Coral Coast

A Magical Marine Wonderland

From the brilliance of the Pinnacles in the late afternoon sun to the awe-inspiring experience of dining with whale sharks, the Coral Coast offers a wealth of icons and experiences.

Shark Bay is Western Australia’s first World Heritage site, most famous for its smiling dolphins that come into shore at Monkey Mia. You can also encounter other incredible wildlife in more secluded parts of the peninsula, including manta rays, turtles and dugongs.

The Ningaloo Marine Park is a bewitching marine experience, with untouched coral, an amazing range of sea life and excellent visibility for diving and snorkelling. Each year, green, loggerhead, hawksbill and flatback turtles come to Ningaloo Reef to breed, and it is also one of the few places in the world where you can swim with the world’s largest fish – the whale shark.

Inland is just as exciting as the coast, with beautiful wildflowers bursting into colour during the wildflower season from July to November. You can also discover the desert scape of Nambung National Park, home to the amazing limestone pillars called the Pinnacles. One of Western Australia’s most magnificent national parks is Kalbarri, where you can partake in some amazing trekking through steep gorges carved out of the rugged terrain over millions of years.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Visit Nambung National Park, home to the fascinating natural wonder of the Pinnacles.
  2. Snorkel with whale sharks. World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is one of the few places on earth where you can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience between March and July.
  3. June to November: The Coral Coast comes alive with spectacular colour from the myriad wildflowers.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Coral Coast chapter in our online Western Australia brochure. Click here.

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