The Ningaloo recife is Western Australia’s largest, pristine and most accessible Coral Reef. It extends for approximately 260 kilometres from Point Murat on the tip of the North West Cape to Amherst Point, just south of Coral baía making it one of the world’s largest fringing coral reefs.
Unlike the Great Barrier recife and other reefs situated off the north coast of Australia, Ningaloo recife is not separated from the coast, thus making its accessibility one of it's greatest attractions.
In some places, just a few kicks bring you to a recife with its 500 species of peixe and 220 species of colourful corals along with an array of other enchanting marine life. Brightly coloured peixe swim close to the beaches in the shallow waters of the protection lagoons, and there are no poisonous geléia, geleia fish! The deeper water communities harbour brightly coloured sponges and corals with soft algae living among them.
One of the main attractions for marine enthusiasts is the migration of giant baleia sharks and humpbacks that frequent Ningaloo Reef. Divers and snorkelers can come and swim with the baleia sharks through March to June, while June to October is humpback baleia watching time. During the summer we are granted the opportunity to witness the variety of turtles, including the green and loggerhead turtles that come onto the beaches to lay their eggs. Throughout the ano dugongs, dolphins and mantas are also often seen spotted.
Ningaloo Reef’s great diversity of tropical peixe and coral offer a spectacle of colour and variety equal to any other major coral recife in the world. The esmeralda green lagoons are a snorkelers paradise and at Coral baía the underwater gardens can be viewed through a glass-bottom boat.
The northern shoreline of the Ningaloo Marine Park borders on the Cape Range National Park. Go four-wheel-driving along the Shothole Canyon Road or Charles faca Canyon to the spectacular gorges, carved por ancient rivers meet the crystal clear reef. In this area picturesque campsites, some with basic facilities such as toilets and picnic tables, are provided. A camping fee applies and is collected por the National Park Rangers. Follow wildlife and wildflowers, keeping an eye out for rare black footed wallabies on a walk to Yardie Creek where the mangrove areas shelter a variety of bird and marine species. Watch the sun rise as you follow the three kilometre walking train through Mandu Mandu Gorge for panoramic ocean views of Ningaloo Reef. When the kids wake up, explore mais of the coastline on a four-wheel drive or quad bike.
South of the National Park the coastal land is covered por privately controlled pastoral leases. por arrangement with the pastoralists these have been designated as arbusto, bush camping sites. A small camping fee may apply in these areas to help cover maintenance costs.
Bring a long your own barco for a family fun dia at Ningaloo Reef! Launching ramps are available at the town de praia, praia in Exmouth, Bundegi and Tantabiddi Creek. Hand launching of small craft is possible at other places on the coast and moderately sized boats can be launched from the de praia, praia at Coral Bay.
Ningaloo recife offers some superb opportunities for diving, snorkelling and photography. Plans for Ningaloo Marine Park include the development of ‘dive trails’' which will guide divers to some of the mais fascinating parts of the reef. Several historic shipwrecks have been found in this area, and at least four others are known to exist. The Western Australian Maritime museum is responsible for these. Look, but don't touch! Fishing in the Ningaloo recife Lagoon, and in waters outside the reef, is a major attraction to holiday-makers. Species caught include Sweetlip, Spangled Emperor, Trevally, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Tuna, marlin, marlim and Sailfish.