10 Best National Parks in Australia’s Coral Coast

Warning sign at Shell Beach Conservation Park (Camera Sony Alpha NEX-7)

Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Visit national park is one of Travel Junkie Indonesia favourite activities. I’m a big fans of Western Australia’s National Parks. It was AMAZING!

Western Australia boasts a world-class parks system, which protects some of the most stunning formations and landscapes on Earth.

Below are Travel Junkie Indonesia scours the globe to find you greatest national, marine, and regional parks in Australia’s Coral Coast.

1. Nambung National Park
Nambung features one of Australia’s most fascinating landscapes, the Pinnacles Desert, where thousands of huge limestone pillars rise from the shifting yellow sands, resembling a landscape from a science fiction movie. The park also boasts beautiful beaches, coastal dunes and vibrant wildflowers. The Pinnacles Desert Discovery interpretive centre has fascinating displays on the biodiversity of the region and how the odd and spectacular structures were formed. Books, gifts, and souvenirs are available. — 245km N Perth

2. Shark Bay Marine Park
With more than 1,500 kilometres of meandering coastline, Shark Bay is Australia’s largest marine embayment supporting a profusion of marine life. The landscape varies from rugged sea cliffs to tranquil lagoons and beaches of sand or shell. A visit to Eagle Bluff, a 300-metre boardwalk along the cliff top, provides great vantage points for viewing marine life and coastal vistas. — Access via several boat ramps including Denham, Nanga and Monkey Mia

3. Monkey Mia Conservation Park
For the chance to be friend enchanting bottlenose dolphins, a visit to Monkey Mia is a must. The dolphins are famous for their almost daily ritual of visiting the shore to interact with humans. Three generations of dolphins are now regular visitors to the beach. Monkey Mia Visitor Centre has interpretive displays providing insight into dolphins and the unique Shark Bay region as well as a range of books and souvenirs. Park passes are not valid for entry to Monkey Mia Conservation Park. — 25km NE Denham

4. Kalbarri National Park
Visitors can marvel at nature’s ability to carve the landscape, explore the depths and heights of the river gorges and sea cliffs, admire the floral beauty of the rolling sand plains and discover the intriguing cultural history of the area. Magnificent wildflowers set the landscape ablaze with colour from July to November. Gorges are picturesque but please heed all warning signs for your safety.

Yoga at Kalbarri National Park (Camera Sony Alpha NEX-7)

A travel photographer at Pinnacle Desert

5. Shell Beach Conservation Park
Enjoy a walk along a beach like no other. Formed entirely of billions of tiny white sea shells, heaped into ridges up to 10 metres deep, Shell Beach is unique because it’s made up of shells of just one type of animal. The consolidated shells were once cut into blocks to construct a number of historic buildings in the area. — 50km SE Denham

6. Beekeepers Nature Reserve
Visit Grigson’s and Molah Hill lookouts. These are located near Indian Ocean Drive north and south of Jurien Bay. They offer stunning views of the coast and hinterland.

7. Francois Peron National Park
This park offers rare wildlife and spectacular coastal scenery with dramatic contrasts of red cliffs, blue water and white beaches. The Peron heritage precinct can be accessed by two-wheel drive and has an interprertive display in the old station overseer’s quarters, a self-guided walk trail, picnic facilities and a hot tub where visitors can soak in artesian water. A high clearance four-wheel drive is needed to explore the wilderness area north of the heritage precinct. — 10km NE Denham

8. Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve
Hamelin Pool is one of only two places in the world with living marine stromatolites, or ‘living fossils’. A boardwalk with information panels gives a fascinating insight into the formation and geology of the stromatolites. Food, information and camping facilities are available at the adjacent Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station and Hamelin Pool Pastoral Station. — 100km SE Denham, 230km S Carnarvon, 300km N Geraldton

9. Jurien Bay Marine Park
Explore the islands and experience an incredible variety of marine life, including sea lions and dolphins, along the offshore reefs. — Access via several boat ramps including Jurien Bay, 250km N Perth, Cervantes and Green Head

10. Lesueur National Park
Lesueur ranks as one of the important reserves for flora conservation in WA with much of its exceptionally diverse flora found nowhere else in the world. The park boasts a scenic drive, lookouts and trails that let you discover the wildflowers and magnificent views. — 20km NE Jurien Bay

For more information, visit dec.wa.gov.au

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