7. From Perth: 4-Day Coastal Loop to Monkey Mia Comfort Level
Day 1: Perth to Kalbarri Our coastal loop adventure begins with a walk along the stunning Greenhead Three Bays Walks. After lunch at Dynamite Bay, part of the Three Bays Walk, we travel up Indian Ocean Drive for some stunning coastal views. On the way to Geraldton, we stopped at the Hutt Lagoon Pink Lake, a must-see attraction just outside of town. Then it's on to the stunning coast of Kalbarri at the Natural Bridge and then we take a leisurely walk along Castle Cove. Enjoy an overnight stay in the sleepy seaside town of Kalbarri, where the Murchison River flows out into the Indian Ocean. Meals: n/a. Accom: Kalbarri Edge Resort. Driving: 575km. Hiking: 2.5km. Day 2: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia Start early to catch a glimpse of the Murchison Gorge, Nature's Window, and the Kalbarri Skywalk. Visit the marvels of The Murchison Gorge at the beautiful Hawkes head lookout in Kalbarri National Park, where water has carved its way through sandstone. Visit the well-known Billabong Roadhouse for lunch and refreshments (at guests' expense), an iconic landmark that has been serving visitors to Western Australia since 1962. From here, we visit the remarkable Shell Beach, and take a stroll along a beach made entirely of tiny shells. At Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, we will stay right on the beach with resident dolphins living close by, within the World Heritage Listed area known as Shark Bay. Free time to hire a Kayak (optional extra), relax on the beach, or look for turtles, dugongs, emus, and kangaroos that live here. Meals: Breakfast. Accom: RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. Driving: 450km. Hiking: 3km. Day 3: Monkey Mia to Geraldton This morning we will meet the famous Monkey Mia Dolphins and get some up close and amazing photos. Stop in the lovely town of Denham, and wander along the foreshore. Check out the spectacular cliff views overlooking Shark Bay and spot wildlife at Eagle Bluff. We then head south with photo stops at Galena bridge and Coronation beach and then on towards our final overnight stay by the seaside in Geraldton. Meals: Breakfast. Accom: Hospitality Geraldton Motel. Driving: 385km. Hiking: 2km. Day 4: Geraldton to Perth Enjoy the HMAS Sydney Memorial with stunning views of Geraldton. Visit the Point Moore Lighthouse in Geraldton. On to Port Denison with a walk along the foreshore and to the lookout. Then head back along the Indian Ocean road with a stop in the town of Jurien bay with a walk along the Jetty. Then we travel to the seaside town of Cervantes to our fabulous lunch option at the famous Lobster Shack, plus a guided tour of the Lobster factory. From here we head to Nambung National Park to wander around the Pinnacles Desert. Kick back and relax on the bus for the last stretch before making our way back towards Perth by 6.30pm. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Driving: 465km. Hiking: 2km. *Autopia Tours reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary stops during seasonal weather fluctuations and/or during park closures.