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When the Cold Gets Too Much – Head North for Winter!

When the temperature dips below zero on these cold, clear winter mornings, it can seem soooo very hard to drag the weary bones out of bed. And getting the kids up? Forget about it!  When they moan and trudge themselves around the kitchen in search of sustenance after their 8 hour hibernation, taking an age to get their socks and shoes on while you’re herding them into the car to get to school and daycare and work, it’s sometimes all too much.  Add rain to the equation? Don’t even go there!

But never fear, escape from the winter blues is just around the corner, or rather, just up the WA coast!

While the South West of WA freezes (OK, we know it’s not that bad, but without double-glazing and central heating, it does get pretty chilly!) there’s a little part of paradise north of Perth – Western Australia’s Coral Coast.

With over 1,100 kilometres of coastline to drive, where else can you experience so many of WA’s top attractions? Heading north from Perth you’ll encounter some of the most beautiful destinations you can imagine, and sun, of the sun! From the Pinnacles of Nambung National Park and the gorges of Kalbarri National Park, to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and magnificent Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, the Coral Coast has an amazing array of wonderful attractions to help you forget your winter chills.

A great way to explore the nature beauty of our great state is to follow a self-drive route along the Coral Coast.  Experience world-class coastal attractions, breathtaking scenery, wildflower trails and country hospitality.

Australia's Coral Coast website list drives from a four-day Indian Ocean drive, to an eight-day Ningaloo Adventure, to an 11-day Ultimate Road Trip!  There are so many mix and match options you’re bound to find one that suits your families timeline and interests.  There’s even a Family Friendly seven-day drive, full of kid-friendly sights and activities.

With a good network of sealed and gravel roads, self-drive routes can be done in a conventional vehicle, even with a caravan in tow.

And if you’re looking for family-friendly accommodation along the way, Caravan Industry Association of WA has a great list of caravan parks throughout the Coral Coast (and across all of WA), to help plan your well-earned rest stops.  From powered caravan and campsites through to fully self-contained chalets, there’s something for families who like to get back to basics right through to those who want a place to lay their heads without lifting a finger.

The only question now is, where to find the perfect swimsuit in the middle of Winter?

(images from Friends of Nature Play WA partners Exmouth Adventure Co and Kalbarri Abseil)

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