By Fleur Bainger
Ningaloo Marine Park is a World Heritage-listed site found half way up the West Australian coastline. The crystalline water harbours the world’s largest fringing reef, a 260 kilometre (162 mile) long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and the elusive whale shark. Nowhere on earth do these majestic creatures reliably congregate in such large numbers as here, at Ningaloo Reef.
HOW TO GET THERE
Ningaloo’s hub town of Exmouth is a 1250 kilometre (777 mile) drive north of Perth, with plenty of worthy stops along the way. Alternatively, fly to Learmonth Airport (Qantas flies daily) and hire a car or a campervan locally. Integrity Coach Lines also travels from Perth to Exmouth.
- The incomparable experience of swimming with a whale shark
- Flying above migrating whales in an Exmouth microlight flight
- Staying in a luxury campsite metres from the coral reef