Coral Bay

Swimming with whale sharks, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 192

Coral Bay is famous for one thing: its proximity to Ningaloo Marine Park. Ningaloo Reef boasts an incredible diversity of marine life and beautiful coral formations. At Coral Bay the coral gardens lie close to the shore, which makes access to the reef as easy as a gentle swim. Lying at the southern end of Ningaloo Marine Park, Coral Bay has pristine beaches and a near-perfect climate: it is warm and dry regardless of the season, and the water temperature only varies from 18°C to 28°C. Swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, and beach, reef and deep-sea fishing (outside sanctuary areas) are available year-round.

Visitor Information

Coastal Adventure Tours, Coral Bay Arcade, Robinson St; (08) 9948 5190

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Exmouth

    One of the newest towns in Australia, Exmouth was founded in 1967 as a support town for the Harold E. Holt US Naval Communications Station,...more

  • Carnarvon

    Carnarvon is a large coastal town at the mouth of the Gascoyne River. The river and the fertile red earth surrounding it are crucial to the...more

  • Onslow

    Onslow, on the north-west coast between Exmouth and Karratha, is the supply base for offshore gas and oil fields. This part of the coast is...more


Ningaloo Marine Park This park protects the 260 km long Ningaloo Reef. Here, even novice snorkellers and children can access the coral gardens. From Apr to June visitors from around the world visit the reef to swim with these gentle whale sharks. Tours can be arranged in Exmouth.

Point Cloates: the wrecks of the Zvir, Fin, Perth and Rapid lie on the reef just off the point; 4WD access only; 8 km N.

Tours: glass-bottomed boat cruises, snorkel and dive tours, kayak tours, fishing charters, scenic flights and marine wildlife-watching tours to see whale sharks (Apr–June), humpback whales (June–Nov) and manta rays (all year); contact visitor centre for details.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Fins Cafe

Casual beachside cafe by day and oozing romance by night, Fin’s is quite the chameleon considering its shopping village location. The international menu features influences from Creole and Mexico, brought to the... Find out more


Situated in the Ningaloo Reef Resort, the recently refurbished Shades cafe serves a selection of international dishes. The fresh seafood caught daily in the bay is always a popular choice. The atmosphere is laid-back and... Find out more

The Ningaloo Reef Cafe

This local favourite features the standard Italian and seafood fare that’s popular to the region. The seafood on the menu was probably pulled from the same ocean you were enjoying right before dinner, and the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Peoples Park Caravan Village

Peoples Park Caravan Village at Robinson Street Coral Bay is situated in a wonderful location across the road from the fabulous beach and close to the coral reef. Visitors here will find some shady sites with a good... Find out more

Warroora Station camping area 38 km

Warroora Station is an ideal place to experience the Australian outback in its most natural state. There are numerous sites for self-sufficient campers who enjoy surfing, diving, fishing and swimming in a pristine... Find out more

Three Mile Camp camping area 79 km

Three Mile Camp is on Gnaraloo Station, accessed via Blowholes Rd, 145 km north of Carnarvon. Right on the beach, this is a great spot for surfing and windsurfing, as well as swimming, boating and fishing. Bring firewood... Find out more

Boat Harbour camping area 86 km

Boat Harbour camping area is 500 m west of Yardie Creek Rd, 5.2 km south of Yardie Creek crossing. Access is 4WD only, and you need to bring along a gas/fuel stove and drinking water.... Find out more

One K Camp camping area 90 km

Access to One K Camp is 4.2 km north of the Boat Harbour track by 4WD only. Bring a gas/fuel stove and drinking water. The camping area is 100 m west of Yardie Creek Rd.... Find out more

Yardie Creek camping area 91 km

Yardie Creek camping area is off Yardie Creek Rd, 36 km south of the Milyering Visitor Centre. Come equipped with a gas/fuel stove and drinking water. Bookings are required for peak season, Apr–Oct.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Peoples Park Caravan Village

Set in a wonderful location across the road from the fabulous beach and close to the coral reef, this park is a great holiday spot. Diving and fishing are very popular along with coral viewing in glass-bottom boats.... Find out more

Minilya Bridge Roadhouse Caravan Park 78 km

At the rear of the Minilya Roadhouse is a small neat caravan park with good facilities including TV cables to powered sites. It is a great spot for an overnight stop. Furthermore, the roadhouse serves quality meals.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bayview Coral Bay

Sunseekers drawn to the wonders of the Ningaloo Reef will appreciate the many accommodation options at the Bayview Coral Bay. The lodge provides self-contained bedsit-style rooms, while the self-contained Bayview Villas,... Find out more

Ningaloo Reef Resort

You can practically taste the saltiness of Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef from the Ningaloo Reef Resort. Sleep in paradise comes in a variety of options, from motel-style rooms to self-contained apartments and a... Find out more

The Ningaloo Club

The Ningaloo Club caters to those seeking a laid-back hostel with a range of accommodation options, including dormitories and twin and double rooms, some with ensuites. The bedrooms are located around the central... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Lyndon River rest area 64 km

179km SW of Nanutarra (R) or 49km NE of Minilya (L)

Just off the highway among trees on the riverbank.

Minilya River rest area 79 km

1km S of Minilya (R) or 141km N of Carnarvon (L)

Just off the highway among trees on the riverbank.

Giralia rest area 88 km

110km SW of Nanutarra (L) or 118km NE of Minilya (R)

Just off the highway.

comments powered by Disqus