Meet the Locals

        Whale sharks

      The opportunity to not only observe but also swim with these gentle giants in their natural habitat is one that we are incredibly lucky to have available to us on Western Australia’s Coral Coast . From March – July every year we see the annual congregation of the world’s biggest fish the Whaleshark in the Ningaloo Marine Park. They are drawn to the area following a mass spawning of coral on the reef, and spend months cruising the warm Ningaloo waters feeding on the abundant food supplies. Tours are offered from Coral Bay and Exmouth for people to experience the exhilaration of interacting with these incredible creatures. 

        Manta Rays

      The Ningaloo Reef is one of the very few places in the world where manta rays are consistently located year round. Growing up to 5.5 meters wide these harmless and playful creatures spend their time cruising the Ningaloo Reef and playing in the deep waters of the Ningaloo Lagoon. Visitors have the opportunity to swim and interact with Manta Rays on special tours operating from Coral Bay and as part of snorkel tours in Exmouth.

       

        Sea Lions

      The Australian Sea Lion is the rarest sea lion in the world and has been listed on the endangered species list. Jurien Bay Marine Park is home to a large population of these furry mammals who spend hours cavorting and playing in the clear waters and on the beach. They are also in the waters of Cervantes, Geraldton and the Abrolhos Islands. While these aquatic clowns can be enjoyed all year round, sea lion tours generally operate from mid-September to late June to avoid unnecessary interaction with breeding colonies.

       Wallabies 

      Australia’s Coral Coast has an abundance of diverse wildlife and fauna which call the region home. Varying breeds of wallabies and wallaroos can be found throughout and if you have a keen eye can be spotted in their natural habitats feeding and foraging about. Kalbarri National Park is home to the endangered Black Flanked Rock Wallaby which makes its home amongst the 400 million year old gorges. Recently a small population were released into the park in an effort to re-establish numbers of this threatened species.

       Humpback Whales

      From the months of June to November large numbers of humpback whales make their way from the cold waters of the Antarctic to the warm waters of the Ningaloo Reef on their annual migration north. These gentle giants spend months resting and calving along the Ningaloo Reef and can even be seen with the naked eye from vantage points along the coast. Eco –tours running out of Coral Bay and Exmouth allow visitors the opportunity of a life time to swim and interact with them, an experience that most find hard to put into words.


       Echidnas 

      If you have ever been so lucky to come across an echidna in the wild then you will agree that although their spikes can look intimidating they are one cute looking animal. Found along the Coral Coast and Indian Ocean Drive they do a great job camouflaging themselves amongst the shrubs and fauna. Even though considered a solitary animal and fairly elusive in nature they are spotted regularly crossing roads and bush tracks so be sure to have your eyes peeled.

       Emus

      Emus are found making residence in many towns along Australia’s Coral Coast. Locals of Denham, Monkey Mia and Exmouth are accustomed to these inquisitive birds who can be seen wandering the main streets or taking a cooling dip at a local beach.

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