Top ChoiceMarine Reserve in Shark Bay Road

Hamelin Pool

Twenty-nine kilometres along Shark Bay Rd from the Overlander Roadhouse is the turn-off for Hamelin Pool, a marine reserve with the world's best-known colony of stromatolites. These coral-like formations consist...

Top ChoiceBeach in Quobba Coast

Gnaraloo Bay

Some 7km north of Gnaraloo Station, past the airstrip, this crescent of white sand is as gorgeous as beaches come. You can snorkel in the cerulean waters, walk around the cape at the south end of the beach if you...

Top ChoiceBay in Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia Marine Reserve

It's hard not to smile as Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins start arriving for a breakfast snack. Note that during feedings, visitors are restricted to the edge of the water, and only a lucky few people per...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Geraldton

Western Australian Museum – Geraldton

Western Australian Museum – Geraldton

At one of the state's best museums, intelligent multimedia displays relate the area's natural, cultural and Aboriginal history. The Shipwreck Gallery documents the tragic story of the Batavia, while 3D video...

Top ChoiceAquarium in Denham

Ocean Park

On a spectacular headland 8km south of Denham, this family-friendly attraction features an artificial lagoon where you can observe shark feedings, plus tanks filled with turtles, stingrays and fish (many of them...

Top ChoiceMonument in Geraldton

HMAS Sydney II Memorial

Commanding the hill overlooking Geraldton is this moving, multifaceted memorial commemorating the 1941 loss of the Sydney and its 645 men after a skirmish with the German raider Kormoran. Note the Waiting Woman,...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Shark Bay Road

Eagle Bluff

About 25km south of Denham, take the unsealed road 4km to this brilliant viewpoint, where a boardwalk allows you vistas that meld pinky-orange cliffs with the azure lagoon below. You may spot turtles, sharks or...

Top ChoiceLagoon in Denham

Little Lagoon

Idyllic Little Lagoon, 4km from town, has picnic tables and barbecues along its small beach, and is good for a walk or swim.

Top ChoiceLake in Horrocks & Port Gregory

Pink Lake

The most arresting sight in the Horrocks/Port Gregory area is Hutt Lagoon, which is more commonly referred to as 'Pink Lake'. Yes, the saltwater here is pink, due to the presence of the algae Dunaliella salina....

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Greenough

Greenough Wildlife & Bird Park

If you're not acquainted with Western Australia's wildlife, here's your chance to meet the diminutive grey and red kangaroos, plus dingos and emus. Winged critters at this wildlife rescue and rehabilitation...

Beach in Francois Peron National Park

Cape Peron

This pristine sweep of sand backed against red cliffs is popular with fishermen and a locally resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. These dolphins – made famous by National Geographic in 2013 – have developed a...

Beach in Shark Bay Road

Shell Beach

Some 55km past the Hamelin turn-off is the road to the wide sweep of Shell Beach, where tiny cockle shells, densely compacted over time, were once quarried as building material for places such as the Old Pearler...

Viewpoint in Francois Peron National Park

Skipjack Point Lookout

Looking down from this lofty viewpoint into the clear cerulean waters of the bay, you're very likely to spot the marine creatures that make the national park their home: dugongs, eagle rays, cownose rays, manta...

Beach in Francois Peron National Park

Big Lagoon

Some 12km northwest of the Peron Heritage Precinct, Big Lagoon is a gorgeous place to explore if you have a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, and has an excellent campsite.

Beach in Francois Peron National Park

Cattle Well

This dune-backed sweep of sand opens out onto a shallow lagoon where you're likely to spot baby reef sharks very close to the shore.

Landmark in Shark Bay Road

Steep Point

The Australian mainland's most westerly point, accessed by 4WD only via Useless Loop Rd off Shark Bay Rd.

Beach in Francois Peron National Park

Bottle Bay

This stunning beach with a basic campsite is good for swimming and sunbathing.

Waterfront in Geraldton

Foreshore

Geraldton's foreshore is a great example of waterfront redevelopment: loads of beach space and grassy spots, walking paths, picnic shelters, free barbecues, playgrounds (including a water-play park), cafes and...

Historic Building in Geraldton

Old Geraldton Gaol & Craft Centre

The gaol's gloomy cells held prisoners from 1856 to 1985, and framed historic documents weave a fascinating tale of daring escapes, gruesome executions, and offences punishable by transportation to – and forced...

Museum in Carnarvon

Carnarvon Space & Technology Museum

Established jointly with NASA in 1966, the OTC Satellite Earth Station (or OTC Dish) at the edge of town tracked the Gemini and Apollo space missions, as well as Halley's Comet, before closing in 1987. The Space...