• Features: Shark nursery in shallow waters a few metres from the main beach
  • Opening Times: Daytime, daily
  • Best Time to Visit: September to November
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Travelled By: Rental car
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: Coral Bay, Western Australia
  • Type: Wildlife

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One of the hidden Coral Bay attractions is the Reef Shark Nursery just a 20-minute walk from the Main Beach. Not many people know about the Reef Shark Nursery at Coral Bay as it is well hidden from the main beach. However, it is a great spot not just for watching sharks in the shallow waters but getting away from the hustle and bustle of Coral Bay. Spend a lazy afternoon in this secluded section of the beach and watch the sharks from atop a sand dune.

Coral Bay Attractions: Reef Shark Nursery


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One of the hidden Coral Bay attractions is the Reef Shark Nursery just a 20-minute walk from the Main Beach. The sheltered waters of Coral Bay provide a safe environment for sharks to rear their new born, so from October to March as many as 200 reef sharks lurk in the shallow waters.

From the Main Beach, head west for about two kilometres, past a couple of small beach heads before you get to the Coral Bay shark nursery.

Like a few other people, we were under the impression that swimming in the shark nursery was allowed, however when we got there, we found a notice board that mentioned no swimming in the area was allowed as people would scare away the sharks and their young ones. It was funny to see a couple of young guys knee deep in the water trying to dip their heads in to see if they could see the sharks.

Nonetheless, the Coral Bay shark nursery is a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon as it is a secluded spot away from the hustle and bustle of the main beach. Not many people know about this place so it is possible to enjoy the sand and its surroundings to yourself or with a few other people.

We climbed up a big sand hill and sat at the top to watch the waters and see if we could spot any sharks. We were able to spot a few sharks swimming around but you really need binoculars to see anything in great detail.



Carry a pair of binoculars with you to spot sharks in the shallow waters of Coral Bay.


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