Perth to Coral Bay

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesJoondalup
FinishCoral Bay
DifficultyDifficulty 0.5/5
Suitable For4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome Bike 
Distance1136.87 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed81.07 km/hr
Travel Time14 hrs 1 min
Page Updated: 5 Jan 2021


Coral Bay is a very popular tourist spot around 1130kms north of Perth and is the southern gateway to the Ningaloo Reef. It provides crystal clear waters for snorkeling, where you can view tropical fish over coral reefs within metres from the shoreline. Other tourist activities include: whale watching, kayak hiring and coral viewing tours on glass bottom boats. The town is like many small towns in remote areas - self maintained. It uses electricity from a wind-diesel hybrid system and has fuel facilities and shopping outlets. In regard to accommodation, there are resorts, cabins, caravan parks and plenty of holiday homes for hire. Bookings for any of these would be essential during peak times.

This trek takes you from Joondalup - a northern suburb of Perth, travelling predominantly on the Brand Highway and the North West Coastal Highway - both of which lie on Route Number 1. As you head north, you may want to consider stopping at towns like: Eneabba, Dongara, Geraldton and Carnarvon. Some nice scenic spots to consider would be Coronation Beach and Gladstone Scenic Lookout.

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This trek traverses through the magnificent Batavia Coast which covers a little south of Eneabba - namely Greenhead and Leeman all the way to Kalbarri to the north. From the Brand Highway on the Greenough Flats, view and photograph these unique leaning trees with horizontal trunks created by salt laden winds off the Indian Ocean.

Along the coast, there are many relatively unspoilt beaches, dune systems, and impressive coastal cliffs. The coastal foredune vegetation includes grasses and shrubs such as Spinifex longifolius and Olearia axillaris. Areas with sand over sallow rock support quite dense acacia and banksia tall shrubland, with the distinctive smelling Acacia rostellifera and Melaleuca cardiophylla forming thickets on limestone ridges.

Some of the fauna you may encounter are euros, red and western grey kangaroos and rock wallabies. Emus are frequently seen on the sand-plains while over 170 bird species may be seen, including 17 species of seabirds. The coastal lands are important for the conservation of heath-dwelling mammals, including dibblers and dunnarts.

While the eucalypts typify the Australian landscape, the shrub and heath plants provide the greatest spectacle in springtime when, in full bloom, they paint the countryside a mosaic of colour. The heath-lands are important as habitat for fairy-wrens and honeyeaters, and salt lakes and wetlands support waders and ducks.


The History of Mauds Landing, Bills Bay and Coral Bay

The history of any European settlement in this area begins at Mauds Landing which is three kilometers north of Coral Bay. It was in 1884 that the schooner ‘Maud’ had landed, hence the town being officially named Mauds Landing in 1915. Up until 1947, the settlement here played an important role in supporting other small towns in the North West of Western Australia as well as the import/export of supplies, wool and sheep.

After the hard work was done, the tranquil bay south of Mauds Landing provided a nice destination to unwind. This bay was named Bills Bay by Charles French as an ode to his wife Ruby May French who was affectionately called ‘auntie Billie’. The French family owned Cardabia Station which is the property that surrounds this area.

The first holiday shack was built in Bills Bay in 1933 by Jack McKenna - the manager of Mia Mia station and had used this shack as a summer retreat. The bay was always known to be a popular destination for its recreational activities and it was not until 1968 that formal settlement began with the Coral Bay Hotel. The name ‘Coral Bay’ suited the little community due to the surrounding coral reefs and soon the settlement in Bills Bay took on this name.

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MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

Although there are many fuel outlets along this route for filling up your vehicle, this trek is over 1130kms long so please make sure you carry enough fuel between major towns. Accommodation is plentiful and most towns will provide either caravan parks or motels if you wish to stay overnight. Your vehicle should also be in good working order before undertaking a long journey such as this trek.


Since this trek traverses on public roads and highways, no permits are needed for the Perth to Coral Bay trek note.

Fuel Usage

4cyl 160 litres4cyl 184 litres4cyl 227 litres
6cyl 174 litres6cyl 206 litres6cyl 200 litres
8cyl 174 litres8cyl 189 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

This trek can be done all year round, however the wildflowers in Spring paints the countryside a mosaic of brilliant colour.

Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Trek Mid Point 62.83km SW
Mean Max. °C33.234.232.729.426.022.821.722.323.926.228.231.1
Mean Min. °C19.520.619.216.213.311.19.79.810.712.614.917.4
Mean Rain mm4.98.612.118.557.280.070.849.623.514.87.14.0
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended


