Coral Bay, Western Australia

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Coral Bay
Western Australia
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Coral Bay
Coral Bay is located in Western Australia
Coral Bay
Coral Bay
Coordinates23°8′41″S 113°46′35″E / 23.14472°S 113.77639°E / -23.14472; 113.77639Coordinates: 23°8′41″S 113°46′35″E / 23.14472°S 113.77639°E / -23.14472; 113.77639
Population190 (2006 census)[1]
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
LGA(s)Shire of Carnarvon
State electorate(s)North West
Federal Division(s)Durack

Coral Bay is a small town on the coast of Western Australia, 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) north of Perth. The main industries are tourism and fishing. The electricity for the town is provided by a wind-diesel hybrid system.

The Ningaloo Reef is a popular diving and snorkelling site with a large variety of coral and fish life and is one of the best places to see whale sharks and manta rays. The migration of the humpback whales is also viewable from June to October.

The first Europeans to visit the area were the crew of the schooner Maud that landed in 1884. By 1896 a townsite reserve was gazetted to preserve the local jetty and storage facility. In 1915 the town was officially named "Mauds Landing"; it played a pivotal role in the development of the North West region acting as a supply depot for ingoing and outgoing goods.[2] Coral Bay was formally settled much later in 1968 and was named after a hotel that had been established in the area.[3]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Coral Bay (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  2. ^ "A brief history of the Coral Bay region". 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  3. ^ "Discoverwest - Coral Bay Tourism". 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-20.