Coral Coast Adventure

Perth • Rottnest Island • Pinnacles Desert • Cervantes • Kalbarri National Park • Monkey Mia • Coral Bay • Ningaloo Reef • Carnarvon • Geraldton

About This Journey

12 Days Starting from $1995 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Self Drive

Perth may just be Australia’s most laid back city. Travel by ferry to Rottnest Island and meet the quokkas. Explore the ancient Pinnacles Desert; it’s like being on the moon. Walk amongst seaside cliffs and red rock gorges in Kalbarri National Park. Meet the wild dolphins in Monkey Mia. Swim with whale sharks from late March to July, or year round with manta rays and turtles in marine playground Ningaloo Reef.

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  • 11 nights 3.5 Star - 4 Star accommodation
  • 10 Days vehicle + GPS hire
  • Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
  • Rottnest Island Ferry
  • Didgeridoo Dreaming Night Tour
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Highly detailed and comprehensive travel pack
  • Selection of maps, brochures and guide books
Not Included: International flights, Meals & drinks (unless stated), Petrol/gas, Personal travel insurance, Suggested activities
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Day 1
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Welcome to Australia

Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
G'day Perth

A private transfer will meet you from your flight and drive you to your accommodation.

Enjoy views over Perth and Swan River, see native plants and birdlife or walk through treetops along the Federation Walkway at Kings Park, one of the world’s largest inner city parks. Explore vibrant Fremantle’s markets, cappuccino strip, historical convict prison and Western Australian Maritime Museum. View the Bell Tower, home to the gigantic Swan Bells. See the world’s largest gold coin at historic Perth Mint. Take a break at iconic Indiana Tea House along Cottesloe Beach or relax at City Beach and Scarborough Beach. Meet koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles at Perth Zoo. Discover an eclectic range of restaurants cafes and bars in bustling Northbridge.

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    Accommodation    Adina Apartment Hotel Perth, Barrack Plaza
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    Perth – Adina Apartment Hotel Perth, Barrack Plaza

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free 100MB WiFi per 24 hours in room

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, 166 Murray St, Perth; Open Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm


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      Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
Day 2
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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island Ferry
Rottnest Island Day Trip

Take a 90 minute ferry ride to Rottnest Island to meet the quokkas. Hire a bicycle, ride the Island Explorer or follow walking trails. Discover white sandy beaches and secluded bays, perfect for swimming, hiring a stand up paddle board or snorkel. Spot seals and dolphins at Cathedral Rocks. Uncover Rotto’s history at Rottnest Museum, Lomas Cottage and Pilot Boat House.

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    Accommodation    Adina Apartment Hotel Perth, Barrack Plaza
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    Perth – Adina Apartment Hotel Perth, Barrack Plaza

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free 100MB WiFi per 24 hours in room

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, 166 Murray St, Perth; Open Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm


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      Rottnest Island Ferry
Day 3
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Drive the Coral Coast

Perth to Cervantes

Travel along the stunning coastal Indian Ocean Drive to witness the eerie moonscape of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Brilliantly coloured wildflowers bring the land to life from August to October. Near small coastal town Cervantes view living stromatolites at Lake Thetis, one of the oldest known forms of life on earth. Enjoy stunning views from Hansen Bay lookouts and Thirsty Bay Lookout. Seafood lovers will enjoy Australian rock lobster at the Indian Ocean Rock Lobster Factory.

Perth to Cervantes
201 kilometres : 2 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Pinnacles Edge Resort
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    Cervantes – Pinnacles Edge Resort

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Cervantes General Store, 2 Cadiz St, Cervantes; Open Mon-Sun 8am-6pm


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    Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 3 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
    • Doors:
      5
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included
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Drive the Coral Coast

Cervantes to Kalbarri

Popular holiday town Jurien Bay sits on the white sands and clear waters of Jurien Bay Marine Park. See unusual and colourful wildflowers, reptiles and the rare black cockatoo in Lesueur National Park. Follow the Dongara Heritage Trail to explore historic buildings, while Fisherman’s Lookout offers coastal views across Port Denison. Learn about the regions natural landscapes, Aboriginal and European history at the Western Australian Museum in Geraldton. Marvel at the unique Pink Lake near seaside village Port Gregory. Explore the Murchison River gorges and outback in Kalbarri National Park, a spectacular natural masterpiece.

