Coral Bay to Exmouth
Ningaloo Reef is an ocean paradise. The world's largest fringing reef, is considered a world heritage site and one of the longest near-shore reef systems in the world. Stretching 300km from Carnarvon to Exmouth.
The Ningaloo Marine Park is the jewel in the crown of the Coral Coast region. The seasonal home to more than 300 whale sharks which congregate around the reef every year, and a huge array of incredible marine life, the region also boasts a number of land-based wonders like Cape Range National Park.
The Ningaloo region of Australia's Coral Coast encompasses the towns of Carnarvon, Coral Bay and Exmouth. Ningaloo also offers access to Karijini National Park (8 hours drive east of Exmouth) and Kennedy Range National Park (3 hours drive east of Carnarvon).
Exmouth in the north is considered a mix of Reef and Range - thanks to the breathtaking Cape Range National Park. It's an immersive experience with gorges, canyons on land side by side with underwater wonders of Ningaloo Marine Park - including dazzling coral, tropical fish and turtles all accessible via easy snorkelling from the shore.
The Mandu Mandu walk is an excellent three kilometre loop trail that leads along the gorge rim then descends into the gorge in Cape Range National Park. It is steep in sections so a reasonable degree of fitness is required. Go early in the day when it’s cooler and you’ll have good chance of spotting some rock wallabies.
Kayak trails are in abundance - with Coral Bay, Osprey Sanctuary, Tantabiddi Sanctuary and Bundegi Sanctuary zones all offering mapped trails. The southern part of the Cape Range National Park sees you arrive at Yardie Creek - where you can kayak between gorges and rugged red rock formations.
Coral Bay is a small marine paradise for nature lovers and a fvaourite holiday destination for families. Impressive snorkelling is easily accessible from the shore and you're likely to encounter one of Western Australia's largest manta ray population.
Carnarvon is the southern gateway to Ningaloo, a sub-tropical oasis positioned between the Shark Bay and Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Areas. The town is an ideal base for day trips and overnight visits to the southern Ningaloo Reef and Gascoyne. The One Mile Jetty trail will help you learn about the flora and fauna of the Gascoyne Rivermouth and discover the heritage precinct of Carnarvon as you walk from the town centre to One Mile Jetty.
- Hike: Mandu Mandu Walk - Cape Range National Park, One Mile Jetty Walk Trail - Carnarvon
- Paddle: Coral Bay, Osprey Sanctuary, Tantabiddi Sanctuary and Bundegi Sanctuary Trails
- Food & Wine / Drive: Carnarvon Fruit Loop Drive Trail
Accessible Trail Options:
- One Mile Jetty Walk Trail - Carnarvon