Coral Bay – A Little Piece of Paradise
Coral Bay is as picturesque as ever. There is quite a bit more development here than last time we visited eight years ago, including some houses and a fancy boat ramp and big car park at the southern end of the beach, but the beach is just as lovely and inviting.
The coral has apparently been damaged by the last cyclone, there is not as much colour and variety in the corals you see when snorkelling off the beach. Nevertheless, the sea life is prolific and schools of fish surround you as you swim just out from the beach.
At three-thirty every afternoon, there is a fish feeding session on the beach where you can stand in the water and hand feed the hundreds of huge fish which swarm around your legs. The kids love it! It is an amazing feeling when they glide past your legs. They have no fear of humans at all, which is not that surprising considering this is a sanctuary area, as long as the fish stay away from the fishing beach a few hundred metres to the south.
The water in the showers comes from an artesian bore and comes out of the tap hot and salty. You wouldn’t want to make a cup of coffee with it, that’s for sure. Even brushing your teeth, you need to make sure you don’t forget and rinse your mouth with tap water…it’s not very nice! And it’s not great for washing your hair either. However there are several fresh drinking water taps around the park, so once you get organised, it’s not a problem. The lawns here are salt resistant couch, and the sprinklers need to have a very fine spray so the water cools before it hits the ground. You can see dead lines in the grass where the hoses have lain on the lawn for too long and the heat has killed the grass.
The weather is so warm and sunny that we spend lots of time on the beach. Very relaxing!
We saw this ta-ta lizard on the beach. They are called ta-ta because they run a little way, then wave with their front leg, like they are saying goodbye. Very cute…
Just to make you jealous, here is another view of the beach.
And to make Peter jealous, here is another picture of the fish he can’t catch…