Coral Bay surprised me greatly. Again, I imagined a beautiful idyllic place with a white sand beach. Much like Monkey Mia it has been so exploited by tourism that what might have been a serene, idyllic spot for snorkeling and recreation, is now a place of two caravan parks, a resort, a hostel, supermarket and a lively sports bar. If you want to swim with whale sharks this is the place to do it, if you have $700 to spare.
As the dry season was about to commence up North, Darwin seemed a good choice to continue the travels. We decided to make a roadtrip out of it and see the most talked about attractions on the way. The Pinnacles, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Exmouth, Cape Range National Park, Karijini National Park, Broome, The Gibb River Road and Kakadu National Park.