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8 things to do on the Coral Coast, WA

Welcome to the mesmerising Coral Coast of Western Australia.

Indulge in a myriad of experiences, from snorkeling in crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life to stargazing under the vast outback sky. Explore the wonders of Western Australia's Coral Coast at your own pace, knowing that a comfortable retreat awaits you at the end of each exhilarating day.  Perched amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Coral Coast, our varied locations in the region offers a perfect blend of comfort and convenience. From cosy cabins to spacious caravan sites, we've got you covered for an unforgettable getaway. Whether you're a thrill-seeker craving adrenaline-pumping activities or a laid-back traveler yearning for relaxation, our parks cater to all tastes and preferences.

Let's dive into the top things to do, each one tied back to a fantastic BIG4 waiting to welcome you on the Coral Coast.

The Coral Coast is a sanctuary of natural wonders, cultural significance, and environmental stewardship.

1. Snorkel with Sharks at Shark Bay

Shark Bay, nestled along the stunning Coral Coast of Western Australia, is renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Experience the thrill of swimming alongside gentle giants in the crystal-clear waters of Shark Bay. Explore the underwater wonders of the World Heritage-listed Shark Bay Marine Park, home to a diverse array of marine life. After your adventure, unwind at RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, offering comfortable accommodation and stunning views of the bay.

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Abundant Marine Life: Beyond sharks, Shark Bay is home to a wealth of marine species, including dugongs, manta rays, turtles, and a vibrant array of fish. Snorkeling or diving here offers unparalleled opportunities to witness these creatures in their natural environment.

World Heritage Site: Recognised for its outstanding universal value, Shark Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its diverse ecosystems, including seagrass beds, coral reefs, and hypersaline lagoons, support a complex web of life and contribute to its global significance.

Outdoor Activities: Whether you're into fishing, kayaking, or simply soaking up the sun on pristine beaches, Shark Bay offers a plethora of outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Cultural Heritage: Explore the rich Aboriginal heritage of Shark Bay, with ancient cultural sites and traditional knowledge passed down through generations. Learn about the local indigenous community's deep connection to the land and sea, which has shaped the region's history and identity.

Hi, there! In essence, Shark Bay on the Coral Coast is not just a destination for adrenaline-pumping shark encounters but also a sanctuary of natural wonders, cultural significance, and environmental stewardship.

2. Discover the Pinnacles at Nambung National Park

The Pinnacles at Nambung National Park on the Coral Coast of WA promise an unforgettable journey through a landscape of ancient mysteries, natural beauty, and cultural significance.  Marvel at the otherworldly landscape of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Wander among towering limestone pillars formed over thousands of years, creating a surreal and captivating scene. Rest your head at BIG4 Dongara Denison Beach Holiday Park or RAC Cervantes Holiday Park where you can recharge for another day of exploration.

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Pinnacle Drive: Embark on a scenic drive along the Pinnacle Drive loop trail, winding through the heart of the desert landscape and offering panoramic views of the limestone formations. Take your time to stop at designated lookout points, snap photos, and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the surroundings.

Sunset Spectacle: Experience the magic of sunset at the Pinnacles, as the fading light casts an enchanting glow over the desert landscape, illuminating the limestone pillars in hues of gold and amber. This magical moment offers a perfect opportunity for photographers to capture stunning images and create lasting memories.

Adventure Activities: For those seeking more adventure, Nambung National Park offers opportunities for hiking, sandboarding, and off-road exploring in designated areas. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or a leisurely explorer, there's something for everyone to enjoy amidst the natural wonders of the Pinnacles Desert.

Aboriginal Heritage: Discover the rich cultural heritage of the local Aboriginal people, who have inhabited this land for thousands of years. Learn about the Dreamtime stories, traditions, and connections to the landscape, which are integral to the spiritual and cultural identity of the region.

Wildlife Encounters: Keep an eye out for native wildlife that call Nambung National Park home, including kangaroos, emus, and a variety of bird species. Binoculars can enhance your wildlife spotting experience, particularly in the early morning or late afternoon when animals are most active.

It's not just a bunch of glorious rocks - explore the national park with our list of things to check out.

The Pinnacles at Nambung National Park on the Coral Coast of WA promise an unforgettable journey through a landscape of ancient mysteries, natural beauty, and cultural significance.

3. Sandboarding Thrills in Lancelin

Feel the adrenaline rush as you surf down towering sand dunes in Lancelin. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned sandboarder, this adventure promises excitement and unforgettable memories. After an exhilarating day, retreat to BIG4 Tasman Holiday Parks - Ledge Point, offering modern amenities and easy access to Lancelin's attractions.