Cervantes to Kalbarri
378 kilometres : 4 hours

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    Accommodation    Kalbarri Edge Resort
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    Kalbarri Edge Resort

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WIFI

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchenette & full kitchen facilities in room

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: IGA, Grey Street, Kalbarri; Open: Mon-Sun 7am-6pm


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Day 5
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Drive the Coral Coast

Kalbarri to Denham

Continue driving north along Western Australia’s coastal and outback Coral Coast. Follow a boardwalk at Hamelin Pool to view ancient living stromatolites. Near Shark Bay enjoy breathtaking views across the Denham Sound at Eagle Bluff Lookout. Put on your shoes and stand on the snow-white Shell Beach, one of only a few places on earth where shells replace beach sand. Unwind along Denham’s beach with its gin-clear waters and snow white sands. The one of a kind Older Pearler Restaurant is built with shell bricks collected from Shell Beach. Keep a look out for local emu’s wandering down the main street.

Kalbarri to Denham
375 kilometres : 3 3/4 hours

Didgeridoo Dreaming Night Tour

Sit around a warm campfire under a sky of magnificent stars. Learn about local ancient Aboriginal culture and history of the Gutharraguda. Listen to stories of the dreamtime and be carried away by the ancient sounds of the didgeridoo. Enjoy fresh seafood or bush tucker cooked on the open campfire. Sit amongst native flora and look out for kangaroos, echidnas and other native animals.

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    Accommodation    Oceanside Village
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    Denham – Oceanside Village

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 9:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: IGA X-press, 97 Knight Terrace, Denham; Open Mon-Sun 7am-7pm


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      Didgeridoo Dreaming Night Tour
Day 6
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Free Time Shark Bay - Monkey Mia

Explore Shark Bay

Join park rangers at Monkey Mia Beach and meet the famous local dolphins. Travel by boat to Australia’s only accessible Black Pearl farm. Travel amongst Francois Peron National Park’s red sand dunes on a 4WD tour. Visit Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre to learn about the area’s natural wonders and history. Step back in time at historic Peron Homestead and relax in the popular hot tub. Get up close to the creatures of Shark Bay at Ocean Park Aquarium. Explore Shark Bay Marine Park aboard a guided cruise with the chance to see dugongs, turtles, mantra rays and sharks. Follow walking trails back on land or take to the skies on a scenic flight.

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    Accommodation    Oceanside Village
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    Denham – Oceanside Village

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 9:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: IGA X-press, 97 Knight Terrace, Denham; Open Mon-Sun 7am-7pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Half Day Kayak and Snorkel Tour
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    Half Day Kayak and Snorkel Tour

    Head out on a casual paddle from the Denham foreshore across seagrass banks and along the shallows to Nicholson Point. Walk to the top of the point for amazing views of the endless bays below. Paddle toward Little Lagoon, the jewel in the Shark Bay crown, at the mouth of a beautiful mangrove lined estuary. Drift snorkel along the creek before paddling to the final destination for a delicious seafood barbeque.

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    Francois Peron 4WD Day Tour
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    Francois Peron 4WD Day Tour

    Learn about Francois Peron National Park’s ancient Aboriginal history and conservation work. Visit Skipjack Point and Point Peron for breathtaking views and chance to see turtles, sharks, dugongs, manta rays and birds. Travel through the red sand national park, home to thorny devil lizards, echidnas, kangaroos and snakes. Snorkel and swim along a sheltered bay and relax in Peron Homestead’s hot tub.

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Drive the Coral Coast

Denham to Coral Bay

Continue driving through the vast desert landscape today towards oasis Coral Bay. Take a break in Carnarvon to explore the jetty walk, Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Museum and Carnarvon Tramway. Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s famous words from the moon were relayed to the world via the OTC Dish still found in Carnarvon. Sitting at the southern gateway to Ningaloo Marine Park is tiny seaside village Coral Bay. Discover white sand beaches and vibrant coral gardens on your doorstep. Look out for birds of prey above, kangaroos and monitor lizards on land, while turtles, dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and between April and July whale sharks call the surrounding waters home.

