The Ningaloo Reef is a long barrier reef that extends for over 250 km along the west coast of Australia. The Ningaloo Reef, unlike the famous Great Barrier Reef, is unusually close to the coast, in fact sometimes the reef is located just 100 meters from the coast. The Ningaloo Reef is an area of coastline popular for divers, swimmers and snorkelers.
All the coral reefs of Ningaloo Reef is part of the “Ningaloo Marine Park” and is home to about 220 species of corals, as well as numerous tropical fish including sharks, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and dugongs. Between June and November off the coast are visible even humpback whales. The coral reefs of Ningaloo Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The major population centers that are located along the coast of the Ningaloo Reef are Coral Bay and Exmouth.
Coral Bay is a small seaside town in Western Australia, located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, at about 1,200 km north of Perth. Coral 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 reef is very close to the coast, at Coral Bay the reef is located less than 500 meters and extends for about two kilometers from the shore line, and is easily accessible, Coral Bay is located within one of the most beautiful marine areas of Western Australia.
Here you can go diving or snorkeling in the coral reefs, marine life is easily observed using mask and fins, or with a glass-bottomed boat. The Ningaloo Reef is famous for the ease with which you can see the harmless whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, dugongs, and humpback whales.
CAPE RANGE NATIONAL PARK
Cape Range National Park is a national park located along the coast of Western Australia, between Perth and Broome, the park includes the western part of the peninsula of North West Cape in front of the Ningaloo Marine Park and is characterized by its diversity of flora, fauna and numerous fossil remains. The park entrance is located about 40 km from the town of Exmouth.
The promontory of the North West Cape is made up of limestone rocks and rises to a height of several hundred meters, the park is a spectacular collection of beautiful white sand beaches, such as Turquoise Bay and Sandy Bay, limestone cliffs and deep canyons.
In this park are spectacular gorges and rocky shores of the most pristine and beautiful in Australia, the area is famous for its coral reefs, for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and rugged landscape. There are many places where you can watch the birds and wildlife 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, where the blue waters reflect the red cliffs. The gorge is full of birds and colonies of rock wallabies.