Rolling out across the country: Coral Bay on the Ningaloo Coast
“Coral Bay is a marine paradise in the Ningaloo region, and is a favourite holiday spot for West Australians, Australians and international guests. With beautiful coral gardens just metres from the pristine white beaches of this tiny, laidback seaside town, it’s a nature lover’s dream.”
Rachael McIntyre, Head of nbn™ local, Western Australia
Given how close the land is to the coral, it’s especially important to watch where you’re walking (and kicking) when taking a dip. Coral is extremely delicate and can take years to recover from injury, so always be coral-conscious.
In Coral Bay? Keep an eye out for the Sanctuary Zones, which make up 34 per cent of the Ningaloo Marine Park. They are the highest protected areas so you can ‘look but don’t take’ – as pretty as that shell or coral may be, nothing living or non-living can be taken.
Coral Bay by the numbers
11 – the number of hours it takes to drive north from Perth to Coral Bay.
12 – the approximate length whale sharks can grow up to, in metres.
54 – the number of kilometres from Coral Bay to the Tropic of Capricorn.
66 – the percentage of Ningaloo Marine Park that’s available for fishing.
70 – the average life span in years of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, in the wild.
100 – the average yearly rainfall, in millimetres, in Coral Bay.
250 – the approximate number of coral species found at Ningaloo Reef.
300 – the length, in kilometres, that Ningaloo Marine Park stretches.
500 – the approximate number of fish species found at Ningaloo Reef.
5,000 – the number of square kilometres of ocean spanned by the Ningaloo Marine Park.
600,000 – the number of hectares, on sea and land, that make up the World Heritage-listed, Ningaloo Coast.