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.



Things to do in the Coral Coast


Visitors heading north of Perth on the Brand Highway and beyond will delight in viewing some of the State’s most vibrant wildflowers as they drive through the inland farming towns of Dandaragan, Badgingarra, Eneabba, Three Springs, Coorow, Carnamah, Mingenew and Mullewa during late winter and spring. Learn about the region’s interesting heritage and early settlers by strolling along walking trails that showcase the many historic buildings in these towns.

 

Things to do:

• Take a scenic drive along the Dandaragan Way

• Enjoy a stroll along the Vern Westbrook Walk

• Explore Badgingarra National Park

• Have a picnic amongst wildflowers in Alexander Morrison or Tathra National Park

• Learn about the region’s pioneering history at the Carnamah Historical Museum

• Visit the Lakes Lookout to spot migratory birds during spring at the Yarra Yarra Salt Lake

• Stroll through wildflowers along the Heritage Walk in Three Springs

• Admire carpets of everlastings in the Coalseam Conservation Park

• Marvel at the architecture of Monsignor Hawes on the Mullewa Heritage Trail

• Explore Mullewa’s wildflowers with a leisurely stroll along one of the many walking trails

• Check out Mullewa’s murals and local Indigenous art

 

Dandaragan

Distance from Perth: 168km

The Dandaragan area boasts lush pastures and abundant crops produced from fertile farming land. It also has a beautiful year round wildflower viewing area with most species flowering in late winter and spring.

 

St Anne’s Church

This charming Anglican Church, constructed between 1885 and 1887 has an interesting gothic arch for its entry and is made from local soap stone from Kayanaba, a nearby property. The church is open to the public.

 

Wolba Wolba or Aggie’s Cottage

Situated on the Badgingarra Road, seven kilometres from Dandaragan, this brick and stone cottage was erected in 1871 and is still used today by local craft and historical groups. There’s a fresh water lake 50 metres away, which is home to different species of water birds.

 

The Dandaragan Way

The Dandaragan Way is a scenic drive from Regan’s Ford through Dandaragan to Badgingarra offering views of creeks, rolling hills, historic buildings, marri trees and flocks of white corellas and cockatoos.

 

Badgingarra

Distance from Perth: 205km

The town of Badgingarra is situated north of Dandaragan along the Brand Highway at the edge of the Badgingarra National Park. Badgingarra is renowned for its incredibly diverse bushland that becomes ablaze with the brilliant colours of wildflowers during late winter and spring.

 

Vern Westbrook Walk

On the North West Road, between the original Badgingarra town site and the new town centre, is a 1.5-kilometre heritage and wildflower walk. Explore the banks along Hill River and follow the footsteps of cattle drovers of a century past.

 

Badgingarra National Park

Made up of 13,121 hectares of protected land, the Badgingarra National Park features many species of wildflowers including Badgingarra’s emblem, the black kangaroo paw. It is also home to numerous reptiles, emus, kangaroos and a variety of bird life including bustards and wedge-tailed eagles. Discover the National Park’s flora and fauna on the two-kilometre walk trail.

 

Lang Lookout

Take in expansive views of red earth and rolling pastures from this elevated site on Watheroo West Road.

 

Coorow

Distance from Perth: 300km

Coorow is a charming inland farming town, whose first settlers raised sheep and horses. Remnants of the area’s farming history are still evident today, amid beautiful gardens and thriving wildflowers.

 

Alexander Morrison National Park

Located on the Central West Coast Sandplain, 50 kilometres west of Coorow, Alexander Morrison National Park boasts beautiful wildflower displays, particularly between August and October. The park consists of low scrub and heath on undulating sandplain hills, interspersed with rocky outcrops and small streams cutting across the landscape. Tall eucalypts grow along stream beds making for beautiful, shady picnic locations. Mallee thickets are also quite common throughout the park as are heathland birds and mammals.

 

Eneabba

Distance from Perth: 285km

The Eneabba sandplain is a world renowned biodiversity hotspot, supporting native vegetation known as Kwongan - the Aboriginal word for low hard scrub and heathland. Kwongan of the Eneabba region is extremely diverse and contains many species, a large percentage of which are endemic to the region. The area is popular among tourists and botanists who visit Eneabba during the wildflower season.

 

Tathra National Park

The Tathra National Park is located north east of Eneabba on the Carnamah-Eneabba Road and is most striking during the wildflower season. Tathra is the Aboriginal word for beautiful place.

 

Lake Indoon

Located 12 kilometres west of Eneabba, Lake Indoon is a large freshwater lake ideal for water skiing, picnics and camping. There are gas barbecues, toilets and hot water facilities on site.

 

Carnamah

Distance from Perth: 320km

The Carnamah area is one of the richest parts of the state for flowering plants, which explode into colour during the annual wildflower season from late July until October. Discover Carnamah’s rich pioneering and farming heritage at the Carnamah Historical Museum and visit the Lakes Lookout to view migratory birds at the Yarra Yarra Salt Lake.

