Discover a colourful universe of coral gardens and ocean life beneath the crystal-clear waters of World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Dive, snorkel or swim Australia’s largest fringing reef as whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays glide past in a once-in-a-life-time experience.

Wonders abound on land too, with pristine beaches and surf breaks that allow you to tap into your adventurous side or indulge in barefoot luxury.

Just under a 13-hour drive north of Perth, the coastal town of Exmouth serves as a gateway to this marine marvel. By plane, it takes approximately two hours to get from Perth to Exmouth.

As soon as your feet touch the ground, you’ll be itching to explore this 300-kilometre-long water world. Whether you wade straight in from the beach, or take a glass-bottom boat cruise, fishing trip or eco-adventure tour, Ningaloo Reef is an awe-inspiring marine paradise.

Immerse yourself in the turquoise shallows at Cape Range National Park to discover coral gardens in the company of colourful tropical reef fish, and paddle alongside sea turtles, dugongs, manta rays and reef sharks just off the coast of Coral Bay.

From March to August, the reef plays host to whale sharks, offering an unparalleled opportunity to spot – and swim with – some of the world’s biggest marine creatures, while serene humpback whales migrate from August to October.