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Beaches & Reefs of Western Australia
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Follow Western Australia’s glorious Coral Coast north from Perth, stopping off at beautiful white-sand beaches, dramatic sea cliffs and inland rock formations on your way to Ningaloo Reef. On this sun-drenched Journey you’ll snorkel with tropical fish, swim with whale sharks and get up close to the loveable quokka. Couple that with dramatic deserts and plunging gorges and you’ve got yourself a nature-filled Journey you’ll never forget. This Journey can be tailor-made to suit you, so if you fancy adding more beach time, or extending your itinerary to the include more of Western Australia’s parks and wildlife, speak to your Expert Travel Consultant.
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Fly from the UK to Perth
Welcome to Perth, the capital of Western Australia and gateway to the fabulous beaches and reefs of Australia’s Coral Coast. While you’re in town, take a trip across the water to the beautiful Rottnest Island, home to the adorable quokka, who loves to pose for tourists’ photos. Back in the city, explore the galleries and museums, take a walk or cycle along the extensive pathways or have a picnic in King’s Park, a 990-acre green space filled with historic memorials and native flora.
Leaving Perth behind, you’ll start your Journey north along the Coral Coast. First up is Cervantes, the main access point to Namburg National Park, and home to the intriguing Pinnacles, a collection of jagged limestone rocks pillars studding the desert, and looking like something from another world. A great time to visit is sunset, when the light changes colours across the sands and rocks. When not admiring the pinnacles, chill out on the beach or try the long list of local water sports.
Geraldton is the largest town between Perth and Darwin, which isn’t saying a lot, because it’s still pretty small, and retains a cosy, friendly atmosphere. Popular with windsurfers and kite surfers, with stand-up paddle boarding also up-and-coming, the beaches are a good place to start exploring, with Town Beach one of the most easily accessible. If you’re a culture vulture, head to the Maritime Museum, the HMAS Sydney Memorial or the Western Australian Museum.
On your way to your next stop, you might want to call in at the pretty seaside town of Kalbarri and its accompanying national park, where you can choose to walk one of the trails along the coast cliffs or Murchison River Gorge. Later, continue on to Monkey Mia, hop in a boat and look out for a wide range of marine life including turtles, manta rays and dugongs. But of course the main event here is the daily visit from a local pod of bottlenose dolphins, which come right up to the beach and feed from your hands.
3.5* Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
An oasis of calm, Carnarvon is well known for its seafood, some of the freshest in Australia. Try it in the restaurants, or perhaps even head down to the ocean and fish for yourself – mackerel, mulloway and even shark can be caught right from the beach. The town is also the perfect base for exploring nearby Mount Augustus and the Kennedy Ranges or touring the banana and mango plantations. Don’t miss the Carnarvon Blowholes either, which, when the tide is right, shoot jets of water 20m into the air!
Gateway to the magical underwater world of the Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay is your next stop. The ideal spot from which to explore the marine park, this tiny town boasts just one street, plenty of seafood menus and a lovely soft beach where you can snorkel right into the waves to get up close to a myriad of multi-coloured fish and corals. If you’d prefer not to get your feet wet, try a glass-bottomed boat trip where you might also spot dolphins and rays.
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Head further along the Coral Coast to Exmouth, a sleepy yet charming town which is another excellent place from which to explore Ningaloo Reef. If you didn’t do any diving or snorkelling in Coral Bay, then you definitely should here, as it’s the perfect place to swim beneath the waves and spot turtles, octopus, sharks and rays. Your Journey includes a Whale Shark Eco Tour, allowing you to view or swim with Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales, Turtles, dugongs, dolphins and a huge variety of tropical fish.
Return to Perth for your final night. Catch up on any of the top sights you missed the first time round, or just hang out in the local bars and restaurant. If you fancy something more relaxing, head down to Kings Park, a 990-acre green space home to bushland walking trails, historic memorials, native flora, Indigenous cultural activities and a bustling events calendar, or take a chilled out stroll or bike ride along the banks of the Swan River.
Depart Perth and return back to the UK.
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