Coral Bay (including Ningaloo Marine Park and Point Cloates)
Quiet holiday resort town south of Exmouth
Located 234 km north of Carnarvon, 154 km south of Exmouth and 1131 km north of Perth, Coral Bay is a small holiday resort for people wishing to avoid the more conventional tourist destinations. It is really nothing more than a couple of caravan parks, holiday homes for fishermen, and a few basic facilities to ensure that visitors do not have to make the 143 km journey to Exmouth every time they want a loaf of bread or a tub of ice cream.
The increasing popularity of Coral Bay (like so many magical places in Australia its conversion from secret hideaway to popular resort occurred all too quickly) has meant a great pressure on the limited accommodation and it is advisable to book as far ahead as possible.
Coral Bay lies at the southern end of the Ningaloo Marine Park which runs along the coast from Amherst Point (50 km to the south) to Bundegi on North West Cape just north of Exmouth. It includes all the coastline of the Cape Range National Park (see Exmouth) as well as Point Cloates.