Suggested months: March, April.
This journey traverses the width of the continent starting out in beautiful Sydney Harbour, with a tour by land and sea to observe the regions remarkable aquatic diversity and picturesque coastal headlands.
The Red Centre boasts vivid red sandstone canyons that are 350 million years old, rich ochre coloured sand dunes, vast expanses of Mulga and Spinifex and the awe-inspiring rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. At this time, the region is rich in raptor birds and reptiles, with a highlight seeing the iconic Thorny Devil.
The world's largest fringeing reef at Ningaloo Marine Park is the final stop, with the opportunity to snorkel with the world's largest fish, the Whale Shark. Aside from this, visitors can spot turtles, Manta Rays, Dugongs, dolphins, whales and countless species of fish and marine invertebrates.
Minimum Suggested Nights: 9 nights, plus a couple of extra nights in Sydney and Exmouth if desired.Ningaloo & Exmouth Uluru-Kata Tjuta & Red Centre
Duration: Full Day - Ningaloo & Exmouth
Logistics: Take a 3 hour and 10 minute flight to Perth Airport (PER) and connect to a 2 hour flight to Exmouth (LEA).
Deluxe Whaleshark Swim
The opportunity to swim with the Whaleshark is one of the world’s greatest interactive marine encounters. This fish, the largest of the shark family and the largest fish in the world at an average of 12 meters (40 foot) in length, is a harmless plankton eater, with their graceful and passive nature providing an unforgettable day out on the waters of the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park.
Educational talks from on-board marine biologists, provide a fascinating insight into the rich biodiversity found in the area. Guests will be entertained by Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins, with a keen eye occasionally spotting Dugongs as they surface to take breath.
About Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo: As the region’s original eco-tourism operation, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is synonymous with experiencing the aquatic treasures of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Debbie & Mark Ferguson have been involved taking ecotours around Western Australia for over 20 years, managing the operations of a number of boats in various locations. The team is proud to specialise in small group tours for Whale Shark swims, Humpback Whale swims & watching, scuba diving and snorkelling and is active in numerous conservation projects including Whale Sharks, turtles and Manta Rays.
Mass spawning of coral 7-10 days after the full moon in March or April causes Whale Sharks to arrive, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Scissor Tails, Coral Trout, Cod and Trevally, Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks, Great and Scalloped Hammerheads, Bronze Whaler, Cat Sharks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Bull Rays, Nudibranchs, Manta Rays courtship dances around April.
Dugong can often spotted coming to the surface with May peak viewing time, plentiful Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins. Pseudo Orcas, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins are also occasionally sighted.