Ningaloo is a vast, spectacular playground just waiting to be explored. The eclectic, sun-brushed landscape is host to a deep wealth of unforgettable experiences, from swimming with the magnificent whale sharks, to hiking and watching the sunset over ancient, Neolithic gorges.
World Heritage listed, the 604,500-hectare marine and terrestrial property of Ningaloo Coast, on this remote western coast of Australia, includes one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world.
Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef and one of the most expansive biological structures in the world (and is even visible from space!). Step foot in the crystal clear waters and you will instantly be greeted by schools of the most bio-diverse marine life on the planet. Take a plunge on the outer reef and you will be swimming with the largest (and gentlest) fish in the ocean.
Covering a staggering 5000 square kilometres of ocean, and home to over 500 species of fish, 220 different coral and algae varieties, 600 species of crustaceans, 655 mollusc species, 75 true cave invertebrates, 69 IUCN listed threatened species, and the world’s largest migrating whale shark population, the Ningaloo Reef is a living kaleidoscope of beauty and wonders.
The Ningaloo Reef’s natural coral fortifications have challenged sailors and explorers since the Dutch first set foot on the white sands of the North West Cape in 1618. Underwater shipwrecks lay strewn across colourful coral reefs and silken sandbanks, making it the perfect site for divers and underwater explorers.
The Cape Range National Park is an ancient landscape chiselled by countless years of erosion. Hike through the arid, rugged terrain and rocky gorges, and visit spectacular Yardie Creek to watch the sun emblazon the limestone cliffs and set over the Ningaloo Reef Lagoon’s sparkling waters. Spanning an area of 46,655 hectares, the rugged cliffs, deep canyons, and pristine beaches of the Cape Range National Park are home to over 700 caves, 630 species of wildflower, 100 species of bird, and 80 species of reptiles – just to name a few. Flora species include mangroves, acacia, spinifex, grevillea, verticordia, eucalyptus, minilya lily; fauna includes rock wallabies, red kangaroos, and emus.
The town of Exmouth offers a range of fun activities for the whole family. The gateway to the Ningaloo region, Exmouth boasts an array of excellent accommodation and dining options. Restaurants serve fresh, local seafood, and showcase native produce sourced from throughout the region. Endless white beaches, including beautiful Turquoise Bay, are just a short drive away.
To plan you holiday check out www.visitningaloo.com.au