Broome to Perth Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park
Meet friendly dolphins, tick off a World Heritage Site, experience some of the best campsites in Western Australia and see some awe-inspiring views at the Kalbarri Skywalk!
Traveling north will take you along the Coral Coast, which extends over 1100 kilometers of white beaches and offers the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales and manta rays. For the water sport lovers, there are countless opportunities including windsurfing, kite surfing, diving and snorkeling.
If you visit the Coral Coast in Spring, the coast is alive with colourful displays of wildflowers, and if time allows, head to Karijini National Park, which is a day drive from Exmouth. Karijini is the jewel of the Pilbara with splendid waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools.
Leg 1: Broome to 80 Mile Beach 376 kms 4.5 hours
Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.
Must see & do:
- Camel ride on Cable Beach
- Matso’s mango beer brewery
- Whale Watching
- Pearl tour
80 Mile Beach is the place where the majority of people stop to camp – it’s a beautiful beach that you can drive on (not past the high tide mark) and very popular for fishing.
You can stay at Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve or Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park.
Leg 2: 80 Mile Beach to Millstream Chichester National Park 476 kms 6 hours
Millstream Chichester boasts tranquil gorges and hidden rock pools. The most popular site is Python Pool. It is one of the most important Aboriginal sites in Australia!
Stay at Mliyanha campground.
Leg 3: Millstream Chichester National Park to Karijini 207 kms 3.5 hours
One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular and Fern Pool.
Leg 4: Karijini National Park to Exmouth and Cape Range 674 kms 8.5 hours
The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Site! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed!
Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife.
Leg 5: Exmouth and Cape Range to Coral Bay 152 kms 2 hours
In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge.
Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when traveling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…You can even visit the reef shark nursery between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach.
Stay at Peoples Park Coral Bay or Warroora Station
Leg 6: Coral Bay to Monkey Mia 580 kms 7 hours
Monkey Mia is world-famous for it’s friendly dolphins, a group of wild bottlenose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans.
South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park. This National Park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving. 50 minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres!
There are a few camping options in Denham and Monkey Mia including Eagle Bluff, Fowlers, Whalebone Bay and Goulet Bluff.
Leg 7: Monkey Mia to Kalbarri 397 kms 5 hours
Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia.
There are many natural attractions to visit such as the new Kalbarri Skywalk, Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park.
You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August.
Lucky Bay campground is a fantastic spot for beach camping.
Leg 8: Kalbarri to Cervantes 378 kms 4.5 hours
Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.
Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. These have been dated to about 3370 years old!
Further north of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you can swim and watch the sunset.
Stay in Sandy Cape, the recreational park is a very popular camping spot.
Leg 9: Cervantes to Perth 247 kms 3 hours
On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an aboriginal experience.
If you would like to extend your trip and enjoy Cervantes you can camp within Tuarts Reserve.
Total kilometres: 3,487
Total travel hours: 44
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Images: Courtesy of Western Australia