Top places to visit along the Coral Coast

Swim with whale sharks in the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef!

Travelling North will take you along the Coral Coast. The Coral Coast extends over 1100 kilometres 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, kitesurfing, diving and snorkeling.

If you visit the Coral Coast in Spring, the coast is alive with colourful displays of wildflowers.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure with your Red Dirt 4WD! These are the top places that we recommend not to miss during your trip along the coast of Western Australia, whether it is a small trip or whether is it part of a bigger adventures for our customers who will return their 4WD to Broome or Darwin!


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”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old! Further North of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset.

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Lake Thetis, stromatolites © Tourism WA


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 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.

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Kalbarri Skywalk, Western Australia © Australia’s Coral Coast

Dirk Hartog

This island is available to 4WD’s only. 2WD’s are not permitted. Guests can access the island by either barge, charter boat or light aircraft. A landing barge is available to transfer 4WD vehicles from Steep Point to Dirk Hartog Island and this takes about 15 minutes for the crossing. Dirk Hartog island is a secluded paradise for nature loves. From Rose Lake to blow holes, walks and rock pools, there is plenty to keep you busy for a couple of days.

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Dirk Hartog © Dirk Hartog Island homestead

Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its 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!

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Shell Beach, Denham, Western Australia Tourism WA

Coral Bay

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 travelling 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.

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Coral Bay, Western Australia © Tourism WA


This 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 Place! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed!

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Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia © Tourism WA


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: from emus to turtles and seabirds, corals and whale sharks for instance.

It is recommended to visit those places in a 4WD as some areas on the Coral Coast cannot be accessed with a 2WD rental vehicle.

Get a Red Dirt 4WD quote now or call us on  08 6364 0000.

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Exmouth, Western Australia © Tourism WA

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