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Things to do in the Coral Coast & Ningaloo Reef

Starting just two hours north of Perth, via Indian Ocean Drive, this region offers an easy escape to more than 1000km of coastline. Tens of thousands of visitors head to the sunny Coral Coast each year, to play on unspoilt beaches and explore rugged and unique national parks.

The southernmost seaside towns make great day-trip or short-break destinations. Cervantes is probably best known for the astonishing Pinnacles Desert. People also visit to feast on fresh seafood, spot sea lions, view wildflowers, and camp on the beach in Dongara-Port Denison.

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On the North West Coastal Highway, is the region’s hub. Geraldton is a trendy seaside city with new cafes, shops and art galleries. Beautiful beaches and a warm, windy climate attract water-sport enthusiasts. Two hours further north, Kalbarri is surrounded by national park, with quad-biking, sandboarding, skydiving and horseriding adventures on offer.

While Monkey Mia’s friendly dolphins are a major drawcard, Shark Bay has so much more to offer. Check out the area’s contrasting landscapes, wildlife and flora to see why it is listed as a World Heritage area.

On the highway north of Shark Bay, Carnarvon enjoys a warm, sunny climate all year round and is a great place to sample local fruit, vegetables and seafood. The entire coast makes for a magical roadtrip, with phenomena like the Carnarvon blowholes, 75km north of the town.

At the top of the reef is another World Heritage area. The Ningaloo Coast spans 300km along pristine coastline, from Red Bluff to Exmouth. While it offers boundless opportunities to see marine life on the world’s largest fringing reef, the area is best known for its giant whale sharks.

Top 10
  1. Swim with whale sharks (the largest fish in the sea).
  2. Surf winter swells at Red Bluff and Gnaraloo Bay. Catch summer winds in your sails at Sandy Bay.
  3. Discover Carnarvon’s Indigenous culture at Gwoonwardu Mia, Gascoyne.
  4. Meet Monkey Mia’s famous friendly dolphins.
  5. Visit attractions along the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive.
  6. Get a bird’s eye view of the coast with a skydive or microlight flight.
  7. Abseil, hike or canoe in Kalbarri National Park.
  8. Check out vibrant wildflowers during late winter and spring.
  9. Dive the South Tomi shipwreck, or the Abrolhos Islands wrecks
  10. Wander the eerie golden spires of the Pinnacles.

Guides


Abrolhos Adventures

Whether it's a relaxing cruise or a fishing adventure of a lifetime, they have the charter for you.

  • Tour Duration:Durations vary
  • Tour Price:Prices vary
  • Type:Charters & Rentals
  • Activity:Fishing,Diving
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

Details

  • Tour Locations:Abrolhos Island and Geraldton Harbour
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Experience an Abrolhos first with a tour of the newly hatched oysters, courtesy of their sister company Abrolhos Oysters.

Enjoy the beautiful waters along the Batavia Cost and the Abrolhos Islands on board the Fortitude. Whether you're wanting to lay back and enjoy the view or have a fish, the Fortitude team can provide.

ANZAC Memorial Soldiers

  • 08 9927 1404

Find them on the Ocean Drive, opposite the Lookout, next to Nunn’s Pool in Port Denison.

  • Suited For:Families,Seniors
  • Activity:Memorial,Statue
  • Type:Attractions

Details

  • Open Days:School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

The Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018 is a significant piece of Australian history, with the Shire of Irwin and the Dongara RSL commemorating the Centenary commissioning 15 soldier silhouettes in various poses made out of 2D metal art as a visual memorial for people to look at. The sculptures are designed to rust to a point which will create a protective surface and withstand the salt air.

Some of the comments already received regards the art piece include:

"The slight movement of the statues reminds me of my mates on patrol"

"They remind me of when my Dad patrolled with axe handles with the Home Guard"

Aqua Jack Fishing Charters

A family-owned and run fishing charter business with 16 years of experience.

  • Open days/Times:December to May
  • Type:Charters & Rentals,Tours
  • Activity:Fishing,Rivers & Lakes
  • Suited For:Adults (18+)

Details

    Description

    Running from December to May, this is the perfect day out on the water for both experiences anglers and fishing beginners. All fishing equipment is supplied, as well as lunch, a cool drink and water for all guests. BYO Alcohol is also welcome. 

    Batavia Coast Air Charter

    Spectacular scenic flights to the Abrolhos Islands. Spend the day touring the islands, swimming and snorkelling amongst the historic Archipelago.

    • Activity:Flying / Scenic Flights,Snorkelling
    • Type:Charters & Rentals
    • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

    Details

      Description

      Take in the breath taking beauty of the remoteness of nature. Visit bird breeding areas and historic sites. Chose from our 1.5hr scenic flight or half day/full day tours or our new Fly/Cruise special with day tours or 2 night tours on the Discovery One.

      Meals, flights, tours and all snorkell gear is supplied.

      Customise a tour to suit you.

