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Coral bay

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After leaving Cape Range we decided to have a short drive down to Coral Bay, a tiny town on the coast where the Ningaloo Reef continues. It was a pretty boring drive with nothing of interest on the way and we arrived in Coral Bay quite early. The best thing was when we stopped for fuel in Exmouth the person behind the checkout was caring for an orphan joey which was curled up in a fleece pouch and that we got to say hello to and pet. How cute it was!

Coal Bay we found out is mega expensive. Our pitch was expensive and everything from food, drinks, amenities are expensive. Our camp site even charges per 10L of drinking water you need and uses salty bore water for showers and washing up. After setting up our tent we went for an explore sat by the bay and had a beer and relaxed for the rest of the day. This resulted in us Drinking too much wine by our tent, cooking dinner and so lead to one of us (those of you who know us will know which one) having a hangover from hell the next day.

After a VERY slow morning we decided to get out and have a look around around Coral Bay. We had a walk along the dunes, spotting sharks below in the shallows and then hired some fins for $5 each from a shack on the beach for a snorkel.
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The same reef as up at Exmouth, Ningaloo, runs all the way down the coast and can be viewed just off the coast of Coral Bay. After enquiring at the information centre where the best spots were we walked to the end of town, around the headland and waded South, through the shallows for 100m and then swam out. There is then a small current which brings you back up the coast and inland.

The coral here was very different to the coral up at Cape Range. It was all huge cabbage like, flower corals, pristine and beautiful with lots of big and colourful fish. We swam for a while up the coast admiring the underwater life but after a while got a little cold to drifted back to shore.
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Coral Bay was not as good as we had hoped, it was too busy and after Cape Range just seemed too developed. The coral is beautiful, as well as the life under the sea but we much prefer it camping in the bush in the middle of nowhere.

Posted by Chelsandliam 06:53 Archived in Australia Tagged australia coral_bay

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