Coral Bay is a small settlement that lies protected from the Indian ocean by the Ningaloo Reef and is less than 3 hours drive north of Carnarvon on the North West Coastal Highway. It is Australia’s only fringed reef with the coral starting right at the water’s edge. The fish and the coral are very accessible to all including small children. Fish and coral can be experienced either snorkelling or on one of the Coral viewing boats. The weather is mild, without the humidity that is often associated with tropical climates. It comprises a resort hotel, two caravan parks and about 20 houses. It is a holiday destination for Western Australians together with some overseas backpackers. Some houses are available for short term holiday rentals. There is NO free camping in the Shire of Carnarvon including Coral Bay http://www.carnarvon.wa.gov.au/services/ranger-services/camping/
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