      Batavia Coast Dive Academy

      Retail equipment sales, charters, equipment hire and instruction available, scuba and LPG cylinder testing. Your host Trevor Beaver is a SSI Instructor Certifier.

      • Activity:Diving
      • Type:Tours

      Details

        Description

        Beaches in Port Denison

        Stroll along the beautiful white sandy beaches and take in the fresh ocean air.

        • Suited For:Families
        • Type:Attractions

        Details

          Description

          Granny's Beach

          Family friendly beach with an outdoor shower, good for swimming and snorkelling. There is a great grassed shaded area with a playground for the kids and a onsite coffee van.  

          Northshore Beach

          Perfect for surfing, with a grassed area and a playground for the kids. 

          Nun's Pool

          Nun's Pool is fantastic for snorkelling, it's a shelted area due to the pool being surrounded by reef. 

          Seaspray Beach

          This beach has shower and toilet facilites, with an onsite cafe open for breakfast & lunch. 

          South Beach

          Family friendly beach for surfing, sandboarding or kite surfing, paddle boarding or wind surfing. You can drive your car along the beach and set up your area. There is a café on site for refreshments and toilet and showers.

          Big Western Rock Lobster

          The Big Western Rock Lobster situated on the corner of the Brand Highway & Moreton Terrace, is a must see when visiting Dongara- Port Denison.

          • Suited For:Families,Seniors
          • Activity:Statue
          • Type:Attractions

          Details

          • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

          Description

          <p> The Big Western Rock Lobster was built in 2005, and has made many visitors pull over and get their photo taken with it. Feel free to climb up onto it, and get your photo taken too!</p>

          Blue Horizon Charters

          Go snorkelling with the whale sharks or enjoy a day gamefishing with Blue Horizon Charters, Exmouth! The whale shark is the world's largest fish, and from April to mid July each year following the mass spawning of the coral, these animals begin to gather in great numbers on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.

          • Activity:Fishing,Island
          • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)
          • Type:Tours,Charters & Rentals
          • Open days/Times:Always Open
          • Tour Price:Varied

          Details

          • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays
          • Tour Locations:Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef

          Description

          Many people regard the chance to snorkel with them as the experience of a lifetime. Blue Horizon's years of experience diving with these majestic creatures guarantees that you will have a great time. Come on board the Blue Horizon, and have the magical experience of swimming with the gentle giants of the ocean, the whale sharks!

          Blue Lagoon Farm Pearl Tours

          • (08) 9948 1253

          Glass-bottom boat tours of Red Cliff Bay for a one and half hour round trip to a pearl farm. Seeding demonstrations at the Morgan family's farm.

          • Activity:Pearl Farm
          • Type:Tours

          Details

            Description

            The father of the Morgan family was one of the pioneers of the pearling industry of Broome after World War One.

            Blue Ochre Aboriginal Art Studio

            Come and observe the Indigenous art and craft come alive!

            • Type:Attractions
            • Activity:Art & Craft,Aboriginal Owned & Operated
            • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+)

            Details

              Description

              Observe Aboriginal art and craft being created (painting basket weaving wood carving or burning jewellery making etc)
              Visit or shop at an Aboriginal art gallery with authentic arts and crafts

              Capricorn Seakayaking

              Join us for a sea kayak eco adventure tour of Penguin and Seal Islands, near Perth, Western Australia.

              • Tour Duration:3 - 6 Hours
              • Activity:Kayak/Canoe/Raft
              • Suited For:Families
              • Type:Tours
              • Tour Price:From $162

              Details

              • Tour Locations:Penguin Island and Seal Island

              Description

              Capricorn Seakayaking has over 18 years of experience in small group adventure tours, and our kayak tours are aimed at including those of differing ages and abilities. We pride ourselves on customer service, sound environmental practices, and our passionate, qualified guides, who are there to ensure that your experience is unforgettable.

              Choose from one of our Penguin and Seal Island sea kayak eco adventure tours below for your chance to explore more of Western Australia's unique marine life. Get up close and personal with nature, all just a short drive from Perth.

              PENGUIN & SEAL ISLAND WILDLIFE ADVENTURE - 6 Hour
              Spend a fun-filled day exploring Penguin and Seal Islands by sea kayak. Get up close and personal with Australian sea lions, cruise past rookeries of pelicans, get to know the little penguins on Penguin Island. Tours are led by a qualified instructor who will also give you insights into the amazing natural and human history of the area. It’s a fun filled day suitable for beginners to advanced.

              PADDLE TO PENGUIN - 3 Hour
              Join us on our Penguin Island tour by sea kayak. Paddle to Penguin Island with your guide, where you will enjoy a morning tea in the shaded picnic area, and take a guided walk around the island, enjoying sweeping views and Pelican rookeries. Get to know the little penguins at the Discovery Centre, before we paddle our kayaks back to the mainland. Available 10am to 1pm.

              Coral Bay Ecotours

              Experience the best of the Ningaloo Reef & join us to swim with whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays & much more! Let us show you why the Ningaloo is Australia's best kept secret!

