You could take the direct route to Wubin, but then you'd be missing out on what the Coral Coast has to offer further up the road. Take your time and get the best of the Mid West coastline and inland with this road trip.
|When to visit||April - July (whale sharks) or July - October (wildflower season)|
|Itinerary||Geraldton - Kalbarri - Monkey Mia - Carnarvon - Mount Magnet - Meekatharra - Wubin
|Tips for travel
||Take plenty of breaks on the longer drives so you can eliminate fatigue. Stay safe on your road trip.|
|Highlights||Pink Lake - Kalbarri National Park - Hamelin Pool - Monkey Mia dolphins - fresh tropical fruit at Carnarvon - wildflowers near Mullewa - Mount Magnet Tourist Trail - Walga Rock - wreath flower|
Geraldton to Kalbarri (154km)
Head north on the North West Coastal Highway to Northampton, one of WA’s oldest towns rich in history, then drive to Port Gregory and the Pink Lake, an unusual sight and great photo stop.
In Kalbarri, spend a day at Kalbarri National Park exploring the inland gorges, sit at Nature’s Window, walk the trails or head out in a canoe. Hawks Head Lookout has great views over the gorges and the Murchison River. After your day of exploring, sample fresh seafood at one of the restaurants along the coast.
Kalbarri to Monkey Mia (401km)
It’s a fair distance to Monkey Mia, so break up the drive at Hamelin Pool to see the stromatolites and take a walk along Shell Beach, a 70km-long beach made of millions of tiny shells up to 10m deep. Stop at the Eagle Bluff lookout to see if you can spot dugongs and dolphins from above.
From Denham, head to Francois Peron National Park for spectacular coastal scenery. Once a working sheep station, you can visit the Park's Peron Homestead Precinct.
Stay at the famed RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort and be up early for the dolphin feeding on the beach with Monkey Mia's world-renowned dolphins. Feeding starts at 7.30am. After dinner overlooking the water, take an astronomy or indigenous cultural tour.
Monkey Mia to Carnarvon (349km)
Continue your adventure north to Carnarvon, famous for its winter sun, tropical fruit, and fresh seafood. Once you’re done snacking on the region’s produce, visit the Carnarvon Space and Technology Centre to learn about its role in Australia’s space history – it relayed the first steps of the moon landing to television stations across the country.
Head to the Fascine - a scenic bay - for a walk along the waterfront to watch the sunset before dinner.
Carnarvon to Mount Magnet (773km)
It's time to head inland and away from the Coral Coast. Once you turn off the Geraldton-Mount Magnet Road, from July through to October, you’re entering prime wildflower country. Keep an eye out for vibrant blooms as you pass through Mullewa.
Take a photo in front of the outback sign near Yalgoo to mark your arrival in the WA outback. When you reach Mount Magnet, stretch your legs on the Heritage Walk to learn about the history of the town.
Mount Magnet to Meekatharra (195km)
Get up early and take a drive along Mount Magnet's 37km tourist trail to take in spectacular rock formations and seasonal wildflowers. The trail will take you to sights including the Amphitheatre - a rock formation which has long been used as a local picnic spot, the Granites, and Lennonville, a vacant mining town from the gold rush.
As you pass through Cue on your way to Meekatharra, take a detour to see Aboriginal rock art site Walga Rock – the paintings are preserved in a shallow cave inside the rock. Stay the night at Meekatharra.
Meekatharra to Wubin (495km)
Backtrack through Mount Magnet and pass through Cue, a quiet heritage town in gold country. Just 15 minutes from Cue is the gold rush ghost town Big Bell, once a hive of activity during the 1930s that now sits derelict. The Big Bell Hotel was said to have the longest bar in Australia at the time.
Get back on Great Northern Highway and drive south to Wubin, a sheep and wheat farming town in the middle of wildflower country that blooms with everlastings during August and September.
Keep an eye out for the rare Leschenaultia wreath flower. Explore the town’s agricultural history at the Heritage Wheatbin Museum, inside the original 1930s wheatbin, then take a picnic to Wubin Rocks to relax among nature.
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Last updated September 2018
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