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The Ningaloo Reef off the western coast of the
Cape Range Peninsula is Australia’s largest and
most accessible fringing coral reef. Step off the
pristine white-sand beaches and you’ll enter
one of the last true ocean paradises, where you
can swim, snorkel and dive with one of the
world’s largest aggregations of whale sharks,
whales, dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, turtles
and more than 500 species of tropical fish. You’ll
also see over 220 species of coral through the
clearest turquoise water imaginable.
The Ningaloo Marine Park stretches for
more than 200km, from Bundegi Reef
near Exmouth to Red Bluff, 70km north
of Carnarvon. While there are no islands
considered to be on the reef, the Muiron
Islands are closest. Pay attention to the fish
sanctuaries: download a map from www.dec.
wa.gov.au to check the marine park zones are
and where fishing is prohibited.
Coordinates: 22°40’00”S 113°39’00”E
WORLD HERITAGE AREA
March to April Coral spawn at this time, a spectacle
for divers and attractant for whale sharks
April to June Large aggregations of whale visit the
reef each year in these months
December to January Sea turtles nest on beaches
and hatch from mid-January to mid-March
End of July Humpback whales appear in the region
April to July The best weather for diving and fishing
Best time to go
Ningaloo Reef ’s pristine environment
(Photography Nigel Gaunt).
Snorkelling at Ningaloo Marine Park.
Swimming with whalesharks (Photography
Ningaloo Whaleshark n Dive).
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