Indian Ocean Drive

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Indian Ocean Drive is the quickest and prettiest way to get from Perth to one of Australia's most unique landscapes, the Pinnacles Desert. Following its 286-kilometre path from Yanchep to Dongara-Port Denison, you can stop at stunning beaches, towering sand dunes, national parks filled with spring wildflowers, top fishing spots and surfing hotspots. Heading north from the centre of Perth, it takes less than an hour (30 minutes from the northern suburbs) to reach the start of the Indian Ocean Drive in Yanchep. Within an hour of Yanchep, you'll reach Australia's Coral Coast and the town of Lancelin - a windsurfing, diving, fishing, snorkelling and sand boarding paradise.

Now you're just another hour away from Cervantes and the other-worldly landscapes of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park, and the earliest life forms on earth, the stromatolites, at Lake Thetis. From here, the road hugs the coastline leading you to the colourful offshore reefs and playful Australian sea lions of Jurien Bay, and some of the State's most dazzling displays of coastal wildflowers in Spring.

The final leg enters a region of rich cultural heritage at the Central Greenough Historical Settlement, the twin-town of Dongara-Denison and the city of Geraldton.


  • Scenic drive
  • Sight-seeing


There are numerous standard public facilities in each of the towns and points of interest along the way.

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the local website for up to date information on the current conditions.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements when outside exploring.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • National park and camping fees may apply for some Western Australian national parks. Check the parks website for bookings and/ or further details.

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Location & Supplier

Indian Ocean Drive

Address: Indian Ocean Drive, Yanchep, Western Australia 6525

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