Western Australia, abbreviated as WA, is the largest state in Australia. It occupies one third of the entire country. Despite it being such a massive part of the country, Western Australia only accounts for 11% of the total Australian population. Most of the state is scarcely populated, so much so that a whopping 92% of the inhabitant live in the south-west corner.
This costal area of the south-western region has an agreeable Mediterranean climate and is home to one of the world’s tallest trees, the Karris. By contrast we have the north-western region which is where you can find one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Ningaloo Reef. This reef is not only Australia’s largest fringing coral reef, it is also the only large reef that is incredibly close to a landmass.
Western Australia’s Coral Coast houses some of the oceans most breathtaking and astounding sites. The scenery and diverse wildlife make the Ningaloo Reef bucket list worthy.
The Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest biological structures known and it is also visible from space!
Within the 300-kilometre stretch, you will find over 250 species of coral and 500 variety of fish, including the world’s largest marine mammal: the Whale Shark. It’s no wonder Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Site. Swimming in the reef’s waters will transport you to a different world filled with color, mystery, and extraordinary diversity. At Ningaloo you can swim with amazing creatures like; dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, manta rays, tropical fish and even humpback whales, as they use the sheltered bay to calve from August til late October.
Ocean currents are what give the reef such a special ecosystem for it is where cool currents from the south meet with warmer currents from the north. This type of environment allows for a unique mix of tropical and subtropical species to thrive.