A small resort town on The Coral Coast catering for the increasing
number of tourists visiting the North West Cape area. Lying just north
of the Tropic of Capricorn (it is Western Australia's equivalent to
Rockhampton), its waters are warm for most of the year and clear, and
the beaches are white, hard and beautifully clean.
Coral Bay is a beautiful and popular tourist spot with many calling
it pure paradise. It has good facilities, all within walking distance
from the main beach, which include a shopping complex with supermarket,
tour desk, bakery, newsagent and gift shop. There's also another
general store, petrol station, tour desk, fish and chip shop and cafes
The bay itself lies at the southern end of the Ningaloo Marine Park
which runs along the coast from Amherst Point (50 km south) to Bundegi
on North West Cape to the north of Exmouth. It includes all the
coastline of the Cape Range National Park as well as Point Cloates.
Ningaloo Reef is one of the rare places on earth where you are able
to walk from the beach straight onto a coral reef. A protected marine
park area on the ocean side of North West Cape in Western Australia,
Ningaloo is a virtually untouched barrier reef of 260km length
protecting a shallow, brilliant white sandy lagoon of clear tropical
waters. More than 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral
make up the Ningaloo Reef.
Ningaloo Marine Park
The Marine Park offers visitors a rare opportunity to inspect the
reef and its fauna at close quarters. It stretches south along 260 km
of coastline from Bundegi Beach, near Exmouth. At points the reef is no
more than 100 metres from the shore and its waters are home to such
spectacular creatures as the huge whale shark, the humpback whale,
green turtles, dolphins and dugongs.
The Marine Park was declared in 1987 in an attempt to protect
Western Australia's largest coral reef and to control public access to
it. It is a unique area because the reef is so close to the dry
landmass and because it is here that the Australian continent is
closest to the continental shelf. The reef boasts 170 hard corals, 11
soft corals and 475 species of fish. In its own way it is as good as
the Great Barrier Reef and it is much more accessible.