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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

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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>

Bundegi Beach

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

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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

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

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

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Irwin River divides the twin towns of Dongara Port Denison.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:Walking

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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).

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.

 

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

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

Mount Augustus National Park

Mount Augustus National Park, a lush outback paradise with swimming holes, ancient rock art, a small but buzzing tourist park and the cutest outback bar you’ll ever see

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

Description

There is no camping available in the Mount Augustus National Park. The near by Mount Augustus Tourist Park provides powered and unpowered camp sites and other types of accommodation. The tourist park is privately owned and operated by the owners of Mount Augustus Cattle Station. Fuel and basic supplies are available from the tourist park.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape is a great spot for the whole family, either as a day trip or to camp. From Jurien Bay, head north on Indian Ocean Drive for 10 km to the turnoff to Sandy Cape Road.

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  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts
  • Activities:4WDing,Camping,Fishing,Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Camping Ground,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Wheelchair Access
  • Suited For:Dog Friendly

Description

You can 4WD north and south from the main campsite to find a camp but there are no facilities in these areas so please ensure you are fully self contained with a portable chemical toilet, grey water waste tank and fresh drinking water. Camp fees apply to Land Reserve #19062, which covers the main campsite and the 4WD-only accessible areas north and south from there.

Camp fees can be paid at the honesty box at the information bay on Sandy Cape Road, to the on-site caretaker or to the visiting Shire Ranger. You will be provided with a receipt. Camp fees are $20.00 per campsite per night for up to 2 adults and 2 children, with additional adults $3.00 each per night and additional children (3-16 years) $2.00 peach per night.

Please note: There are no bookings available for Sandy Cape, sites are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Shell Beach

The only beach like it in the world. Instead of sand - small white shells as far as the eye can see.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Unique Wonders

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Some parts of the beach have deposits of shells that are more than ten metres deep.

Shell Beach Conservation Park

No sand,only shells!

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  • Activities:Boating,Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

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This beautiful snow-white beach is made up of millions of tiny shells up to 10 metres deep and stretching for over 70 kilometres. There is no sand, only shells!

Shell Beach is one of only a handful of places on earth where shells replace beach sand in such a dramatic and picturesque way. A walk on Shell Beach is like no other. Incredibly, the beach is made up of shells from the Shark Bay cockle, making it truly unique.

 

South Beach Port Denison

Stroll along the wide white sandy beach and take in the fresh ocean air

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Suited For:Dog Friendly
  • Facilities:Cafe / Shops
  • Activities:Surfing

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South Beach is a family & dog friendly beach perfect for any activity, ranging from surfing or kite surfing, paddle boarding or just swimming around. You can drive your car along the beach and set up your own little area for the day. There is also Starfish café on site for refreshments and meals.

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles of Nambung National Park are the major natural attraction in the Coral Coast region, found between Cervantes and Jurien Bay.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves,Points of Interest,Unique Wonders
  • Facilities:BBQ,Toilets

Description

A visit to Australia’s Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles is a must. The Pinnacles had approximately 653,000 visitors recorded by Parks and Wildlife from during the 2017/2018 financial year, making it Western Australia's most visited attraction.

The park is located roughly 200 kilometres north of Perth and covers an area of 17,487 hectares, providing natural habitat for an extensive array of native animals and bird life.

These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as five metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.

Travelling to the Pinnacles

From Perth head north along Wanneroo Road which will become the Indian Ocean Drive and turn right at the sign for the Pinnacles OR From Perth head north along the Brand Highway and then turn left at the sign to 'Cervantes'. From Cervantes head south two kilometres to the Nambung National Park boundary and continue a further fourteen kilometres to the Pinnacles car park.

The extraordinary ancient rock formations that make up the Pinnacles are located about a two-hour drive north of Perth near the coastal town of Cervantes.The Pinnacles are easy to access by car or you can take a coach tour from Perth with ADAMS Pinnacle Tours.

Conventional two wheel drive vehicles can access Nambung National Park by road, south from Cervantes. A scenic drive is also available for light vehicles, but you must remain on the marked track. The little Painted Desert and unusual white dunes can also be viewed from the Pinnacles Lookout and is a pleasurable 4-5 kilometre walk through the Nambung National Park. If you’re planning an extended walk of this kind, please contact the Ranger Station in Cervantes on +61 8 9545 7043.

Access to the Pinnacles

No camping is allowed in Nambung National Park, but barbeque facilities and toilets are available. Be sure to bring along a hat, sturdy footwear and bottled water as no drinking water is available.

The road is sealed bitumen from Cervantes to Hangover Bay, then a rough limestone gravel road heads south through the park. This road is unsuitable for caravans and rental vehicles. These can be left in the parking bay at the park boundary.

Open all year round from 9am. Last entry is at 4:30pm. Vehicles can access the park for $12.

Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre

The Pinnacles Desert Discovery Center has interpretive displays that provide an insight into the natural processes that formed the amazing pinnacle structures as well as information on the biodiversity of the park including its unique flora and fauna. You’ll also find details about other national parks and nature reserves on Australia’s Coral Coast, as well as general Parks and Wildlife information.  From August to October the vegetation at Nambung National Park springs to life with colourful wildflowers.

 

Image credit: Michael Goh 

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