Australia's Coral Coast

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australia's coral coast

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self-driving itineraries: australia's coral coast

THE INDIAN OCEAN DRIVE

4 days self-drive – approx 844km 
Depart Perth on the Indian Ocean Drive (north from Wanneroo Road), heading towards the small fishing town of Cervantes and one of Australia’s most interesting landscapes, thousands of limestone stalagmite-like formations of the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park. The surrounding area has an abundance of wildflowers which reach their peak beauty between July and October. Continue north by Jurien Bay to enjoy skydiving, snorkeling at Jurien Bay Marine Park and the flowers of Leseuer National Park, before visiting Dongara and Geraldton. Visit the war memorial and restored pioneer buildings in Geraldton and Greenough, and enjoy ­the relaxed holiday vibe at these beautiful coastal towns. On your return consider visiting inland towns Moora, Muchea and New Norcia, Australia’s only monastic town.

GERALDTON — KALBARRI — MONKEY MIA

3 to 5 days self-drive – approx 1,873km 
Take the Great Northern and Brand Highways north to Geraldton, an ideal place to stop and explore before continuing to Northampton and the beautiful beaches and spectacular river gorges of Kalbarri. From here travel north to Denham, Australia’s westernmost town. Perfect to visit all year round, Denham has calm, protected waters that are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Visit Shell Beach, Francois Peron National Park and, of course, the world-famous dolphins of Monkey Mia who come in close to the shore daily to be fed. Return to Perth via Geraldton and the seaside town of Dongara taking an alternate route through the scenic farming towns of Mingenew and Moora and passing through the monastic town of New Norcia.

COASTAL DISCOVERY

3 to 5 days self-drive – approx 835km
Start your coastal journey at the major hub of Geraldton, visit the maritime museum and get a feel for the relaxed coastal lifestyle. Head north to the protected Shark Bay World Heritage Area to see the Monkey Mia dolphins, ancient stromatolites at Hamelin Pool, the beautiful Shell Beach, and enjoy plenty of water activities. Fill up on tasty fruit at Carnarvon, famous for its banana plantations, at the mouth of the Gascoyne River. The journey continues on to Coral Bay, Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, Australia’s largest fringing reef and recent addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Divers and snorkellers will be spoilt and everyone else can enjoy the pristine beaches, and get up close to the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. Also worth a detour from Exmouth is the Cape Range National Park.

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