Ningaloo is a 280 km long 'fringing' coral reef skirting the Cape Range peninsular, 1200km north of Perth in Western Australia.
Ningaloo Reef is the longest western fringing coral reef and one of the last healthy major coral reef systems in the world. Its profound biodiversity includes 500 fish species, 300 coral species, 600 mollusc species and many other marine invertebrates.
At certain times of the year Ningaloo is home to Whale Sharks, the world's largest fish, and to Humpback whales migrate through the area twice annually. Endangered and vulnerable marine creatures including dugongs, loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles depend on the reef and coastal ecosystems for food, refuge, breeding and nesting. Manta rays and populations of large game fish including sailfish and marlin abound in the reef's waters. Sea birds and migratory waders, use the coast, wetlands and reef waters as resting, feeding and breeding sites.
On shore, the Cape Range National Park covers 50,831 hectares comprising tranquil beaches, rugged ranges and magnificent canyons. The Range is a huge upward fold of limestone originally formed below the sea and its massive system of sinkholes, caves and aquifers are home to an extraordinary collection of cave-dwelling and aquatic animals found nowhere else in the world. Above ground too there is plenty of unique Australian fauna that is much easier to find and enjoy - rock wallabies, red kangaroo, wallaroos, eighty species of reptiles, and over one hundred species of birds live on the cape.