Suggested months: January, February, November, December.
Combining visits to Australia's largest city, the world famous Ningaloo reef systemsand ultimate temperate aquatic playground, this is a must for any marine enthusiast that also enjoys a spot of birdwatching in Australia.
Sydney boasts the world's most biodiverse harbour, with visitors able to enjoy snorkelling and bushwalking around Sydney Harbour National Park. The Eyre Peninsula provides the amazing opportunity to swim with Australian Sea-lions, observe the ocean's most formidable predator, the Great White Shark, and a rich array of waterbirds, bushbirds, parrots and songbirds.
Diving across Ningaloo provides the opportunity to see resident Manta Rays at Coral Bay, with turtles nesting and hatching at this time.Eyre Peninsula Ningaloo & Exmouth Sydney Harbour
Type: Private Charter
Duration: 4 days/4 nights
Logistics: Take a two hour flight to Adelaide Airport (ADL) and connect with a 50 minute flight to Port Lincoln (PLO).
Port Lincoln Wildlife Encounters
This four day adventures combines the best terrestrial and marine protected areas across the region including Lincoln National Park, Coffin Bay National Park, Neptune Islands Conservation Park and Mount Dutton Bay Conservation Park. Being one of the only places to swim with wild Sea-Lions, visitors will be mesmerised by the agility, curiosity and playful interaction from these ‘puppy dogs of the sea’.
On shore, there is an abundance of seabirds, shorebirds, songbirds, parrots (including the beautiful Port Lincoln Parrot) and raptors including Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagles, with Western Grey Kangaroos, Emus, Koalas and Rosenberg’s Goannas a delight for visitors.
For an adrenaline rush, guests will venture out to the Neptune Islands to try and observe the Great White Shark via a cage or 360 degree underwater viewing pod, using a bait and berley free approach to witness the ocean’s most formidable predator.
Male Great White Sharks are seen around the Neptune Islands.
Male Great White Sharks around the Neptune Islands. Water visibility reaches its peak around September and October, whilst late November is the start of the Long-nosed Fur Seal pupping season.
Nesting season for Pied Oystercatchers, Hooded Dotterels, Red-capped Plovers. Common Greenshanks are migratory visitors. Big Swamp provides sanctuary for Black Swans, Grey Teal Ducks, Chestnut Teal Ducks, Pink Eared Ducks, Musk Ducks and Black Winged Stilts. Port Lincoln (Australian Ringneck) Parrots, Common Bronzewings, Striated Pardalotes, Spiney-Cheeked Honeyeaters and White-Browed Scrubwrens abundant. Pallid Cuckoos migrate to the area.
White-bellied Sea Eagles and Osprey nesting and fledging, Striated Pardalotes, Western Yellow Robins, Golden Whistlers, Superb Blue Wrens, White-Browed Babblers, Red Wattlebirds, Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes, New Holland Honeyeaters, Brown-Headed Honey Eaters along with Port Lincoln and Rock Parrots, Eastern Reef Egrets, Australiasian Shovelers, Cape Barren Geese.
Australian Sea-lions haul out at Hopkins Island eager to swim with snorkellers, Long-nosed and Australian Fur Seals congregate to breed with 3,500 pups born at this time, Bottle-nosed Dolphins are common encounters in the region.
Male bull Long-nosed Fur Seals claim their territory with fierce territorial battles in anticipation of the breeding season, Bottle-nosed Dolphins are common encounters across the bays and coves of Coffin Bay and Port Lincoln National Parks.
Duration: Full Day
Logistics: Take an early morning 50 minute flight from Port Lincoln Airport (PLO) to Adelaide Airport (ADL) and connect with a 3 hour 20 minute flight to Perth Airport (PER). Overnight Perth. Take a 2 hour flight to Exmouth (LEA).
Ningaloo or Muiron Islands Scuba Dive
With 300 coral species, 650 different molluscs and over 500 species of fish, the Ningaloo region is a diver’s delight. The worlds largest fringeing reef provides abundant opportunities to see from Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Cardinalfish, Scissor Tails, Flutemouths Wrasse, to larger fish such as Groper, Coral Trout, Basslets, Cod and Trevally.
Three species of turtle, Olive Sea Snakes, Manta Rays, Reef Sharks and surreal Nudibranches are highlights for enthusiasts. Free Nitrox for is available on all dives free of charge, with PADI Courses & Discover Scuba available for any unqualified visitors.
At Coral Bay, Coastal Manta Rays form incredible mating chains, with up to 15 males fighting for position to mate with a single female, Eagle, Bull Rays, Cleaner Wrasse, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Scissor Tails, Flutemouths Wrasse, Groper, Barracuda, Coral Trout, Cod, Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks, Great and Scalloped Hammerheads, Bronze Whalers, Cat Sharks, Manta Rays, Olive Sea Snakes, Moray Eels, Wobbegongs.
Manta Rays along the reef near Exmouth, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Scissor Tails, Flutemouths Wrasse, Groper, Coral Trout, Giant Potato Cod and Trevally, Sailfin Catfish, Clarkes, Pink and Tomato Anemonefish.
Green, Hawkesbill and Loggerhead lay eggs between December and February. From January through March (approximately six weeks after laying), the hatchlings emerge across the sandy beaches.
Dugongs feast on seagrasses around the inner reef shallows, Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins are abundant in the area, with babies being calved around this time, Short-beaked Common, Spinner and Humpback Dolphins can also be spotted occasionally.
Humpback Whales are in region with mothers typically minding calves in the Gulf area (opportunity to swim with these creatures until the end of October). Orcas are active in the area, Pseudo Orcas, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins and Blue Whales are occasional visitors to the area. Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins calve around this time.