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Joondalup to 10th Light Horse Memorial
Driving: 8.32 km
Heading: 355°
Avg Speed: 72.83 km/hr
EST Time: 06:51
10th Light Horse Memorial to One Tree Hill
Driving: 4.93 km
Heading: 331°
Avg Speed: 80.65 km/hr
EST Time: 03:40
One Tree Hill to Eglinton
Driving: 8.05 km
Heading: 334°
Avg Speed: 86.83 km/hr
EST Time: 05:33
Eglinton to Yonderup Lake
Driving: 2.76 km
Heading: 347°
Avg Speed: 88.4 km/hr
EST Time: 01:52
Yonderup Lake to Cauliflower Cave
Driving: 0.77 km
Heading: 38°
Avg Speed: 76.75 km/hr
EST Time: 00:36
Cauliflower Cave to Crystal Cave
Driving: 0.49 km
Heading: 341°
Avg Speed: 73.62 km/hr
EST Time: 00:23
Crystal Cave to Road Cave
Driving: 0.07 km
Heading: 126°
Avg Speed: 59.94 km/hr
EST Time: N/A
Road Cave to Neergabby
Driving: 31.56 km
Heading: 343°
Avg Speed: 84.71 km/hr
EST Time: 22:21
Neergabby to Orange Springs
Driving: 44.82 km
Avg Speed: 82.62 km/hr
EST Time: 32:32
Orange Springs to Brand Hwy & Orange Springs Rd
Driving: 7.18 km
Heading: 65°
Avg Speed: 84.29 km/hr
EST Time: 05:06
Brand Hwy & Orange Springs Rd to Badgingarra
Driving: 77.43 km
Heading: 343°
Avg Speed: 82.59 km/hr
EST Time: 56:15
Badgingarra to PBay - Brand Hwy
Driving: 30.64 km
Heading: 337°
Avg Speed: 79.14 km/hr
EST Time: 23:13
PBay - Brand Hwy to Eneabba
Driving: 42.35 km
Heading: 343°
Avg Speed: 53.97 km/hr
EST Time: 47:04
Eneabba to Glenvale
Driving: 60.39 km
Heading: 331°
Avg Speed: 86.29 km/hr
EST Time: 41:59
Glenvale to Dongara
Driving: 20.95 km
Heading: 336°
Avg Speed: 80.82 km/hr
EST Time: 15:33
Dongara to Greenough
Driving: 41.11 km
Heading: 332°
Avg Speed: 88.45 km/hr
EST Time: 27:53
Greenough to Tarcoola Beach
Driving: 20.34 km
Heading: 322°
Avg Speed: 82.8 km/hr
EST Time: 14:44
Tarcoola Beach to Geraldton
Driving: 1.63 km
Heading: 348°
Avg Speed: 59.46 km/hr
EST Time: 01:38
Geraldton to Bluff Point
Driving: 6.09 km
Avg Speed: 61.22 km/hr
EST Time: 05:58
Bluff Point to Coronation Beach Campground
Driving: 30.87 km
Heading: 344°
Avg Speed: 67.6 km/hr
EST Time: 27:23
Coronation Beach Campground to Mount Sewell
Driving: 12.56 km
Heading: 50°
Avg Speed: 45.92 km/hr
EST Time: 16:24
Mount Sewell to Oakabella
Driving: 1.67 km
Heading: 17°
Avg Speed: 86.96 km/hr
EST Time: 01:09
Oakabella to Oakabella Rest Area
Driving: 2.97 km
Heading: 17°
Avg Speed: 82.52 km/hr
EST Time: 02:09
Oakabella Rest Area to Northampton
Driving: 14.89 km
Heading: 358°
Avg Speed: 81.53 km/hr
EST Time: 10:57
Northampton to Ogilvie
Driving: 23.17 km
Avg Speed: 83.36 km/hr
EST Time: 16:40
Ogilvie to Hutt
Driving: 4.56 km
Heading: 16°
Avg Speed: 90.24 km/hr
EST Time: 03:01
Hutt to Binnu
Driving: 9.25 km
Avg Speed: 91.18 km/hr
EST Time: 06:05
Binnu to Galena Bridge Rest Area
Driving: 24.96 km
Avg Speed: 95.92 km/hr
EST Time: 15:36
Galena Bridge Rest Area to Nerren Nerren Rest Area
Driving: 73.24 km
Heading: 354°
Avg Speed: 96.34 km/hr
EST Time: 45:36
Nerren Nerren Rest Area to Wannoo
Driving: 44.94 km
Avg Speed: 100.66 km/hr
EST Time: 26:47
Wannoo to Overlander Rest Area
Driving: 47.65 km
Heading: 342°
Avg Speed: 94.5 km/hr
EST Time: 30:15
Overlander Rest Area to Overlander Roadhouse
Driving: 0.18 km
Heading: 359°
Avg Speed: 8.65 km/hr
EST Time: 01:14
Overlander Roadhouse to White Bluff Lookout
Driving: 50.24 km
Heading: 341°
Avg Speed: 94.79 km/hr
EST Time: 31:48
White Bluff Lookout to White Bluff
Driving: 0.81 km
Heading: 36°
Avg Speed: 95.15 km/hr
EST Time: 00:30
White Bluff to Wooramel Roadhouse
Driving: 24.85 km
Heading: 358°
Avg Speed: 96.92 km/hr
EST Time: 15:23
Wooramel Roadhouse to Carnarvon
Driving: 124.09 km
Heading: 327°
Avg Speed: 92.04 km/hr
EST Time: 01:20:53
Carnarvon to Minilya Bridge Roadhouse
Driving: 138.11 km
Heading: 17°
Avg Speed: 94.23 km/hr
EST Time: 01:27:56
Minilya Bridge Roadhouse to Lyndon River Rest Area
Driving: 32.31 km
Heading: 351°
Avg Speed: 91 km/hr
EST Time: 21:18
Lyndon River Rest Area to Minilya Exmouth Rd & Coray Bay Rd
Driving: 52.89 km
Heading: 349°
Avg Speed: 95.74 km/hr
EST Time: 33:08
Minilya Exmouth Rd & Coray Bay Rd to Coral Bay
Driving: 12.78 km
Heading: 252°
Avg Speed: 92.08 km/hr
EST Time: 08:19
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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