Ningaloo Reef: The World’s Biggest Fringing Reef!

The Ningaloo Reef is a world heritage-listed reef located in the northwest of Western Australia, approximately 1200 km north of Perth.  Known as the largest fringing reef in the world, the Ningaloo Reef stretches over 300 km from Carnavon’s Red Bluff up and around Exmouth to the Muiron Islands.

aerial view of ningaloo reef western australia
Aerial view of one section of the Ningaloo Reef

Living for over 30 years in Western Australia, I would have to rate Ningaloo Reef as one of my favourite places to visit, especially when it comes to snorkelling and scuba diving.

Getting to the Ningaloo Reef

driving to ningaloo reef
As you get close to the likes of Exmouth of Coral Bay you’ll come across signage like this

If you’re keen to visit the Ningaloo Reef then there are two main locations that are ideal to base yourself at.  These are Coral Bay (1122 km north of Perth) and Exmouth (1248 km north of Perth).

To reach these towns you can fly into Learmonth Airport (LEA) which is located 36km south of Exmouth and 117 km north of Coral Bay.  Or alternatively, if you’re driving there is the main highway (North West Highway) which can be accessed from the north or south of these towns.

Once you’ve arrived at either town there are a number of tour operators that offer a number of awesome Ningaloo Reef experiences, giving you access to some of the best aspects of the Ningaloo.

What is the water temperature like on the Ningaloo Reef?

reef and water of ningaloo reef

Ningaloo Reef water temperatures vary depending on the time of year you’re visiting.  Below is a guide on what temperatures to expect:

  • Summer (December – February): 25-28°C
  • Spring (September – November) & Autumn (April-June): 20-24°C
  • Winter (June – August): 18-22°C

Things to do on Ningaloo Reef

swimming with whale sharks on ningaloo reef
Swimming with Whale Sharks is a popular activity on the Ningaloo Reef

The Ningaloo Reef is home to some of the most amazing marine life you will see worldwide!  With this in mind, there are a number of great marine life experiences you can have, including but not limited to the following:

  • Swimming with Whale Sharks (March to September)
  • Snorkelling with Turtles (All year round)
  • Viewing turtle hatchlings (November to March)
  • Snorkelling with Manta Rays (All year round)
  • Swimming with Humpback Whales (June to October)
  • Swimming with Dolphins (All year round)
  • Witnessing coral spawning (February to May)
  • Swimming with Dugongs (All year round)

View a complete list of things to do on the Ningaloo Reef! >

Ningaloo Reef Videos

The Ningaloo Reef has to be one of the most picturesque areas along the north coast of WA with many visitors capturing its beauty via amazing drone photos and videography.  Check out the below videos for an insight into how stunning the Ningaloo Reef actually is.

Credit: Expedition Western Australia: Ningaloo Reef
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