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Coral Bay Research Station

One of the primary aims of the NWRA has been to establish a research station in Coral Bay, which is operated by Murdoch University with the assistance of the NWRA. The research station has been operational since 2004, and is equipped with basic facilities. The building, which was donated by the Brogan family and is being maintained by Bayview Coral Bay, includes laboratory and office facilities and accomodation for up to 8 persons.

There are two boats available for researchers to use: a 5.6m aluminium centre-console work boat with 100hp 4-stroke outboard, and a 4.2m Polycraft dinghy (with canopy and ladder for diver entry) with a 40hp 2-stroke outboard. Dive Equipment and microscopes are also available for use by researchers. Users of the station can hire Kayaks from Ningaloo Kayak Adventures for a reduced fee subject to availablility.

The station, facilities and accomodation are available to students and researchers to carry out research in the region. We welcome researchers from other institutions; special rates are available for students. A booking form is available here. Please send the completed form or make general enquiries to Mike van Keulen:

Projects that are already underway or in planning include the causes and mitigation of coral stress in the Coral Bay area, studies of benthic productivity, the effects of no-take zones on coral recruitment, and biodiversity and habitat mapping of the Ningaloo coast. Collaborative partners include the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the CSIRO and the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Further information on research activities at Ningaloo Reef are available from the DEC Marine Science branch, the DEC office in Exmouth and at the Milyering Visitor Centre in Cape Range National Park.

Please see our conditions of stay, which includes current pricing. Please note that this document may be updated from time to time.