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Monkey Mia, Kalbarri and the Pinnacles
5 Days and 4 Nights
Day 1 Perth to Kalbarri
We suggest an early start to ensure you capture the
sunset over the coastal cliffs at Kalbarri. Head north from Perth,
following the signs to Geraldton through the coastal plain and northern
wheatbelt area. Enjoy lunch in Geraldton, then take the turnoff
at Northampton.Travel through the historic Hutt River Province and
pass by the scenic coastal cliffs prior to your arrival in Kalbarri.
We suggest you try the local fish for dinner tonight.
Day 2 Kalbarri to Monkey Mia
As you head out towards the Northwest coastal highway,
take the time to drive out to The Nature’s Window and Hawks
Head for a spectacular view of the Murchison River gorges. A comfortable
lunch stop is the Billabong Roadhouse and an interesting afternoon
break is a visit to the historic Hamelin Pool telegraph station
then head towards the original pearling town of Denham.The last
22 kilometres brings you through the world heritage Shark Bay region
to the home of the world famous bottle nose dolphins of Monkey Mia.
Day 3 Monkey Mia to Port Denison
The best time to visit the dolphins is early morning.
If you wish, there is an optional cruise around the Shark Bay region
then begin your journey south with a quick stop at the amazing Shell
Beach. Head south when you reach the Overlander Roadhouse and make
for the picturesque town of Port Denison, just a short drive to
the coast from Dongara.
Day 4 Port Denison to Cervantes
Continue your journey south and leave the main highway
just south of Dongara and follow the signs through the fishing villages
of Leeman and Greenhead towards Cervantes. Stop for lunch then follow
the road to Nambung National Park, home to the mysterious Pinnacles.
Here you can follow the trail as you drive amongst these fascinating
formations.There are places to pull over for photo opportunities
and an interpretive centre to gather the necessary information on
Day 5 Cervantes to Perth
The drive from here back to Perth will take about
3 hours so enjoy a leisurely breakfast and explore this unique fishing
village famous for its Western Rock lobster. Also, in season between
July and October, the area is prolific in wildflowers where natural
kaleidoscopes are a photographer’s delight.
• Fatigue causes many crashes in Australia.
• When driving long distances, stop and rest every 1-2 hours.
• Try to have someone sit beside you to keep you company driving
as our NT roads can be long and straight.
• Alcohol and driving don’t mix.
• For experienced drivers the blood alcohol level is 0.05.
• Provisional drivers and young drivers may not have any alcohol
• Seat belts and child restraints must be worn by all vehicle occupants.
• Always carry a copy of your driver’s license in English.
• Take plenty of water on all Outback trips;
• check distances and driving conditions;
• and ensure you have adequate petrol at all times.
• Remember, rule ‘Number 1’ in the Outback: if your car breaks down
you MUST stay with your vehicle for safety reasons.
• Don’t drive after dark.
• Parks & Wildlife Commission Northern Territory provides information
on camping, National Parks, and permits.
• Ensure you are informed re the safety of swimming in the ‘Top
End’ – many areas are not safe to swim due to crocodiles.
• Call +61 (0) 8 8999 4401 for information.
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