Exploring Western Australia (Cape Range NP, Coral Bay, Shark Bay)
It has been a while since i made a post about my WA trip and my memories are all starting to mix together.
Next morning we still wanted to have a look at the shothole canyon on our way out of the Cape Range NP and we made a morning stop and the canoyn before heading towards Coral Bay.
Because Coral Bay was only around 2.5 hour drive we took it easy and enjoyed what seemed to be like a very short drive! Unill now we were used to drive at least 7 hours a day so 2.5 hours was piece of cake:)
When we arrived to this gorgeous part of the world, it was a nice pleasant surprise and we checked in to one of Coral Bay camp sites. Coral bay (population 150) is a small town existing primarily for tourism with a side industry of fishing.
I recommend Coral Bay for everyone, its beautiful with snorkling just off the beach, plenty of boat cruises to explore and snorkle the outer Ningaloo reef, kayak or even swim with the friendly Manta Rays!! You dont need a car at all, CB is very small and you can walk everywhere. Not to mention the lovely food you can order from the few cafes and bakery! Although bring enough food and water supplies as there is only 1 small supermarket and regular food such as bread…water…its expensive.
We went for a Manta Ray snorkling tour. Only 5 people including me and Steve turned up!!! This is why it is sometimes worth to visit places like this in off season. We snorkled with 4 manta rays for about 30-45minutes. It was truly amazing experience, highlight of my trip for sure.
After the great time we had in Coral Bay it was time to move on and our next stop was the World Heritage site of Shark Bay. Shark Bay (population 1000) its famous for a few attractions like the Stromatolites Hamelin Pool, Shell Beach, Eagle Bluff, Little Lagoon and of course the world famous friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia.
Hamelin Pool Stromatolites – Shark Bay is one of only 2 places in the world where living marine stromatolites exist. These living fossils contain microbes similar to those found in 3,500 milion year old rocks – the earliest record of life on Earth!!
Denham is a great base for you to explore the Shark Bay area. Its a town with accommodation, supermarket, servicing facilities, shops, cafes and more. I had a good feeling about Denham, very pleasent sea side town.
A friendly bottlenose dolphin at Monkey Mia – For over 50 years dolphins have been visiting its shores, getting up close and personal with the local people and tourists. The history of this tradition isn’t the prettiest however as it is only relatively recently that controls have been in place to control the human-dolphin interaction. Today’s guides tell stories of people feeding the animals all kinds of junk, like hot dogs and cigarettes and teaching them to perform tricks. These days, sense prevails and the dolphins are fed a limited amount of fish and touching is an absolute no-no.
Its feeding time!! – I recomend to stay close to the beach after the first feed as the first one is the most manic one with just too many people around. When I was there the crowd broke up after the first feed and dolphins came back in about 10 minutes again! The 2nd and 3rd feed is a lot more enjoyable and even though after all 3 feeds (thats the max) been completed the dolphins still came back to the shore in a short period of time and by then there was around 10 people standing by.
Eagle Bluff – is the best place in Shark Bay to view marine life. The shallow waters include rays, turtles, sharks and even dugongs! Bring your binoculars or if you have a long zoom lens for your camera to see better.
Hope you enjoyed my post. See you again soon 🙂