Ningaloo, WA: Destination Guide

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At the furthest western reaches of Australia lies Ningaloo, a stunning and truly extraordinary part of the world that is blessed with sunshine, white sand, and spectacular wildlife.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Ningaloo or find and book accommodation in Ningaloo today.

About Ningaloo

The Ningaloo Reef is a 280km long fringing coral reef, mid-way up the West Australian coast line. The World Heritage listed reef is home to some of the world’s most magnificent marine wildlife, including whale sharks, turtles and exquisite fish, yet also boasts some not to be missed natural wonders on dry land as well.

Things to do in Ningaloo

Unsurprisingly, Ningaloo is a major attraction for those wanting to get back to nature. With an abundance of snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, it is fair to say that a good portion of any trip to Ningaloo will be spent at the beach. However, inland you will also find a number of gorges and canyon that are well worth exploring, particularly if you happen to possess a 4WD.

Attractions in Ningaloo


Exmouth can be found at the tip of the Ningaloo Marine Park, and provides the perfect launch pad from which to explore the reef. Swim with whale sharks, dive with turtles, and spot majestic humpback whales. If you want to take a break from the water, a trip to the Vlaming Head Lighthouse will reward you with spectacular views of the Ningaloo Reef, and is perhaps one of the best spots to witness a famous Western Australian sunset.

Coral Bay

Coral Bay acts as the southern gateway to the Ningaloo Marine Park, and is the dream destination for both those seeking relaxation and those seeking adventure. Take a glass bottom boat out on to the reef, snorkel with manta rays, join a quad bike tour, or catch glimpses of whales in their natural habitat.

Cape Range National Park

Step away from the reef and into the rocky gorges of the Cape Range National Park, and experience another side to the stunning Ningaloo region. Enjoy enthralling bushwalks though deep gorges such as Mandu Mandu, keeping your eyes open for wallabies, emus and other native wildlife, and visit the captivating Yardie Creek, which flows between the stunning sheer cliffs. The Park also allows for the chance to camp beside the Ningaloo Marine Park at any number of small campgrounds.

Muiron Islands

If you have the time, a day trip to the tranquil Muiron Islands is a unique experience. This classic desert island with tropical waters provides spectacular diving and snorkelling opportunities. For something a bit different, get permission to camp overnight – you’re likely to have the entire island to yourselves!


The Ningaloo has no wet season, and is therefore dry and warm all year round. Summer daytime temperatures range from the mid to high 30-40’s, which winter days will typically sit around 25 degrees Celsius.

Getting to Ningaloo

Ningaloo is located on WA’s western coast, over 1100km north-west of Perth.

By car

Whether you’re coming from the north or the south, travel down the North West Coastal Highway and turn off at Minilya-Exmouth Road.

By air

Qantas operates daily flights from Perth to Learmonth Airport, Exmouth.

By coach

Integrity Coach Lines operate services between Broome and Perth, stopping at Exmouth along the way.

When to visit Ningaloo

Ningaloo is beautiful all year round, with an average of 320 days of sunshine a year. Walks through the Cape Range National Park are best attempted between April and September as this is when the weather is coolest.

Where to stay in Ningaloo

There are a number of camping options, holiday parks, station stays and luxury eco safari tents scattered along the Ningaloo coast line. For more accommodation options in and around Ningaloo click here.

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