24 September 2010
The construction of the 56-km road, linking Lancelin to Cervantes, was delivered nine months ahead of schedule and is expected to play an important role in the future development of the central-west coastline region, providing of safer, shorter route for tourists in the popular area.
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett, said: "The opening of this new road will take 30 minutes off the journey between Lancelin and Cervantes and provides a much safer and more enjoyable scenic coastal route.
"It will significantly enhance business, tourism and economic opportunities for the central coast region, one of the most popular destinations for West Australians as well as interstate and overseas visitors."
The Indian Ocean Drive winds it ways 1270-km from Perth to Exmouth, passing some of the state’s top tourist sites, such as the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and Ningaloo Reef.