ningaloo reef + shark bay

must see, must do

pic Swim with the whale sharks with Ningaloo Reef Dreaming...

pic Monkey Mia Yacht Charters offer sailing cruises, snorkelling, fishing, 4WD and coach tours...

pic Day fishing trips and overnight charters available with Unreal Fishing Charters...

indian ocean
drive
ningaloo reef
+ shark bay:
world
heritage
area
 

 



This area is, simply, one of the most unspoilt and spectacular in Australia.

Discover beautiful extremes and a rugged coastline, brilliant blue water and red sunsets – the perfect backdrops for you to experience the rare scenery of the land. Many of the most scenic natural areas in the region are protected national and marine parks, which provide a safe environment for unique and endangered species of flora and fauna. The stretch of coastline between Shark Bay and North West Cape teems with marine life and exciting water-based attractions. The sub-tropical climate in this region is milder than the tropical North West, with no wet season and less extreme range in temperature, providing the perfect year-round environment.

Shark Bay is one of only a handful of areas in the world that meet the criteria for UNESCO World Heritage listing. The crystal clear shallow waters of the marine park give visitors the opportunity to view coral reefs, dugongs, manta rays, turtles and humpback whales in the vast seagrass meadows. See our UNESCO World Heritage page for more information about Shark Bay and the recently added Ningaloo Marine Park which was inducted to the List in June 2011.

Carnarvon is a busy commercial centre and makes a popular base from which to explore the region. Fertile, irrigated plantations produce export crops of bananas, mangoes, stone and citrus fruits and tomatoes. Be sure to visit the ITC Dish - a bygone reminder of Australia's participation in the 20th century's space race - for panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside. At the southern entrance to the town visit the Wall of Remembrance that commemorates the greatest single Australian maritime loss of lives; the sinking of HMAS Sydney II in 1941. To experience local indigenous culture visit Gwoonwardu Mia which houses a display of images and artefacts including a 32,000 year old shell necklace. Here you can explore the native flora of the region, meet local Aboriginal people and even try some bushtucker cuisine. The Carnarvon coastline offers excellent fishing, swimming, surfing and coral viewing sports. Just north of the township powerful ocean waves create spectacular blowholes and formations, and 130km north of Carnarvon at the southern end of the Ningaloo Reef is Red Bluff, one of Australia's most amazing outback coastal locations.

Situated between the rugged mountain ranges of Cape Range National Park and the spectacular Ningaloo Marine Park, Exmouth is a vibrant, growing town whilst adjacent to the southern tip of the park, Coral Bay has sheltered bays where children can swim safely amongst tropical reef fish and coral gardens only metres from the shore.

Towns in the Ningaloo and Shark Bay area include Carnarvon, Exmouth, Coral Bay, Denham, and Monkey Mia.

resorts

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CARNARVON HOLIDAY RESORT FASCINE MOTEL
34 David Brand Dr, Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9941 0600 • Website Email More info

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MONKEY MIA DOLPHIN RESORT
Monkey Mia Rd, Shark Bay Tel: (08) 9948 1320 • Website Email More information

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NINGALOO REEF RESORT
Robinson St, Coral Bay Tel: (08) 9942 5934 • Website Email More information

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NOVOTEL NINGALOO RESORT
Madaffari Dr, Exmouth Tel: 9949 0000 • Website Email More information

eco retreats

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GNARALOO STATION
150km north of Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9942 5927 • Website Email More information

motels

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BAYVIEW CORAL BAY
Robinson St, Coral Bay Tel: (08) 9385 6655 • Website Email More information

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FASCINE MOTEL
1002 David Brand Dr, Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9941 0600 • Website Email More info

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GATEWAY MOTEL
379 Robinson St, Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9941 1532 • Website Email More information

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HERITAGE RESORT SHARK BAY
Knight Tce, Shark Bay Tel: (08) 9948 1133 • Website Email More information

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HOSPITALITY INN - CARNARVON
West St, Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9941 1600 • Website Email More information

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POTSHOT HOTEL RESORT
Murat Rd, Exmouth Tel: (08) 9949 1200 • Website Email More information

self-contained accommodation

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BAY LODGE
113 Knight Tce, Denham Tel: (08) 9948 1278 • Website Email More information

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CARNARVON CARAVAN PARK
477 Robinson St, Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9941 8101 • Website Email More information

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CARNARVON LUXURY CANAL HOME
Tel: 0407 078 875 • Email More information

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CORAL BAY HOUSE
Coral Bay Tel: (08) 9948 5027 • Website Email More information

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SHARK BAY HOLIDAY COTTAGES
3-13 Knight Tce, Denham Tel: (08) 9948 1206 • Website Email More information

budget & backpacker accommodation

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BLUE REEF BACKPACKERS
3 Truscott Cres, Exmouth Tel: (08) 9949 1101 • Website Email More information

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MONKEY MIA BACKPACKERS
Monkey Mia Rd, Shark Bay Tel: (08) 9948 1320 • Website Email More information

farm & station stays

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QUOBBA STATION
80km N of Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9948 5098 • Website Email More information

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TAMALA STATION
2 hrs from Steep Point Tel: (08) 9948 3994 • Website Email More information

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WARROORA STATION
60km S of Coral Bay Tel: (08) 9942 5920 • Website Email More information

caravan parks

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BIG4 PLANTATION CARAVAN PARK
Robinson St, Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9941 8100 • Website Email More information

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CAPRICORN HOLIDAY PARK
NW Coastal Hwy, Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9941 8153 • Website More information

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CARNARVON CARAVAN PARK
477 Robinson St, Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9941 8101 • Website Email More information

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CORAL COAST TOURIST PARK
Robinson St, Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9941 1438 • Website Email More information

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EXMOUTH CAPE HOLIDAY PARK
Murat Rd, Exmouth Tel: (08) 9949 1101 • Website Email More information

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MONKEY MIA DOLPHIN RESORT
Monkey Mia Rd, Shark Bay Tel: (08) 9948 1320 • Website Email More information

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NINGALOO LIGHTHOUSE CARAVAN PARK
Yardie Creek, Exmouth Tel: (08) 9949 1478 • Website Email More information

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PEOPLES PARK CARAVAN VILLAGE
Robinson St, Coral Bay Tel: (08) 9942 5933 • Website Email More information

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WINTERSUN CARAVAN & TOURIST PARK
546 Robinson St, Carnarvon Tel: (08) 9941 8150 • Website Email More information