Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is internationally recognised as one of the planet’s last great ocean paradises. It’s the world’s largest fringing reef spreading 260 kilometres and frequently inhabited by some of the most majestic sea creatures in the world. This coastal region is packed with luxury, untouched coral reefs, thriving wildlife and, of course, tropical-like weather that will make you never want to leave.

A not-so-short 12-hour drive north from Perth (or two-hour flight) will land you in Exmouth, the most popular town of the Ningaloo Reef region. The Ningaloo Reef can be accessed just footsteps from the beach – something very few coral reefs offer. Enjoy the clearest turquoise water imaginable in the Ningaloo Reef Lagoon and pristine coral gardens at the do-it-yourself snorkelling sites of Exmouth's Cape Range National Park or Coral Bay where you’ll swim with hundreds of colourful tropical reef fish species.

Swimming with whale sharks along the Western Australia coast is a growing global attraction and it’s not hard to see why. These cool, calm and collected majestic creatures are in and around Ningaloo Reef from March to September every year. No visit to Ningaloo Reef is complete without this bucket list experience, so be sure to add this to your travels.

If you’d prefer to keep your feet on dry land, step away from the marine activities and join a four-wheel-drive safari tour of the Cape Range National Park, go hiking around Charles Knife Canyon, watch the sunrise at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, take a cruise down Yardie Creek and keep a lookout for the rare black-footed rock-wallaby or simply kick-back on one of the pristine beaches.