It emerges from its indigo underworld as though from a dream, a colossus accompanied by the tiniest of golden trevallies.
Proponents say development won’t harm world heritage ecosystem, but a campaign led by Tim Winton is sounding the alarm…
(BPT) – Where do the red and orange hues of Australia’s iconic outback meet white sand beaches and turquoise blue water? Where can you walk off the shore and instantly experience pristine coral reef during a special drift snorkel? It’s where the best marine encounters in the world are part of everyday life. Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, along the stunning Coral Coast, is one of the region’s best-kept secrets.
The people living in the Shire of Exmouth are dedicated to making their beaches free of trash, pollutants and plastics.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the West Coast of Australia is my FAVOURITE part of the country to road trip and that’s a fact! There’s just something about the grandeur of it all, the vastness, the emptiness, the enormity… and the lack of people that immediately grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let it go! No surprise then that when I finally clambered out of the Landrover and decided to stay put for a few months it was on Australia’s west coast too! So after spending almost a year living, working, travelling and exploring this state, here’s…
Australia’s largest fringing reef is home to 400 types of coral, explosions of psychedelic-hued fish and whale sharks. Head to Ningaloo for a thrilling swim with the world’s largest fish
“They only reach speeds of three miles an hour. Not fast, in the scheme of things,” says marine biologist guide Natalie Yeates. In the scheme of things, perhaps. But, when a creature about the length of a double-decker bus swims straight towards you, three miles an hour feels pretty zippy.
“Remember to swim once you’re in the water,” Natalie adds, addressing our group of 10. Like a wet-suited queue of lemmings, snorkels in mouths we wait to slip off our boat in Australia’s Ningaloo Reef. “It sounds daft, but some people forget to move; these fish don’t hang around.”
Bobbing atop the Indian Ocean feels a long way from Exmouth, the frontier-feel town we left an hour ago. About 800 miles north of Perth, it’s a place where bohemian souls settle, and emus outnumber cars on its dusty roads.
Read more from source: Australia: Whale shark wonders on Ningaloo Reef | Nat Geo Traveller (UK)
From stargazing in the middle of the desert to swimming with giant whale sharks, there’s just so much to do!
Spanning 2.6 MILLION square kilometres, the broad and beautiful state of Western Australia is full of undiscovered gems that are worth checking out! With so much to do, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice, especially if it’s your first time visiting the region. But not to worry! Here are our top 10 picks for must-do activities in the five regions across Western Australia. The regions include Perth & its surrounding areas, Southwest region, Coral Coast region, Northwest region as well as the Golden Outback.
Ready for an amazing adventure?
Perth & its surrounds
1. Snap selfies with the quokkas on Rottnest Island
19 kilometres off the coast of Perth is this idyllic island paradise packed with family-friendly activities and delightful wildlife! Besides stunning sea views and beaches, prepare to be enthralled by a multitude of water activities: snorkelling over coral reefs and shipwrecks, fishing, surfing, and basically all other water sports under the sun.
Read more from source: 10 Things to Do in Western Australia for Your First Trip to the Region
Authorities say the tooth’s monetary value ‘would not be very high,’ though it may be prized by collectors.
A GIANT SHARK tooth that’s more than two million years old has been snatched from an Australian park, leaving authorities puzzled.
The tooth is from a megalodon, an ancient shark species that went extinct 23 to 2.6 million years ago. It’s one of two known examples in Cape Range National Park along Western Australia’s Ningaloo Coast. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Department of Environment and Conservation was just beginning to figure out how to secure the tooth when it was stolen. Up until that point, authorities had been considering covering it with bulletproof glass and other sorts of cages.
“The worst part is they took the better specimen, which was not so well known,” Arvid Hogstrom, a department spokesperson, tells BBC News. “Our staff had actually physically covered it up with natural features to make sure it was hidden.”
The ten centimetre long tooth had been stashed at a semi-secret location that only a few people knew about.
The pristine waters of the Ningaloo Reef off the coast of northern WA are home to a huge array of marine life. From sea turtles to dugongs and the world’s biggest congregation of whale sharks. It’s also a huge coral reef extending over 300 km. The shallow lagoons and deeper offshore waters create a diverse collection of habitats making it a UNESCO World Heritage Area.
This underwater wonderland is so big, however, that discovering all its various nooks and crannies is a big job. Thankfully we have some undersea explorers on the job.
On a recent trip our Ningaloo Outlook researchers stumbled across a field of corals the like of which have never been seen in such abundance before.
Whether you’re a foodie, thrill-seeker, nature-lover, or diver, Western Australia quite literally has something for everyone.
We’re loath to use the phrase “something for everyone.” But, whether you’re a foodie, thrill-seeker, nature-lover, or diver, Western Australia quite literally has something for everyone. Here are five of our favorite adventure experiences the wild Australian state has to offer.
Get Wet in Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef is second only to the Great Barrier Reef as home to the continent’s best snorkeling and diving. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef is the largest “fringing” coral reef in the world, which means it’s readily accessible directly from the beach. The waters are rich with dolphins, manta rays, and whale sharks (the world’s largest fish) almost any time of year.
There’s few places in Australia as spectacular and awe-inspiring as the Ningaloo Reef.
Far less well-known internationally, and therefore much quieter than the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo off the west coast of the country is, nevertheless, a UNESCO World Heritage site and every bit as impressive, if not more so, than its eastern counterpart.
Known as the place where the reef meets the range, the red outback colours which contrast vividly against the turquoise Indian Ocean here are truly breathtaking.
So, if you’re thinking of heading to Western Australia to enjoy this beautiful part of the country, here’s my suggestions when it comes to the best way to experience Australia’s Ningaloo Reef.
#1 Dive with Whale Sharks
World Oceans Day on 8 June 2017 is a global day of ocean celebration with tourism operators in Australia’s Coral Coast reflecting on their connection with the Indian Ocean as a provider of enjoyment, sustenance and, importantly, income.
This year’s theme “Our Oceans, Our Future” embodies the Coral Coast region – known for its natural events such as the annual Whale Shark season along the Ningaloo Reef and natural attractions like Morning Reef at Geraldton’s Abrolhos Islands, where the Batavia sunk in 1628.
The Coral Coast region is home to some of the world’s most remarkable ecosystems and marine wildlife. James Small, owner of Exmouth’s Ocean Eco Adventures says “Without healthy oceans, there is no life on earth because physically and spiritually the ocean is the largest medium connecting each every continent on the planet.”
Can you keep a secret? If so, I want to share my favourite secret beaches on earth with you. After more years of travel than I like to mention, I feel qualified to pick a worthy selection of the best secret beaches in the world. Beaches that you are unlikely to have heard of and are even less likely to have visited.
Each beach comes with a story, such as the beach bordering the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo reef, where I tried to spend 3 nights sleeping in a swag bag. Sadly sleep eluded me because I spent the entire night imagining that one of the many deadly snakes in the outback was about to enter my swag and cuddle up to me.
Near the top of Western Australia sits the Ningaloo Reef. This reef is incredible, largely because you step directly off the beach and straight onto the reef. This reef is home to turtles, reef sharks and millions of colourful fish. It remains relatively undiscovered due to it’s remote location, making it far less touristy than the Great Barrier reef, and, because the reef is steps from the shore, far more accessible, once you have transported yourself to this coastline.
I spent 3 nights sleeping in a swag bag next to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo reef. Sadly sleep eluded me for much of my stay because I spent the entire night imagining that one of the many deadly snakes in the outback was about to enter my swag and cuddle up to me.