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Coral Bay

Before hitting the Coral Coast we spent three nights at New Beach. The original plan was an overnight stay but the waterside camp drew us in with its peaceful solitude... 
...Or so we thought. Forced to run for our clothes during an afternoon dip, one hand waving in apology to a startled fisherman, the other covering what was left of our dignity (no photos here, you'll be happy to know). The rest of our stay was much more subdued and we enjoyed spending quiet time playing the didge, yoga, reading and swimming.
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One of first things we noticed when entering the Coral Coast was the contrast in scenery. For hundreds of kiliometers we drove through arid landscape with the odd termite hill or emu; and no signs of civilistion apart from the road, signs and livestock grids in between. Then without warning comes an oasis, Coral Bay - lush green lawns, palm trees, beautiful shallow coral and sunsets..
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It had to happen sooner or later - on reconnaissance Brad got the Prado sand bogged. It took a Ford to pull it out, much to the drivers satisfaction. Still, nice to try out the unused snatch straps and learn a thing or two...
... No, this hill is not where Brad got bogged but we did reach the top... Just!

The beauty of Coral Bay is that you only have to walk out to knee deep water and the fish are everywhere...
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... The Spangled Emporers were very inquisitive, attracted to our kayaks, coming right up to us.

One morning we took a stroll to Mauds Point the other side of Coral Bay; and didn't spend too much time thrashing about in the water... 
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With the arrival of Brads new speargun the hunting began with a lively first session. We travelled south by 4wd through sand dunes to Five Finger Reef. There was a young Italian couple who came in from spearfishing describing in broken english that a shark had taken their catch... twice! Mmmm not the sort of pre-dive visual Brad was after. What turned out to be a 2 metre reef shark was never far away but perhaps already full thanks to our Italian friends. With Parrot fish in tow on the end of the new gun it was straight to shore. Jen later caught a glimpse of the cheeky shark still around while cleaning the fish on the rocks. Thankfully it was us that feasted that day :) 

It's amazing how often we are bumping into old traveling friends, this time Miki, Hadas and their four kids. Brad and Miki made the most of it by heading out together on a Whale Shark tour...
... this was so worth taking out a loan for. So much marine life - swam with dolphins, sandbar and reef sharks, turtles (the scratches on his shell are apparently from a tiger shark)... 

... and of coarse the whale sharks...


We met Jen, Hadas and the kids for an early dinner on the beach. Watching the sun go down, a lovely way to spend the last few hours of the day. 
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Next stop along the Coral Coast, Ningaloo Station, another remote beachside campsite accessible by 4wd. 

Posted by Jenandbrad 23:34 Archived in Australia Tagged wa

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