Ningaloo Reef

coral reef in Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest coral reefs in the world.[1] It is off the North West Cape in Western Australia. It is about 260 km (162 mi) long.

Ningaloo Reef
UNESCO World Heritage Site
LocationWestern Australia, Australia
CriteriaNatural: (vii), (x)
Inscription2011 (35th Session)
Area705,015 ha (1,742,130 acres)
Coordinates22°33′45″S 113°48′37″E / 22.56250°S 113.81028°E / -22.56250; 113.81028Coordinates: 22°33′45″S 113°48′37″E / 22.56250°S 113.81028°E / -22.56250; 113.81028
Ningaloo Reef is located in Western Australia
Ningaloo Reef
Location of Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia
Ningaloo Reef is located in Australia
Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef (Australia)

Ningaloo has about 200 species of hard coral and 50 species of soft coral.[2] More than 520 species of fish live on the reef.[2] Species that can be found at the reef include whale sharks, manta rays, humpback whales, dugongs, and Potato Cod.[2] There are also six of the world's seven sea turtles including the Green turtle, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Hawksbill turtle and Flatback turtle.[2][3]

Marine ParkEdit

The Ningaloo Reef Marine Park covers an area of about 5000 square kilometers.[1]

The reef is popular with people from all over the world who come to go scuba diving and snorkeling.

Related pagesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ningaloo WA". Tourism Western Australia. Archived from the original on 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Ningaloo Reef". Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  3. "Ningaloo Reef". WWF Australia. Retrieved 2010-01-31.

Other websitesEdit

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