August 19th, 2013
If you don’t have much time but want to experience the outback and see the red dirt Australia is so famous for, especially in stark contrast with the most turquoise sea you will ever find, then head to the Shark Bay World Heritage Region for a quick trip, and while your there visit the world famous dolphins of Monkey Mia!
The trip is just under 900km’s heading north from Perth along the Brand Highway. Break it up with a stopover in Geraldton on the way up, with Sunset Beach Holiday Park, Drummond Cove Holiday Park, Belair Gardens Caravan Park and Batavia Coast Caravan Park there are a variety of places to stay.
Geraldton itself is a great destination with plenty to see and do, including the HMAS Sydney Memorial lookout, Maritime Museum and Rock Lobster tours in season.
As you head further north through the rolling farmland of Northampton and up the Brand Highway you will start to see the fields and fences turn into bushland and scrub, and once you cross the rabbit proof fence you know you are getting into the outback!
Turn left at the Overlander Roadhouse for a beautiful drive into the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, stop at Hamelin Pool to see the Stromatolites – living examples of ancient life forms billions of years old – explore the amazing Shell Beach, see dugongs and Turtles from the Eagle Bluff lookout or drop into the World Heritage Discovery Centre in downtown Denham where you can stay at the Denham Seaside Tourist Village.
The next day it is time to head over to Monkey Mia, home of the world famous wild dolphins who visit the beach every morning for a feed of fish, or maybe they are visiting the humans who visit the beach – you can work that out when you see them!
Enjoy some of the many activities at Monkey Mia like a cruise on one of the sailing tours, paddle boats of just relax and enjoy the scenery. Stay overnight at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort and reflect on your trip to one of the most amazing places in Western Australia before making your way south back to Perth.