Coral Colours: What Makes WA’s Coral Coast Highway An Instagrammer’s Delight

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Go on, get snap-happy along Australia’s Coral Coast.

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The word ‘coral’ ignites the imagination with vivid colour, and seeing the world in striking shades is what you can expect from Australia’s Coral Coast. From the deep reddish gorges of Kalbarri National Park to the pretty in pink, colour-pop Hutt Lagoon (Pink Lake), Australia’s Coral Coast has plenty of colour splashed on its natural canvas. 

Here we share where the most Instagrammable moments are to be had along Australia’s Coral Coast Highway from Geraldton to Ningaloo. 

Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef

Observing marine life in synchronicity is a real blockbuster.

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Sharing Ningaloo’s aqua waters with gentle giants is not something to forget. Get your underwater photography skills into action by capture some stunning wildlife moments while flipping your fins around Coral Bay

Wildlife photographer Tom Cannon caught this incredible moment in time, where bait ball fish formed a tunnel around a whale shark making its descent into the depths of the bay.

Pink Lake (Hutt Lagoon), Yallabatharra

No paint job, Crayola pen or photoshop prodigy can do this spectacular natural colour-pop setting justice!

The only way to fully bask in the surreal, brightly multi-hued landscape of Australia’s Coral Coast is from high above, hopping on board a scenic flight from Geraldton. Bearing witness to the extraordinary natural colour palette of Pink Lake at Port Gregory (Hutt Lagoon) and surrounds is sure to make your eyes glisten with joy.

The lake gets its colour from the high level of salinity found in its waters, giving it its unusual bubblegum pink hue. The best time to visit is around mid-morning or sunset on a clear day. If on land, there are many spots on the ground to view the dreamlike lake along Port Gregory Road.

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The Bluff, Red Bluff Quobba Station

Ah, a natural picture frame capturing a perfect moment in time with mates is priceless.

These stunning coastal caves, found at Red Bluff Quobba Station north of Carnarvon, mix a vista of rugged landscapes with tranquil blue waters. It’s a perfect spot to bask in the pure raw beauty of this stunning part of the Coral Coast Highway drive.

Elle’s Beach, Waroora Station

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Imagine having a coastal rock pool all to yourselves! Cool in two ways, huh?

That is what you can have with a visit to Elle’s Beach at Waroora Station near Exmouth. This camping site at the station allows you to an enjoy epic wilderness setting at its finest.

Nature’s Window, Kalbarri National Park

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Never mind needing borders for your photos, let nature do that for you.

One of Australia’s Coral Coasts most iconic sites is Kalbarri National Park’s Nature’s Window. Its vantage point overlooks the towering burnt reddish and white gorges of the National Park and out to the horizon. It is a spot of solace, a place of reflection to immerse oneself in how remarkable the now is in this incredible setting – 400 million years in the making.

Also don’t miss an opportunity to take a walk over the cliffs with the Kalbarri Skywalk featuring Insta-worthy views as far as the eye can see.

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Abrolhos Islands

Time to leap out of Geraldton and set sail for an island escape. 

See healthy corals illuminated with bright hues with a dive around the Abrolhos Islands. Dubbed the ‘Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean’, this National Park is made up of 122 islands and is home to a great biodiversity unlike many places found in the country.

It is one for the nature enthusiasts both above and below sea level, home to many bird watching, fishing, diving and snorkelling opportunities.

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park

Yes, we couldn’t complete this list without featuring those peculiar looking igneous rocks soaring towards the sky now, could we?

Otherwise known as The Pinnacles, these otherworldly natural happenstances were formed some 25,000 to 30,000 years as a result of coastal winds eroding the surrounding sand, leaving its limestone pillars susceptible to the elements.   

Located 30 minutes’ drive south of Cervantes, this is a popular place to drive around and is best visited just before sunset. This golden rocky wonderland also makes for a great day trip option from Perth, being just over two hours’ drive north of the city.

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Jurien Bay

To skydive or dive into the waters of Jurien Bay? Either way, whatever you decide your guaranteed for an epic viewing.

Jurien Bay is one of the Coral Coast’s premier adventure spots and its skydiving is one of the country’s best spots to take the plunge. Just imagine viewing the myriad of Indian Ocean blues right under you as you hover the sky up to 14,000ft!

The great views are not all just up in the sky. Dive dip into the waters and you may encounter one of Jurien Bay’s cute residents, Australian sea lions: you’ll be smiling all around.

Cactus Farm, Carnarvon

For an out-of-the-ordinary photoshoot opportunity, head to the evergreen Cactus Farm along South River Road. Its Californian desert meets Carnarvon’s oasis, with the giant cacti towering the sub-tropical town. While your there, discover what other pleasants sightings around along Western Australia’s tastiest scenic drive, The Fruit Loop.

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Article first published on So Perth – Coral Colours: Where To Instagram Your Way Along The Coral Coast Highway

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