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Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s largest fringing reef and supports a high diversity of marine life. In recognition of its unique values and cultural importance to West Australians, Ningaloo Reef was gazetted as a Marine Park in 1987. In 2011, it was also inscribed on the World Heritage List, acknowledging it as one of the outstanding natural places in the world. The Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area incorporates Ningaloo Marine Park, Cape Range National Park, Learmonth Air Weapons Range and Muiron Islands Marine Management Area.



Wildlife you can see in Ningaloo Marine Park:

  • Whale sharks - March to July
  • Manta Rays - June and October
  • Humpback whales & calves - June to November
  • Marine Turtles - year round (but can be seen nesting from November to March)
  • Marine Turtle Hatchlings - from January each year
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Exmouth is the northern gateway to the Ningaloo Reef. The town has a small population of approximately 2500 people and is situated 1270 km north of Perth.



Exmouth is blessed with a fantastic climate, there is no wet season so it is dry and warm all year round. In the summer months, the daytime temperatures range between the high 30’s and the low 40’s, whilst a typical winter’s day is around 25 degrees Celsius.

Water temperatures vary throughout the year from 18-28 degrees Celsius making for perfect beach weather all year round! Exmouth offers a huge variety of accommodation to suit all needs including hotels, motels, chalets, self contained apartments, holiday homes, caravan parks and camping and backpacker lodges.

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Travel to Exmouth
Skywest provides daily return flights to Learmonth, which is located 37kms from Exmouth. A shuttle bus provides transport (at a cost) between the airport and the Exmouth town and is available after every flight. Greyhound Australia and Integrity Coach Lines provide frequent coach services to Exmouth and should be contacted for all details.
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If you are travelling north to Exmouth along the North West Coastal Highway, travel 152km north of Carnarvon and turn left at the Exmouth Minilya Roadhouse. From here it is 200km to Exmouth townsite. If you are travelling south to Exmouth turn off the North West Coastal Highway 110km south of Nanutarra roadhouse onto Burkett Road. From here it is 169km to the Exmouth townsite.
The Exmouth Visitor Centre can assist with all accommodation and travel needs see Contacts for more information.
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