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About Coral Bay Kayak Trail
MOORINGS: There are four KAYAK ONLY moorings within the Coral Bay Maud Sanctuary Zone. They are easily identified by their black colouring and white labels.
- Kayak 7 − Ayres Rock: 23° 08.391'S, 113° 46.017'E
- Kayak 8 − Cowtails: 23° 09.139'S, 113° 45.479'E
- Kayak 9 – The Maze: 23° 08.749'S, 113° 45.032'E
- Kayak 10 − Structures: 23° 08.329'S, 113° 45.526'E
SITE INFORMATION: These sites may be attempted individually or in any combination. The line on the map is for illustration purposes only. The actual route and duration is dependent on the number of sites visited, based on your own abilities. Once at the site, assess the currents prior to entry − it is recommended to snorkel into the current at the beginning of your snorkel to enable an easy return to the mooring.
Kayak 7: Ayres Rock - A 300 metre (about 10 minute) paddle to the mooring north northwest of the main beach at Bills Bay. Tie up to the mooring and snorkel west about 60 metres to the Ayres Rock site. Ensure you don’t stand, kick or touch corals around this 400-year-old porites bombie. Maximum depth is six metres.
Kayak 8: Cowtails - A 1.5km (about 30 minute) paddle south-west from Bills Bay in the direction of the white ‘No Boating Area’ cone marker. Located in a large sand hole, the depth is between four and six metres, amongst pristine coral formations. This site may be snorkelled from the mooring, or you can drift snorkel your kayak north-east back into Bills Bay (about one hour).
Kayak 9: The Maze - A 1.8km (about 45 minute) paddle west south-west from Bills Bay crossing the boating channel – beware of vessels using the channel. Depth of site is two to five metres. As the name suggests, wind your way around the maze. Please be aware of other vessels using the public mooring nearby.
Kayak 10: Structures - A 1km (about 20 minute) paddle in a west north-west direction from Bills Bay. Depth range is three to six metres. Please be aware of the boating channel located to the west.
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Time / Duration
Variable, depending on how many buoys you visit and how long you spend snorkelling.
5km, distance varies, depending on how many sites are visited
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails) required.
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails)
- Plenty of water and food for duration of trip.
- Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (30+)
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions
- Lifejacket or flotation device
- Leg or paddle leash if paddling in the ocean
Additional Useful Items
Ensure your kayak/craft has a suitable attachment to securely attach to the mooring, as well as the ability to safely secure your gear (e.g. paddle) while snorkelling.
For further information contact the Milyering Visitor Centre on (08) 9949 2808
From the beach near the car park at the end of Robinson Street
Return to your start point.
Hazards & Warnings
Beware of currents and winds at all sites. Check local weather conditions prior to leaving the shore.
All sites require paddling and snorkelling experience. It is your responsibility to ensure your level of experience is suitable for the site. If in doubt don’t go out.
Irukandji jellyfish can be present at Ningaloo - wearing stinger suits or rash shirts can reduce the risk of being stung.
Paddle with a friend to enhance the enjoyment and safety of your kayaking adventure.
Please ensure your craft is seaworthy and has the required safety equipment on-board. Most of these sites are more than 400 metres from shore, requiring you to have a lifejacket, flares/PLB and a bailer (if not self draining).
The moorings hold a maximum of ten kayaks at any one time.
Kayaks are available to hire. Contact the Visitor Centre for more information.
This trail is suitable for those with accessibility needs providing they have assistance. DBCA Coral Bay have a dedicated beach wheelchair that can be used to assist access to the beach - Phone Parks and Wildlife Office in Exmouth to arrange use Ph (08) 9947 8000. If a ranger is available, it may be possible for the ranger to transport the wheelchair for you. Please note, there are no universally accessible facilities at this site.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Interpretive Centre
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Visitor Information Centre
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
April to November
No fees apply
Self drive to Coral bay
ALL MOORINGS ARE LOCATED IN SANCTUARY ZONES – NO FISHING PERMITTED
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Heading outSet off from the beach near the car park at the end of Robinson St
Snorkelling along the wayThere are four buoys on this trail that each take ten kayaks at a time
The MazeThe Maze is one of the buoys where you can tie up the kayak while you snorkel
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