Visitors flock to Australia’s Coral Coast each year to enjoy the year-round sunshine, get closer to nature and escape crowds. The region begins just two hour’s drive north of Perth at the coastal town of Cervantes and stretches more than 1,000 kilometres north along pristine coastline to Exmouth.

 

Boasting a warm climate all year round, Australia’s Coral Coast offers perfect conditions to enjoy a range of water sports, including swimming, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and boating, while nature lovers also visit to watch humpback whales on their annual migration along the coast between July and October each year.



Coral Coast Wildlife Calender


Coral Spawning in the Coral CoastCoral Spawning

Divers and snorkellers can witness an amazing spectacle at night (with lights on) during March and April when the Ningaloo Marine Park glows with coral spawn. This occurs approximately 10 to 12 days after the full moon.

 

Whale Sharks

Krill and other tiny sea creatures swarm to Ningaloo Reef to feast shortly after the annual coral spawning. This phenomenon attracts mighty whale sharks, the world’s largest fish that migrate to Ningaloo Reef to feed on the krill. Ningaloo is considered one of the most reliable and accessible places on Earth to swim alongside these harmless giants of the ocean. Tours depart daily from Coral Bay between March and June and from Exmouth between mid March and late July.

 

Humpback Whales

Coral Coast Humpback WhalesHumpback whales travel close to the Coral Coast shoreline between late June and October each year. Kalbarri offers plenty of cliff sites perched high above the water, providing excellent vantage points for whale watching. Whales also visit the Ningaloo Marine Park, with the best viewing points at Town Beach, Bundegi Beach and the Vlaming Head Lighthouse near Exmouth. Whale watching boat tours operate out of Cervantes, Jurien Bay, Kalbarri, Coral Bay and Exmouth.

  

Manta Rays

Manta rays can be seen year round at the Ningaloo Marine Park. These majestic animals are filter feeders and unlike the sting ray, they don’t have a tail barb. Therefore, they are completely harmless, making it safe to dive and snorkel with them. Take a tour year round from Coral Bay, or between May and November from Exmouth.

 

Turtle Nesting Season

Turtle Nesting Coral CoastGreen, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles come ashore at Shark Bay, Gnaraloo Bay, Coral Bay and Exmouth to lay their eggs during the summer months. In February and early March the tiny turtles hatch and venture into the ocean. The Jurabi Turtle Centre near Exmouth provides information about Ningaloo’s marine turtles. Visit ningalooturtles.org.au for further information.

 

Australian Sea Lions

Approximately 20 per cent of the Western Australian population of sea lions live and breed around Jurien Bay and the islands in the Jurien Bay Marine Park. The best way to interact with these captivating creatures is on a tour boat from Green Head or Jurien Bay. Sea lions can also be spotted in Cervantes, Leeman, Geraldton and the Abrolhos Islands. Truly a must see for any visitor to the Coral Coast!

 

Dolphins

Coral Coast DolphinsDolphins can be seen all year along Australia’s Coral Coast. Friendly bottlenose dolphins visit the shores of Monkey Mia regularly to interact with visitors. Lucky bystanders may also get the chance to feed the dolphins their breakfast. Dolphins can also be spotted while swimming, snorkelling or diving anywhere along the coast. Keep your eyes peeled at the coastal gorges of Kalbarri and at lookouts in Shark Bay.

 

Dugongs

Dugongs can be found year round in the Shark Bay and Ningaloo Marine Parks. The Shark Bay area alone supports 10 per cent of the world’s dugong population. Dugongs can grow up to three metres in length and weigh as much as 400 kilograms. Dugongs cannot hold their breath under water for very long, so they can often be spotted coming to the surface for air. Take a wildlife cruise or scenic flight into the Shark Bay or Ningaloo Marine Parks, departing from Monkey Mia, Denham, Coral Bay or Exmouth.

  

Birds

Birds in the Coral CoastThe Coral Coast provides some of Western Australia’s best bird watching opportunities. Home to hundreds of species, its populations represent a large portion of Australia’s bird species. Emus can be spotted in the bush, by the roadside and even roaming freely on the streets of Exmouth. The cheeky laugh of the kookaburra can also be heard throughout the region. You might even see a wedge-tailed eagle, Australia’s largest living bird of prey, soaring in the open skies. But it’s the large breeding colonies of sea birds that congregate along the coast and islands that draw many bird watching enthusiasts to the region. Shark Bay has more than 200 species of birds, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth and the Abrolhos Islands have more than 90 species of sea birds.