Coral Bay is a seaside village about 150km south of Exmouth. It’s strangely French-looking, with its pine trees and tightly packed caravan parks [one dog friendly one not]. Everything is directly across the road from the beach. The water is warm, crystal clear and turquoise blue. Ningaloo Reef is very close to shore here, so snorkelling is big. It’s a very beautiful place.
The Ningaloo Coral Bay Bayview was very full when we arrived. It was the last week of school holidays and we got the very last spot. Happily, this was a ‘big rig’ spot, giving us ample space. They also have a Council owned overflow area across the street where you can spend one night if they can’t fit you in. The reception staff were very helpful, the next morning we extended for a second night.
We swam in the ocean, I chased a few balls in the shallows with the Silverback while the Sparrow swam out to the reef to inspect it more closely. The temperature was much better than the previous week at Exmouth. It was low thirties with a cool sea breeze. We sat around camp in the late afternoon, there were kids everywhere, but it all seemed wholesome family fun somehow.
The next morning a lot of people checked out and the campsite was quiet. I guess they had to get back to suburban life and prepare for the kids going back to school. The Silverback and I even played ball in our ‘big rig’ spot. After a lazy morning we lunched across the road at Bill’s Bar. This is essentially the village pub. Standard range of pub fare, dogs allowed on the enclosed verandah. Nice spot! There’s also an Italian restaurant and a couple of cafes in the village. A small shopping centre next to the pub has about 8 shops including a supermarket, bakery, tour operators, a clothing shop and a gallery. The Sparrow bought some dresses from The Mermaid’s Cave after lunch while the Silverback and I went walking.
The following morning, we drove about 2km to the boat ramp area. A few people travelling in boats had moored up just offshore. The beach was deserted, we swam and then recorded a new ball retrieval instructional video.
This is an excellent place for a week of swimming, snorkelling and relaxing. If you have the option, coming outside school holidays would be best. There are other activities like glass bottom boat tours and snorkel / diving trips out on the reef. There are even quad bike tours of the sand dunes, for those who are that way inclined. Me, I like swimming, sleeping, playing ball and eating; so, the place met all my requirements admirably.
Coral Bay is a definite Enzo top spot.