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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I go snorkeling?
You can snorkel and see fish and coral anywhere off the beach. Some people like to leave their towels and gear near the Kayak hut, then walk north up the beach to the “5 knot” sign and float back around with the slow current. You can also take a kayak, glass bottom boat, catamaran or aqua rush boat to get out further.

Are there stingers?
Usually not! We rarely ever have stingers inside the reef. However, if you take a manta ray or whale shark tours into open water, they will provide you with wetsuits.

Are the currents dangerous?
Not usually. Generally, there is little to no current. However, on windier days the current can be a bit stronger and usually will bring you back to shore.

Where can I fish?
Fishing is prohibited inside the marine park zones, however there are plenty of other areas you can access to fish both from land and boat. The Department of Parks and Wildlife has an information centre in Coral Bay that will provide you with the fishing zones and the park office has additional brochures.

Where can I buy fuel?

Coral Bay now has 24 hour 7 days a week Fuel Swipe Card Facility on the way to the Boat Ramp. The facility only accepts card payments and accepts most major credit cards.

How can I get to Coral Bay without driving?
Qantas flies to Exmouth (Learmonth) airport. From there it is a 1 hr, 15-minute drive to Coral Bay. There is a bus service Coral Bay Airport Transfers – 0458 961 676 or you can hire a car. Most people take the bus, as everything in Coral Bay is in walking distance.

What medical help is available?
Coral Bay has a nursing post that is attended Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm. However, there is only a doctor one day a week that is specifically for the local residents in town. Outside of these hours, for medical help you need to call Health Direct, and they will either assist on the phone. In an emergency as always, call 000.

What about a Pharmacy?
The nearest pharmacy is in Exmouth. Minor items are possibly available at the supermarket.

What do I need to bring if I am staying in a cabin or villa?
All of our accommodation is fully self-contained, and the villa’s also have their own washing machine. Linen and towels are provided on all beds. The kitchen has hotplates, microwave, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery. The lounge has TVs and lounge chairs. There is also a dining setting and outdoor setting. Most people just bring their own beach towels, snorkeling and fishing gear.

Our park has a fresh-water laundry at $4 per load (4x$1 coins), however our villas and penthouse have their own private facilities.

Where can I hire snorkeling gear?
You can buy snorkeling gear from the general store at the front of the park; however, all of the tourist companies will hire snorkeling gear at a minimal cost.

What is the TV reception like?
The only way to access TV in Coral Bay when you are camping is to have your own satellite dish. Our cabins and villas are linked up to the VAST Regional Network.

Is there fresh water?
Our park is the only provider of fresh water to all of their ablutions and accommodation. However, the water at the caravan sites is artesian bore water and is not suitable for drinking or cooking. It is safe for washing dishes and showering if connected to your caravan.  We have 3 fresh water taps in the park that you can fill your bottles and containers from. However, you cannot fill your tanks for your vans and campers.

Where can I fill my tanks with fresh water?
It is recommended that you fill your tanks prior to arriving in Coral Bay. Most people use the Exmouth and Carnarvon visitor’s centres to fill up. You can also fill tanks at the 24hr fuel station on Lot 62, Banksia Drive, Coral Bay.

Are there any restaurants?
Yes, there are great cafes and restaurants in Coral Bay. Fins Cafe is open all day, every day at the front of the park, and has beautiful al fresco meals. The Reef Cafe also has great meals and pizzas and Bills Bar offers both lunch and dinner options.

During the day, the Coral Bay Bakery is open and is famous for its many breads, pies and sweets.

Can I buy alcohol?
Bill’s Bar can sell takeaway drinks.

What about food shopping?
At the front of the park, there is the Coral Bay Shopping Village. They provide a large variety of groceries, frozen meats and great fresh vegetables. They also sell fresh sliced bread and rolls each day, made from the Coral Bay Bakery. There is another large supermarket downtown, owned by the same operator.

Do you accept pets?
No, Peoples Park does not accept pets within the park.

Do you have a playground or pool?
There is no pool, but we are located directly across from a very safe swimming beach. There is also a playground onsite.

What phone reception is available?
Only Telstra and Optus work in Coral Bay.

Where can I get Wi-Fi access?
Unfortunately, being a remote town, the technology doesn’t allow us to offer reliable wi-fi to such a large park. We do have limited wi-fi reception via various hotspots around the park.
If you have your own hotspot with Telstra or Optus, you can connect to your own wi-fi. In addition, there is wi-fi access from Fins Cafe, in our shopping village.

What is the weather like?
Check out the Bureau of Meteorology or Willy Weather websites, they have yearly averages for the area. Coral Bay does not have a dedicated temperature station, however if you average temperatures for Carnarvon and Learmonth, you will get a good approximate for Coral Bay. In summer months, it is always recommended to bring your own additional shade. Remember November to April is cyclone season and although cyclones are rare in Coral Bay, we recommend you get travel insurance.

Where can I get ice?
Located at the front of the Park is a general store where you can purchase ice along with other essential items.

Where do I fillet and clean my fish?
Peoples Park does not allow fish cleaning in the Park, there is however a designated “Fish Cleaning Shack” located at the beach front near the public park.

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