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Australia's Coral Coast

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The Coral Coast of Western Australia extends from Perth north to Exmouth.   The main towns are Geraldton, Carnarvon and Exmouth.  Other areas of interest are the Kalbarri National Park, the Pinnacles, Shark Bay with Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, and the Ningaloo Marine Park, which rivals the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

HOUTMAN ABROLHOS ISLANDS is an archipelago of 122 islands which lies about 50 miles west of Geraldton in the Indian Ocean.  These islands offer fishing, diving and are renowned for its marine and seabird life.  

KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK is at the mouth of the Murchison River.  It has a spectacular coastline, gorges and is a great place to hike.

NAMBUNG NATIONAL PARK - PINNACLES are formed from limestone created from ancient shells.  You can take a day trip from Perth to visit these amazing structures.  The gateway to the Pinnacles is Cervantes.

The northwest is known for the wildflowers that come into bloom fom August to end of October.  There are several trails that will show you where they are blooming.

GERALDTON is the home of the Western Australian Museum.

SHARK BAY is a World Heritage site and home to the MONKEY MIA DOLPHIN RESORT, where the dolphins visit the beach each day. It is also a turtle nesting site and has one of the largest populations of dugongs in the world.  

Monkey Mia Visitor Centre


Also located at Shark Bay is HAMELIN POOL, which has stromatolites, living fossils dating back 3,500 million years.  There is only one other location in the world where the living marine stromatolites exist. 

FRANCOIS PERON NATIONAL PARK has stunning scenery, as the rust red sand meets the white sand beach.

CARNARVON is north of Shark Bay and here are some photos of what you can see in the area.  Left:  a blowhole, middle - Gnarloo Station and right:  steam train.

SHELL BEACH is located outside of Denham which is the main service area for Shark Bay.

CORAL BAY and EXMOUTH are gateways to the Ningaloo Reef.   Here you can swim with the whale sharks (below), who congregate near Coral Bay from late March to June.  

NINGALOO MARINE PARK is 1,640 square miles and rivals the Great Barrier Reef.  The reef is close to the shore.

CAPE RANGE NATIONAL PARK is  west of Exmouth, and here you will find beautiful canyons, limestone ranges and beaches.  


Images supplied courtesy of Western Australia.