Whale watching, pristine beaches Exmouth Western Australia

Major Attractions

Some popular websites for more information on Exmouth and the Ningaloo Coast

Ningaloo Visitor Centre

Parks and Wildlife Service

Australia's Coral Coast

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo is the largest fringing coral reef in Australia. It is the only large reef in the world found so close to a continental land mass; about 100 metres offshore at its nearest point and less than seven kilometres at its furthest. The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef stretches for 260km. An abundance of marine life and the reef in which they live thrive together, in one of the world's highest-ranked ecosystems in terms of biodiversity. Read more about Ningaloo Reef.

Whale Sharkswhaleshark

Every year from March to August following the mass spawning of coral, the world's largest species of fish, Whale Sharks congregate in the Ningaloo Marine Park. The chance to snorkel with these gentle giants is the opportunity of a lifetime and visitors from all over the world head to the Ningaloo Reef to experience this natural wonder. These massive filter feeders can grow up to 18m long. They cruise the world's oceans in search of concentrations to feed on. Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places they appear regularly in large numbers. Very little is known about the biology of these creatures so research is ongoing.

Diving

Dive the magical Ningaloo Reef. The Muiron Islands, Lighthouse Bay or the Navy Pier are all world-class dive sites that are sure to take your breath away.

Snorkelling

An inner reef sanctuary exists consisting of magnificent coral formations surrounded by pristine turquoise waters and in some spots only metres from the white sandy shoreline. So grab your snorkelling gear and a snorkelling buddy and experience the wonder up close and personal.

Cape Range

The Cape Range National Park encompasses winding gorges, with colourful and striking cliff faces. The impressive weathered limestone range has plateaus of up to 314 metres high. It forms the spine of the peninsula that stretches up towards North West Cape. You can climb up deep rocky gorges to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. One of many popular walks is a three-kilometre ramble through Mandu Mandu Gorge along the bed of an ancient river.

Beneath the rocky plateaus and canyons of the Cape Range National Park lie a network of hidden caves and tunnels. They harbour a unique collection of bizarre cave-dwelling animals: an ancient treasure trove of immense value to both science and nature conservation. Read more about Cape Range.

Yardie Creekcape range - yardie creek gorge

Yardie Creek located in Cape Range National Park winds through the range leading from the turquoise waters of the Ningaloo Marine Park. Take the Yardie Creek Boat Tour to experience the red and rugged beauty; you may even spot rare rock wallabies on your journey. Or take the walking trails along the top of the range and look down over the winding creek.

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