Expansion on the cards for popular hotspot Coral Bay

Published: April 14, 2015

The WA State Government has announced a 20% increase in the number of tourists allowed to stay at Coral Bay in the Gascoyne. The grey nomad hotspot, which is close to Ningaloo Reef, is also to enjoy upgrades to existing roads and the potential development of new camping and caravan parks. In announcing the decision as part of the Government’s 25-year forward plan, Planning Minister John Day said it allowed for growing demand in an environmentally responsible way.

“To help Coral Bay remain the premier tourist area on the Ningaloo coast, we have approved an increase in the visitor population cap from 4,500 to 5,300 people,” he said. “This increase will create the opportunity for a new camping and caravan park on Banksia Drive and for strata-titled, short-stay accommodation.”

However, Mr Day told the ABC that permanent residential developments would not be allowed.

“The focus needs to be on tourism, and holiday accommodation at Coral Bay,” he said. “We don’t want to have a situation where there is long-term permanent residents therefore, in the longer term, having demand for more major hospital services and normal town services and so on.”

Mr Day told the ABC that the plan reflected the community’s sentiment to protect the natural appeal and holiday fabric of Coral Bay, and conserve the Ningaloo coastal environment. He said a potential reduction in fish stocks would also be need to be watched.

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Trish Chapman
7 years ago

This sounds a reasonable comprise for more visitors to enjoy a most beautiful part of Australia.

Patricia Hole
7 years ago

Such a beautiful spot, there in 2008 loved it, we were there at the end of the prime time and still had trouble getting a site, we could only have two days. It would be great if they had more parks


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