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Ningaloo Coast World Heritage

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.

Source: UNESCO May 2013 http://whc.unesco.org/en/about

Ningaloo Reef Coral which is protected by the Ningaloo Marine Park. Image: Pam Parker DoPW

Ningaloo Reef Coral which is protected by the Ningaloo Marine Park. Image: Pam Parker DoPW

The Ningaloo coastline was inscripted onto the World Heritage List on the 24th June 2011. This listing is the highest level of international recognition and acknowledges the Ningaloo Coast as one of the most exceptional and unique places on Earth.

Ningaloo Reef- One of the longest, most pristine and biodiverse fringing reefs in the world, Species found in a range of habitats from the shore to the deep sea. Many of these species are relatively new discoveries.

Whale Shark with Swimmer ©DaveBond DPaW.jpg

Swimming with Whale sharks of Ningaloo form one of the largest aggregations in the World. Image: Dave Bond DoPW

Whale Shark Aggregation- One of the largest, most reliable and best managed Whale Shark aggregations in the World (an estimated 300-500 whale sharks). This is due to the mass coral spawning event and seasonal nutrient upwellings that occur annually on the coast.

Turtle Rookery- The area is one of the most important turtle rookeries in the Indian Ocean for three tutle species; the endangered loggerhead and green; and the critically endangered hawksbill. Together these 3 species can dig up to 10 000 nests each year.

 

 

21 Robinson Street, CARNARVON WA 6701

Phone: (08) 9941 1146

Fax: (08) 9941 1149

info@carnarvon.org.au

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