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Snorkel the Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Western Australia

Snorkel the Ningaloo Reef

Yardie Creek Road, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.visitningaloo.com.au
9213540 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

The 300 kilometre long, World Heritage Area listed Ningaloo Reef is the closest coral barrier reef to a land mass in the world, and is also high amongst the most biologically diverse marine environments on the planet. Running as it does hard against the coast, visitors can walk straight off the beach and snorkel over superb coral gardens teeming with colourful fish mere metres from the shore - an extraordinary experience found nowhere else in Australia! Many of the Ningaloo Reef's best snorkel spots are located just a short distance from either Exmouth or Coral Bay and are free to access.

Paradise Beach, Coral Bay, Western Australia

Paradise Beach

via Mauds Landing Road, Coral Bay, Western Australia, 6701
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.exmouthwa.com.au
9130403 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

Spectacular beaches are plentiful in Coral Bay; however, aptly named Paradise Beach is a well kept secret worth exploring. Providing clear calm waters and gleaming white sand, the uncrowded protected beach offers an excellent opportunity to snorkel safely amongst the abundant marine life. You can choose to build sandcastles, play a game of beach cricket, swim in the refreshing waters or just laze on the beach with a great book. Paradise Beach is well located close to the Ningaloo Reef and tours to explore the impressive natural attraction are plentiful. Depending on the time of year you visit, a visit to this region wouldn’t be complete without seeing the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, swimming gracefully through the waters. Accommodation is available in nearby Coral Bay; however, due to its popularity with local and international guests, it is advisable to book in advance. Paradise Beach is a short drive from Coral Bay and 12 hours drive north of Perth.

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Bill's Bay

Coral Bay Road, Coral Bay, Western Australia, 6701
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.exmouthwa.com.au
9130401 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

The tranquillity of Bill’s Bay with its pristine beaches and protected waters has a wonderfully relaxed seaside holiday ambience. The bay is located in the tiny town of Coral Bay and provides easy access to the world famous Ningaloo Reef. Snorkelers will revel in the abundance of marine life just off the shore. Dive or snorkel off the beach or visit the deeper waters to view dugongs, manta rays and the amazing whale sharks. If you plan to visit between June and October you can take a boat tour to see the migrating Humpback whales. Whilst there is always plenty to do, the pretty bay is an idyllic location to just laze on the beach and soak up the spectacular coastal scenery. Coral Bay is a 12 hour drive north of Perth and is a must see stop off on your trip around Western Australia. Try and stay at least a few days to relax and enjoy all that is on offer here. Book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment, as Coral Bay is extremely popular with Western Australian locals all year round.

Sandy Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia

Sandy Bay

via Yardie Creek Road, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.visitningaloo.com.au
9010026 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

For a lazy holiday of swimming and relaxing, head to Sandy Bay near Exmouth on Western Australia's mid north coast. The shallow waters and wide expanse of endless white sand make this a great choice for families. The kids will love wading knee-deep in the clear Indian Ocean, and there are also shaded tables perfect for a picnic. Sandy Bay is popular for wind surfing and kite surfing. When the sea breeze is in, wind surfers and kite surfers zip along the bay's shallow water at high speed. Located in the Ningaloo Marine Park, Sandy Bay is known for its excellent fishing. Throw in a line from the beach and you're likely to snare a catch from Ningaloo's teeming marine population. Sandy Bay is located approximately 80 kilometres from Exmouth. A self-drive vehicle is required to reach Sandy Bay.

Rocky Pool, Carnarvon, Western Australia

Rocky Pool

via Rocky Pool Road, Carnarvon, Western Australia, 6701
Email: info@carnarvon.org.au
Website: www.carnarvon.org.au
9010009 Phone Number: 61 08 9941 1146
Fax Number: 61 08 9941 1149

Rocky Pool is a freshwater pool near Carnarvon. This picturesque setting makes for a wonderful day trip. No matter what time of year you visit the pool, you will be able to swim in the inviting waters thanks to the year round warm climate. Take a walk around the Rocky Pool admiring the beautiful ghost gum trees, float in the tranquil waters and explore the shallow pools for fossils that have been washed down from the Kennedy Ranges. Bring a picnic, or cook up a meal on the barbecues provided. Rocky Pool offers an opportunity to relax and appreciate the beautiful tranquil environment. Carnarvon is a 10 hour drive north of Perth. Whilst in the area visit the Carnarvon Heritage Precinct and walk along the north’s longest jetty, One Mile Jetty.

