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Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef
The world’s largest fringing reef, World Heritage listed Ningaloo offers some of the most accessible Australian marine life encounters, including graceful manta rays, turtles and some 500 species of fish. It’s also one of the best places on Earth to swim with the world’s largest fish, the gentle whale shark. Snorkel, dive or take a glass-bottom boat tour of Ningaloo Reef .

Rowley Shoals
Rowley Shoals
This pristine chain of coral atolls off the coast of Broome is a tropical haven for 688 species of fish and 233 varieties of coral. Take an overnight diving or snorkelling trip to discover the amazing marine life of Rowley Shoals .

Albany
Albany
Albany is one of the best places for spotting the gentle giants of the ocean – humpback whales, southern right whales and even the rare blue whale. From July to October, you’ll see them frolicking in King George Sound, often just a few hundred metres from the slipway of Albany’s old whaling station. Plan a whale watching trip to Albany .

Bunbury
Bunbury
Bunbury is one of the few lucky places in the world where wild dolphins visit the beach to interact with humans. You can meet these friendly creatures at the shoreline or out in the bay aboard a dolphin watching and swimming tour. Check out Bunbury .

Exmouth
Exmouth
Beside the world’s largest fringing reef, you can encounter some of Ningaloo’s most amazing inhabitants on dry land at the Jurabi Coastal Reserve. Green, loggerhead, hawksbill and flatback turtles all come ashore to lay their eggs here. Take a look at the breeding programs at Jurabi Turtle Centre, near Exmouth.

Monkey Mia
Monkey Mia
Since the 1970s, the wild bottlenose dolphins of Monkey Mia have been swimming to the shore almost every day to give visitors memorable close encounters. Cruise the vast seagrass meadows of Shark Bay and you’ll also spot the world’s largest population of dugongs. Meet the residents of Monkey Mia and Shark Bay.

Augusta
Augusta
From May to September, keen eyes watch the waters of Flinders Bay, where humpback and southern right whales gather to rest and play before migrating north to the breeding grounds off the Kimberley coast. Find out more about whale watching in Augusta .

Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island
Snorkel or dive the reefs, caves and seagrass meadows of Rottnest Island, Perth’s very own Class A island reserve and playground. Fed by the warm Leeuwin Current, it’s a haven for wrasse, harlequin, fox fish, fiddler sharks, rays, New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and migrating whales. See more about Rottnest Island .

Rockingham
Rockingham
Pods of wild dolphins have been regular visitors to the coastal waters of Rockingham since the 1960s, offering the perfect opportunity to tick your bucket list and swim with them. The wide-open waterways of Mandurah are also a top spot for watching these playful mammals. Take a 40-minute drive from Perth to discover the dolphins of Rockingham and Mandurah.

Recherche Archipelago
Recherche Archipelago
The 105 untouched islands of the Recherche Archipelago, near Esperance, create one of Australia’s most stunning seascapes and a wilderness habitat for New Zealand fur seals, sea eagles and dolphins. Learn more about the Recherche Archipelago .

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