Wander Out Yonder To The Magical Coral Coast!
Sandy beaches & turquoise waters
We're free to wander out yonder! Hit WA's Allan and Michelle know that while it's a bit tricky to travel at the moment, we're reminded we have the best places in the world right on our own doorstep! So, why not travel within our great state? There's never been a better time.
Where to next? Well, how does awesome marine life, endless white sandy beaches and the warm, turquoise Indian Ocean of Australia's Coral Coast sound? The region also boasts two World Heritage-listed sites: the Ningaloo Coast and Shark Bay.
Snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef
If you’re visiting Exmouth, Coral Bay or the ocean-side pastoral stations north of Carnarvon, this is an absolute must do. The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is regarded as one of the last great ocean paradises on Earth, and you can access this watery wonderland by simply stepping off the beach and into the world’s largest fringing reef.
Swimming with gentle giants
Join a whale shark tour from Exmouth or Coral Bay for the ultimate wildlife encounter – swimming with the world’s largest fish. Whale sharks visit Ningaloo Reef from mid-March to the end of July; or swim with humpback whales from August to November. You can also swim with giant manta rays while keeping an eye out for sea turtles, dugongs and game fish.
Friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia
One of the world’s most reliable places for wild dolphin encounters, Monkey Mia’s curious bottlenose dolphins have been swimming to shore to interact with humans for more than 40 years. While in the World Heritage-listed Shark Bay area, you can also spot sea turtles and dugongs, admire the world’s oldest and largest living fossils – Hamelin Pool’s stromatolites – and fish, snorkel and dive.
Wildflowers and pink waters
Head inland to explore some of WA’s most magnificent wildflower country, particularly between June and October when blooms are at their breathtaking best. While spotting some of WA’s 12,000 wildflower species, check out other amazing colours at Hutt Lagoon near Port Gregory, where waters could be red, bubble-gum pink or lilac depending on the conditions. The lagoon, best viewed between April and October, is located between other Coral Coast highlights – the seaside city of Geraldton and its diving drawcard, the Abrolhos Islands; and Kalbarri, where soaring river gorges meet the sea.
Extraordinary rock formations
Acres of incredible limestone spires rise eerily from the sand at the Pinnacles near the coastal town of Cervantes, a little over two hours north of Perth on the Indian Ocean Drive. You can get up close to one of Australia's most unique landscapes on scenic drives, walk trails and lookouts in Nambung National Park.
In Western Australia, we’re free to wander out yonder. Go forth WA, visit westernaustralia.com