditions.

Non-emergency Contact Numbers

Police131 444
Ambulance08 9334 1234 (non-emergency transport)
Fire Services of WA1800 199 084 (general enquiries)
State Emergency Services1300 130 039