Famous for its banana plantations, Carnarvon on Australia’s Coral Coast is the southern gateway to Ningaloo Reef and provides the ideal base for exploring Mount Augustus and the Kennedy Ranges to the east and coastal stations to the north. For hikers, the Kennedy Range National Park is the ultimate wilderness experience camping beneath the stars beside the stark sandstone cliffs.
While you’re in Carnarvon, don’t miss theCarnarvon blowholes. The powerful ocean swells force water through sea caves and up out of narrow holes in the rocks, creating high pressure jets of water that erupt into the air. Then, travel just one kilometre south and you’ll find a calm coral-filled rock-pool filled with fish and shells that is ideal for snorkelling.
If you’re a bit of a foodie, follow the new Gascoyne Food Trail and visit some great food locations throughout the region.
Wooramel Station at Wooramel River Retreat is a must-do if you want to get the true Aussie outback esperience. Wooramel Station is a family owned working cattle, sheep and goat station. It backs onto the Shark Bay World Heritage area, and has 60 kilometres (37 miles) of coastline frontage to the Indian Ocean. There are three different types of accommodation you can choose from – campsites, riverside eco-tents and Jackeroo quarters.
One of the highlights at Wooramel River Retreat is the artesian bore baths. Here, water from the Birdrong aquifer travel from a depth 240 metres (787 feet) below the ground to the surface and is piped into free flowing pools for you to sit in and relax. The water is approximately 33 degrees with a high mineral content. A must-do luxury in the middle of the outback.