Go West, Day 48 – Coronation Beach

Day 48

Thursday 23rd April 2015

Geraldton to Coronation Beach

Land sakes! The Ollies are up and off before us! That’s a first.

We drive 25 kms north to Coronation Beach campground. It is quite a sight, the blue of the ocean, lines of breakers and the surf crashing in. People stroll about lazily, their heads encased in fly nets. Geraldton can be seen away to the south. There are a limited number of sites here tucked in amongst the shrubbery so one must be early to secure a spot. 

Coronation Beach, WA 

The narrow beach overlooks a lagoon sheltered by a reef about 500 metres off shore. Surf hammers the reef incessantly. Sea grass piles up in mounds. There are small scratchings in the sand where crabs have scarpered to their holes. The only shells are some kind of worm and there are hundreds of cuttlefish. Where’s a budgie when you need one?

This is a place that demands an afternoon siesta but in the late arvo the wind picks up and kite surfers take to the water slipping across the lagoon as though on glass. When they surf the waves out on the reef their whoops of joy can be heard back on the beach.

Coronation Beach, WA a windsurfer’s paradise.
Coronation Beach, WA

Behind the first dune there is a quarry, a windmill and sheep grazing. Now that’s a first, sheep at the beach.

After a fish BBQ we turn the hot water service on to wash the dishes. That’s the free camping gas setting and she doesn’t fire up. Damn, we forgot to test it on gas!

Accom: $12

Travelling Kms: 25Kms

And another magical Indian Ocean sunset
Go West Coronation
Map Source: WikiCamps

8 thoughts on “Go West, Day 48 – Coronation Beach

  1. In France, we visited a place called Saint-Valery-sur-Somme where the sheep were specifically taken down to the sea to graze on the nearby meadows. The salts make for delicately flavoured meat apparently. Your sheep had better watch out!


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