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Green Head
  • Dynamite Bay, Green Head
  • Sea lion at Fisherman's Island
Sometimes, the name of a place does not do it justice. For example, when a person hears ‘Green Head’ do they immediately conjure up images of wildflowers, beaches, and sea lions? Are they likely to imagine surfing, bush walking and snorkelling? Probably not. But one small area of Green Head that does have a worthy name is ‘Dynamite Bay’. Perhaps this would be a better name for this gorgeous town on the Coral Coast of Western Australia because Green Head really is a dynamite place to visit.
 
Only a short drive from such wonders as The Pinnacles, and with local reefs perfect for snorkelling and diving, as well as an abundance of delicious fresh seafood like rock lobsters waiting in the ocean, Green Head truly is paradise. There is so much for water enthusiasts to enjoy, whether they like to don a wetsuit and hit the waves or wear a mask and dive below. Landlubbers find plenty to love as well, with kangaroos, sea lions, wildflowers, rock formations and stunning beaches and paths offering up a different type of paradise. 
 
Things to do:
1. Fishing – sit on the jetty and cast a line!
2. Drive to nearby Lesueur National Park and feast your eyes on 900 species of flora and panoramic views from the top of Mount Lesueur! Bring your binoculars and look out for the 100 different species of birds that call this special place home.
3. Picnic by a stream in Alexander Morrison National Park or take a daytrip to Nambung National Park with its eerily spectacular rock formations, The Pinnacles, jutting out of the ground. 
4. Take a walk along secluded but pristine South Bay.
5. Crack open a rock lobster and heap on the melted butter.
6. Head to the Australian Sea Lion Breeding Colony on Fisherman’s Island.
7. Take a rejuvenating swim in the warm, protected waters of Dynamite Bay
8. Bring a wind surfer to Little Anchorage Bay where you will find conditions enjoyable for most levels of ability.
9. Ride a wave in Port Louise where you are bound to find excellent reef breaks.
10. Snorkel and dive the nearby reefs – some so close, you can actually walk out to them! 
 
And of course, sometimes it’s best to do nothing at all, but laze on a white sandy beach with an umbrella and a good book, while listening to the waves lap against the shore.
 
When to go
Green Head is a delightful destination to visit year-round, but if you’d like to spend time swimming from its stunning beaches, then spring, summer and autumn are your best times to visit. Winter months are great for bush walking.
 
How to get there
Located just 252km north of Perth, the drive is around 2.5 hours along the Brand/ North West Coastal Highway. There are daily flights to Perth from Australia’s major centres, and cars can easily be rented from the airport for the drive up the coast. 
 
Accommodation
The Jurien Bay region of the Coral Coast  offers a small but superb selection of accommodation choices. For example, you may choose the large Ocean View Retreat where you could comfortably sleep 12 people and entertain on one of the two verandahs. You might prefer the warm hospitality of The Heights Bed and Breakfast which is set on five picturesque acres and is only a few kilometres to the beach. Whether you want a self-contained holiday home, an executive unit, or a cosy bed and breakfast, you’ll find these and more at takeabreak.com.au 
 
Ideal length of visit
Perth locals will find Green Head to be an ideal weekend and long-weekend getaway, and those travelling from other states will likely want to make it part of a longer Coral Coast trip, or spend at least a week relaxing and playing in the ocean.
 
Further information
There are visitors’ centres in nearby Cervantes and Jurien Bay with loads of useful information for exploring the region. Head to:
 
Pinnacles Visitor Centre 
Cadiz Street
Cervantes WA 6516
Ph: 1800 610 660
 
Or
 
Jurien Bay Tourist Information
Bashford Street
Jurien Bay WA 6516
Ph: 08 9652 0800

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.

 

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