Heaven is a place on earth – and it’s called the Coral Coast! Known for its delicious seafood offerings and natural wonders, this Western Australian region is perfect for summer high jinks. Swim with whale sharks, traipse through wildflower trails and reconnect with nature at its best. Dive in with some of Caravanning Australia’s Coral Coast recommendations:
Unbeatable landscapes in the Pinnacles
Stop by this otherworldly destination on the way to Cervantes (which is a two-hour drive north from Perth). The Pinnacles looks like a scene from a sci-fi film, with imposing limestone structures looming out of the ground. They were formed about 25,000 to 30,000 years ago after the sea receded and left deposits of seashells. Coastal winds and time combined to create the pillars we see today!
Cosmopolitan coastal living in Geraldton
The Coral Coast’s only city, Geraldton, is a holidaymaker’s dream, with a warm climate all year round. Walk through the West End and browse niche boutiques at your leisure – a local specialty is Abrolhos black pearls so make sure that you get a closer look! Have a bite to eat at one of the many eateries – such as Piper Lane, Skeetas or Jaffle Shack. For a culture hit, check out the Aboriginal Yamaji Art Centre, an Aboriginal-owned and -governed arts centre with an impressive art collection. End your day with a climb up to the HMAS Sydney II Memorial to see the sun set over beautiful coastal surroundings.
Underwater wonders at Ningaloo Reef
Head to Exmouth, which is the gateway to Ningaloo Reef. It’s a significant natural Australian landmark, boasting a wealth of marine wildlife. It’s also home to the world’s largest fish – the whale shark! The best time to get close and personal to this magnificent creature is from late March to July. You can also see humpback whales from August–October, and snorkel with sea turtles from September–December. Rent a glass-bottom boat cruise and see the ocean and all its colours move under your feet.
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