Road trip: Perth to Ningaloo Reef: West Coast

Oh Ningaloo! Three hundred kilometres of stunning coastline and a wildlife encounter to rival any bucket list item: swimming with a whale shark! The road less travelled apparently offers the better memories and well, what can I say: it does!

I just got back from my Western Australia trip in a campervan last week and I simply loved it! Still dreaming about the white sand dunes around Lancelin (good sand boarding!), the moon-like Pinnacles desert and of course one of the highlights, Cape Range National Park where kangaroos, koalas and turtles wait for you and where you can snorkel the 300km long Ningaloo Reef (World Heritage listed fringing reef for its outstanding beauty and biological diversity) which in no way should be less famous than the Great Barrier Reef – I want to fly back TODAY and do it all again and again and again…

After snorkelling on its coral forests for a couple of days, I cannot imagine there being a healthier coral reef system anywhere on the planet. Nor one that draws such abundant marine life! I could talk hours about my memories but I will try to put it all in a nutshell and leave the West Coast for you to explore yourself and make your own memories. Just make sure if you do, that you travel in the season (April – July) to swim with a whale shark, animals that can grow up to 12m in length and are the biggest fish in the sea – a gentle giant AND vegetarian so don’t panic!

Roadtripping from Perth to the Ningaloo Reef must be on your bucket item list for Australia – and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg when you travel by campervan. There are many cheap places you can camp overnight along the route and it’s so remote and diverse that you will just love it!