Hailing from Reunion Island, Lorene and Clément went on an epic road trip around Australia, finishing up on the Coral Coast Highway in Western Australia ! Here's their story:
The pair explored the Coral Coast region extensively, entering from the North and making their way down the coast toward Perth. We came across the pair through their awesome Instagram feed, where Lorene has posted consistently brilliant images which really show off the beauty of the Coral Coast. Alongside tracking their journey through Instagram, we have also kept up to date with the pair through Journi – a travel logging platform where Lorene has posted regular travel updates and images whilst checking into locations along the way.
Here is their Coral Coast journey!
Day 1 – Coral Bay
The Ningaloo Reef is incredibly easy to access - all you need is a snorkel and mask. Unlike many other major reefs around the world, you can explore the underwater paradise of Ningaloo by simply entering from the beach - and there are some amazing snorkelling locations around Coral Bay. Some of the most popular places from which to enter the Reef are Bill's Bay, Five Fingers Reef and Purdy Point. There are also a range of awesome tour operators based in Coral Bay, who will give you an in-depth adventure of the reef and coastline - options galore!
Stargazing along the Coral Coast is also world class, with minimal light pollution allowing uninterrupted views of the stunning milky way galaxy.
Day 2 – Cape Range National Park
Lorene and Clément were prepared – they had pre-booked their Cape Range camping spot, where they set up camp. Here, they enjoyed lunch with a superb view, and spotted humpback whales from the Vlamingh Head lighthouse.
You are able to pre-book your campsite at a number of locations throughout the Coral Coast, whereas other camping locations operate on a first-in-best-dressed basis.
Day 3 – Turquoise Bay
The third day in the Coral Coast was spent snorkelling at Turquoise Bay – which Lorene believes is very appropriately named! The evening was spent befriending some local kangaroos and admiring a stunning Indian Ocean sunset.
Turquoise Bay is frequently listed among the best beaches in Australia, and offers an awesome drift snorkelling experience, where you can enter the water from the southern end of the beach and let the current of the water move you along the shoreline. This spot is recommended for confident swimmers, as you need to exit the water before reaching the point. On your drift snorkelling adventure, you're sure to see plenty of colourful coral and hundreds of different fish (there are over 500 different species found along the Ningaloo Reef!).
Day 4 – Coral Coast Sky + Yardie Creek
Lorene and Clément treated themselves to an experience of a lifetime – an hour long flight in an ultralight. From above, they could spot an abundance of marine life in the waters below – humpback whales, dolphins, sharks, rays and turtles. After an incredible morning, Lorene and Clément spent a relaxing afternoon snorkelling the Reef, before heading to Yardie Creek to camp for the night.
There are a number of fantastic scenic flights available throughout the Coral Coast, with visitors often saying that you haven't truly seen the Coral Coast until you've seen it from a bird's-eye view. If a scenic flight isn't quite your style, you could try exploring the wonderful Yardie Creek by boat.
Day 5 – Osprey Bay
The morning of day five was spent exploring the beautiful Osprey Bay, where the pair snorkelled alongside turtles. Clément took to the waters of the notoriously windy Sandy Bay for a kitesurf in the afternoon.
Sandy Bay is a popular destination for windsurfing and kiteboarding - in fact, the Coral Coast offers an abundance of locations with ideal conditions for these sports.
Day 6 – Cape Range National Park
You can swim with manta rays all year round at Coral Bay - check out this video of an American tourist swimming with the giant rays.
Days 7 & 8 – Coral Bay
These days were spent exploring the wonderful Coral Bay, where Lorene and Clément enjoyed the world class coral, beautiful beaches, and superb sunsets.
As well as amazing beaches, Coral Bay also offers quad-biking, boat tours, fishing tours, tasty dining options, and even a glass bottom boat tour - there's something for every traveller!
Days 9 & 10 – Quobba & Red Bluff
The pair headed to Red Bluff today, with Clément keen to check out the renowned waves of the area. On the way, they stopped in at the Quobba Blowholes before arriving at their coastal campsite, where they could spot breaching whales. Clément took his board out and was impressed with the waves, as well as trying his hand at fishing.
The Quobba coast, spanning from Point Quobba to Red Bluff, is known for its awesome fishing, walking and snorkelling opportunities, as well as its stunningly rugged coastline. The Bluff provides world class surfing conditions, with many surfers visiting from across the globe from May through to August.
