First stop, Yanchep National Park, just an hour away from Perth. Its bushland and wetland are home to western grey kangaroos and abundant birdlife. Trails include a raised boardwalk among trees inhabited by koalas. It’s one of the only places in Western Australia where you can see koalas, and there’s also great birdwatching opportunities. One of many caves in the park, Crystal Cave is an underground limestone cavern with stalactites and stalagmites.
Lancelin is home to the most dazzling white sand dunes; which are an impressive landscape for photos and a popular spot for sandboarding. From the summit of the dunes, you can see the Indian Ocean and the small settlement of Lancelin.
The Pinnacles desert is an Australian landmark and covers an area of approximately 190 hectares, and contains thousands of limestone Pinnacles, up to 5 meters high. The variation in colours and the stark relief of the Pinnacles against a backdrop of constantly shifting sand dunes create a remarkable landscape, best viewed at dawn or sunset. Allow at least 2 hours to circumvent the viewing trail and access the lookout.
Juerin Bay Marine Park
Jurien Bay Marine Park is popular for a wide range of recreational activities including scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, windsurfing, surfing and fishing. The island’s western side is a seagrass meadow and is a great spot for family groups to go snorkelling or dive.
Geraldton with a population of over 40,000 is the largest town between Perth and Darwin. Within the town are several sites including the Museum of Geraldton, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery and the Old Gaol, which tell the tale of this town that sprung up in the middle of nowhere.
Hutt Lagoon Pink Lake and Port Gregory
Between Geraldton and Kalbarri National Park, the Hutt Lagoon Pink Lake is so tucked away that it’s easy to miss. Depending on the time of day and season, the lake changes in colour from bubblegum pink to lilac. The best time to see the lake is in the morning or sunset.
Also in nearby Port Gregory is a natural harbour with swimming and windsurfing opportunities and the Lynton Hiring Station, which housed ex-convicts.
Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri is where you start to experience the West Coast’s vast array of things to see and do. Kalbarri itself is a modest coastal town, but Kalbarri National Park is located slightly inland, and it is incredible.
The Loop Trail is a 9 km circuit that travels along the top of the gorges looking down into some surreal views, then descends into the gorge itself. There are some great lookouts in Kalbarri National Park, including the Murchinson River Gorges and Z-Bend. An endless array of things to see.
A UNESCO world heritage centre, Shark Bay sits at the westernmost point of Australia. It’s the marine life that makes Shark Bay so interesting. Its sea-grass beds are the world’s largest and richest, with a large sea cow population. The first place you’ll visit on the Shark Bay peninsula is Nanga Bay. The beach is primarily taken up by a campsite – you can drive a 4WD right onto the beach and admire the blue waters. Monkey Mia is another WA landmark, famous for feeding dolphins that come into the shore. Other than the dolphins, Monkey Mia has great beaches for just relaxing.
Carnarvon is popular for its banana plantations, tropical fruits, fine seafood and warm climate and situated in the heart of the Gascoyne Region on the doorstep of the Indian Ocean. It is the gateway to Australia’s Ningaloo Coast.
Carnarvon’s One Mile Jetty is a popular fishing spot for the locals. You can walk the full length of the jetty or ride on the "Coffee Pot" train.
Coral Bay is a tiny tourist town that’s just a few steps from the world's largest fringing reef - the Ningaloo Reef; there’s snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours, a couple of campsites, and a white sand beaches.
See the biggest fish in the ocean on a whale shark tour, they can be found off the coast from March to July every year.
Exmouth is one of the few areas in Australia that can boast the Range to Reef experience. The Cape Range National Park, with its spectacular gorges, offers walking trails and some of the best views in the west. The Ningaloo Reef boasts an abundance of beautiful corals and amazing marine life. Diver's should also take the opportunity to experience one of Australia's top ten dive sites, the Navy Pier.