It's the New Year, and if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, there is a good chance, it's not beach weather. As you don your umbrella, dig out from copious amounts of snow, and layer up to sway off shivering to death, your thoughts may be of endless white sand beaches and Bombay Gin - blue, warm, water, lapping at your toes. True, there are heaps of locations in the Southern Hemisphere which may be of interest, but none as magical as Western Australia's Coral Coast. English speaking (well, kinda anyway), safe, easy to travel, clean, and eco conscious, unlike many other locations around the globe, this one does tick off all the boxes. Cheap, it is not; comparable to Los Angeles or Singapore, the price you pay for infrastructure and security; unlike some places in the Philippines or Brazil which give you aqua marine waters, but also kidnappings, oceans filled with debris, massive poverty and having to constantly be wary of pick pocketing or theft. Australia is a win. The Coral Coast is a win - win, because unlike its east coast counter part, you can have endless miles of perfect beaches, all to yourself (it also lacks the majority of lethal slithering and marine creatures which the Gold Coast and the Great Barrier have in full force).
DAY ONE: If renting a vehicle, pick up your car (I recommend Bayswater, they are not at the airport, but have the best rates and are located within an easy Uber ride) and head North towards Cervantes. There are not a lot of roads in Western Australia, so this should be pretty straight forward. Stock up on water and munchies, as locations to get provisions are going to be few and far between for the next week and a half. Spend some time at the Pinnacles, these incredible rock formations are an instagrammers dream and a great way to spend a few hours. You will see Emus and Kangaroos playing hide and seek amongst the yellow sand, with immense blue skies and the Indian Ocean in the distance. It is surreal as you can get, and definitely worth some time. Afterwards, head into Cervantes and visit the Lobster Shack for some fresh caught crustaceans, super tasty, then continue heading North towards Geraldton. Drive time today is about 5.5 hours.
DAY TWO: After breakfast (or Brekkie to sound like a local) a short two hour drive will bring you to Kalbarri National Park. This is well worth a full day of discovery, between hiking amongst red rock canyons, swimming in the Murchison River, or taking selfies along the coastal cliffs. The day is sure to end with a pint of something cold and a smile on your face.
DAY THREE: Into the true Australian Outback you will head, taking a bit over 4 hours to reach Carnarvon. Be sure to stop in at the Billabong Road House for a cold beverage and a photo op as well as clean off all the bugs from your windscreen. By now you will have discovered "road trains" which may have kicked up quite a bit of dust onto your vehicle as well. Once in Carnarvon, check out the Space Museum and visit a farm. This area is known as the banana belt of WA, and has plenty of orchards to peruse at your leisure. For some adrenalin inspired views, a ride with