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Ultimate Family Breaks: Australia’s Coral Coast

WRITTEN BY EDITOR • OCTOBER 7, 2015

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    Australia’s Coral Coast is the spectacular 1000 kilometres of pristine coastline two hours north of Perth, from Cervantes towards Exmouth.

    The region is home to two World Heritage-listed sites; the Ningaloo Reef with its whale sharks and mantra rays and Shark Bay, the home of Monkey Mia’s dolphins.

    Discover white sandy beaches, untouched coral reefs just metres from the shore and brilliant carpets of colourful wildflowers. Other highlights include:

    • The moonscape and natural rock formations of the Pinnacles
    • Indigenous tours in Shark Bay’s Francois Peron National Park
    • A pink lake (Hutt Lagoon) between Geraldton and Kalbarri
    • Kalbarri’s coastal cliffs and gorges
    • Diving the shipwrecks of the Abrolhos Islands of Geraldton’s coast
    • Eco-camping and surf breaks at Gnarloo, Quobba Station and Red Bluff

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    #71 – Ningaloo’s little sister

    WRITTEN BY EDITOR • APRIL 1, 2015

    Ningaloo Reef’s little sister Coral Bay is so much more than just whale sharks; number 71 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet’. Nominated by: Simon Westcott, owner of LUXE City Guides and co-founder of luxury hotel guide Mr & Mrs Smith.

    Simon Westcott is more than familiar with high-end luxury, but one of his favourite places in the world is a one-street town you can find on the road trip between Perth and Exmouth.

    “What’s amazing about Coral Bay is the access to Ningaloo Reef,” he says. “You just walk off the beach and snorkel, and there it is.” The next town down from Ningaloo’s main port, Exmouth, Coral Bay, isn’t home to much more than two caravan sites, a motel, a “fantastic” fish and chip shop and possibly the west coast’s best pies (at Coral Resort Bakery), but visitors often fall in love with it.

    “The drive in is 50 kilometres of pretty flat, scrubby, quasi-desert,” admits Westcott, “but the light is extraordinary, the space is extraordinary, the wildlife on the way is extraordinary.

    You can’t really explain how all those separate Australian components add up to something so incredibly special. We could have stayed there for weeks.”

    Indeed, some do. You can swim with manta rays and Ningaloo’s famous whale sharks, take diving and boat tours, go quad biking through the sand dunes or swim off that beach directly onto the world-famous reef.

    And how’s this for a local fact: if you face the water, turn right and walk to the end of the beach then wade in, you’ll even find yourself surrounded by harmless reef shark pups, as the north end of the beach is home to a reef shark nursery.

     

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    100 Best Views In Australia #59 Shark Bay World Heritage Area, WA

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • APRIL 1, 2012

    Where is it?

    820km north of Perth on the Coral Coast, at the most westerly point of Australia

    How to see it for yourself?
    From the North West Coastal Highway take Denham-Hamelin Road to Shark Bay. Or take a scenic flight with Shark Bay Air Charters.


    Why I love it

    “Shark Bay is renowned for its bright white beaches, turquoise waters, rust-red sands and plethora of marine life. As you take a scenic flight over the Shark Bay World Heritage Area you get a bird’s eye view of the contrasting colours.” – Grace Pappelendam, Australia’s Coral Coast

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    Whale sharks make an early splash at Ningaloo Reef

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • APRIL 8, 2010

    If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to see, or even swim with the largest fish in the ocean, right now might just be your opportunity to satisfy this curiosity. By Anna Hager Continue reading

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    20 Top Tours: Perth to Perth via Ningaloo

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • MAY 19, 2009

    Gail Liston has hit the road and distilled her extensive travel knowledge to bring us the 20 Top Tours from all around Australia.

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    100 Best Towns In Australia #62 Coral Bay, WA

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • MARCH 25, 2009

    Just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, blessed by warmer water throughout the year, WA’s Coral Bay is a resort town for people striving to avoid the crowds.

    “Standing knee deep in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by metre-long fish, turtles and coral, watching the sun dip below the window sill of the Earth . . . sunsets simply don’t get any better.” – MyPOWER Team

    It’s quiet, with a few caravan parks, holiday homes and convenience stores to save visitors the 2hr drive to Exmouth for a packet of chips. And, like Exmouth, Coral Bay provides access to Ningaloo Reef and all its wonders. Drawing visitors from all over the world from April to July to see its famous whale sharks, there are plenty of other tours on offer for people who suffer from hydrophobia (or simply can’t be bothered to jump in for a swim), like glass bottom boating and fishing for marlin, mahi mahi, Spanish mackerel and sailfish.

    As AT panellist Fleur Bainger says, “A short thong walk from anywhere in town gets you to the coral-fringed, glaringly white beach, which is more than enough reason to rate it. You can park your car and not use it for a week, and within a day you’ll know half of the 150 people who live there. That’s before you hop on a boat and meet the whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and fish that inhabit the offshore marine park. It’s joy.”

    Where? // 1130km (14hrs) north of Perth.

    Did you know? // Usually, the name of a hotel is named after the area. But the town’s name, Coral Bay, was established after the success of a local hotel, The Coral Bay Hotel.

     

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