With a border touching the Exmouth Gulf, Giralia is some 1230 km north of Perth and 125 km south of Exmouth and some 110 km north west of Coral Bay on the Burkett Road.
From 1921 until 2003 generations the Blake family ran Giralia Station as a 228,000 hectares sheep station. In the late 20th century, the hospitality of the working rancher Denver and his wife Rae was legendary. When cyclone Vance devastated the Exmouth area in 1997, massive damage was caused to Giralia Homestead and the Blake family took artisans to the station to ensure the iconic heritage station Homestead survived. In 2002 the Giralia Sheep Station was acquired by Conservation and Land Management CALM and managed as a National Park with the Blake family continuing to dispense outback hospitality.
Giralia is an area of outstanding beauty with many different species of flora and fauna, of which some are unique to the station. Twitchers visiting Australias North West delight at the Birdlife; and Giralia has become renowned world wide for its unique fossils.Giralia is located at the 'throat' of the Gulf of Exmouth where the outback meets the coast with easy access to Cape Range National Park, Ningaloo Marine Park, Exmouth and Coral Bay. There is 4WD access to Giralia Bay for excellent fishing.
Coral Bay Western Australia
The small holiday settlement of Coral Bay is situated some 1150 kms north of Perth and some 150 kms south of Exmouth town, on the North West Cape. Located some 560 km above the Tropic of Capricorn, the waters of Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef are situated in the tropical zone.
The landing in 1884 of the schooner 'Maud' in the Coral Bay area, is the earliest recorded European activity in the Coral Bay area. The area, now known as Maud's Landing is slightly north of the township of Coral Bay. In 1896 a town site reserve was gazetted, known as Maud's Landing but it wasn't until 1915 that Maud's Landing was officially proclaimed a town. As the population in Western Australia grew, the close proximity of the Ningaloo Coral Reef to the shore in what locals called Coral Bay caused a regular influx of campers and fishermen. In 1968 formal settlement of Coral Bay began with the establishment a hotel and campgrounds.
Coral Bay - Ningaloo Coral Reef
The Ningaloo Reef stretches some 260 km. Ningaloo Coral Reef begins at Bundegi, north of Exmouth and fringes the extent of the North West Cape, right down to Amherst Point, south of Coral Bay. The low rainfall of the North West Cape, with its minimal run off into the Indian Ocean has permitted the growth of the Ningaloo Coral Reef; allowing it to become the only fringing coral reef in Australia. The Ningaloo Reef is the only fringing coral reef in the world on the western side of a continent.In places at Coral Bay, the Ningaloo Reef is only 100 metres from shore. At its furthest, the Ningaloo Coral Reef is only is only some 7 - 8 kms from shore, as it fringes the North West Cape.The virtually untouched 260km long barrier Ningaloo Reef protects shallow, brilliant white sandy lagoons of gin clear tropical waters all along its great length. At Coral Bay it is possible to walk from pristine deserted beaches straight on to a dazzling coral reef. The Ningaloo Coral Reef is home to more than 500 species of tropical fish, and 220 species of hard and soft corals.The coral of Ningaloo Coral Reef spawns at a different time to other coral reefs in the world, around the time of the first full moon following Easter.
Protected by the movements of the Indian Ocean by the Ningaloo Reef, and well inside the Tropic of Capricorn, Coral Bay is the best place to learn to snorkel - all year round and at what ever age. Small schools of reef fish dart around the gin clear waters of the shallows, mobs of huge schnappers join them, looking for a bit of hand feeding throughout the year. Each year from about May to June the waters of Coral Bay are visited by the largest fish in the world - whale sharks. Whale sharks have been studied at the North West Cape for a number of years, and whale sharks of up to 18 metres long have been noted. Whale sharks are filter feeders and come to the Ningaloo Reef to join the food chain sparked off by the coral spawning. Whale sharks are filter feeders and are gentle giants, not man-eaters. Humpback whales migrate through the waters off Coral Bay between June and November. Manta rays inhabit the area all year round and rays can be seen early mornings very close on the shoreline of Coral Bay as can exotic parrot fish. The waters of Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef are inhabited year round by Loggerhead, Hawksbills and Green turtles. Turtles nest off Ningaloo Reef, with the nesting season beginning around November.