Purdy Point, Coral Bay, Western Australia

Purdy Point

via Mauds Landing Road, Coral Bay, Western Australia, 6701
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.exmouthwa.com.au
9130402 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

Purdy Point provides convenient access to the world famous Ningaloo Reef. Take a short walk or drive from the idyllic town of Coral Bay to this popular snorkelling location. The calm protected waters and plethora of marine life makes this a paradise for all who wish to explore the reef. Boasting beautiful weather all year round Purdy Point is a nice easy introduction to what the reef has to offer. To explore the region in more depth take a glass bottom boat trip, join a dive charter, deep sea fishing expedition or a whale watching tour. If you can time your visit with whale shark season, you will be captivated by the sheer size of these gentle giants. Purdy Point is located just south of Coral Bay and 12 hours drive north of Perth. This region is extremely popular with tourists visiting from all over the world, so please ensure you book accommodation before travelling.

Ningaloo Marine Park, Exmouth, Western Australia

Ningaloo Marine Park

via North West Cape, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.visitningaloo.com.au
9009394 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park is where you'll find the world's largest fringing reef, the Ningaloo Reef - 300 kilometres of biodiversity reaching from Red Bluff to Exmouth, and just a short swim from the shore in many places. Flights from Perth get you to nearby Learmonth airport in two and a half hours. Alternatively, you can make the two day drive from Perth to Coral Bay or Exmouth, or join an extended guided tour. Slip on a snorkel or jump aboard a diving tour for face-to-fin encounters with some 500 species of fish, manta rays and turtles, as you glide over 200 varieties of coral. If you'd prefer to stay dry, glass-bottom boat tours offer a window to this underwater world. Just beyond the reef lies one of the best places on Earth for a swim with the largest fish in the ocean, the gentle whale shark. They're regular visitors between March and late July, and from June to November, you can watch the humpback whales make their annual migration too. Not surprisingly, the fishing is top-notch too, with tuna, marlin and sailfish the prized catches. Fish the designated beach zones or join a fishing charter.

Charles Knife Canyon, Exmouth, Western Australia

Charles Knife Canyon

Charles Knife Road, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.visitningaloo.com.au
9009978 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

Charles Knife Road in Cape Range National Park leads you up to the top of the spectacular ranges offering awesome views back into the Charles Knife Canyon, the gorges and Exmouth Gulf. If possible, try to arrive at the top of the road at sunrise as you will be blessed with an unforgettable sight. After taking in the views of Exmouth Gulf from Thomas Carter Lookout, take the bush trail that leads through the canyon and offers numerous photographic opportunities. Located close to Charles Knife Canyon is Shothole Canyon. Take a scenic drive around the canyon and seize the opportunity to stop and examine the colourful layers of the rock face. Join the walking trail at the bottom of the canyon to explore much of the national park land and look out for some of the resident marsupials. Charles Knife Road is located 21 kilometres south of Exmouth. Caution should be taken when exploring the canyons as there can be dangerous loose surfaces. Ensure you bring water, appropriate footwear and contact the Department of Environment and Conservation for a walk trail guide of the park.

One Mile Jetty, Carnarvon, Western Australia

One Mile Jetty

Annear Place, Babbage Island, Carnarvon, Western Australia, 6701
Email: info@carnarvon.org.au
Website: www.carnarvon.org.au
9010008 Phone Number: 61 08 9941 1146
Fax Number: 61 08 9941 1149

One Mile Jetty in Carnarvon is the longest jetty in the north west of the state. It is a great spot for fishing for Mulloway and Tailor, where you can enjoy fishing in the deep water without the need for a boat! Walk along its 1,493 metre length, and then catch the Coffee Pot train back. Enjoy a magnificent sunset over the water and soak up the history of this unique structure. The Jetty was built in 1897 to service shipping. Everything and everyone came and went on the ships for 60 years until the road south was sealed. Animal driven wagons were used at first and then steam and diesel powered trains pulled wagons that were used to transport the goods and people. Carnarvon is a 10 hour drive north of Perth.

The Blowholes Carnarvon, Carnarvon, Western Australia

The Blowholes Carnarvon

via Beach Road, Carnarvon, Western Australia, 6701
Email: info@carnarvon.org.au
Website: www.carnarvon.org.au
9009387 Phone Number: 61 08 9941 1146
Fax Number: 61 08 9941 1149

The spectacular Blowholes Carnarvon, located about an hour's drive north of Carnarvon, shoot a powerful jet of water 20 metres into the air in an awesome display of nature. The Blowholes are in a pristine coastal strip where you'll also find white sandy beaches and a coral reef just offshore. Just one kilometre south of the Blowholes is a beautiful beach perfect for swimming and snorkelling. You can prise oysters from nearby rocks, while crayfish can be caught amongst the reef. Mother Nature's power is evident in this part of the world so be mindful of tides and the potential for king waves. To reach the Blowholes travel along the North West Coastal Highway north of Carnarvon. Camping is allowed but there is no fresh water.

Information provided by the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse