Western Australia's Ningaloo Marine Park protects the world-famous Ningaloo Reef – Australia’s largest and most accessible fringing reef and one of the largest fringing reefs in the world. Here, you simply step straight off the dazzling white sandy beaches and enter an underwater wonderland of incredible diversity.
Stretching 300 kilometres, the Ningaloo Marine Park begins at Bundegi Reef in the Exmouth Gulf, skirts around North West Cape and ends at the southern gateway to Ningaloo Reef at Red Bluff (north of Carnarvon). It extends 10 nautical miles seaward and encompasses over 5,000 square kilometres of ocean.
The shallow "inner lagoon" and deeper "outer reef" offshore waters create a diverse array of habitats for a multitude of colourful corals and more than 500 species of fish. Many creatures regularly visit including whale sharks, turtles, manta rays, dugongs, dolphins and humpback whales just to name a few - making it a must-see for divers, snorkellers and nature-lovers.
There are a number of snorkel and dive sites that can easily be reached by conventional vehicle or just off the beach, while some require a four wheel drive and a boat.
The Ningaloo Reef region also boasts a string of pristine pearly-white beaches, perfect for swimming and relaxing, and outside the park’s sanctuary zones ('no take' areas), you’ll find some of Australia’s best fishing spots.