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Expert Guidance: If you're new to sandboarding, don't worry! Lancelin offers expert instructors who will provide safety tips and guidance to help you make the most of your sandboarding experience. Check out Australian Pinnacle Tours! They'll ensure you feel confident and comfortable before you take on the dunes.

Spectacular Scenery: As you glide down the sand dunes, take in the breathtaking views of the Western Australian coastline and the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean. The combination of thrilling adventure and stunning natural beauty makes sandboarding in Lancelin a truly unique experience.

Australian Pinnacle Tours will set up your fun depending on your skill level!

4. Stargazing at the Pinnacles Desert Observatory

Experience the magic of the night sky at the Pinnacles Desert Observatory. Gaze upon the twinkling stars and learn about the celestial wonders above in this designated Dark Sky Discovery Site. For a comfortable stay under the stars, book a cabin at BIG4 Plantation Caravan Park, where you can relax and reconnect with nature.

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Sustainable Tourism: The Pinnacles Desert Observatory is committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship. Experience the beauty of the night sky in a responsible and eco-friendly way, knowing that your visit supports conservation efforts aimed at preserving the natural beauty of the Coral Coast for future generations.

Photography Opportunities: With the Pinnacles' unique limestone formations as a backdrop and the vast, unpolluted night sky above, photographers will find endless opportunities to capture stunning images. Whether you're a seasoned astrophotographer or just starting out, the Pinnacles Desert Observatory offers a magical setting for capturing the beauty of the cosmos.

Guided Astronomy Tours: At the Pinnacles Desert Observatory, embark on a guided astronomy tour led by knowledgeable experts from Lumineer Adventure Tours, who will unravel the mysteries of the cosmos. Learn about constellations, planets, and galaxies as you gaze through state-of-the-art telescopes, immersing yourself in the wonders of the universe.

Ponder the meaning of the universe at The Pinnacles Desert Observatory.

Make sure to delve into the rich cultural heritage of the region with insights into Aboriginal astronomy. Discover the traditional stories and celestial knowledge passed down through generations, adding a deeper, spiritual dimension to your stargazing experience.

5. Hiking in Kalbarri National Park

Lace up your hiking boots and explore the rugged beauty of Kalbarri National Park. From dramatic coastal cliffs to winding river gorges, this park offers endless opportunities for outdoor exploration. After a day of hiking, relax in the comfort of BIG4 Geraldton Sunset Beach, located just a stone's throw away from Kalbarri.

Here are some additional highlights and features of this destination:

Thrilling Hiking Trails: With over 183,000 hectares of wilderness to explore, Kalbarri National Park offers hiking trails to suit all levels of experience and fitness. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll along the riverbanks or a challenging trek through rugged terrain, you'll find a trail that matches your preferences. Don't miss the iconic Kalbarri Skywalk, where a glass-bottomed platform extends out over the edge of the cliffs, providing an exhilarating perspective on the park's scenery.

Iconic Natural Landmarks: Kalbarri National Park is home to some of Western Australia's most iconic natural landmarks. Marvel at the stunning coastal cliffs of the Z Bend and Nature's Window, where the Murchison River has carved out dramatic rock formations over millions of years. These breathtaking vistas are a must-see for any visitor to the Coral Coast.

Scenic Lookouts: Throughout Kalbarri National Park, you'll find numerous scenic lookouts offering panoramic views of the rugged coastline and inland landscapes. Whether you're gazing out over the Indian Ocean from Red Bluff Lookout or admiring the meandering Murchison River from Hawks Head Lookout, each viewpoint provides a different perspective on the park's diverse beauty.

By respecting and honoring this heritage, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the spiritual connection between the land and its people.

Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls Kalbarri National Park home. From colorful birdlife to native kangaroos and wallabies, you're likely to encounter fascinating creatures as you explore the park's trails. Birdwatchers, in particular, will delight in the opportunity to spot a variety of avian species in their natural habitat.

6. Cultural Exploration in Geraldton

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Geraldton, where history comes alive in museums, art galleries, and heritage sites. Explore the story of the Batavia shipwreck at the WA Museum Geraldton or admire local artwork at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery. For a comfortable stay in the heart of Geraldton, choose BIG4 Geraldton Sunset Beach.

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Maritime History: Geraldton's maritime history is deeply ingrained in its identity. Visit the HMAS Sydney II Memorial, which commemorates the sinking of the HMAS Sydney II during World War II, or explore the Batavia Coast Marina, where you can learn about the region's seafaring past and its importance as a port city.

