Tour and dive operators pick up from either Exmouth or Coral Bay accommodations. The roads to Exmouth and Coral Bay are paved, as is much of the only road that runs from Exmouth along the west (Ningaloo) coast. Two-wheel drive is possible as far south as Yardie Creek, thereafter it's four-wheel drive. Avis (tel. 08/9949 2492), Europcar (tel. 08/9949 2940), Hertz (tel. 08/9949 4610), Budget (tel. 08/9949 1534), and local operator Allens Car Hire (tel. 08/9949 2403) have offices in Exmouth; there is no car rental in Coral Bay.

'Roos & Wedgies -- Driving between Shark Bay and Exmouth, you need to be aware not just of live kangaroos on the road (mostly between dusk and dawn), but also of the ones that didn't make it. You do not want to hit one of the carcasses, but you should also be aware of scavengers, mostly crows and wedge-tailed eagles. The crows are not a problem, but wedgies are large and ponderous when trying to get out of your way. Getting one of these in your windshield is not recommended, so slow down and beep your horn if you see a large bird on the road ahead.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.