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JAN - JUN 2011
Lancelin Ocean Classic January 6-9
The biggest and longest-running windsurfing event in Australia.
Lancelin (08) 9655 1068, lancelinoceanclassic.com.au
Kalbarri Sports Fishing Classic March 4-6
There’s 36 categories in game fishing, bottom fishing and a river section.
GAMEX 2011 March 19 - 26
WA’s premier game fishing tournament.
Coral Spawn Around March 22
Certain tides see the coral spawn in the waters of the Ningaloo Reef.
Coral Bay and Exmouth.
Nukara Music Festival March 19
Eight hours of live original roots music, overnight camping,
homemade tasty food and BYO drinks.
Nukara Farm, Chapman Valley nukarafarm.com.au
Whale Sharks Late March till end July
The giant fish lope into Ningaloo waters for the pleasure of snorkellers.
Ningaloo Reef, exmouthwa.com.au
Shark Bay Fishing Fiesta May 7-14
Various categories suit beach, boat or jetty anglers
and even keen fly fisherman.
Shark Bay, sharkbayevents.com.au
Kalbarri Canoe and Cray Carnival June 5
Canoe events, gymnastics displays, rod-casting, rope-coiling and
splicing, plus landlubber games for kids. There’s local food (fresh
crayfish of course) and market stalls.
Once a thriving pearl town, it’s
now the hub for tourism and
fishing in Shark Bay. There are
safe swimming beaches, cruises
and tours and a range of places to
stay and eat. The lagoon is an ideal
picnic and fishing spot.
Shark Bay and Monkey Mia
Shark Bay’s Hamelin Pool Marine
Nature Reserve is one of only two
places on earth where living marine
stromatolites exist. The Francois
Peron National Park is one of the
most important natural areas in
Australia, home to many rare and
endangered species. Get up close and
personal with the famous Monkey
Mia dolphins, and definitely take
a drive out to Shell Beach, 120km
of snow-white beach made up of
millions of tiny coquina shells.
Drive the Fruit Loop to check out
the plantations, and straddle the
Big Banana for a photo. Wander
down One Mile Jetty and along the
heritage precinct and, if you’re in
town on a Saturday, browse the
wonderful markets. The Carnarvon
blowholes showcase Mother Nature
at her wildest. Just to the south, the
Nursery’s white sandy beach and
coral lagoon is perfect for camping
be aware there’s no power or
water. Limestone tracks lead to the
beachside hideaways of Quobba,
Red Bluff & Gnaraloo.
The stunning coral and fish life
is just metres from shore. Along
this amazing stretch of Ningaloo
coast there are huge manta rays,
turtles, shark nurseries, whale
sharks between March and June,
and migrating humpback whales
from June to October. Cape Range
National Park, with its picturesque
natural gorges, rocky limestone
ranges and deep canyons, is a
must-see. Take a cruise along
Yardie Creek Gorge or hike the 3km
ancient riverbed of Mandu Mandu
Gorge. Camping spots abound.
The main centre from which to
explore the Ningaloo Reef and Cape
Range National Park. In the morning,
pending swell, head to the west side
of the cape to Yardie Creek – great
for wildlife-spotting and snorkelling.
Tandabiddi is the spot for a glass-
bottom boat cruise. Around
lunchtime, head to the other side
of the cape between the two jetties
at Bundegi for great swimming and
snorkelling on the white beaches.
Native animals often wander the
streets of Exmouth – look out for
emus, kangaroos and echidnas.
Abrolhos from the air
The foreshore in Geraldton
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