Historical Architecture: Wander through Geraldton's streets and discover a treasure trove of historical architecture. From Victorian-era buildings to Art Deco masterpieces, the city's architecture reflects its rich history and heritage. Don't miss the opportunity to explore landmarks such as the Geraldton Railway Station and the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Local Cuisine: Sample the flavours of the region at Geraldton's diverse array of cafes, restaurants, and eateries. Whether you're craving freshly caught seafood from the Indian Ocean, farm-fresh produce from the surrounding countryside, or international cuisine with a local twist, you'll find plenty of delicious options to tantalize your taste buds.

Outdoor Adventures: While Geraldton is steeped in history and culture, it also offers ample opportunities for outdoor adventures. Head to the nearby Abrolhos Islands for snorkeling, fishing, and diving, or explore the surrounding countryside on scenic drives and hiking trails. With its stunning coastline and natural beauty, Geraldton is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton.

7. Cape Range National Park Adventure

Embark on an adventure in Cape Range National Park, where rugged gorges meet pristine beaches. Explore snorkeling spots like Turquoise Bay, known for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral gardens. After a day of exploration, relax at RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park, your gateway to the wonders of Ningaloo Reef.

Here are some additional highlights and features of this destination:

Ningaloo Reef: Cape Range National Park is renowned for its proximity to Ningaloo Reef, one of the world's largest fringing coral reefs. Snorkel or dive among colorful coral formations teeming with marine life, including tropical fish, turtles, and even majestic whale sharks during the migration season. It's an underwater paradise waiting to be discovered.

Wildlife Encounters: Beyond the reef, Cape Range National Park is home to a diverse array of terrestrial wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for native kangaroos, emus, echidnas, and a variety of bird species as you explore the park's rugged landscapes. Birdwatchers will especially enjoy spotting species like the super rare, black-flanked rock-wallaby.

Scenic Drives: Take a leisurely drive along the Cape Range National Park Road, which winds its way through stunning landscapes of rugged gorges, limestone ranges, and coastal plains. Stop at designated lookout points to admire panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the park's dramatic terrain and keep an eye out for wildlife along the way.

Bushwalking Trails: Lace up your hiking boots and hit the park's bushwalking trails to explore its natural beauty up close. From short, easy walks to more challenging hikes, there's a trail for every level of fitness and adventure. Don't miss the opportunity to trek to breathtaking viewpoints overlooking the gorges and coastline.

Ningaloo Reef: one of the world's largest fringing coral reefs.

Experience the magic of being under the stars in Cape Range National Park. With minimal light pollution, the night sky comes alive with countless stars, making for a truly unforgettable experience.

8. Sunset Spectacle at Lighthouse Point

The Vlamingh Head Lighthouse Scenic Drive offers breathtaking views of the North West Cape as you drive up to Vlamingh Head. Then, meander up the hill to see the grand Vlamingh Lighthouse for spectacular panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Ningaloo Reef. Be sure to keep a lookout for migrating humpback whales during the migration season.

Check out the interpretive displays and learn about the 100-plus-year-old lighthouse and fascinating history of North West Cape. Then, continue to the edge of the lookout to see the site of a World War II radar station and anti-aircraft positions. Watch as the sky transforms into a canvas of fiery hues, casting a golden glow over the rugged coastline. Retreat to RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park, where you can unwind and reflect on the beauty of nature. The Vlamingh Head Lighthouse Scenic Drive is located approximately 17 kilometres from Exmouth.

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Picnic and Relaxation: Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Lighthouse Point, soaking in the tranquil atmosphere and ocean views. Spread out a blanket on the grassy picnic area or find a spot on the rocks overlooking the sea and savour a meal while listening to the sound of waves crashing against the shore. It's the perfect way to unwind and appreciate the beauty of nature.

Whale Watching: Lighthouse Point is not only a prime spot for witnessing stunning sunsets but also offers excellent opportunities for whale watching. During the annual migration season (typically between June and November), humpback whales and other marine mammals can often be spotted breaching and playing in the waters off Exmouth. Bring your binoculars and keep an eye out for these majestic creatures as they pass by on their journey.

Coastal Walks: Explore the scenic coastline around Lighthouse Point on foot with a leisurely coastal walk. Follow the rugged trails that wind along the cliffs, offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the surrounding landscapes. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as dolphins, seabirds, and maybe even a passing turtle or dugong.

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