UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef (Nyinggulu) is home to some of the world’s most incredible marine creatures. Located along the East Indian Ocean, 1,200 kilometres north of Perth the fringing reef, the largest in Australia is the sparkling jewel in Western Australia’s crown. Visitors can explore the colourful coral gardens, meet the tropical reef fish, paddle alongside sea turtles, dugongs, and manta rays and watch Humpback whales migrate past from August to October.
The most well-known visitors to Ningaloo Reef are whale sharks – the world’s largest fish - who play in the waters of Coral Bay between March and July. Tour operators offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dive, snorkel or swim alongside these magnificent, serene animals. Unlike most reefs, Ningaloo Reef is easy to access as it’s right off the beach, so just pop on your snorkel and mask and dive into an amazing underwater wonderland.
Take an epic road trip like no other along Western Australia’s stunning and diverse coastline. From Broome’s iconic Cable Beach, through the mining hubs of Port Hedland and Karratha to eco cruises on pristine Ningaloo Reef and Monkey Mia. From Kalbarri National Park to the mysterious Pinnacles and onto Perth and intriguing Rottnest Island. WA is filled with adventure, come and see...
The 300-kilometre-long Ningaloo Reef is made up of approximately 300 species of coral creating the perfect home for 500 species of tropical fish, 600 species of molluscs and many other marine invertebrates. Gardens of sponges have been discovered in the deeper waters and in recent years, a sea snake thought to be extinct was found on Ningaloo Reef. One of the oldest pieces of jewellery dating back over 32,000 years was also unearthed in the area.
The beaches are important as a breeding ground for the green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles who depend on the reef environment for food and nesting.
Immerse yourself in the turquoise waters of Ningaloo Reef (Nyinggulu) on a Western Australian adventure with Fun Over 50 Holidays.
There are many wonders on the land around Ningaloo Reef. The northern gateway to Ningaloo is Cape Range National Park at Exmouth where you can explore amazing red rock canyons and gorges. Ningaloo’s gateway to the south is Carnarvon, known as the 'food bowl' of Western Australia. The area produces a whopping 80 per cent of WA’s fruit and vegetable crops and has a booming prawn, crab, scallop and fishing industry.
All along UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef (Nyinggulu) you’ll find pristine beaches and surf breaks and in some places, the reef is less than half a kilometre from shore.
The Ningaloo (Nyinggulu) Coastal Reserves are the traditional home of the Baiyungu and Jinigudira people who share a strong cultural connection to the ocean, waterways, and tidal landscapes of the area. The Yamatji people of the Baiyungu and Yinigudura clans have inhabited the Nyinggulu area for over 30,000 years.
Ningaloo draws its name from the Aboriginal Wajarri language meaning deepwater, promontory or high land jutting into the sea.
Tour operators offer fishing trips, diving and snorkelling adventures, plus glass bottom boat cruises for those that want to view the marine life without getting wet!
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