The Coral Coast

Trip Start Mar 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 29, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Thursday, June 3, 2010

After leaving Quobba, we got to a place called Coral Bay, which is just a little hamlet that's popular with the tourists. It's right at the beginning of the Ningaloo Reef, and it pretty much consists of two camper van parks, one gas station, one bakery, three coral reef/SCUBA companies, and two charter fishing companies. So its pretty clear that this place is a hot bed of ocean and beach related activities. Most places we've been going so far we've stayed no more than a day or two, but here we spent a little more time than usual because everyone was trying their hand at some kind of tour or another. Tanja booked a reef dive, while Brooke set off to try and view the infamous "whale shark" (which she'll tell you more about) and I went off on a fishing charter.

My fishing charter turned out to be both good and bad. We took the boat all the way out past the reef and began fishing, but the water was so choppy that the captain couldn't achor properly and fishing was too difficult so we turned around and went back. since I got my money back, it was all fine, but still a little disappointing. There will be plenty of opportunites to try it out in Broome though.

After everyone had got their fill of diving, and snorkelling, etc. we headed off further up the peninsula to Cape Range National Park. This is a park right in the heart of the Ningaloo Reef so there were good beaches and snorkelling to be had. It's a bit competitive to get camp sites since it's all done on a first come first serve basis. So we stayed at a caravan park, called Yardie Creek the night before heading to the park. It was also a good spot to do some laundry and have a BBQ! The next morning, we got up early and got in line for a camp site which we ended up getting without any trouble.

In the park we did a couple hikes, such as the Mandu Mandu Gorge, but mostly spent our time swimming and snorkelling because that's the real attraction. Turqouise Bay, which looks as nice as it sounds, was probably the best spot to go snorkelling. There were some other good spots, like Oyster Stacks, but at most other places there was either a bit too much current, or it was a bit rocky getting in and out, so we spent most of our time at Turqouise Bay.

The park was also good (or maybe bad, depending on how you look at it) for wildlife. There were a whole bunch of kangaroos around called "euros" (which are one of the smaller species of roo). They were a bit nosy though and started getting into our food if we weren't careful. We were also very lucky to see the elusive echidna! I'd been wanting to see one of these little guys since we got here, but they're hard to spot since they don't really like people. They are a funny little animal that look a bit like a hedgehog, or a porcupine, but have a pointy snout like an ant-eater. I'm glad to have seen one and we can finally cross that one off the list of animals to see!

After we'd got our fill of Cape Range, we headed back to Exmouth, where Brooke and I decided to crash at a caravan park. This was a pretty good deal for the $15 a night we paid. We had all the essentials like laundry and a BBQ as well as a huge and very refreshing pool just a minute from our tent! So it was good for us to stay here for a few nights and BBQ, swim and relax with a few drinks before heading off to Karratha and then Karajini National Park.

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mimi on

Turquoise bay really is a gr8 place for snorkeling, with the right camera you can get some pictures fo the glittery fish. Take a guided tour for diving in the Great Barrier Reef if you havn't done any diving before.

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