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Must-Visit Australian Destinations – Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

In the latest issue of ele Magazine we explore 50 incredible Must-Visit places in Australia. No list of must-visit places to visit would be complete without the stunning Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.

Incredible natural beauty, 500 species of tropical fish and giant but gentle whale sharks, true nature lovers should head to Ningaloo Marine Park at least once in a lifetime.

Image: Tourism Western Australia

With the cheeky title of Humpback Highway, if you time your visit at the right time of the year (July to October), you will be rewarded with the chance to swim with the whales. The reef is a divers paradise with a magical underwater world to explore.

It is not just about the water at Ningaloo, take a microflight and watch the whales frolic from above or camp just metres from the reef at the luxury campsite, Sal Salis.

Image: Tourism Western Australia
Image: Tourism Western Australia

The World Heritage listed site is 260km long and is home to Australia’s largest fringing coral reef. At all times of the year you can see manta rays, dugongs, dolphins and tropical fish.

Not only is Ningaloo Reef spectacular itself, but the region in Western Australia is well worth exploring with the small resort town of Exmouth close by.

The largest fish in the ocean, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), in the Ningaloo Marine Park. Image: Tourism Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef truly is a beautiful slice of Australian nature that reaffirms what it is to be alive.

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