              • Course Duration:Various Tours
              • Tour Price:Various
              • Activity:Snorkelling,Whale Watching
              • Type:Tours

              Details

                Description

                Longest running eco operator on the Ningaloo Reef!  Our Eco Safari Swims include the majestic Manta Ray, the largest fish on the planet -Whale Sharks, and the mighty Humpback Whale.  Open 365 days a year, steps away from miles of white sand beaches and the crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo Reef. 

                A location lost in time, remote and worth the trip; Coral Bay is unlike any other location on the planet and serves as your playground to snorkel and frolic with colorful fish, massive corals and of course the ever inquisitive turtle; all in the calm, safe, turquoise waters of the Ningaloo Reef.
                 

                Coral Coast Helicopter Services

                Specialising in an extremely wide range of services from Adventure Tourism to Aerial Stock Mustering and Air-Work.

                • Open days/Times:Mon to Sun
                • Tour Duration:Tour Durations Vary
                • Tour Price:$55 - $4800
                • Type:Tours
                • Activity:Helicopter Flights
                • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

                Details

                • Tour Capacity:1 - 3 guests
                • Tour Locations:Carnarvon, Shark Bay, Coral Bay, Exmouth, Gascoyne Junction, the Kennedy Range NP or Mt Augustus
                • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

                Description

                Strategically located in Western Australia's Gascoyne Region, between the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Shark Bay Marine Park and Exmouth,  Coral Coast Helicopter Services is on call and available 365 days a year.

                Coral Coast Helicopter Services is a Western Australian, family owned and operated business striving to provide the very best service possible, each and every time.

                The company boasts an unblemished safety record and considers safety to be paramount.

                Coral Coast Tours

                Karijini 4 Day Adventure & Ningaloo day 4x4 luxury safari tours. Small groups of up to 8, value for money tours with good local knowledge and fun. The Best wildlife on the Outback

                • Activity:Four Wheel Driving,Snorkelling,Whale Watching
                • Type:Tours
                • Course Duration:Various Tours

                Details

                  Description

                  Karijini 4 Day Adventure 

                  Swim in spectacular freshwater pools and waterfalls. Breathtaking views and guided walk trail. We cater for small groups in our luxury 4x4. Discover for yourself the awesome scenic wilderness of Karijini Travel in our luxury four wheel drive taking you on a journey into the dreaming. We guide you through gorges over 2500 million years in the making to explore the hidden swimming holes, waterfalls and spectacular lookouts. Enjoy the walk trails though these stunning gorges and a wander though the Karijini Visitors Center. Live the camping life in style- Aussie BBQ dinners, cooked breakfasts, cold meat and salad lunches. Sleeping options - camper trailer and tent beds. All main meals and refreshments provided. Departs and returns Coral Bay see our web page for full itinerary now www.coralcoasttours.com

                  Outback Wildlife Safari

                  View Kangaroos, Emus, Osprey, Turtles, Reef Sharks and much more. Swim and lunch on a deserted outback beach, while taking in the fantastic scenery.Enjoy a complimentary lunch and refreshments.

                  SEE WHERE THE NINGALOO REEF STARTS

                  As Coral Bays southern boundary, Warroora Station has 50kms of Coral reefs, marine and bird Sanctuaries & acres of 4x4 country

                  Half Day 5 hour tour (Optional Full Day) Along the Ningaloo Coast departs/returns Coral Bay

                  Around the Cape

                  Coral Bay to Exmouth via the Ningaloo coastal track. Join in on this discovery tour of the region. This tour take you though Ningaloo Station to Lefroy Bay over Yardie Creek into the Cape Range National Park, swim and snorkel Turquoise Bay then onto Mangrove Bay, breathtaki8ng views from the Lighthouse, a quick stop at Exmouth Town Center then onto one of the Canyons.

                  The scenery takes you from red rugged coastlines and gorges home to Kangaroos, Euros, Emus and Birds to pristine white sandy beach’s where the crystal clear waters are a haven to Turtles, Dugongs, Dolphins, Humpback Whales and of course fantastic fish and coral Gardens.Full Day tour 8.00am – 5.30pm min numbers required

                  See our web page for more Off Road 4x4 tours and snorkeling the Ningaloo Coast.

                  www.coralcoasttours.com

                  Denison Bowling Club

                  Denison Bowling Club are happy to welcome all new members and visitors to the club!

                  • Suited For:Families,Seniors
                  • Open days/Times:Open 7 Days Mon - Fri 9am - 7pm Sat & Sun 2pm - 7pm
                  • Activity:Food & Drink,Lawn Bowls
                  • Type:Attractions

                  Details

                  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

                  Description

                  Social Bowling Club offering diiners on a Friday night.

                  Social Bowls on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons.

                  Mixed Bowls Carnivals in January, May and September (2).

                  Visitors and guests welcome.

                   

                  Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri   9am - 7pm

                                              Sat & Sun 2pm - 7pm

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