270km of pristine Coral Reef straight from the beach?
Watertemperatures between 32-23’C?
More than 10 clear sun-hours / day in average/ year?
Just 2.5m maximum tide, or 1m average?
Crystal clear water all day around, all year around?
No Crocks? No Sitngers? No Jelly Box Fish?
Whale sharks guaranteed from April to July?
Thousands of Humpback Whales from July to December, playing and nursing their calves in the Gulf, which you can watch from the beach?
Giant Manta Rays all year around?
5 of the 6 known seaturtles species and 4 nesting?
Dugongs, Dolphins, friendly Sharks, Schools of Fish untouched Reef?
A whole beach to myself?
200m deep gorges and waterfilled Creeks?
Giant Lizzards, WedgeTail Eagles, Kangaroos and Emus everywhere?
You think I am kidd’n! But I am NOT! I am talking about the majestic Ningaloo Reef and the rugged Cape Range on the North West Cape of Western Australia.
A place too good to be true and the question is, why haven’t I heard from such a place before?
Simple! When Exmouth was build in the mid 60th it was build as a support town for a Naval Communication Station, which is now known as the Harold E. Hold Communication Station. As the biggest one of 6 VLF ( very low frequency ) transmitters of the world, this area was kept secret during the cold war and just opened up for tourism a few years ago. So why is it so special then?
Several currents meet at Ningaloo. The Leeuwin Current is bringing warm tropical water from the north while updwelling water from the deep sea moves up the Continetal Shelf and the Ningaloo Current moves colder water from the south to the north. The Exmouth Gulf wiht its bottom and eastside being covered in Mangroves, is the nursing place for mots of the marine fauna.
Few places on earth are blessed with the stark contrast of rugged ranges, anational Park and a Marine Park on their doorstep.
Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in the world. It is famous for its coral formations and marine life, boasting some 500 species of fish and over 200 species of coral. Exmouth offers fantastic snorkelling from the beach or scuba diving on the reef and is renowned for its manta rays, humpback whales, turtles, and of course the whale sharks. In the language of the local Aboriginal people the name ‘Ningaloo’ means ‘nose’ – inspired by the shape of the coastline off Ningaloo Station.
Cape Range National Park has picturesque views over the stark limestone ranges, gorges, sparkling blue ocean and white sand. It’s wildlife is second to non and people costantly reporting that they have never seen so much wildlife and such diversity before.