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Guide To Visiting Coral Bay, Western Australia

Coral Bay, Western Australia

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Coral Bay is a small coastal town on the Coral Coast of Western Australia that is the famous gateway to the Ningaloo Reef.

It doesn’t take long to walk around Coral Bay. There’s only a handful of shops, and most of which could do with a little TLC, and a beach.

But that doesn’t mean Coral Bay isn’t worth visiting. In fact, there are plenty of reasons. In this guide, I’ve shared what to do in Coral Bay, and given you some helpful information to help you plan your visit there.

Is Coral Bay Worth Visiting

So many other travellers we’d met, and folks on our Facebook page, had been raving about this Aussie holiday town but my first impression was – what’s all the fuss?

Prior to arriving in Coral Bay, we had just visited two of the most beautiful white-sand beaches we have seen on our road trip around Australia, Sandy Bay and Turquoise Bay in Exmouth, and the wonders of Karijini National Park.

So the bar had been set at record highs!

It didn’t take long for Coral Bay to show us why this was one of Western Australia’s favourite holiday spots.

It’s funny what a good nights sleep and a blue sky can do to brighten up your mood, and a town.

Bill’s Bay went from windy and overcast to become this:

A sandy beach next to a body of water

I would say that Coral Bay is definitely worth visiting, but only when you have good weather. Many of its attractions require you to visit the outdoors – the beach, the reef, and the beach bars with outdoor terraces.

We soon learned that Coral Bay may only have a few shops and a slow pace of life, but this is actually what makes this place special and gave it that addictive vibe.

It was a vibe I would soon fall in love with.

Things to Do in Coral Bay, Western Australia

Now you know a little bit about what to expect from the vibe, it’s time to show you the best attractions in Coral Bay…

1. Visit Bill’s Bay Beach (Main Beach)

caz and craig wearing snorkeling gear.

Bill’s Bay is a huge, sweeping bay protected by the Ningaloo Reef making it a snorkelling and swimming paradise.

The water is that calm, clear turquoise blue (much like Sandy Bay and Turquoise Bay) where large fish swim around your ankles in the shallows, we even saw a few rays close to shore.

And it was here we would come for a morning snorkel, or we would start snorkelling at the point and let the current carry us back to Bill’s Bay.

clear turquoise water of bills bay beach

The great thing about Bill’s Bay is how…

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