Visitors flock to Australia’s Coral Coast each year to enjoy the year-round sunshine, get closer to nature and escape crowds. The region begins just two hour’s drive north of Perth at the coastal town of Cervantes and stretches more than 1,000 kilometres north along pristine coastline to Exmouth.

 

Boasting a warm climate all year round, Australia’s Coral Coast offers perfect conditions to enjoy a range of water sports, including swimming, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and boating, while nature lovers also visit to watch humpback whales on their annual migration along the coast between July and October each year.



Coral Coast Travel Information


Getting To the Coral Coast

 

By Air

Coral Coast Travel Information

Air services operate to towns in the Coral Coast from Perth and Broome. Skywest Airlines (skywest.com.au) fly to Geraldton and Exmouth (Learmonth). QantasLink (qantas.com.au) also offer services to Geraldton and Exmouth (Learmonth). Skippers Aviation (skippers.com.au) offers flights to, Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) and Carnarvon. Flight schedules and operators are subject to change. Visit australiascoralcoast.com for up to date information.

 

By Road

The Coral Coast region starts at Cervantes (a two-hour drive north of Perth). Excellent road conditions throughout the region make the region an ideal self-drive destination. Hire cars are available from Perth and in all major towns in the region. A range of package tours are also available, from adventurous four wheel drive vehicles to luxury coaches. Check with the local visitor centres listed on australiascoralcoast.com or contact the WA Visitor Centre on 1300 361 351. TransWA, Greyhound and Integrity Coachlines operate regular coach services throughout the region.

 

 

Travelling Tips

 

Coral Coast Travel Information

Take regular breaks: The Coral Coast has long stretches of road, so be sure to stop for regular breaks. The maximum speed limit is 110 kilometres per hour on the open road and 50 kilometres per hour in built up areas. Take note of the speed limit signs along your journey.

 

Private property:Some tracks and roads are on private property. These should not be used without the owner’s permission. Please leave gates as you found them.

 

Be prepared:Food and fuel are generally available every 100 – 300 kilometres along the main highway, so be sure to plan ahead. Please note that LPG Autogas is not available in all regional areas. Some areas of Australia’s Coral Coast are remote, so if you plan to explore off-road, ensure you are well prepared. If your vehicle breaks down or becomes bogged, stay with the vehicle. A car is easier to spot in the event of a search.

 

Road conditions:Heavy rainfall can make some roads and tracks impassable, so check road conditions before departure with local shire offices or Main Roads WA. Some roads are unsealed, so beware of loose gravel and dust obscuring your vision.

 

Driving restrictions:Please note it is illegal to drive in Australia with a blood alcohol reading over 0.05. A zero tolerance policy applies to probationary and learner drivers. It is also illegal for drivers to use a hand held phone while driving.

 

Coral Coast Travel InformationAnimals on the road:Be wary of animals on or near the road. Kangaroos are prevalent, especially in the early morning and evening. Emus are unpredictable and often travel in groups. Cattle occasionally venture on to roads at night and can be hard to see.

 

Other road users:Be mindful of other road users, particularly road trains and large trucks with up to four trailers attached. Always leave at least 200 metres between vehicles in a convoy to allow road trains to pass and only overtake a road train if the road is clear and visible for at least one kilometre ahead.

 

Caring for the Environment

  • • Camping is permitted only at designated sites, so be sure to check with local visitor centres or the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) before pitching your tent.
  • • Only light fires when permitted in designated areas. Further information can be obtained from local visitor centres and DEC offices.
  • • Avoid driving on sand dunes, particularly in summer when turtles are nesting on beaches in the Shark Bay and the Ningaloo areas.
  • • Do not feed wildlife such as fish and birds. This can cause them to become aggressive and human food such as bread can make them ill.
  • • Keep pets on a lead and be advised they cannot be taken into any WA National Parks or Nature Reserves.
  • • Dispose of all rubbish (including fishing line) in bins.
  • • Do not take anything such as shells or artefacts with you as souvenirs.
  • • Be cautious when bushwalking or hiking. Stay on designated paths, heed warning signs and always advise a friend or local DEC staff member of your plans.
  • • When snorkelling, swimming or diving do not touch or kick delicate corals or other marine life.
  • • Water safety. Always be aware of currents, weather conditions and tidal movements before entering the water. Heed warning signs.
  • • Fish for the future – Be aware of ‘no take’ Sanctuary Zones and recreational fishing rules and bag limits. Anchor only in sandy areas to avoid damaging delicate corals.

 

Coral Coast Travel InformationNational Park Fees

Please be aware that visitor fees apply to enter National Parks within Australia’s Coral Coast. A range of National Park passes are available from DEC.

 

Day Pass:This pass covers entry into one or more parks on any one day. Passes are available from rangers in the parks. In some parks, a system of self-registration applies. Fees: $11 per car (up to eight legally seated people), $5 for seniors, aged pensioners and veterans (cards must be sighted), $5 per motorcycle and $4 per passenger on commercial tour vehicles and buses.

 

Holiday Park Pass:This pass entitles entry to as many parks as required for any four-week period. Fee: $40/vehicle (up to eight people).

 

Annual All Park Pass: This pass entitles you to unlimited access to all parks in WA. Valid for one vehicle, with up to eight legally seated people. Fees: $80 adults or $50 for seniors, aged pensioners and veterans (cards must be sighted). Park passes do not include camping. Separate fees apply. For more information visit dec.wa.gov.au or contact DEC on +61 8 9219 8000.

 

Climate

Australia’s Coral Coast covers approximately 1100 kilometres of Western Australia’s coastline stretching from Cervantes to Exmouth. The region is predominantly warm and sunny all year round, with a Mediterranean climate in the south bordering on subtropical in the north. Visitors should wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen between 10am and 3pm to avoid sunburn. Cyclones sometimes affect the northern part of Australia’s Coral Coast during summer. Cyclone warnings are broadcast on local radio stations. Contact the Bureau of Meteorology on 1300 659 210 for advice.

 

 

Important Contacts

 

Royal Automobile Club (RAC)

 

Emergency breakdown service

 

Phone: 13 11 11

 

Coral Coast Travel InformationMain Roads

 

Road conditions and other information about WA roads

Phone: 13 81 38

mainroads.wa.gov.au

 

Emergency Services

 

Police, ambulance and fire brigade

Phone: 000

 

Bureau of Meteorology

 

WA weather and warnings

Phone: +61 8 9263 2222

bom.gov.au/wa