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Parks, Sites & Trails in Coral Coast

Places To Go in Australias Coral Coast


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Anchorage Bay Lookout

A tourist attraction in the town of Green Head overlooking Anchorage Bay.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Provides a peaceful vantage point across the bay. 

Image credit: Matt Croft 

Arurine Bay

Arurine Bay beach extends north of the breakwater for 1.1 km to an attached calcarenite reef, which forms a small foreland.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Boating,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking,Surfing

Description

<p> The beach receives slight protection in the southern corner with waves increasing up the beach to about 1 m along the northern section. These maintain a moderately step reflective beach in the south grading into a low tide terrace to the north, with reefs fringing the northern section. The Port Denison caravan park backs the southern corner of the each, then a grassy foreshore reserve between the beach and Ocean Drive.</p>

Badgingarra Nature Trail

3.5 km circular route walk in Badgingarra National Park

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking

Description

The walk begins at the Badgingarra Roadhouse on Brand Highway and takes about 90 minutes to complete. In wildflower season the walk offers glimpses of purple star flower, yellow buttercups, red and green kangaroo paws, one sided bottlebrush, melaleucas and feather flowers. The trail involves some steep hills, so supportive footwear is recommended.

Bundegi Beach

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Coalseam Conservation Park Plateau Loop Trail

3.2km walking trail through Coalseam Conservation Park

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking

Description

The Plateau Loop Trail gently winds through a york gum woodland before reaching carpets of colourful everlastings at the top of the plateau. Access to the park is via the unsealed Coalseam Road. The road is suitable for all vehicles but it's good to remember that the Shire of Mingenew closes the road in heavy rainfall. 

Depot Hill Walk

30 minute nature walk across Depot Hill Reserve

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking

Description

Depot Hill is located just outside the small town of Mingenew. Follow the sealed Allanooka Springs Road towards Depot Hill. After the walk, settle in under the shade of the gum trees for a picnic lunch by the river. 

Dongara Beach

One of the most well-known, safe and accessible beaches in the Dongara area.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:4WDing,Fishing,Surfing
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cafe / Shops,Picnic Facilities,Toilets

Description

'Dongara Beach' also referred to as 'Ocean' or 'Town' beach by locals, faces west and curves over a 800m stretch of the Coral coastline. Located opposite the Dongara Caravan Park, a crayfish factory and with 4WD access - this beach is a favourite with families and travellers in Dongara. 

Perfect for swimming, surfing or windsurfing, this beach is a must-see on your next visit to Dongara!

Dynamite Bay

The turquoise waters of Dynamite Bay are unlike any other, making it a must-see along the Coral Coast of Western Australia.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Canoeing,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking

Description

Just a 3 hour drive northwest of Perth along Indian Ocean Drive, this beach has a unique combination of soft sand, calm, turquoise waters and ancient history with an array of historic shipwrecks along the reefed coastline.

Take a stroll along the peninsula, go fishing, windsurfing or snorkelling or simply have a picnic overlooking the beach. 

 

Francois Peron National Park

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  • Activities:Canoeing,Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:BBQ,Boat Ramp
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description


Francois Peron National Park was once a pastoral station, and you can reach the Peron Heritage Precinct and old homestead by two-wheel drive to experience what life would have been like on a remote sheep station.

A small campground with gas BBQs and toilets is located at Big Lagoon and there is a site for launching boats nearby. Canoes or sea kayaks are a great way to explore the lagoon.

Cape Peron, at the park’s northerly tip, has picnic tables, toilets, interpretive signs and beach access. An impressive array of marine life can be seen from two lookouts perched on the cliff at nearby Skipjack Point Lookout.

Cattle Well, between Big Lagoon and South Gregories, offers the chance to wet a line and catch a feed of whiting. Bottle Bay, Gregories and South Gregories lie within a few kilometres of each other on the northern beaches of the park. Herald Bight, the only campsite on the eastern side of the park offers some protection from the prevailing south-westerly winds. Small boats can be launched from the beach with care at some of these locations.

Granny's Beach

Family friendly beach with an outdoor shower, good for swimming and snorkelling

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Snorkelling,Surfing
  • Facilities:Cafe / Shops

Description

There is a great grassed shaded area with a playground for the kids and an onsite coffee van.

Hamelin Pool

The most diverse and best known colony of stomatolites in the world. Rising from the sand in the clear waters of Hamelin Pool, they are testament to the ancient beauty of the outback coast. More than three billion years old.

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  • Natural Attractions:Unique Wonders,Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Walking

Description

The stromatolite formation still survive from the time when life began on earth. The water in Hamelin Pool is twice as salty as usual sea water. Tidal currents and wave activity determine the size and shape of the stomatolites. A boardwalk has been constructed to preserve the formations and provide a better view.

Hamelin Pool Nature Reserve

A visit to the remarkable Hamelin Pool stromatolites in Western Australia is a must when holidaying in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.

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  • Natural Attractions:Marine Parks & Reserves

Description

Hamelin Pool in Western Australia is a place of great interest to botanists and geologists as it gives an indication of what the earth may have looked like about 3.7 billion years ago when stromatolites grew widespread across the water. Visitors can view these amazing life forms, without causing damage by walking on a purpose-built jetty and looking down at the Hamelin Pool stromatolites below.

Irwin River

  • 9219 9000

Irwin River divides the twin towns of Dongara Port Denison.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:Walking

Description

The Wattandee tribe of the Yamatji Aboriginal group named this area Thungarra/Dhungarra, a name for sea lions’ meeting place. The Wattandee lived up river around Strawberry, Peterwangy and Mingenew, and would travel to the coast during summer to follow their beliefs and the culture of their Wattarn Borungar (Sea Totem People).

