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Taking the Indian Ocean Drive up to
the southern part of the Coral Coast,
particularly during wildflower season,
makes Cervantes an excellent day trip
or first stop on a journey north.
No visit to the area is complete
without taking in the Pinnacles
Desert in the Nambung National
Park, home to thousands of golden
limestone spires that stand up to five
metres tall. Explore the park on the
1.2km walking trail, which is stunning
at sunrise or sunset.
Further north, and separated
by the Irwin River, the twin towns
of Dongara and Port Denison
form a charming, romantic hub with
a warm and friendly community.
Take a stroll from the museum, around
historic buildings to the marina, where
you’ll discover captivating stories of
A visit to this area is a must for
seafood lovers, and the good news
is, you can enjoy the produce without
having to catch it first. Local seafood
(including the coveted Western Rock
Lobsters) is on the menu at cafes
along the coast, and can be bought
fresh if you want to cook it yourself.
It won’t take long to work up an
appetite – the towns of Cervantes,
Jurien Bay, Green Head, Leeman,
Dongara and Port Denison all offer
ideal conditions for water sports. Get
your fill of fishing, snorkelling, diving,
boating, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Cervantes, Jurien Bay, Green Head
and Dongara all have boat ramps.
To see the area’s wildflowers and
fauna, lace up your boots and set off
on one of the many walking trails, or
explore the caves of Stockyard Gully
BEACH LOVERS HAVE FLOCKED TO THIS SLICE
OF COASTLINE FOR DECADES, LURED BY SCENIC
STROLLS, ABUNDANT FISHING, AND DAY TRIPS
THROUGH THE STRIKING PINNACLES DESERT.
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➊ In the 90s, comedian Billy
Connolly’s nudie run put the
Pinnacles on the map. Follow
the streaking trend through
the spires if you must – but
don’t get your bits burned!
➋ Take a walk on the wild side,
and see wildflowers and
wildlife on trails through the
bush to beautiful beaches.
➌ Let off steam with a spot of
kayaking, kitesurfing, sailing
➍ Fish for blue manna crabs off
the coast of Dongara.
➎ Marvel at marine life while
scuba diving or snorkelling,
or take a boat tour to spot
sea lions and whales.
➏ Hire a sandboard and head
to Sandy Cape to ride down
➐ Catch a drive-in movie in
Port Denison – Saturday
nights, all through summer.
➑ Explore the Pinnacles and
vast coastline from above, by
taking a chopper flight.
➒ Camp on the beach under
a blanket of stars.
➓ See the Stromatolites –
the world’s oldest living
organisms – at Lake Thetis.
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MUST DO Take in a picture show at the Dongara Denison Drive-in.
This 1960s cinema, run by the local surf club, screens flicks every second
Saturday night from October until May. Sit in the back of utes under the
stars, gather on camp chairs, or snuggle up in the front seat of the car to
catch the latest movies on the big screen.
Camping under the stars is very
popular on the southern Coral
Coast – with great warm weather
and a pristine coastline, why not? In
Dongara, you’ll find shops, hotels,
units, motels and B&Bs, while most
of the caravan parks are south of the
river in Port Denison. Visitors in fully
self-contained RVs can camp for free at the
town oval, or you can stay for nothing, right on
the beach and surrounded by nature, for up to 72 hours. The most popular
site is Cliff Head on the Indian Ocean Drive.
TIP The region is busy at certain times of the year (school holidays), so
book ahead. Check wind conditions with the Bureau of Meteorology before
setting up camp (www.bom.gov.au/wa, or (08) 9263 2222).
Jurien Bay Marine Park (photography
courtesy Australia’s Coral Coast).
The Pinnacles Desert.
Cervantes sunset (photography
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