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Things to do in the Coral Coast & Ningaloo Reef

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Starting just two hours north of Perth, via Indian Ocean Drive, this region offers an easy escape to more than 1000km of coastline. Tens of thousands of visitors head to the sunny Coral Coast each year, to play on unspoilt beaches and explore rugged and unique national parks. The southernmost seaside towns make great day-trip or short-break destinations. Cervantes is probably best known for the astonishing Pinnacles Desert. People also visit to feast on fresh seafood, spot sea lions, view wildflowers, and camp on the beach in Dongara-Port Denison.
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On the North West Coastal Highway, is the region’s hub. Geraldton is a trendy seaside city with new cafes, shops and art galleries. Beautiful beaches and a warm, windy climate attract water-sport enthusiasts. Two hours further north, Kalbarri is surrounded by national park, with quad-biking, sandboarding, skydiving and horseriding adventures on offer.

While Monkey Mia’s friendly dolphins are a major drawcard, Shark Bay has so much more to offer. Check out the area’s contrasting landscapes, wildlife and flora to see why it is listed as a World Heritage area.

On the highway north of Shark Bay, Carnarvon enjoys a warm, sunny climate all year round and is a great place to sample local fruit, vegetables and seafood. The entire coast makes for a magical roadtrip, with phenomena like the Carnarvon blowholes, 75km north of the town.

At the top of the reef is another World Heritage area. The Ningaloo Coast spans 300km along pristine coastline, from Red Bluff to Exmouth. While it offers boundless opportunities to see marine life on the world’s largest fringing reef, the area is best known for its giant whale sharks.

Top 10
  1. Swim with whale sharks (the largest fish in the sea).
  2. Surf winter swells at Red Bluff and Gnaraloo Bay. Catch summer winds in your sails at Sandy Bay.
  3. Discover Carnarvon’s Indigenous culture at Gwoonwardu Mia, Gascoyne.
  4. Meet Monkey Mia’s famous friendly dolphins.
  5. Visit attractions along the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive.
  6. Get a bird’s eye view of the coast with a skydive or microlight flight.
  7. Abseil, hike or canoe in Kalbarri National Park.
  8. Check out vibrant wildflowers during late winter and spring.
  9. Dive the South Tomi shipwreck, or the Abrolhos Islands wrecks
  10. Wander the eerie golden spires of the Pinnacles.



Abrolhos Adventures

Whether it's a relaxing cruise or a fishing adventure of a lifetime, they have the charter for you.

  • Activity:Diving,Seafood Experiences,Fishing
  • Tour Duration:Durations vary
  • Tour Price:Prices vary
  • Type:Charters & Rentals
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)


  • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Tour Locations:Abrolhos Island and Geraldton Harbour


Experience an Abrolhos first with a tour of the newly hatched oysters, courtesy of their sister company Abrolhos Oysters.

Enjoy the beautiful waters along the Batavia Cost and the Abrolhos Islands on board the Fortitude. Whether you're wanting to lay back and enjoy the view or have a fish, the Fortitude team can provide.

ANZAC Memorial Soldiers

  • 08 9927 1404

Find them on the Ocean Drive, opposite the Lookout, next to Nunn’s Pool in Port Denison.

  • Suited For:Seniors,Families
  • Activity:Memorial,Statue
  • Type:Attractions


  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays


The Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018 is a significant piece of Australian history, with the Shire of Irwin and the Dongara RSL commemorating the Centenary commissioning 15 soldier silhouettes in various poses made out of 2D metal art as a visual memorial for people to look at. The sculptures are designed to rust to a point which will create a protective surface and withstand the salt air.

Some of the comments already received regards the art piece include:

"The slight movement of the statues reminds me of my mates on patrol"

"They remind me of when my Dad patrolled with axe handles with the Home Guard"

Aqua Jack Fishing Charters

A family-owned and run fishing charter business with 16 years of experience.