 

Carnamah Historical Museum

The Carnamah Historical Museum is located in one of a number of historic stone buildings in Carnamah. It is open on Friday between 1.30pm and 5pm. Other historic buildings in Carnamah include: the Post Office, St Andrews Church (designed by Monsignor John Hawes) and the Uniting Church.

 

Yarra Yarra Salt Lake

The Yarra Yarra Salt Lake transforms from salty pink in summer to deep blue in winter. Bird watching enthusiasts should visit in spring, when the area is a haven for migratory bird species. The Lakes Lookout (off the Carnamah-Eneabba Road) provides excellent views of the surrounds.

 

Three Springs

Distance from Perth: 350km

Located 20 kilometres north west of Carnamah, Three Springs is a quaint country town boasting beautiful wildflowers during late winter and spring.

 

Wildflower Drive

The Robinson Road – Arrowsmith River Crossing is a scenic drive with wildflowers galore between late July and October.

 

Heritage Walk

Visitors can gain an insight into the history of the Three Springs area and see some of the region’s magnificent wildflowers in season by taking a stroll along the Heritage Walk. There is an information board and barbecue facilities situated at the start of the trail.

 

Mingenew

Distance from Perth: 400km

The farming town of Mingenew features a range of historic buildings dating from the late 1800s. After admiring Mingenew’s murals, head to the Depot Hill Reserve (located 12 kilometres from town) and enjoy a stroll on the nature walk to see wildflower species such as orchids, everlastings, cat’s paws, thryptomene and dampiera during late winter and spring. The reserve was used as a firing range for practice during World War I and II but now you can enjoy a relaxing picnic here with views of the Irwin River. Pick up a brochure detailing scenic driving routes from the Mullewa Community Resource Centre.

 

Coalseam Conservation Park

Located between Mingenew and Mullewa, the Coalseam Conservation Park is one of Western Australia’s top wildflower hotspots. The park is named as such because this was where the first coal deposits in Western Australia were discovered by the Gregory Brothers in 1846. The park features a remarkable variety of woody heath plants that flower profusely during the wildflower season. Many varieties of wildflowers are found in abundance here, with carpets of pink, yellow, cream and white everlastings transforming the usually sparse understorey of wattle scrub during the wildflower season. Magnificent views are offered from the lookout over the Irwin River. Picnic and toilet facilities are provided.

 

Mullewa

Distance from Perth: 452km

Mullewa is renowned for its architecture and stunning wildflowers, including the rare wreath flower that blooms in the area between August and October.

 

Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail

Celebrating the enormous contribution architect-priest, John Hawes made to the region, the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail showcases 15 buildings of his design and other sites significant to his life. Mullewa has one of the best examples of his work, the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Peter and St Paul, which took seven years to build, with Hawes its architect, stonemason and carpenter.

 

De Grey Stock Route

This route, starting north of Port Hedland and finishing in Mullewa was first gazetted in 1905. The trail takes in three of the southern-most government wells and a natural watering hole, Hughie Rocks.

 

Mullewa Wildflower Show

The week-long Mullewa Wildflower Show held at the local town hall each year in late August and early September brings the best of the bush to the town with all that is flowering in the region, including wreath flowers, daisies, hakeas, grevilleas, orchids, eremophilas, wattles and many other local species.

 

Everlasting Cultural Trails

Explore the breathtaking hinterland or historical townscape of Mullewa, by walking on one of the eight Everlasting Cultural Trails. Wind your way through low rolling hills, across creek valleys and rocky ridges, or traverse the paths of early settlers. The 2.3-kilometre Bushland Trail highlights the area’s many natural features and provides panoramic views across the Mullewa town site. The 1.4-kilometre Rail Heritage Loop showcases Mullewa’s once expansive rail precinct, a hub for trains travelling between Geraldton and Perth via Morawa, while the Town Heritage Walk allows visitors to experience the history of the town and its pioneers. The 2.8-kilometre Wildflower Walk begins opposite the Mullewa Caravan Park and showcases the stunning flora that Mullewa is renowned for. Visit the Mullewa Community Resource Centre for your free brochure and map of the trails.

 

Mullewa Murals

The Mullewa town site is adorned with giant, colourful murals depicting different aspects of Mullewa’s history. They include the ‘Night Raid at Pindar’, ‘Raising Dough on the Farm’, ‘The Old General’ and ‘End of an Era’.

 

Aboriginal Art

Visit the Aboriginal women’s art studio, Ngyrlu Mulla Mugah, to browse the gallery and purchase local art. Meaning ‘our place, our home’, the Ngyrlu Mulla Mugah centre was created to give the women of Mullewa a place in which to paint, run programs and facilitate meetings. The studio is open between July and October from Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm.