Coral Coast, Dolphins & the Pinnacles
SELF DRIVE TOURING
GERALDTON | MONKEY MIA | SHARK BAY | SHELL BEACH | KALBARRI | CERVANTES
The west coast of Australia is a marine playground, rich in sea life, and home to dolphins, turtles, manta rays and hump back whales. World Heritage listed Shark Bay is home to Monkey Mia Resort where dolphins come in to feed.
• “Sun City” Geraldton
• See the stunning marine life found around Sharks Bay
• Amazing Shell Beach
• Money Mia, famous for its dolphins
• Relax in Kalbarri
• Laid back Cervantes for turquoise waters and white beaches
• See the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park
Coral Coast, Dolphins & the Pinnacles
Day 1 : Perth - Geraldton (267 miles)
Collect your car and drive the Indian Ocean coast road north to Geraldton. Known as, the “Sun City”, with an average of 8 hours sunshine per day, Geraldton has white sandy beaches and fascinating museums.
Day 2 : Geraldton - Monkey Mia (268 miles)
Continue north to Monkey Mia, famous for its dolphins, beautiful scenery and sparkling blue waters. The dolphins are wild animals that, after years of care and understanding, come in to be fed off their own accord by the rangers.
Day 3 : Monkey Mia
Spend the day enjoying all that Monkey Mia has to offer and see the Dolphins and their babies swim in to shore to be fed. The friendly pod of wild bottlenose dolphins regularly swim to Monkey Mia’s shore to interact with humans up to three times a day. Or perhaps drive around Shark Bay, home to a captivating array of marine life. Visit Shell Beach, a beautiful snow-white beach made up of millions of tiny shells up to 10 metres deep and stretching for over 70 kilometres. On a still day, the ocean at Shell Beach transforms into a palette of the most intense greens and blues - and the water is very salty making it easy to float for those who aren’t strong swimmers.
Day 4 : Monkey Mia - Kalbarri (248 miles)
Depart Monkey Mia and travel south to Kalbarri, located on the Midwest coast. With its pristine beaches and towering coastal cliffs, Kalbarri will give you a wonderful holiday experience. Once you arrive in Kalbarri let the experiences unwind. You can do everything from abseiling, horse riding, windsurfing, standing on the edge of a towering cliff, fishing or just paddling around the river bend.
Day 5 : Kalbarri - free day
Today is a free day to relax or explore in and around Kalbarri. In Kalbarri National Park you’ll find a landscape of stunning gorges, spectacular coastline and over 500 species of wildflowers that bloom between July and November. Or perhaps you’ll hop on a Murchison River cruise, hire a paddleboat or hit the water in a kayak. Take in views from the lookouts, hike the trails, take a camel trek, or join a canyoning and abseiling tour. You can even take in the national park, coastal cliffs and Abrolhos Islands from 8,000 feet, with a tandem skydive or a scenic flight over the national park, coastline and Abrolhos Islands.
Day 6 : Kalbarri - Cervantes (234 miles)
Leaving Kalbarri continue south today to Cervantes. This laid back fishing village boasts white sandy beaches and turquoise waters teeming with marine life. It’s also the gateway to the Nambung National Park, home to the limestone pillars of the Pinnacles. 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. Attracting over 190,000 visitors each year, the Pinnacles of Nambung National Park are the major natural attraction in the Coral Coast region of Cervantes and Jurien Bay. The park is located north of Perth and covers an area of 17,487 hectares, providing natural habitat for an extensive array of native animals and bird life.
Day 7 : Cervantes - Perth (124 miles)
It’s worth getting up early to visit the Pinnacles at sunrise before heading south down the Indian Ocean drive to Perth. Return your rental vehicle to the downtown depot on arrival, where your tour ends.