camping,  travelling

Coral Bay

Coral Bay is a small town, halfway from Carnarvon to Exmouth. The name is not by accident, and it didn’t surprise me to learn that Coral Bay got its name from a hotel that was built in the region.

At first, Coral Bay was named “Mauds Landing”, after the Schoner Maud that landet 1884 and brought the first Europeans into the region. Coral Bay then played an important role in the economic development of the region: Between 1898 and 1947 there was a jetty, and goods were shipped in and out. After 1947, the jetty was taken away, the town now lives more or less entirely from tourism and its proximity to the Ningaloo Reef.

There is pretty much one single road, two giant (expensive) Caravan Parks and a little infrastructure around that. There is no water in Coral Bay, you are asked to fill your tanks before coming here.

But: It has beautiful beaches, and you can even snorkel to the edge of the reef from the beach. Or you can go on a tour that visits humpback whales, manta rays or whalesharks, depending on the season.

We just enjoyed the beach and consequently stayed one more day than initially planned.

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