WA’s Exmouth Gulf may get greater marine protection

Feb 07, 2023

Western Australia’s Exmouth Gulf, a globally significant marine biodiversity site, could be in line for greater environmental protections.

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The 2,600-square-kilometre body of water, once considered for inclusion with the Ningaloo Reef for World Heritage Listing, is teeming with whalesharks, dugongs, coral and other species.

Work is underway already for the southern and eastern edges of the gulf to receive marine park protection based on the recommendations from a 2021 report by the WA Environmental Protection Authority.

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And if you want to know what all the fuss is about try our 7-day Karijini National Park and Ningaloo Reef pack-free guided walk!

From the spectacular red gorges and spinifex rangelands of the Pilbara through to the vibrant, turquoise waters and rich reefs of the Indian Ocean, this tour takes in some of WA’s most remarkable scenery.

You’ll visit the unique Karijini National Park and travel to the coastal beauty of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef with an itinerary that showcases the scenic grandeur of both locations.

And by flying into Paraburdoo and out of Exmouth we minimise driving time and despite the remote locations this tour includes first-class accommodation and food, ranging from luxury glamping and station stays to beachside resorts.

One highlight is the Ningaloo Reef whale shark or reef experience, or Cape Range National Park walk on day 6.

For adventure-lovers and nature-lovers, nothing compares to the exhilaration of swimming with the gentle giants of Ningaloo Reef – the whale sharks.

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However if you’re not into swimming with gentle giants a reef snorkelling tour is available.

Or if you don’t want to get wet at all you can explore the ancient, limestone gorges of Cape Range National Park, home to the rare black-flanked rock wallaby.

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The walks include Mandu Mandu and Yardie Creek gorges which offer amazing views from the top of Cape Range highlighting the dramatic contrast between the arid landscape and the rich blue of the Indian Ocean.

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