  • Open days/Times:December to May
  • Type:Charters & Rentals,Tours
  • Activity:Fishing,Rivers & Lakes
  • Suited For:Adults (18+)



Running from December to May, this is the perfect day out on the water for both experiences anglers and fishing beginners. All fishing equipment is supplied, as well as lunch, a cool drink and water for all guests. BYO Alcohol is also welcome. 

Badgingarra Nature Trail

3.5 km circular route walk in Badgingarra National Park

  • Type:Trails



The walk begins at the Badgingarra Roadhouse on Brand Highway and takes about 90 minutes to complete. In wildflower season the walk offers glimpses of purple star flower, yellow buttercups, red and green kangaroo paws, one sided bottlebrush, melaleucas and feather flowers. The trail involves some steep hills, so supportive footwear is recommended.

Batavia Coast Air Charter

Spectacular scenic flights to the Abrolhos Islands. Spend the day touring the islands, swimming and snorkelling amongst the historic Archipelago.

  • Activity:Flying / Scenic Flights,Snorkelling
  • Type:Charters & Rentals
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)



Take in the breath taking beauty of the remoteness of nature. Visit bird breeding areas and historic sites. Chose from our 1.5hr scenic flight or half day/full day tours or our new Fly/Cruise special with day tours or 2 night tours on the Discovery One.

Meals, flights, tours and all snorkell gear is supplied.

Customise a tour to suit you.

Batavia Coast Dive Academy

  • bataviacoastdive@bigpond.com
  • (08) 9964 2229

Retail equipment sales, charters, equipment hire and instruction available, scuba and LPG cylinder testing. Your host Trevor Beaver is a SSI Instructor Certifier.

  • Activity:Diving
  • Type:Tours



Beaches in Port Denison

Stroll along the beautiful white sandy beaches and take in the fresh ocean air.

  • Suited For:Families
  • Type:Attractions



Granny's Beach

Family friendly beach with an outdoor shower, good for swimming and snorkelling. There is a great grassed shaded area with a playground for the kids and a onsite coffee van.  

Northshore Beach

Perfect for surfing, with a grassed area and a playground for the kids. 

Nun's Pool

Nun's Pool is fantastic for snorkelling, it's a shelted area due to the pool being surrounded by reef. 

Seaspray Beach

This beach has shower and toilet facilites, with an onsite cafe open for breakfast & lunch. 

South Beach

Family friendly beach for surfing, sandboarding or kite surfing, paddle boarding or wind surfing. You can drive your car along the beach and set up your area. There is a café on site for refreshments and toilet and showers.

Big Western Rock Lobster

The Big Western Rock Lobster situated on the corner of the Brand Highway & Moreton Terrace, is a must see when visiting Dongara- Port Denison.

  • Suited For:Families,Seniors
  • Activity:Statue
  • Type:Attractions


  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday


<p> The Big Western Rock Lobster was built in 2005, and has made many visitors pull over and get their photo taken with it. Feel free to climb up onto it, and get your photo taken too!</p>

Blue Horizon Charters

Go snorkelling with the whale sharks or enjoy a day gamefishing with Blue Horizon Charters, Exmouth! The whale shark is the world's largest fish, and from April to mid July each year following the mass spawning of the coral, these animals begin to gather in great numbers on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.

  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)
  • Type:Tours,Charters & Rentals
  • Open days/Times:Always Open
  • Tour Price:Varied
  • Activity:Island,Fishing


  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Tour Locations:Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef


Many people regard the chance to snorkel with them as the experience of a lifetime. Blue Horizon's years of experience diving with these majestic creatures guarantees that you will have a great time. Come on board the Blue Horizon, and have the magical experience of swimming with the gentle giants of the ocean, the whale sharks!

Blue Lagoon Farm Pearl Tours

  • sales@bluelagoon.com.au
  • (08) 9948 1325

Glass-bottom boat tours of Red Cliff Bay for a one and half hour round trip to a pearl farm. Seeding demonstrations at the Morgan family's farm.