Day 11 – Gnaraloo
Before heading off this morning, Clément went out for an early surf (alongside whales - check out the image below!) before the two drove to Gnaraloo, where they spent some time snorkelling in the turquoise waters. They then made their way to 3 Mile Camp, before setting up for the night.
Gnaraloo is another surfing hot-spot - but is recommended only for experienced surfers. This area is also known for its abundance of sealife, with dolphins, manta rays, schools of fish and whales frequenting the waves.
Day 12 – Carnarvon
The pair explored the town of Carnarvon, where they enjoyed the delicious local produce that the town is renowned for, such as mangoes, bananas and delicious fruit smoothies. They paid a visit to the ancient Stromatolites, before setting up camp for the night.
The Hamelin Pool stromatolites are oldest and largest living fossils on earth - how about a helicopter adventure focused around exploring this incredible attraction?
Day 13 – Monkey Mia
Lorene and Clément rose early today to head to Monkey Mia to see the famous dolphins - Lorene was even lucky enough to feed the dolphins! They spent the morning near the Monkey Mia Reserve bay before making their way to Little Lagoon. They had planned to head into Francois Peron National Park, but the 4WD-only road of the Park was not suitable for their vehicle. Instead, they explored the breathtaking lookouts along the coast, such as Eagle Bluff, where they spotted sharks, turtles, rays and even a dugong!
Day 14 – Kalbarri
Kalbarri National Park offers incredible bushwalking, gorge hiking and canoeing opportunities, with the Murchison River flowing between vast gorge cliff-faces. From July to October Kalbarri National Park is ablaze with colour as wildflowers like banksias, grevillias, kangaroo paws and feather flowers spring to life. The park is rich in bird life and other animals. Most native mammals are nocturnal, but you can sometimes see western grey kangaroos and emus during the day.
Day 15 – Port Gregory and Geraldton
After a morning exploring Kalbarri’s coast, Lorene and Clément headed to the astounding Pink Lake (which they think looked like a giant strawberry milkshake). They then headed to Geraldton, where they spotted some of the awesome street art throughout the City, before enjoying a tasty pizza for lunch.
For best views of the famous Pink Lake, it's best to visit between 10am and 2pm, when the sun is overhead and the light most intense. It also helps to visit on a cloudless day - this is when the Lake is at its most vivid.
Day 16 – Geraldton
The pair had breakfast on the Geraldton esplanade before enjoying the Geraldton foreshore and city. The city offers great cafés, independent shops, and a fantastic art scene - the gallery is well worth a visit.
When in town, pay a visit to the awe-inspiring HMAS Sydney II Memorial, built to honour the lost sailors of the HMAS Sydney maritime disaster in 1941 or explore the WA Museum Geraldton.
Geraldton's surrounds are also fantastic, with crisp white sand dunes nearby, as well as the iconic "candy-cane" lighthouse, Point Moore Lighthouse.
Day 17 – Point Louise
Lorene and Clément took a short drive south, where they spent the day exploring the beaches near to Point Louise.
Only a few minutes north of Green Head by car, the Point Louise Lookout offers panoramic views over the main surf break below, where surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers regularly take to the water.
The waters below also offer prime snorkelling experiences, with wonderful marine life and crystal clear waters.
Day 18 - Jurien Bay
Lorene and Clément spent the day in windy Jurien Bay - here, they put their kayak in the water to explore the coast by sea.
It’s not uncommon to spot endangered Australian Sea Lions and these cute creatures are often seen lazing in the sun on the beaches of the Jurien Bay Marine Park. But for a close encounter, take a boat tour from Jurien Bay or Green Head and watch them frolic in the wild.
Day 19 - Pinnacles Desert
On the final stretch from Jurien Bay down to Perth, the duo stopped in at the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Although it was a little rainy for them, they stuck around and managed to get some great photos - including some snaps of emus. They then made their way out of the Coral Coast region down to Perth.
A visit to Australia’s Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles is a must. These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as five metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.
What a journey! It truly looks as though Lorene and Clément have been having the trip of a lifetime, and it's been a treat keeping up to date with their adventures. We love their cruisy itinerary through the Coral Coast - taking time to explore each town in detail and relax along the way.
For a travel inspiration of your own, check out some of our Coral Cost holiday itineraries.