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Coral Coast insider
Region size: 30,000sqkm
Distance from Perth: 248km
Ningaloo Reef is regarded as an
underwater wonderland, teeming
with 500 species of tropical fish
and 220 of coral, plus the famous
mega-marine fauna, the whale
sharks and manta rays. Australia’s
largest fringing reef, it’s just metres
offshore in places. In Exmouth,
fish for coral trout at Bundegi Flats
nearby or book a fishing charter
and chase the big ones – marlin and
sailfish. Fishing is also a big lure
(ahem!) at the Abrolhos Islands off
Geraldton where it’s rated among
the best in the world. If you prefer
looking to hooking, take your
snorkel to these spectacular atolls.
And, for everywhere in between,
the wildflower season is sure to
amaze in the months between July
and November. Whether for a long
weekend or a two-week driving
tour, if you haven’t been you have
to wonder why.
The Coral Coast’s marine life
makes it perfect for fishing,
diving and snorkelling.
Things to do | July to December 2010.
REASONS TO GO
NINGALOO MARINE PARK
Ningaloo Marine Park stretches 260km,
and begins at Bundegi Reef in the
Exmouth Gulf, ending at Amherst Point
near Coral Bay. it extends 10 nautical
miles seaward and encompasses over
5000sqkm of ocean. Many creatures
regularly visit Ningaloo Reef, including
whale sharks, turtles, dugongs, dolphins
and humpback whales, making it a
must-see for divers, snorkellers and
nature-lovers, and it is a mecca for
fishing, boating and bush camping.
All great throughout winter months.
The Abrolhos Islands lie about 60km
west of Geraldton. It’s best to go out
with a fixed-wing tour operator. Direct
flights will drop you at East Wallabi
island, ready to explore. There’s great
snorkelling 50m off the beach at Turtle
Bay with an abundance of marine
life. Access to the islands by charter,
fishing, diving or eco boat tours are also
available from Geraldton and Kalbarri,
with specialised scuba dives on the
historic wreck, the Batavia, which lies in
only four to six metres of clear ocean.
KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK
Adventure lovers will find a plethora
of activities awaiting them in Kalbarri,
from canoeing down the Murchison
River to riding over sand dunes on
quad bikes. The Kalbarri National Park
offers geographical beauties, such as
The Loop and Z Bend, sections of the
Murchison River aptly named because
of the enormous shapes they’ve created
through the gorges. Hike down into the
gorges or take some snaps from the
lookouts situated throughout the park
– you’ll be spellbound by the views.
JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV
The Coral Coast is 1200km of
extraordinary coastline stretching
from Cervantes and Jurien Bay in the
south, which is just a 2.5-hour drive
north from Perth, to Exmouth and
Ninglaoo Marine Park in the north.
ENJOY... pristine beaches, snow-white
sand dunes and the limestone pillars of
the Pinnacles, and driving, camping and
hiking through some of Western
Australia’s most amazing national parks.
• Friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia
• shark Bay World heritage Area
• Ningaloo – Australia’s largest
• Perfect kite and windsurfing
• Gorges at Kalbarri National Park
• The Abrolhos islands has a dark
maritime history, including 1629’s
mutiny on the Dutch ship Batavia.
• The arrival of Dirk hartog in 1616 on
Dirk Hartog Island marked the first
European landing on our west coast.
What little rainfall there is arrives in June
and July, while the later months in the
region are exceedingly dry.
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