12 DAY SELF DRIVE HOLIDAY FROM PERTH TO EXMOUTH AND BACK  
   
Perth to Geraldton
420km
Travelling north along the Indian Ocean Drive (which continues north from Wanneroo Rd), the first leg of the journey takes you through the coastal towns of Cervantes, Jurien Bay, Dongara, Port Denison and Greenough Hamlet a charming National Trust town. First stop is Cervantes and the splendour of the Pinnacles Desert.

The road into the Pinnacles is sealed, and theres a car park within walking distance of the limestone structures. After exploring the Pinnacles, head to the Desert Discovery Centre to learn more about these mystical formations. Enjoy a swim at Hangover Bay or Thirsty Point in Cervantes before continuing north.

On arriving in Geraldton, treat yourself to some of the freshest seafood in Western Australia, particularly the regions famous western rock lobster. Enjoy Geraldtons cosmopolitan vibe by eating out at one of the numerous restaurants and be sure to head up to the impressive HMAS Sydney II Memorial. Commemorating the lives of 645 sailors who died in World War II, it provides sweeping views across Geraldton and the Indian Ocean.
Geraldton to Carnarvon
480km
Continue north to the tropical fruit town of Carnarvon a popular holiday spot for those chasing the winter sun. Sample the abundance of fresh flavours at local mango and banana plantations, or take a detour from your road trip and follow the Gascoyne Food Trail.

Stopping at various producers, you can taste their delicious offerings, from fresh seafood to irresistible condiments. Take an evening stroll along the Fascine, enjoying the magnificent sunset views before heading out to dine on fresh local produce.
Carnarvon to Exmouth
370km
As you head north out of Carnarvon be sure to stop at the blowholes, watching the water spray metres into the air as it surges through the rocks. Heading north along the North West Coastal Highway, you complete your outward journey from Perth to Exmouth, arriving at the pristine Ningaloo Reef and its unspoiled beaches. See the diagram to find the Ningaloo Lodge.

Starting just metres from the shore, this fringing reef is teeming with unique marine life. And should you visit between late March and early July, you'll also have the opportunity to experience a swim with the whale sharks the worlds largest fish.
 
Exmouth - stay a while
 
Visit: Ningaloo World Heritage area within Cape Range National Park and you have several tours to choose from:

1. Yardie Creek Boat Tour.
2. Glass Bottom Boat and snorkelling tour.
3. Whaleshark Swim, Snorkel with the worlds largest fish.
4. Manta Ray Swim. These magestic creatures are incredibly curious.
5. Scenic Flight. Ningaloo Reef from the air is simply breathtaking.
6. Ningaloo Safarri Tours the Canyons and Turquoise Bay.
7. Capricorn Kyaks.
8. Island and Ningaloo reef Dives/Navy Pier.
9. Several deep sea fishing charters for the enthusiasts.
Exmouth to Coral Bay
150km
Depart early to begin your return journey to Perth from Exmouth. The shortest leg of the trip brings you to Coral Bay a snorkelers paradise with calm, protected waters and hundreds of fish and coral species. Here, the reef literally touches the shore, creating an endless underwater garden of marine life.

To explore further out, take a glass-bottom boat trip or join a snorkelling tour. Spend the evening watching the sunset and dining at one of Coral Bays restaurants.
Coral Bay to Shark Bay
590km
Head south on the Northwest Coastal Highway to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. Follow the interpretive signage along the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive.

Sites along the drive include the remarkable Hamelin Pool stromatolites the oldest living fossils in the world and the calm, crystal waters of Shell Beach, a 110km stretch of beach made entirely of millions of tiny shells.

Stop at Eagle Bluff for spectacular ocean views from the 100m walkway, where sharks, dugongs and rays are regularly spotted.

If you've made good time on this leg of the road trip, head to Peron Homestead, with its remarkable history. Enjoy a drink on the foreshore at Denham or Monkey Mia and watch a magical sunset.
Shark Bay
 
Spend some time at the waters edge, meeting the friendly bottlenose dolphins of Monkey Mia. The dolphins are fed up to three times each day, which accounts for just one third of their daily diet. The first feeding is at around 7.30am.

In the afternoon, enjoy Monkey Mias facilities or take one of the many tours on offer throughout the region. Unwind on a sunset cruise aboard a magnificent catamaran before ending your day wining and dining by the beach. After dinner, join an astronomy or Indigenous cultural tour.
Shark Bay to Kalbarri
390km
The popular coastal holiday town of Kalbarri is located at the mouth of the Murchison River, and is the last destination on your return journey along this road trip between Perth and Exmouth. Enjoy the rugged coastal scenery as you approach Kalbarri township.

Take in Kalbarris famous sunset views from one of the many coastal walk trails. Or grab a surfboard and head for the renowned surf break Jacques Point, before tucking into a fresh seafood feast for dinner at one of the many local restaurants. After dinner, sit back and relax under the stars at the outdoor cinema.

Wake up early and watch the daily pelican feeding on the foreshore at around 8.45am. Spend the day exploring the magnificent Murchison River gorges in Kalbarri National Park.

Enjoy a fishing tour, river cruise or spend your day relaxing and taking in the sights of this unique coastline.

Adventure lovers can join a range of extreme tours that take you abseiling, canoeing, sand boarding or touring the region on quad bikes.
Kalbarri to Perth
590km
Pack up the car this morning and head south for the final leg of your road trip. Stop in at the Kalbarri coastal gorges on your way south, and be sure to stop in for a picture at the Pink Lake, incredibly pink in colour.

Stop in at the charming town of Northampton, declared a historic town by the national trust in 1993. Explore the sites around town before continuing your journey south to Perth.
 
Driving South to Exmouth - Turn off the North West Highway 110km south of the Nanutarra Roadhouse onto Burkett Road. From here it’s 80km to the Minilya Exmouth Roadhouse. At this junction, turn right to Exmouth (89km).
Driving North to Exmouth - Travel along the North West Highway 152km north of Carnarvon, turn left at the Minilya Exmouth Road. From here it is 200km to Exmouth town site.
   
     
   
 
     
 
     
     
     
   
   
     
 
 
 
     
   
     
     
     
 
     
 
     
   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
     
     
     
     
     
 
     
     
   
     
     
 
     
   
     
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
     
     
   
     
  Australia's Coral Coast stretches just two hours north of Perth at Cervantes 1100 kilometres up the coast to Exmouth, Western Australia.
Discover uninterrupted stretches of white sandy beaches, untouched coral reefs just metres from the shore, breathtaking gorges and brilliant carpets of colourful wildflowers.
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
       
NINGALOO LODGE EXMOUTH, LOT 1 LEFROY STREET, EXMOUTH, WA 6707, AUSTRALIA
     
     
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