Updated: 10/16/20 | October 16th, 2020

We all have our own version of The beach — that spot in the world where all is perfect and all is paradise. I found my version back in 2007. It’s a small town in Western Australia called Coral Bay (population 207). It’s a one-road town with one bar, one supermarket, three restaurants, and three hotels. This is a small town.

There’s not much to do.

And that’s why I love it.

Coral Bay is my paradise. From the first time I visited, I fell in love with this idyllic little beach town in the middle of nowhere. On one side, it’s barren, arid cattle country, where sheep roam and truckers dodge kangaroos. On the other, it’s turquoise blue water, white sandy beaches, and the Ningaloo Reef with its abundance of marine life.

And, in between those environmental extremes, is a little town that’s home to one hotel, an RV site, a bunch of backpackers, and some beach bums enjoy the tropical beauty at the end of the world.

Everything in this town revolves around one giant white sand beach with turquoise blue water that stretches out endlessly into the horizon and a reef system so close to the land, you can swim to it from the beach. When I was there in 2007, I woke up every day, swam with turtles, kicked back on the beach, and serviced my tan. At night, the setting sun would light up the sky in fiery tones of red and orange while I cooled off with a cold beer and good friends.

Life in Coral Bay is idyllic perfection. I could have stayed for weeks and I longed to go back and visit because a quiet beach town is all I want in life. Now, eight years later, I got to return thanks to a partnership with tourism Australia. (They’d invited out to visit Broome and I made visit Coral Bay a condition of saying yes.)

Tourism in Western Australia has grown in recent years and I wondered if this sleepy town had been spoiled. would I return to my one-road paradise just to find multiple roads, more hotels, and more restaurants? After years away, I was pleased to see the town was still quiet and peaceful.

Whatever Coral Bay looked like now, I planned on doing more this visit than just sitting on the beach. To begin with, it was off to explore the outback that surrounds Coral Bay. While I was in the countryside, kangaroos jumped all around, eagles and other birds flew above, and there was wildlife everywhere.

Then we went down to the beach and identified parrotfish jumping in the shallows and reef sharks circling for food. Snorkeling and swimming around the reef for a second time, I realized this is the best reef in Australia. The great barrier Reef gets all the attention, but the Ningaloo Reef is much better. There’s brighter coral and more wildlife, including whale sharks, turtles, and dolphins. It hasn’t been spoiled by overdevelopment or overfishing. While the great barrier Reef looks remarkable from the air, it’s what we see underwater that matters, and I see far more underwater action here than I do on the great barrier Reef.

During March and April, whale sharks migrate up the coast, and large manta rays can be found around the reef. It being off-season, I had to settle for the manta rays. I took a half-day snorkeling trip around the reef; about an hour outside of Coral Bay, we identified some large manta rays.

These creatures were huge! It was remarkable to swim with them and enjoy them glide effortlessly through the water. I never realized how big these creatures were. In my mind, they were as big as a person. In real life, they’re as big as three!

This isn’t your standard Aussie tourist destination. It’s that very isolation that keeps a lot of tourists away, leaving the place so serene and detached from the rest of the world. This is a spot for mostly Australians and people driving around in campervans. There are no hordes of people spoiling the beaches or wildlife. It’s a world away from the busy east Coast.

If you ask me, there’s nothing in eastern Australia that equals the beauty of Coral Bay. forget Cairns, Noosa, Magnetic Island, or Bondi Beach. If you want to experience the beaches you see in ads for Australia, come to Coral Bay.

While part of me wants you to go there, part of me wants it all to myself. paradises are all eventually lost but I want to hold onto mine just a bit longer.

If you make it there, you’ll see what I mean.

How to visit Coral Bay

Coral Bay isn’t an easy place to get to. It’s located in the middle of the western coast, making it far off the beaten trail. The closest airport is located a couple of hours away in Learmonth. shuttle buses are available from Coral Bay airport Transfers for 95 AUD per person (one way). They run round-trip service with a flexible schedule based around the arrival and departure of flights.

Integrity coach Lines also have service from Learmonth to Coral Bay, though they only operate a few days a week in the area. One-way tickets are 50 AUD per person.

If you plan to drive from Perth,Forvent, at rejsen tager mindst 12 timer hver vej. Hvis du kommer fra den anden retning, er turen en solid 14-timers kørsel fra Broome.

Hvad angår indkvartering, er der et par hoteller i området såvel som et hostel at bo på. Hvis du kører, finder du også nogle RV -parker.

Book din rejse til Australien: logistiske ideer og tricks
Book din flyvning
Brug Skyscanner eller Momondo til at finde en billig flyvning. De er mine to foretrukne søgemaskiner, fordi de søger på websteder og flyselskaber over hele kloden, så du ved altid, at der ikke er nogen sten, der ikke er vendt. Start dog med Skyscanner først, fordi de har den største rækkevidde!

Book din indkvartering
Du kan booke dit hostel med HostelWorld, da de har den største opgørelse og bedste tilbud. Hvis du vil bo et andet sted end et vandrerhjem, skal du bruge, da de konsekvent returnerer de billigste priser for gæstehuse og billige hoteller. Mine yndlingssteder at bo er:

Ningaloo Club

Ningaloo Reef Resort

Ningaloo Coral Bay

Hvis du prøver at finde flere steder at bo, er her mine yndlingshostels i Australien!

Glem ikke rejseforsikring
Rejseforsikring vil beskytte dig mod sygdom, skade, tyveri og aflysninger. Det er omfattende beskyttelse, hvis noget går galt. Jeg tager aldrig på en tur uden den, da jeg har været nødt til at bruge den mange gange i fortiden. Mine yndlingsfirmaer, der tilbyder den bedste service og værdi, er:

Safetywing (bedst for nomader)

World Nomads (mest omfattende)

Forsikre min rejse (for dem over 70)

Medjet (for yderligere evakueringsdækning)

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Tjek min ressourceside for de bedste virksomheder, der skal bruges, når du rejser. Jeg viser alle dem, jeg bruger til at spare penge, når jeg er på vej. De sparer dig penge, når du også rejser.

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