14 Aug Get Wet & Wild in Coral Coast, Western Australia
Escape the hustle and bustle of city and discover the natural beauty of Western Australia’s Coral Coast!
Nothing beats the beach, especially when you’ve worked so hard behind the desk and are eagerly waiting for your next vacation. But let’s be honest, if you’re the kind of traveller who craves for adventure, burying your toes in the sand gets old after a few days. Fret Not! There are more to beaches than just sunbathing, listening to the waves and watching the beautiful sunset. Here are some extraordinary experiences Western Australia’s Coral Coast has on offer to spice up your next getaway.
Being up-close and in awe of majestic ocean creatures at Ningaloo Reef
Wanting to get up close and swim with the world’s largest fish? Did you know that Ningaloo Reef is regarded as one of the world’s most reliable places to swim with the majestic whale shark, who migrate the waters from March to July? Think about this for your next holiday destination.
One of the world’s largest fringing reefs, Ningaloo Reef is located just metres away from the shoreline and can be reached in a short swim. You can practically walk straight off the beach, snorkel a few metres and witness the world’s most diverse marine habitats with beautiful coral gardens.
Apart from that, you can swim with humpback whales when they migrate from July to October. World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is also home to manta rays, sea turtles, dugongs and more. It is simply an incredible destination that you will never forget.
Come and play with the dolphins at Monkey Mia
The most common and usual activity you hear of when it comes to dolphins are your basics like going on boat trips and watching them from above. Well, not when you are in Monkey Mia. Located on the eastern shore of Peron Peninsula in the World Heritage area of Shark Bay, Monkey Mia is renowned as one of the best and most reliable places in the world for dolphin interaction. The adorable sea mammals regularly visit the beach to interact with humans up to three times a day and more frequently in the mornings, this is a must know for all you visiting Monkey Mia; feeding time usually occurs between 7.30am and 12noon. You can enter the shallows and have the opportunity to help to hand-feed the dolphins under the supervision of park rangers.
Discover the beauty of Geraldton
Located on the beautiful Batavia Coast and 419 kilometres north of Perth, a trip to Geraldton is a must when you visit Coral Coast. It is the top must-see surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, boating and fishing destinations in Australia, due to the consistent wind and swell all year round.
From July to October, all eyes turn to the outback as Geraldton becomes the gateway to wildflower country, where everlastings and hundreds of vivid blooming varieties stretch as far as the eye can see.
While you’re in Geralton, explore the coral-fringed Abrolhos Islands, which is just 60 kilometres from the shoreline. Made up of 122 islands surrounded by coral communities teeming with marine life, the Abrolhos Islands is a paradise for water lovers to enjoy snorkelling, windsurfiing and bird-watching. Here, you’re likely to spot more than 90 seabird species that have been recorded here.
View WA’s most spectacular natural formations – the Pinnacles Desert
Apart from just water-based activities, there are plenty of other activities and attractions you can explore in Western Australia’s Coral Coast region. Why not take a day trip to discover the iconic ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles situated in Nambung National Park, along an idyllic stretch of coastline north of Perth? Located a 2.5 hour drive north of Perth, these amazing natural limestone structures were formed around 25,000 to 30,000 years ago with some standing as high as five metres. If you are lucky enough, you will also get a chance to watch wild emus, galahs and other wildlife walking through the desert.
Those searching for a more adventurous experience can hop on a four-wheel drive, or better yet just get out of the car and explore on foot – you wouldn’t want to miss the spectacular sunset colours from the lookout point. Additionally, the Nambung National Park is also surrounded by secluded, white beaches which are great for swimming, snorkelling and surfing.
Alternatively, you can visit Kalbarri National Park known for its spectacular gorges and dazzling wildflowers, more than 800 species can be found here. The park offers superb walking trails that create an awe-inspiring display from the months of July to October each year. When you’re here, you can opt for bushwalking, gorge hiking or canoeing and take a journey back 400 million years when the tidal flats of an ancient sea formed the striking red sandstone and the mighty Murchison River carved out deep gorges on its way to the ocean.
For a more relaxed and equally breath-taking experience, you can explore some Instagram worthy spots, including the famous Nature’s Window, Hawkes Head and Ross Graham, Red Bluff and Pot Alley.
What are you waiting for? The next time when you decide on a travel destination, include Western Australia as one of your desired destination to experience extraordinary adventure which will definitely leave a remarkable memory to cherish for the rest of your life!