Our stay in Broome had been slightly longer than anticipated due to the cyclone and bush fires further down the coast, which meant that we had to drop one of our remaining two stops prior to Perth, Coral Bay or Geraldton. We decided that we'd head to Coral Bay and then skip Geraldton and head straight to Perth from there. Boy are we glad we made that decision. Coral Bay was absolutely beautiful!
We arrived just after midnight and more or less fell straight into bed after 17 hours on the Greyhound from Broome. We'd travelled with our friend Pierre who we'd met on the previous Greyhound and who'd also be continuing down to Perth with us (we are still fighting over who was following who!!).
The next two days were spent relaxing on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, sitting by the pool at the hostel and taking in the spectacular surroundings. I (Hannah) also had a table tennis "battle" with Pierre, where we managed to get a record of a whopping 46 shot rally! That was until I somehow managed to hit the ball with a fluke shot and it went out of the tiniest window into the car park never to be seen again!!
Coral Bay is a tiny little "town" midway between Broome and Perth in Western Australia. It has a population of only around 200 people and you can walk from one end of the town (where our hostel was) to the other end (the beach) in under 10 minutes! There are 2 shops, 2 travel booking shops, 2 campsites, 1 bakery, 1 hotel, a dive shop & our hostel in Coral Bay and that's it! It felt very much like being on one big campsite in terms of the size and the amenities available but all in a stunning location. The beaches have white sand, crystal clear water and gentle waves, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Due to the cyclone threat that had been in force for the past week, all of the boats in the local area had been taken out of the water, meaning there were no snorkeling or dive trips taking place for a few days. We'd definitely like to come back to Coral Bay in high season when all the activities are up and running as there's lots of underwater wildlife to be seen, such as manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks and many species of fish.
After a very relaxing and peaceful time in Coral Bay for a couple of days, it was a late night for us having to stay up until 12.30am to catch our bus down to Perth and back to a proper city for the first time in a few weeks!