The Ningaloo Reef has pipped the big guy over East (otherwise known as the Great Barrier Reef) – being named 12th amongst Australia’s top 20 greatest holiday experiences in one of the most comprehensive, unbiased and well considered gazettes published by the Australian Traveller magazine. The list was compiled by a panel of Australian travel and tourism industry experts and had over 12,000 nominations submitted nation-wide.
So what makes the Ningaloo Coast all that much better than the Great Barrier Reef? There’s the opportunity to swim with Ningaloo’s most famous resident, the whale shark (from April to July), the incredible ‘outback to coral reef’ landscape contrasting the red sand and canyon environment with the bright white and blue of the sand and sea, as well as a range of accommodation options, including of course Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef (our favourite)! And the clentcher is you need only wander 50 metres from your wilderness tent and within 10 metres you are snorkelling over the clearest turquoise water on Earth. You’re now snorkelling over 500 species of resident fish and 250 varieties of coral. Right there. No road or boat transfers required!
Australian Traveller also named swimming with the whale sharks as Number 1 in their list of Australia’s 5 Greatest ‘Swim With’ Experiences.
Click here to view the full list and read a bit more about what makes the Ningaloo Coast special.