Coral Coast (Perth to Perth) Self Drive 11 Nights
11 Nights Perth to Perth.
Price from £863 per person
This self drive tour includes 12 days car rental with Hertz Australia (ICAR - Toyota Corolla Ascent or similar), 11 nights accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Car to be collected from Downtown Depot - supplements may apply to collect from the airport.
Perth - Cervantes - Kalbarri - Monkey Mia - Carnarvon - Exmouth - Carnarvon - Geraldton - Perth
Prices depend on seasonality: from £921 per person to £935 per person
Day 1: Perth to Cervantes (NM)
Depart Perth and head north towards Cervantes, gateway to the Nambung National Park and the mystical Pinnacles Desert. The bizarre limestone pillars which rise out of yellow quartz sand make an iconic photo opportunity and are at their best when the sun is low.
Overnight: Cervantes Pinnacles Motel
Day 2: Cervantes to Kalbarri (NM)
From Cervantes, the journey continues north through a rich diversity of attractions and natural scenery, including historic towns and wildflowers in season. Make a stop for refreshments in Geraldton, then it is just a couple more hours drive to Kalbarri.
Two nights: Kalbarri Beach Resort
Day 3: Kalbarri (NM)
With a full day to explore the natural wonders of this region, watch the pelican feeding on the foreshore, take a guided hike through the magnificent river gorges, enjoy a scenic cruise past the spectacular coastal gorges whilst looking out for marine life, or visit the Rainbow Jungle Parrot Breeding Centre.
Day 4: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia (NM)
Re-join the North West Coastal Highway and head north towards the World Heritage listed area of Shark Bay. Before reaching Denham, the region’s main service centre, stop to view the remarkable stromatolites at Hamelin Pool and the crystal clear waters of Shell Beach, then continue to Monkey Mia.
Two nights: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Shark Bay
Day 5: Monkey Mia (NM)
With a full day at leisure, look out for the friendly bottlenose dolphins that swim to shore, visit the dolphin information centre, take an award winning wildlife sailing cruise in search of dugongs and other exotic marine life, or enjoy a camel ride along the beach.
Day 6: Monkey Mia to Carnarvon (NM)
From Monkey Mia, head back to the main highway and continue north to Carnarvon, the regional hub in the Coral Coast’s north with a thriving agricultural industry. Step back in time at the museums in the heritage precinct, and take a walk along the historic One Mile Jetty.
Overnight: Hospitality Inn Carnarvon
Day 7: Carnarvon to Exmouth (NM)
On the final leg of your journey north, make a stop to swim in the calm, protected waters of Coral Bay, then continue to Exmouth. Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef and is a protected marine park. It is also one of the few reefs that can be accessed straight from the beach.
Three nights: Novotel Ningaloo Resort Exmouth
Day 8: Exmouth (NM)
Spend the day fishing, swimming or snorkelling, travel with a dive operator to the outer reef, or simply enjoy the beaches along this protected east-facing coastline. Being a sociable town, by night there are plenty of choices for dining out and chatting over a couple of beers.
Day 9: Exmouth (NM)
A further day to soak up the relaxed beach lifestyle, or perhaps join a 4WD tour of the beautiful Cape Range National Park. Covering over 50,000 hectares, the park boasts breathtaking canyons, limestone ranges, an array of wildlife, and 50 km of pristine beaches.
Day 10: Exmouth to Carnarvon (NM)
Retrace your journey back to the North West Coastal Highway and continue south towards Carnarvon. Enjoy panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside from the OTC dish, or take a stroll along The Fascine where stately palms line the water way and linger to enjoy magnificent sunset views.
Overnight: Hospitality Inn Carnarvon
Day 11: Carnarvon to Geraldton (NM)
Continue south to Geraldton, a thriving coastal city framed by rolling hills and the Moresby Ranges. Take in sweeping views across Geraldton and the Indian Ocean from the HMAS Sydney Memorial on Mount Scott, or browse through the art and craft galleries, showcasing local talent and indigenous art.
Overnight: All Seasons Geraldton
Day 12: Geraldton to Perth (NM)
Depart Geraldton and head south on the Brand Highway towards Perth. During the wildflower season (June to November) Badgingarra makes a convenient break in the journey. Renowned for its incredibly diverse bushland, the area becomes ablaze with the brilliant colour of wildflowers during spring.