Irwin River Mouth Lookout

Great vantage point offering views of Dongara Town Beach and the Irwin River.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,Rivers & Lakes

Description

The Irwin River Mouth Lookout marks the starting point for the Dongara walking trail. The lookout also gives easy access to the nearby bird hide. Here you can expect to catch a glimpse of Eastern Reef Egret, Caspian Tern and Great Egret near the river mouth. Pied Cormorants are also known to roost along the river. 

Lake Thetis Thrombolites

Visiting the remarkable Thrombolites at the picturesque Lake Thetis is an opportunity not to be missed.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

Fascinating structures known as thrombolites at Lake Thetis provide insights into what life was like at the dawn of time.

Like the famous stromatolites of Hamelin Pool, in Shark Bay, these rock-like structures on the edge of Lake Thetis are built by micro-organisms too small for the human eye to see. Within the structures are living communities of diverse inhabitants with population densities of 3000 per square metre!

 

 

Lesueur National Park

A must see for lovers of wildflowers, Lesueur National Park’s natural beauty is just a 15 minute drive northeast of Jurien Bay and only 3 hours north of Perth.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:4WDing,Mountain Climbing,Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

Home to over 900 plant species, this is one of the most magnificent reserves for flora conservation within Western Australia. The National Park erupts into colour seasonally, during late Winter and Spring each year. The natural beauty is not limited to the flora, with many species of native birds and reptiles also calling the national park home.  

There is a selection of walking trails in and around Lesueur National Park, but visitors can also drive to the top of Mount Lesueur to experience a breathtaking panoramic view of the park and the expansive coastline. There are no camping or water facilities in the park and entry fees do apply, however, there are many camping facilities in the towns which surround the park.

 

Lesueur National Park Scenic Drive

18 km scenic drive through Lesueur National Park

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking

Description

Drive begins at the Cockleshell Gully Road entrance and takes drivers through some of the most scenic parts of the park, including Mount Lesueur and Cockleshell Gully. The scenic drive follows an unsealed bitumen road suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles. Offering regular lay-bys, there are plenty of places to park up and take photos.   

Lesueur National Park Walking Trail

  • +61 9688 6000

8 km walking trail through Lesueur National Park

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking

Description

The walk begins at the park's Drummond car park and follows a colourful trail of wildflowers to the scenic views at the top of Mt Lesueur. On the way, look out for a diverse range of orchids, acacias, hibbertias, lechenaultias, melaleucas and kangaroo paws. 

Monkey Mia Reserve

Home of the Monkey Mia Dolphins, this is a must-see reserve for families and nature lovers.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Marine Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Boating,Canoeing,Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:Boat Ramp,Walking Trails

Description

It’s located on the eastern shore of Peron Peninsula, about 23 kilometres from the town of Denham in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. Famous for their almost daily ritual of swimming to shore to interact with humans, the dolphins of  Monkey Mia attract thousands of visitors to Australia’s Shark Bay region every year.

Moreton Bay & Port Jackson Fig Trees

Planted in 1906. Heritage Listed.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

The trees at Moreton Bay and Port Jackson are a must-see.

Ningaloo Reef

The crystalline water harbours the world’s largest fringing reef, a 260 kilometre long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and the elusive whale shark.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Points of Interest,Unique Wonders
  • Activities:Snorkelling
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cafe / Shops,Toilets

Description

Ningaloo Marine Park is a World Heritage-listed site found half way up the West Australian coastline. Nowhere on earth do these majestic creatures reliably congregate in such large numbers as here, at Ningaloo Reef.

Don't Miss: 

The incomparable experience of swimming with a whale shark

Flying above migrating whales in an Exmouth microlight flight

Staying in a luxury campsite metres from the coral reef

How to get there

Ningaloo’s hub town of Exmouth is a 1250 kilometre (777 mile) drive north of Perth, with plenty of worthy stops along the way. Alternatively, fly to Learmonth Airport (Qantas flies daily) and hire a car or a campervan locally. Integrity Coach Lines also travels from Perth to Exmouth.
 

Ocean Drive Lookout & Boardwalk

See and hear the waves, reefs and bird life as you soak in the wonderful views.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:Walking

Description

Port Denison Foreshore

The Foreshore in Port Denison dates back to over a century.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,National Parks & Reserves

Description

In 1912, the foreshore from Point Leander to the river mouth became a public reserve, and was developed into a popular holiday area, particularly for inland residents. 

Port Gregory

Port Gregory, situated 47kms north west of Northampton, is bounded by the spectacular 'Pink Lake' and protected by a five kilometre exposed coral reef which provides safe anchorage and boat launching areas for fishing and water sports.

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  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

This picturesque fishing village is encircled by five kilometres of exposed coral reef. Originally developed to serve the Geraldine Leadmine, the town is now a holiday hotspot for fishing, diving and offers a range of accommodation options.

 

Russ Cottage

Built in 1881 by Titus Russ, the Russ Cottage is a fine example if a rural worker’s home of over 145 years ago.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest

Description

The cottage was purchased from the Russ family 100 years after it was built by the Shire of Irwin. It has since been leased and restored by the Irwin District Historical Society and furnished as a 1870’s yeoman’s cottage.

The Russ Cottage is open to the public on Wednesday’s & Fridays, 9.30am - 12pm.

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