The Ningaloo Coast World Heritage area is full of contrasts. You can pass from a high plateau shrubland to deep ocean within just a... more » few kilometres. Hike through eucalypt woodlands or climb up deep rocky gorges, enjoying breathtaking scenery. Walk over a flat coastal plain and discover the range’s terraces (a succession of ancient fossil reefs), explore coastal dunes and rocky shores or just laze in the sun on one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches you can imagine. Take the plunge into the stunning Ningaloo Marine Park, where you can see staghorn and other coral gardens, populated by colourful fish, turtles, rays and sharks only a short snorkel from shore.
Visitors to Cape Range National Park can camp at camp sites along the length of the park's coast. From here, it is just a few steps to magnificent Ningaloo Marine Park. The access road through the park is sealed, with 2WD access roads to camp and day-use sites. A 4WD is needed to cross Yardie Creek. Conditions change quickly with rain and access may become restricted. Camp sites have limited facilities, without power or water. Fees apply and there are restrictions to the length of time you can camp in the park.
The Ningaloo Coast - which also includes Muiron Islands Marine Management Area, Muiron Islands Nature Reserve and Learmonth Air Weapons Range - was inscribed on the World Heritage List for its natural beauty and biological diversity. Particular values for which it was included on the World Heritage List were:
* aesthetically striking coastal and terrestrial environment of the Ningaloo Reef adjacent to the Cape Range
* the lush and colourful underwater scenery and its contrast with the arid and rugged land
* annual aggregation of whale sharks, one of the largest in the world
* important aggregations of other fish species and marine mammals
* high marine diversity, including an unusual diversity of marine turtle species
* rare and diverse subterranean creatures
* diversity of reptiles and flowering plants in the drylands. less «