Discover boutique hotels in Ningaloo Reef, Australia
When to go
It’s warm and sunny year-round, with slightly cooler temperatures from July to September (22–32ºC) and things hotting up from January to March (32–38ºC). The Indian Ocean here stays a peachy 24–26ºC. Visit in March and April to catch the coral spawning or between April and July to see the whale sharks.
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PlanesSkywest Airlines (www.skywest.com.au) flies daily between Perth and Exmouth (1 hour 45 minutes) and weekly from Broome. Exmouth’s Learmonth Airport is 37 kilometres south of the town of Exmouth itself; Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is 70 kilometres south of Exmouth (an hour’s drive). A regular shuttle bus runs between the airport and Exmouth, or you can arrange private transfers to meet flights.
AutomobilesDriving the 1,270 kilometres from Perth to Exmouth will take about 16 hours, so most folk fly in. Hire a car from one of the car desks at Learmonth Airport, or in Exmouth itself from Avis (www.avis.com.au).
TaxisThis ain’t NYC, so don’t expect to hail anything other than passing fish. Transport chez Ningaloo is on a BYO basis, so hire a car or contact Exmouth Visitor Centre (www.exmouthwa.com.au) to join a tour.