The Coral Coast is renowned for majestic whale sharks, manta rays and bottlenose dolphins at Monkey Mia, however there are a few more hidden attractions you don’t want to miss… From July to October every year, the coast bursts into colour with carpets of wildflowers lining the dunes. This coming season is predicted to be the biggest and best the Coral Coast region has seen in the past decade.
Home to three of Australia’s 15 National Biodiversity Hotspots, the Coral Coast is a stronghold of native wildlife and plants. Western Australia has over 12,000 wildflower species, with almost half unable to be seen anywhere else on Earth.
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shark Bay region offers a wealth of natural attractions, including over 700 species of flowering plants.
It is one of the only locations in WA to boast both the southern and northern species of wildflowers.
A journey to Shark Bay wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Shell Beach. Here you’ll find trillions of tiny cockle shells stretching up to 70km and up to 10m deep, creating a dazzling white beach. Shell Beach is only one of two beaches in the world made entirely of tiny cockle shells.
On the journey north to Denham, wildflower enthusiasts should make a stop at the Ocean Park Aquarium. This eco-friendly aquarium is the perfect opportunity to get up close with some amazing sealife. However, just over the dunes beyond the aquarium you can discover a number of amazing wildflower species blooming close to the beach, including Shark Bay Daisies, Tamala Rose, Dune Wattle, Kurara and Wurmbea Odorata.
Just 26 km east of Denham lies the region’s most popular attraction – the world-famous Monkey Mia dolphins. These majestic creatures have visited the beach and interacted with humans for decades, allowing us to closely study their ways of life.
RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort has recently undergone an amazing transformation with brand new beachfront luxury villas, 120 caravan and camping sites, hotel-style rooms and accommodation options to suit all budgets. The resort redevelopment also includes new camp kitchens, recreation room and ablutions, as well as a general store and gift shop. A second swimming pool and additional children’s pool complete the facelift for this renowned beachfront resort. After a long day’s drive, there’s no better experience than standing on the deck of a beachfront villa watching the setting sun drench the ocean. As the night falls, guests can relax with a drink at the Monkey Bar, before dining at the beachfront Boughshed Restaurant.