TRAVEL GUIDE Coral Coast Highway

The Coral Coast is filled with nature's wonders, with extraordinary sights on the southern part of the highway, finds STEPHEN SCOURFIELD

We’re on the road, between ocean and outback, heading north. On our left shoulder, to the west, is the blonde, sandy coast, the turquoise fringe of the Indian Ocean and then its deep, dark, inky blue. On our right, to the east, the low, rich green kwongan scrub spills through agricultural lands to the outback.

By any standards, anywhere in the world, this transect between red and aquamarine, and all under a canopy of blue sky is, well, a true blue, dinky-di road trip.

The experience of driving our near-north coast is now being rolled up under the title Coral Coast Highway — not one road, or a new road, but a combination of routes that take us through from Cervantes and Jurien Bay to Dongara and Port Denison, Greenough and Geraldton and Kalbarri.

And it is also being made easier, perhaps particularly for friends and family visiting (wanting to experience the real Australia but being careful about how they spend their time) with a new drive-and-fly initiative, with car hire one way, and a flight the other.

It’s a long, varied piece of landscape, full of subtle shifts and changes. So, just for now, we’ll concentrate on the highlights of the southern part of the Coral Coast Highway.

This is an edited version of the original, full-length story, which you can read here.

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