Getting to Western Australia:
There are regular flights to Perth Airport (Western Australia's capital city) from major international hubs and interstate cities. These flights connect with intrastate flights to major towns within Western Australia’s Coral Coast. Find out more about travelling to Western Australia.
For those travelling from Australia's East Coast, Qantas fly direct from Melbourne to Exmouth between April and October 2023.
International Flights into Perth are operated by the following international airlines:
Getting to the Coral Coast once you're in Western Australia:
The Coral Coast starts 2 hours north of Perth and is easily accessible by road.
Travelling around the Region:
The region is tied together by one world-class road trip, the 1,250km Coral Coast Highway between Perth and Exmouth. Excellent road conditions make it easy for those wanting to travel around Western Australia’s Coral Coast at their own pace.
Perth City is connected to the region via the Indian Ocean Drive, Brand Highway and Midlands Road - all of which converge into the Brand Highway at Dongara-Port Denison and lead you north to Geraldton. The North West Coastal Highway joins Geraldton in the south to Carnarvon in the north, with good sealed roads leading off the highway to coastal and country towns, such as Kalbarri and Shark Bay. The Minilya-Exmouth Road turns off from the North West Coastal Highway and leads you to Coral Bay and Exmouth.
Please note that travel times and distances between towns, attractions and roadhouse facilities can be long, especially in the north of the region, so it's important to bear this in mind and plan your trip before you hit the open road. The times and distances shown in our chart below are based on main roads. In some areas, there are alternative routes using unsurfaced roads for four-wheel-drive (4WD) tracks. We recommend that you check with local visitor centres for current road information.
Accessing the Coral Coast by road from Perth City
Get onto Mitchell Freeway and head north for 28 kilometres towards Joondalup. Take the exit toward Burns Beach Rd, turn right and follow for 2.1 kilometres. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Joondalup Drive. In 900 metres take a slight left at Wanneroo Rd, and continue heading north. Wanneroo Road will change into Lancelin Road which will then change into the Indian Ocean Drive. This will take you via the Pinnacles Desert to Cervantes.
Accessing the Coral Coast by road from Perth Airport
From the airport, make your way to Tonkin Hwy and head northeast on Tonkin Hwy for 13.9 kilometres. Take the exit ramp to Roe Hwy, turn right at Roe Hwy and follow for 16.3 kilometres. Make a sharp right at Middle Swan Rd and then a slight left to merge onto Great Northern Hwy. Continue north for 14.4 kilometres and turn left to stay on Great Northern Hwy. Turn left at the Brand Hwy and follow this north for 138 kilometres. Here you will see the sign for Bibby Road where you can head west towards Cervantes and the Pinnacles Desert, or continue north towards Geraldton, Kalbarri, Shark Bay and Exmouth.
Hire cars are available in all major towns throughout the Coral Coast and a full range of rental vehicles, ranging from motor homes to four-wheel-drives (4WDs), are available in Perth.
Western Australia's Road Safety Commission provides 'A Guide to Driving on WA Roads'. This resource is available in nine languages – English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Malay, and is a free A5-sized guide that provides helpful information about Western Australian road rules and tips for driving in urban and regional areas.
Further information on WA roads is available from Main Roads Western Australia.
RedSands Campers and Crikey Campers hire 4WD campervans for those wishing to travel around the Coral Coast by camper, especially to hard to 4WD (only) locations such as Steep Point, Dirk Hartog Island, Francois Peron National Park and Kennedy Range National Park. If you’re keen to venture off the beaten track and travel around Western Australia’s Coral Coast in four-wheel drive mode, there are also a number of challenging tracks crossing coastal sand dunes and rugged bushland.
A range of packaged tours are available, ranging from four-wheel drive adventures to luxury coach tours. Search Coral Coast tours to find out more.
Important Driving Tips:
Excellent main road conditions make it easy for those wanting to travel around Western Australia’s Coral Coast at their own pace, however, conditions can vary and we encourage you to take note of a few road safety and travel tips to make your journey as enjoyable as possible.
In Australia, cars travel on the left of the road and speed is in kilometres (km) per hour. When overtaking, make sure you have a clear view of oncoming traffic and use your indicator to signal your intentions to other drivers.
Never drive tired – fatigue kills. Heavy rainfall can make some roads and tracks impassable, so check road conditions before departure with local shire offices or Main Roads WA. Some roads are unsealed, so beware of loose gravel and dust obscuring your vision. A reminder that if you have hired a car, most two-wheel hire cars cannot enter unsealed roads due to insurance.
Please note it is illegal to drive in Australia with a blood alcohol reading over 0.05. A zero tolerance policy applies to probationary and learner drivers. It is also illegal for drivers to use a hand-held phone while driving. Heavy penalties apply.
Be wary of animals on or near the road. Kangaroos are prevalent, especially in the early morning and evening. Emus are unpredictable and often travel in groups. Livestock occasionally ventures onto roads at night and can be hard to see.
When travelling through the Coral Coast, you’re bound to come across road trains or extra-large trucks spanning around 60m in length. Only overtake if you can see clearly ahead, and be cautious that dust and stones can flick up on unsealed roads.
Particularly at dawn and dusk - make sure you’re extra vigilant when driving. It is not uncommon to encounter wildlife such as kangaroos and emus, or stock such as cows and sheep wandering the road. Numerous cattle stations are unfenced, but if you do come across a gated road, be sure to leave the gate as you found it.
We highly recommend tracking your fuel and stopping when possible. Food and fuel can generally be found every 100 – 300km, but LPG Gas and Electric charge stations are not available in all areas. Please keep in mind that not all fuel/petrol stations are open 24 hours.
Bring plenty of water and a comprehensive first aid kit. Invest in a strong insect repellent, and protect yourself from mosquitoes by covering up, especially at dusk and dawn. A netted hat could prove useful - these can often be purchased at fuel stations or visitor centres.
Be mindful of other road users, particularly large trucks with up to four trailers attached. Always leave at least 200 metres between vehicles in a convoy to allow large trucks to pass and only overtake if the road is clear and visible for at least one kilometre ahead. If towing do not exceed 90 kilometres per hour.
Ensure that your vehicle is in sound condition, and that you have enough fuel to get to the next service station. Pack a spare tyre and basic first aid kit, especially if you intend on exploring off-road areas.
If your vehicle breaks down or becomes bogged, stay with the vehicle. A car is easier to spot in the event of a search.