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"Coral Bay" State of Western Australia Favorite Tip by iandsmith

State of Western Australia General: 43 reviews and 90 photos

  Sunset over Coral Bay
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  • Sunset over Coral Bay - State of Western Australia
      Sunset over Coral Bay
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  • Ningaloo Reef fishing - State of Western Australia
      Ningaloo Reef fishing
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  • Returning to Coral Bay - State of Western Australia
      Returning to Coral Bay
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  • Sunset on the way to Coral Bay - State of Western Australia
      Sunset on the way to Coral Bay
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  • Coral Bay - State of Western Australia

Favorite thing: Coral Bay is a small settlement that lies protected from the Indian ocean by the Ningaloo reef. It is Australia's only fringing reef. In contrast to other locations the coral starts right at the water's edge. The fish and the coral are very accessible to all including small children. Fish and coral can be experienced either snorkelling or on one of the Coral viewing boats. It is about 50 km to the North of the tropic of Capricorn, some 120 km south of Exmouth in Western Australia. The weather is mild, without the humidity that is often associated with tropical climates. It comprises a resort hotel, two caravan parks and about 20 houses. It is a holiday destination for Western Australians together with some overseas backpackers. Some houses are available for short term holiday rentals. and are booked well ahead for the school holidays.

Fondest memory: Every afternoon there is fish feeding. They don't use big pieces so the sharks don't come in and you can enjoy a frolic in the tepid waters of Coral Bay.
There are two caravan parks (semi resort) and, in peak season it pays to book ahead. We were lucky with my motorhome.
Because of its proximity to Ningaloo, the whale shark watching runs daily here when they are around, usually March to end of June.
You can also go fishing (pic 2) as I did and you'll be guaranteed to catch something.
Another popular activity is watching sunsets (1,4 & 5). If you get the right cloud conditions, as obviously I was lucky enough to, they can be spectacular.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 26, 2008
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