Coral Coast Visitor Information
Forming part of Australia's westernmost borders, the Coral Coast is a seaside region situated just north of Perth, the state capital of Western Australia. Fronting the Indian Ocean to the west, this 1,100-kilometre-long coastline stretches between the towns of Exmouth to the north and Cervantes to the south. While it was originally known as "Eendrachtsland", the region is now named after the unusual coral formations so far south.
While its indigenous history dates back over 45,000 years, the Coral Coast is widely believed to have first been seen by the Portuguese in the 1520s. However, Dirk Hartog, a Dutch sailor employed by the Dutch East India Company, was the first European to set foot on the region. Landing on what is now known as Dirk Hartog Island, Hartog explored the area and named it "Eendrachtsland" after the Eendracht, the ship he captained. Before leaving, Hartog posted a pewter plate-now known as the Hartog Plate-with an inscription that records his visit to the island.
Thanks to its various natural attractions, the Coral Coast regularly draws people from all over the world:
With its numerous nature reserves and marine parks, the Coral Coast is a hotspot for ecotourism. Some of the region's most relevant locations are the Alexander Morrison National Park, Badgingarra National Park, Cape Range National Park, Coalseam Conservation Park, Drovers Cave National Park, Francois Peron National Park, Hamelin Pool Nature Reserve, Jurien Bay Marine Park, Kalbarri National Park, Kennedy Range National Park, Lesueur National Park, Monkey Mia Reserve, Mount Augustus National Park, Nambung National Park, Ningaloo Marine Park, Shark Bay Marine Park, Shell Beach Conservation Park, Stockyard Gully National Park, and Tathra National Park.
People who prefer the sun and surf also have much to enjoy in the Coral Coast. With 56 beaches along its stretch, people can easily engage in a variety of water sports, such as diving, fishing, snorkelling, surfing, and windsurfing.
Apart from the locations already mentioned, the Coral Coast still has something to offer those who want to appreciate more of nature's peculiar handicraft. This is better experienced through sightseeing tours of some of the region's natural landmarks, like Shell Beach, the Ningaloo Reef, the Pinnacles of Nambung National Park, and the stromatolites of Hamelin Pool.