Where the red desert meets the turquoise ocean lies Australia’s largest fringing reef, Ningaloo Reef – your entry to the most exhilarating marine adventure on the planet. Over five magical days, this 466-kilometre round-trip experience not only brings you closer to nature, it immerses you in another world.

Having touched down in Learmonth, Exmouth is the ideal base from which to explore the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park and Cape Range National Park’s 300 kilometres of pristine coastline. Carve out a patch on pure-white beaches, cool off in crystal-clear lagoons and make a splash at Turquoise Bay snorkelling exquisite coral gardens swarming with a kaleidoscope of reef fish.

From March to July, swim alongside elusive whale sharks and serene humpback whales: one-of-a-kind experiences to treasure forever. From the Navy Pier’s dazzling dive site to glass-bottom boat cruises offering crystal-clear portals into this ocean-sized aquarium, there are myriad ways to explore this underwater paradise.

Swap flippers for hiking boots and follow kangaroo and emu tracks towards the chilli-red soil, rugged canyons of Shothole or Charles Knife, and limestone peaks of the outback on a self-guided bushwalk.

More aquatic adventures await in sparkling Coral Bay, where calm waters and chilled vibes invite you to make memories. Sea-kayak the pristine waters or swim alongside schools of fish, shy dugongs and placid turtles. Join a deep-sea fishing charter and reel in your dinner for a sunset barbecue.

A bit further afield, secluded beaches and snorkel spots reward intrepid travellers with access to a four-wheel-drive vehicle. With the ocean lapping at the shore, you’ll feel worlds away from anywhere.