Western Australia’s Coral Coast is the ultimate place to wind-down this Summer. Boasting a plethora of natural attractions, the region is far more than its beautiful, blue beaches; there exists a world of marine life, bird life, flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered. We’ve selected our favourite two destinations of the Coral Coast for those who seek a relaxing roadie this Summer.
Take a breather in Busselton
Busselton, located in the south-west of Western Australia, was made for the summer holiday-maker. Its waterfront community is based around the Busselton Jetty, which is the centre of life for the town. In this seaside haven, visitors can swim, snorkel and fish in the clear waters before stretching out on the sand, cycling along the beachside paths, or cooling down with a gelato on the grass in the shade. Nearby alfresco dining, cafés and bars will top off your day wonderfully, as well as the many wineries and craft breweries in the area.
Take a break from the beach and head into town to explore Busselton’s historic lighthouses, museums and churches.The Busselton Community Garden Markets, which are held on every second and fourth Saturday of the month, should also feature on every itinerary, as well as the Rotary Markets, on every second and fourth Sunday of the month.
See the town’s natural wonders, and take a walk through the Ambergate Reserve, with its rich supply of wildlife, Ludlow Tuart Forest, the world’s only natural remaining tuart forest, or the Vasse-Wonnerup Wetlands with their endless bundles of birdlife.
Southern detour: the marvellous Fitzgerald coast
Venture down to the south of Western Australia, where warm days stretch on and life slows down to a leisurely rhythm. Enjoy your summer holiday in a place that simply oozes with sunny vibes. The Fitzgerald River National Park is one of largest national parks in Western Australia, heralding 20 per cent of the state’s species of flora. Its pale blue water and squeaky white sands surround tree-lined cliffs – the perfect backdrop for exploring its secluded bays by kayak, snorkel or flipper. Recent upgrades have seen the park fitted with idyllic picnic areas and walking tracks, and beachfront camping experiences will leave you begging for a longer stay.
Albany, located at the southern tip of Western Australia, is home to some of Australia’s best beaches and summer attractions. Little Beach and Middleton beach will make for the perfect spots to lay down your towel and sprint for the shoreline. Swim in the shade of Ellen Cove before enjoying the astounding views at the Gap and National Bridge in the Torndirrup National Park. Then, make your way into town to try Albany’s famed seafood, wines and malt whiskey. For history enthusiasts, Albany provides the perfect place to learn more about the lives of soldiers in World War I at the National Anzac Centre.
Continue to Esperance, which rests along the southern coast of Australia’s Golden Outback and has more than 100 offshore islands to explore. With sights to match even the wildest of imaginations, the enthralling bright pink of Lake Millier on Middle Island will astound you. To continue the trend of unbelievable colours, the sand of Esperance beaches is a heavenly white.The shores of these beaches, along with the especially notable Twilight and Lucky bays, are best seen from the 38-kilometre Great Ocean Drive. Discover the area via its many walking trails before settling down in one of its cosy country pubs, with crisp craft brews and colourful characters.