Denham to Coral Bay
556 kilometres : 5 1/2 hours

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    Accommodation    Ningaloo Reef Resort
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    Coral Bay – Ningaloo Reef Resort

    Features:

    Check in: 2:30pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet: Free limited WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: microwave, stove top, fridge

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coral Bay Supermarket, 7 Robinson St, Coral Bay; Open Mon-Sun 7am-7pm


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Free Time Coral Bay - Ningaloo Reef

Explore Coral Bay

Walk to Skeleton Beach, the Reef Shark Nursery and Point Maud, or around Purdy Point and along Paradise Beach to Monk Head red cliffs. Snorkel fringing reefs, paddle a kayak or cruise aboard a glass bottom boat. Dive or snorkel with turtles and mantra rays, or from April to July swim with whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish. Head out on a game fishing charter or from June to October join a humpback whale watch tour. Experience the thrill of riding along white sandy beaches, through bush tracks and hills on a quad bike adventure. Off course you can always just laze on the beach and enjoy the beautiful surrounds.

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    Accommodation    Ningaloo Reef Resort
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    Coral Bay – Ningaloo Reef Resort

    Features:

    Check in: 2:30pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet: Free limited WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: microwave, stove top, fridge

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coral Bay Supermarket, 7 Robinson St, Coral Bay; Open Mon-Sun 7am-7pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Swim with Whale Sharks Day Tour
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    Swim with Whale Sharks Day Tour

    Jump in and swim with whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish from late March to July. Coral Bay is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with these harmless plankton eating giants. Snorkel in the Ningaloo Reef where you might see turtles, reef sharks, dugongs, rays and hundreds of fish species. Being an open ocean snorkelling adventure, confidence in the water will increase your enjoyment on the tour.

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    Manta Ray Half Day Snorkel Tour
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    Manta Ray Half Day Snorkel Tour

    Amongst the Ningaloo Reef experience snorkelling up close with a resident population of manta rays. Watch these amazing creatures as they glide, roll and feed. High above a spotter plane helps find the best manta rays to interact with.

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Drive the Coral Coast

Coral Bay to Carnarvon

Depart Coral Bay today and drive south through desert surrounds to Carnarvon nestled at the mouth of the Gascoyne River. Discover Carnarvon’s part in the space race at Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, picnic or stay for a sunset along The Fascine ocean front board walk. Explore the jetty walk, historic Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage Museum and Carnarvon Tramway. Unwind at popular Pelican Point Beach and be sure to try a local banana.

Coral Bay to Carnarvon
238 kilometres : 2 1/2 hours

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    Accommodation    Best Western Hospitality Inn
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    Carnarvon – Best Western Hospitality Inn

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet: Free WiFi

    Breakfast & dinner service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Woolworths, Cnr Alexander & Robinson Street, Carnarvon; Open: Mon-Sat 7am-8pm, Thurs 7am-9pm, Sun 7am-6pm


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Drive the Coral Coast

Carnarvon to Geraldton

Continue travelling south along the open road through red desert surrounds. Take a break in Northampton with Australian country charm and historic buildings. Detour of the highway to experience Oakabella Homestead, Western Australias most haunted house. Arrive in Geraldton nestled on the Batavia Coast and home to delicious western rock lobster. Learn about the regions Aboriginal and European history, natural landscapes and maritime history at the Western Australian Museum. Take a moment at the HMAS Sydney II memorial. Vibrant native and rare wildflowers are in full bloom from late July to early October.

Carnarvon to Geraldton
479 kilometres : 5 hours

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    Accommodation    Hospitality Inn Geraldton
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    Geraldton – Hospitality Inn Geraldton

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Supa IGA, 177-179 Durlacher St, Geraldton; Open Mon-We 7am-7pm, Thu 7am-9pm, Fri-Sun 7am-7pm


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Day 11
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Drive the Coral Coast

Geraldton to Perth

Step back in time at Greenough’s Pioneer Museum and yes the trees are growing horizontally. Follow the Dongara Heritage Trail to explore historic buildings, while Fisherman’s Lookout offers coastal views across Port Denison. See unusual and colourful wildflowers, reptiles and the rare black cockatoo in Lesueur National Park. Popular holiday town Jurien Bay sits on the white sands and clear waters of Jurien Bay Marine Park. Witness the eerie moonscape of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Enjoy a bite to eat in Perth’s popular inner city Northbridge, vibrant Fremantle or along the boulevard at Cottesloe Beach.

Geraldton to Perth
418 kilometres : 4 1/2 hours

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    Accommodation    Adina Apartment Hotel Perth, Barrack Plaza
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    Perth – Adina Apartment Hotel Perth, Barrack Plaza

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free 100MB WiFi per 24 hours in room

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, 166 Murray St, Perth; Open Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm


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Farewell Australia

Depart Perth

Farewell Perth and return your rental car to the Perth Airport depot and continue your onward journey.