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Coral Bay

Coral Bay (Australia)

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  • Relaxation
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  • Water Sports
  • Unesco World Heritage
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  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Two hours from Exmouth by car
When to go
From May to September
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Coral Bay

Alicia Munoz Travel writer
87 travel articles

A small, peaceful town located in Australia's Gascoyne region and lying 1,200 kilometres north of Perth. The town's main attraction is to be found beneath the water: its coral reefs, which have been designated a World Heritage Site.

My suggestion:
Even thought that's about all there is of interest here, it's enough to make this a wonderful place that you absolutely have to visit. And do remember to take some sun cream with you!

Coral Bay is a small town famous for the coral reefs lying just a matter of metres from its white sandy beaches. It's a quite extraordinary place in which to go scuba diving or snorkelling. Those who prefer keeping themselves dry have the option of visiting the marine reserve in a glass-bottomed boat.

When it comes to diving in these waters, the time of year is a key factor to take into consideration. Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, can be observed here from March to June. And humpback whales arrive in Coral Bay on their migration north around June, returning again with their calves around October. The turtle egg-laying season (three different species come to Coral Bay) runs from November to February. The ideal time to visit, therefore, is from February to April, which also offers the possibility of observing the phenomenon of coral spawning.

Swimming with a whale shark
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