A journey along Western Australia’s Coral Coast with your Perth airport car rental is an adventure in white sandy beaches, coral reefs and national parks. Here are some highlights along this iconic road trip route.
Head north along the Indian Ocean Drive toward the coastal town of Cervantes. Along the way, stop to explore the truly unique Pinnacles Desert. Park here and check out the towering limestone structures, then on to the Desert Discovery Centre to learn more and to pick up souvenirs. In Cervantes, you may like to visit the Indian Ocean Rock Lobster Factory and delve into the history of cray fishing in this seaside town. Take your pick of swimming spots to cool off.
Continue north along the Indian Ocean Drive, pausing at the Molah Hill Lookout for sweeping views of the sea and native bush. Grigson’s Lookout, further along in the Leseuer National Park, is home to nearly 1000 species of flora. At Jurien Bay you can go skydiving, and land on the beach! Or go snorkelling in the marine park, or take a cruise to spot sea lions. In Dongara, treat yourself to a fresh seafood dinner. Dongara is linked to twin town Denison by a heritage trail along the Irwin River. Follow the trail and see historic buildings.
Head north to the Greenough Central Historic Settlement. Here, a handful of restored pioneer buildings are ripe to exploring. Continue on to Geraldton, looking out for the famous leaning trees. These eucalypts, bent by the strong southerly winds, have almost horizontal trunks. In Geraldton, you can sample local rock lobster and walk along the refreshed Geraldton foreshore. Step back in history at the HMAS Sydney II Memorial dedicated to WW2 sailors. There are free walking tours at 10.30am daily.
Water bunnies might like to head to Ningaloo Reef, or take a scenic flight to the Houtman Abrolhos Islands Shipwrecks and reefs offer great snorkelling and diving and conditions are often excellent for surfing and windsurfing too. For those who prefer dry land, Cape Range National Park is ideal for 4WD escapades.