Western Australia Road Trip
Perth - Cervantes – Kalbarri National Park – Monkey Mia – Coral Bay – Ningaloo Reef - Perth
Blessed with remarkable Indian Ocean beaches, award-winning wineries, vast national parks and unique wildlife, Western Australia is the country at its finest. Drive empty roads while discovering breath-taking natural wonders on this epic coastal fly-drive. Go off-grid in Kalbarri National Park, meet dolphins at Monkey Mia and swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef. This is Australia away from the crowds.
- Explore cosmopolitan Perth and take a trip to historic Fremantle
- Visit the ancient desert sculptures of The Pinnacles
- Hike the cliffs and gorges of wild Kalbarri National Park
- See Monkey Mia’s bottle-nosed dolphins
- Swim with whale shark at Ningaloo Reef
Drive empty roads while discovering breath-taking natural wonders on this epic coastal fly-drive
Upon arrival at Perth International Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel for the next three nights. The sun-kissed modern city of Perth basks in its glorious isolation from the rest of the country, as its glittering skyline is reflected in the Swan River. Spend the next few days exploring the city and beyond. To the south, the vibrant port of Fremantle seamlessly combines its maritime and convict heritage with bustling street markets, trendy restaurants and microbreweries and is a must-visit. You could also take a day-trip to explore the beaches and bays of car-free Rottnest Island, sip chardonnay in the vineyards of the Swan Valley or swim the clear waters of Cottesloe Beach.
Hit the road north on the Indian Ocean Drive, where a short two-hour drive from Perth brings you to Cervantes. Here, within Nambung National Park, you’ll find The Pinnacles - a series of otherworldly limestone pillars rising from the desert. Afterwards, pay a visit to the extensive sand dunes close to nearby Lancelin, where you can try sandboarding down the dunes or head out on an exhilarating 4x4 dune buggy ride.
Continue north for four hours until you reach the coastal cliffs and river gorges of Kalbarri National Park, where you’ll stay for two nights. This expanse of wild bushland is home to excellent walking trails, which you’re likely to have all to yourself. Hike to Nature’s Window for stunning views over the gorge, walk the coastal paths to stunning Indian Ocean lookouts, and spot some of the abundant birdlife. If you’re travelling between July and November, the wildflowers here are spectacular.
Overnight: Kalbarri National Park
Rejoin the North West Coastal Highway for another four-hour drive, heading north to Monkey Mia for a two-night stay. Feed the famous bottle-nosed dolphins, go swimming and kayaking in the bay and pay a visit to the nearby UNESCO heritage site of Shark Bay, home to stunningly diverse marine life and superb coastal walking. You could also explore the acacia-cloaked sand dunes and arid shrublands of Francois Peron National Park by 4x4, where stark red earth meets impossibly blue lagoons.
Overnight: Monkey Mia
A longer, six-hour drive today takes you to Coral Bay. A morning stop to visit the Hamelin Pool stromatolites, the oldest and largest living fossils on earth, followed by lunch further up the coast at Carnarvon will break the journey up nicely. Tiny Coral Bay marks the starting point of the famous Ningaloo Reef, and is a good place to base yourself for a night after the long drive.
Overnight: Coral Bay
End your trip with a couple of nights exploring the Ningaloo Reef, either based at Exmouth or staying in a safari camp within the dunes of neighbouring Cape Range National Park. Australia’s largest fringing coral reef, Ningaloo is one of the country’s best kept secrets and plays host to migrating whale sharks each year between April and July. Glide beside a gang of these gentle, mottle-skinned giants on a whale shark swim, and be sure to keep an eye out too for manta rays, turtles and humpback whales while in the teeming waters. Kayaking and fishing excursions can also be arranged.
Overnight: Ningaloo Reef
Drop your car at nearby Learmonth airport and fly back to Perth for a final night back where you started.
Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.
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