Perth to Geraldton (415km)
Start your journey early today to allow ample time to explore the coastal towns dotted along the Indian Ocean Drive as you make your way to Geraldton for the night. Just an hour and half, you will reach the town of Lancelin, and a further 50 minutes drive north, is the fishing village of Cervantes. You will pass pristine beaches and in spring, the most amazing wildflower show. The last stretch of the Indian Ocean Drive takes you to the windsurfing capital of Geraldton, a buzzing modern foreshore that offers shopping, dining and lively entertainment.
Suggest 1 night in Geraldton.
Geraldton to Carnarvon (478km)
Make an early start as you head to the tropical food bowl of Carnarvon today, the largest and one of the most accessible fringing reefs on Earth. Take your tastebuds on a culinary journey as you sample fresh local produce from seafood to fruit and vegetables, directly from plantations and farms, or at weekly markets (depending on the time of year). You will also find jams, preserves and sauces made from local produce that you can take home with you. Or, pack a picnic lunch and venture down to the foreshore to Carnarvon Fascine, or inland to Rocky Pool, an iconic Australian waterhole, to sit back and enjoy your feast.
Suggest 1 night in Carnarvon.
Carnarvon to Exmouth (364km)
Head north to Exmouth today, located at the northern tip of the Ningaloo Reef, another great place where you can swim with the whale sharks. You will find the clearest turquoise waters and the world’s largest fringing reefs at the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, a paradise for dolphins, manta rays, turtles, humpback whales and of course the whale shark. Or venture out to Cape Range National Park, with its breathtaking canyons, limestone ranges, unspoilt coastline and the red canyon of Yardie Creek.
Suggest 1 night in Exmouth.
Exmouth to Coral Bay (153km)
Your journey today will take you to the seaside town of Coral Bay, the only place that provides direct access to Ningaloo Reef. You can snorkel directly from the beach, with safe swimming and snorkelling spots available year round. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can watch or even swim with the gentle whale sharks – the largest fish in the ocean, humpback whales, graceful manta rays, or see the turtles nesting.
Suggest 2 nights in Coral Bay.
Coral Bay to Monkey Mia (581km)
Take a leisurely drive as you make your way to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, stopping along the way. Witness the largest and oldest living stromatolites fossils on the planet at Hamelin Pool Stromatolites; view the dramatic coastline made up of billions of tiny shells at Shell Beach; and for spectacular ocean views, stop off at Eagle Bluff. You will pass the town of Denham as you reach Monkey Mia, one of the world’s top spots to see bottlenose dolphins in the wild. The dolphins visit the shoreline daily, mainly in the mornings, to delight visitors with their intelligence, playfulness and grace. Head down to the Dolphin Centre to learn more about these beautiful creatures, or join a wildlife cruise or kayak tour to spot wild dolphins and see the world’s largest population of dugongs.
Suggest 1 night in Monkey Mia.
Monkey Mia to Kalbarri (399km)
Today make your way to the coastal outback playground of Kalbarri. Explore the spectacular Kalbarri National Park to see 400 million year old river gorges, spring wildflowers, and the dramatic coastal rock formations including the iconic Natures Window. Take in the views from the lookouts or hike one of the walking trails, or partake in many of the activities on offer in the region. Dine on fresh seafood and local Australian produce at any of the dining outlets in Kalbarri, and enjoy a cold brew at Finlay’s Kalbarri with their onsite microbrewery.
Suggest 2 nights in Kalbarri.
Kalbarri to Cervantes (378km)
Make an early start today as you travel to Cervantes, the gateway to the Pinnacles Desert of Nambung National Park, Western Australia’s biggest sand dunes. The park puts on the most amazing wildflower show in spring. Along the shoreline of Cervantes, you will find pristine white beaches that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The town originated in 1962 to house the local cray fishing industry and is renowned for their delicious fresh crayfish; so you are in for a real treat! You will find pristine white beaches along the shoreline and are perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Suggest 1 night in Cervantes.
Cervantes to Perth (197km)
Head back to Perth today as your journey comes to an end. You may like to extend your stay in Perth.
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