Of course, you would have heard of the Great Barrier Reef, and most visitors to Australia wouldn’t consider making the journey down under without heading to Tropical North Queensland to visit this wonder of the world.
But did you know there is an equally amazing World Heritage Listed Reef on the other side of the continent as well? The Ningaloo Marine Park covers the 300 kilometres of reef that stretches along the north-west coast.
But unlike the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo is a fringe reef, meaning the reef starts just metres from the beach and you don’t need to take a boat to snorkel amongst the amazing sea life. Plus, the remote nature of Western Australia’s north-west means you will enjoy the pristine environment without the throngs of crowds that descend upon the Great Barrier Reef.
Once in the water, you can expect to see spectacular coral gardens and the tropical sea life that call them home. Take a boat tour to deeper waters for the opportunity to swim some of the ocean’s most loved sea animals, including the mysterious whale shark.
Ningaloo Reef may be one massive nation away from the world famous Great Barrier Reef, but it is a star in its own right. So, what are some of the thrilling adventures that await you in this gorgeous, vibrant reef system right off the coast of WA?
It’s a reef, isn’t it? So, why wouldn’t you want to chuck on your flippers and wetsuit and submerge yourself amongst some of Australia’s fascinating and unique fish and sea species?
Ningaloo Reef is the perfect place for a spot of snorkelling, and one of the best in the world outside of the Great Barrier Reef, with plenty of rays, turtles, dolphins and even humpback whales traversing the reef’s stunning waters.
Swim with whale sharks
This is many a traveller’s dream: to swim side-by-side with the majestic whale shark. Many other people would frighten at the idea, given the whale sharks massive size, but whale sharks truly are some of the gentle giants of the ocean, and a swim alongside these peaceful creatures is a serene and inspiring experience.
Ningaloo Reef and the surrounding regions are home to one of the longest whale watching seasons in the whole world! From June to December, both humpback and southern right whales occupy the WA oceans and simply love to have a frolic around Ningaloo Reef! Here, you can go on cruises that allow you to spot them as they meander lazily around the waters, making it a must-do for nature lovers.
Cape Range National Park
Moving inland to the wondrous Cape Range National Park, a true wonder in a state that isn’t short of them… Cape Range National Park is home to endless limestone ranges that are the perfect refuge for famous Aussie animals like the red kangaroo, emu, echidna and a huge number of bird species that sing and flutter throughout the region…