  • Activity:Pearl Farm
  • Type:Tours



The father of the Morgan family was one of the pioneers of the pearling industry of Broome after World War One.

Blue Ochre Aboriginal Art Studio

Come and observe the Indigenous art and craft come alive!

  • Type:Attractions
  • Activity:Art & Craft,Aboriginal Owned & Operated
  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+)



Observe Aboriginal art and craft being created (painting basket weaving wood carving or burning jewellery making etc)
Visit or shop at an Aboriginal art gallery with authentic arts and crafts

Brolo's Tours

Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative operates tours of their 90-tonne capacity live lobster processing plant located at Geraldton Fishermen’s Wharf.

  • Open days/Times:Temporarily suspended.
  • Type:Attractions
  • Activity:Seafood Experiences
  • Suited For:Families



Tour guides give tourists and locals alike a behind-the-scenes insight into this multi-million dollar regional industry. The tour aims to educate people on the Western Rock Lobster industry and why the clear waters of the Indian Ocean are a haven for this seafood delicacy. The guides talk many participants into holding some of the larger lobsters in their hands, sparking squeals of delight all captured in the flurry of camera lights.

The live Lobster Tours are temporarily suspended until further notice.

Capricorn Seakayaking

Join us for a sea kayak eco adventure tour of Penguin and Seal Islands, near Perth, Western Australia.

  • Activity:Kayak/Canoe/Raft
  • Suited For:Families
  • Type:Tours
  • Tour Price:From $162
  • Tour Duration:3 - 6 Hours


  • Tour Locations:Penguin Island and Seal Island


Capricorn Seakayaking has over 18 years of experience in small group adventure tours, and our kayak tours are aimed at including those of differing ages and abilities. We pride ourselves on customer service, sound environmental practices, and our passionate, qualified guides, who are there to ensure that your experience is unforgettable.

Choose from one of our Penguin and Seal Island sea kayak eco adventure tours below for your chance to explore more of Western Australia's unique marine life. Get up close and personal with nature, all just a short drive from Perth.

Spend a fun-filled day exploring Penguin and Seal Islands by sea kayak. Get up close and personal with Australian sea lions, cruise past rookeries of pelicans, get to know the little penguins on Penguin Island. Tours are led by a qualified instructor who will also give you insights into the amazing natural and human history of the area. It’s a fun filled day suitable for beginners to advanced.

Join us on our Penguin Island tour by sea kayak. Paddle to Penguin Island with your guide, where you will enjoy a morning tea in the shaded picnic area, and take a guided walk around the island, enjoying sweeping views and Pelican rookeries. Get to know the little penguins at the Discovery Centre, before we paddle our kayaks back to the mainland. Available 10am to 1pm.

Coalseam Conservation Park Plateau Loop Trail

3.2km walking trail through Coalseam Conservation Park

  • Type:Trails



The Plateau Loop Trail gently winds through a york gum woodland before reaching carpets of colourful everlastings at the top of the plateau. Access to the park is via the unsealed Coalseam Road. The road is suitable for all vehicles but it's good to remember that the Shire of Mingenew closes the road in heavy rainfall. 

Coral Bay Ecotours

Experience the best of the Ningaloo Reef & join us to swim with whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays & much more! Let us show you why the Ningaloo is Australia's best kept secret!

  • Activity:Whale Watching,Snorkelling
  • Type:Tours
  • Course Duration:Various Tours
  • Tour Price:Various



Longest running eco operator on the Ningaloo Reef!  Our Eco Safari Swims include the majestic Manta Ray, the largest fish on the planet -Whale Sharks, and the mighty Humpback Whale.  Open 365 days a year, steps away from miles of white sand beaches and the crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo Reef. 

A location lost in time, remote and worth the trip; Coral Bay is unlike any other location on the planet and serves as your playground to snorkel and frolic with colorful fish, massive corals and of course the ever inquisitive turtle; all in the calm, safe, turquoise waters of the Ningaloo Reef.