Along the coast of Western Australia there is one of the most beautiful coral reefs on the planet: the Ningaloo Reef. At the center of this coral reef is the resort of Coral Bay, where the coral reef is located just 500 meters from the coast. Cape Range National Park is located at the northern end of the Ningaloo Reef.
The Ningaloo Reef is a long coral reef that stretches over 250 km along the west coast of Australia. The Ningaloo Reef, unlike the famous Australian Great Barrier Reef, is found unusually close to the coast. In fact, the coral reef is sometimes located just 100 meters from the coast. The Ningaloo Reef is a popular coastal area for divers and swimmers and snorkelers.
The entire coral reef of the Ningaloo Reef is part of the “Ningaloo Marine Park” and is home to around 220 coral species. Also here are numerous tropical fish including sharks, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and dugongs. Between June and November the humpback whale is also visible off the coast. The coral reef of the Ningaloo Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main population centers along the Ningaloo Reef coast are Coral Bay and Exmouth.
Coral Bay is a small seaside resort in Western Australia, located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, about 1,200 km north of Perth. This bay is located along the famous Ningaloo Reef, a coral reef that stretches along the coast of Western Australia for about 260 km in length.
Its name derives from the fact that at this point the coral reef is very close to the coast. In Coral Bay the coral reef is easily accessible, in fact it is located less than 500 meters from the shore and extends for about two kilometers from the coastline. Coral Bay is located within one of the most beautiful marine areas of Western Australia.
Here you can dive or snorkel in the coral reef. Marine life is easily observed using masks and fins, or with glass bottom boats. The Ningaloo Reef is famous for the ease with which you can see harmless whale sharks, giant manta rays, dolphins, dugongs, and humpback whales.
CAPE RANGE NATIONAL PARK
Cape Range National Park is a Western Australia national park located along the coast between Perth and Broome. The park includes the western part of the North West Cape peninsula in front of the Ningaloo Marine Park and is characterized by its diversity of flora, fauna and numerous fossil remains. The park entrance is approximately 40 km from the town of Exmouth.
The promontory of the North West Cape is made up of limestone and rises several hundred meters high. The park is a spectacular set of wonderful white sand beaches, such as Turquoise Bay and Sandy Bay. Finally, there are limestone cliffs and deep canyons.
In this park there are spectacular gorges and rocky coasts among the most unspoiled and beautiful in Australia. The area is famous for its splendid coral reefs, for its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and rugged landscape. There are numerous places where you can observe the birds and fauna of the park.
YARDIE CREEK: Yardie Creek is located at the southern end of the park, about 90 km from Exmouth, and consists of a gorge near the coast. Here the blue waters reflect the red sheer walls. The gorge is full of birds and rock wallaby colonies.