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Osprey Sanctuary Zone Kayak Trail

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  • 1-3 hours
  • 3.2 km

Osprey Sanctuary Zone Kayak Trail is one of four trails in the Ningaloo Marine Park with designated buoys for kayaks to tie off on while snorkelling the reef. Each buoy is located near a particular feature of the reef system.

A 1.1-kilometre paddle south-west across to the inside of the reef will take you to the first of two kayak moorings within Osprey Sanctuary Zone. A further paddle south another 500 metres along the inside of the reef leads to the second kayak mooring. Return by paddling to the north east along the shore to the Osprey small-boat launch area.

These sites may be attempted individually or in any combination. The line on the map is for illustration purposes only.  The actual route and duration is dependent on the number of sites visited, based on your own abilities.

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The trail starts from the small boat launch area to the north of the Osprey Bay campground

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MOORINGS:

  • Kayak 5 – The Lagoon: 22° 14.533'S, 113° 49.745'E;
  • Kayak 6 – The Bungle Bungles: 22° 14.805'S, 113° 49.744'E;

ACCESS: From the small-boat launch area which is located between the two Osprey Bay campground loops.

DURATION: Allow three hours return time, including snorkelling.

SITE INFORMATION: 

Kayak 5  The Lagoon - The depth of Kayak 5 ranges from three to seven metres, and is a lagoon inside the main reef. You can complete this in a loop pattern around the inside of the reef. This is a fantastic snorkel; some of the species observed include clams, anemone and anemone fish, reef sharks, a plethora of reef fish species and several coral species including plate coral to porites bombies to large stands of staghorn in pristine condition. 

Kayak 6 The Bungle Bungles - Kayak 6 ranges in depth from three to four metres.  It comprises of several large porites bombies on the inside of a channel, inside the main reef. A variety of fish species may be observed including many schooling fish, and again large patches of staghorn corals can be found on the western edge of the reef. 

BEWARE OF CURRENTS AND WINDS AT ALL SITES. CHECK LOCAL WEATHER CONDITIONS PRIOR TO LEAVING THE SHORE. ALL MOORINGS ARE LOCATED IN SANCTUARY ZONES – NO FISHING PERMITTED 

SAFE KAYAK AND SNORKELLING TIPS

All sites require paddling and snorkelling experience. It is your responsibility to ensure your experience is suitable for the site. If in doubt don’t go out.

Check the local weather conditions prior to your activity.

Paddle with a friend to enhance the enjoyment and safety of your adventure.

Carry adequate water, food, sunscreen and sun protection. Some return journeys may take up to four hours so you will be exposed to the elements for a significant time. 

Ensure your craft has a suitable attachment to securely attach to the mooring, as well as the ability to safely secure your gear (e.g. paddle) while snorkelling. 

Please ensure your craft is seaworthy and has the required safety equipment aboard as most of these sites are more than 400 metres from shore. The required safety equipment includes life jacket, flares/PLB and a bailer (if not self draining) − see the Department of Transport Paddle Safe brochure. 

Always ensure someone knows where you are, and your estimated time of return. Remember to let them know when you have returned safely. 

Once at the site, assess the currents prior to entry − it is recommended to snorkel into the current at the beginning of your snorkel to enable an easy return to the mooring. 

The moorings hold a maximum of ten kayaks at any one time. For further information contact the Milyering Visitor Centre on (08) 9949 2808

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Time / Duration

Allow three hours return time, including snorkelling.

Length

Distance varies, depending on how many sites are visited

What To Pack

Group F (Paddling trails) required.

Trail Start

The trail starts from the small boat launch area to the north of the Osprey Bay campground

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Trail End

Difficulty Notes

S03 - Sheltered coastal waters with possible wind against wave or tide effects and moderate breaking seas. Possible surf entry and exits less than 1m, currents less than 4km/h, up to 5km crossings or from safe landing sites.

Hazards & Warnings

BEWARE OF CURRENTS AND WINDS AT ALL SITES. CHECK LOCAL WEATHER CONDITIONS PRIOR TO LEAVING THE SHORE.

IRRUKANDJI JELLYFISH CAN BE PRESENT AT NINGALOO - WEARING STINGER SUITS OR RASH SHIRTS CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF BEING STUNG

Safety

Please ensure your craft is seaworthy and has the required safety equipment aboard as these sites are more than 400 metres from shore and there is no mobile phone coverage in this area. The required safety equipment includes life jacket, flares/PLB and a bailer (if not self draining). See the Department of Transport Paddle Safe brochure. Drinking water is not supplied in the National Park - Please bring your own water.

Facilities

At the Osprey Campsite there is a day-use area with picnic tables and shelter/shaded area.  Long-drop toilets and car-parking is available.  This is a very popular campsite.  Campsites need to be booked well in advance to secure a site.  Bookings can be made up to 180 days before arrival.

  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area

Best time of year

April to November

Fees

National Park entrance fees apply

Trail Access

Self drive

Prohibited Items

ALL MOORINGS ARE LOCATED IN SANCTUARY ZONES – NO FISHING PERMITTED

NO DOGS OR OTHER DOMESTIC ANIMALS

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Daniel Wieman

Reviewed 24 Oct 2021, 3:48pm

Absolutely stunningly beautiful

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