Perth to Geraldton
Explore Nambung National Park
Drive a couple of hours north from Perth on Route 60 and you’ll be in the ancient land of the Yued people in Nambung National Park by the sea.
A 15-minute drive from Nambung National Park gets you to Cervantes for lunch Cervantes is a tiny and relatively new town established in 1963 mainly for tourism and lobster fishing Alternatively, stay the night in Cervantes.
Geraldton to Monkey Mia
Detour to Port Gregory and Kalbarri
A popular resort town for ocean adventurers and hikers, Kalbarri is a straight 1.75-hour drive from Geraldton along National Route 1 and George Grey Drive. Stop for a breather to admire the pink lake (Hutt Lagoon) near Port Gregory then continue up the stunning coastline to Kalbarri. Afterward, take Ajana-Kalbarri Road east to rejoin the highway north.
People have been coming to see bottlenose dolphins in Monkey Mia since the 1960s. Dugongs and turtles often visit too.
Monkey Mia to Carnarvon
Visit Shark Bay
The aquarium tour takes you along secure walkways into the marine park where you’ll see sharks feeding, rescued sea turtles enjoying life again and loads of other marine life.
Carnarvon fans out at the mouth of the Gascoyne River where it meets the ocean at Babbage and Whitlock Islands. One Mile Jetty sticks 1.6km out off the end of Babbage Island. It’s popular with people who enjoy walking into the sunset.
Carnarvon to Coral Bay
The Ningaloo Reef runs from the water’s edge out to sea at the small town of Coral Bay. Ocean tour operators will take you out to see whatever sea creatures are in season, including whale sharks between March and June, humpback whales between June and October, turtles gathering to breed on the beaches between November and February, and manta rays all year round.
Coral Bay to Karratha
Karratha is at the west end of the ruddy Pilbara region on the Burrup Peninsula and contains the highest concentration of Aboriginal rock art in the world, some of it more than 20,000 years old.
Hearsons Cove shell beach
One of the easiest sites to get to is Deep Gorge along Burrup Road between Dampier and Burrup. Nearby is the serene Hearsons Cove shell beach, a popular place to swim during the day.
Karratha to Eighty Mile Beach
Eighty Mile Beach
The Karajarri and Nyangumarta people are custodians of the northern part of Eighty Mile Beach, which is an important wetland for migratory birds from around the world.
Eighty Mile Beach to Broome
If you stop a few days in Broome you can take some mini-safaris, such as a camel ride along the 22km of white sand at Cable Beach, a trip just out of town to Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, a pearl farm tour by boat or the water park at Broome Town Beach.