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Brianna has worked in tourism since
her first high school job at 14. Since
then, she has worked at the WA
Visitor Centre and is now working at
Australia’s Coral Coast.
DAY ONE Perth-Geraldton Travel
north along the Brand Highway
through Dongara, Port Denison,
and Greenough to Geraldton. Stroll
to the foreshore – kids will love the
water fun park! The HMAS Sydney
Memorial has sweeping views
DAY TWO Geraldton and surrounds
Chapman Valley boasts farming
countryside and the looming
Moresby ranges. The Chapman
Valley Museum in Nanson features
vintage cars, bikes and memorabilia.
Geraldton has amazing windsurfing,
or fly to the Abrolhos Islands for
snorkelling and diving. The islands
are sea bird breeding colonies.
DAY THREE Geraldton-Carnarvon
Head north to Carnarvon. Follow
the Gascoyne Food Trail through
town, sampling the produce on
offer, including chocolate-coated
DAY FOUR Carnarvon–Exmouth
North of Carnarvon are the
Blowholes, where sea swell sprays
up to 20m into the air. Further north
is Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef.
DAY FIVE Exmouth Take a glass-
bottom boat to the reef, or snorkel.
Ask at Milyering Visitor Centre for
the best snorkel spots. Turquoise
Bay is a drift snorkel site – the
current carries you parallel to
shore, but then gets very strong,
fast. After lunch, take a boat tour
up Yardie Creek.
DAY SIX Exmouth–Coral Bay
Leave early for the eastern side
of Cape Range National Park:
Shothole Canyon and Charles
Knife Canyon have amazing
scenery. Continue south to Coral
Bay. If you’re there by 3.30, head
to the beach where schools of
norwest snapper come in. Twenty
minutes walk away is a nursery
of up to 200 reef sharks (between
October and March).
DAY SEVEN Coral Bay Hire a kayak
and paddle to the reef for great
snorkel sites. About six metres
deep, the coral walls rise up from
the sea floor every way you look.
Not keen on getting wet? Glass-
bottom boats head out daily.
DAY EIGHT Coral Bay–Shark Bay
Snorkel at Bills Bay then drive
to the Shark Bay World Heritage
Area. Stop for the stromatolites
at Hamelin Pool, and at Shell
Beach. Ocean Park has awesome
marine life. Get accommodation in
Denham and watch the sunset.
DAY NINE Shark Bay Bottlenose
dolphins feeding starts around
8.15am. Head down to Nanga Bay
for fishing or cruise to Dirk Hartog
Island. Francois Peron National Park
has stunning scenery, or see the
region from above – flights give the
best view of the Zuytdorp Cliffs.
And there’s always Monkey Mia
Dolphin Resort to visit!
DAY TEN Shark Bay-Kalbarri Head
south to Kalbarri for an afternoon
surf at Jacques Point. Relax under
the stars at the cinema, located at
Rainbow Jungle parrot sanctuary.
DAY ELEVEN Kalbarri Explore the
magnificent Murchison River Gorge
of Kalbarri National Park. Hire
canoes in the afternoon and paddle
upstream, or go fishing.
DAY TWELVE Kalbarri Go deep sea
fishing tours off Kalbarri. Extreme
tours offer abseiling or canoeing,
sand boarding or quad bikes. Or
just laze on Chinamans Beach!
DAY THIRTEEN Kalbarri-Jurien Bay
Watch volunteers feed the pelicans
at the beach around 8.45am. Go
south and look for the Pink Lake.
Camp at Sandy Cape Recreational
Park, north of Jurien Bay.
DAY FOURTEEN Jurien Bay-Perth
Head south to Cervantes and the
Pinnacles Desert. Learn more about
these mystical formations at the
Desert Discovery Centre before
making the final journey to Perth.
BRIANNA DELAPORTE | Two-week escape | Coral Coast
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