Month: August 2016

Aug25

Swim with the humpback whales

There’s a new tourist attraction off our north west coast, the chance to swim with humpback whales. The trial has just started off Exmouth and if there’s enough interest it could provide a multi-million dollar boost to the economy.

Check out the below video from 9 News Perth.

Aug25

Did you know?

More than 2,000 dolphins inhabit Shark Bay and about 200 live in the waters around Monkey Mia. Due to strict management regulations for the ongoing welfare of the dolphins only 5 adult female dolphins are fed at Monkey Mia.

Established in 1992, Monkey Mia is the number one behavioural research site in the world for bottlenose dolphins and tiger sharks and often works in collaboration with the West Australian Government. Dolphin research includes male association, female to calf association and juveniles.

The Resort has provided hosted accommodation for film crews from numerous programs including National Geographic and the Discovery Channel and has also accommodated the filming of the Blue Planet while it produced a documentary on Shark Bay with David Attenborough.

The Resort 100% supports the world leading research conducted off the beaches of Monkey Mia.

Since its humble beginnings, research has developed hugely at Monkey Mia, and to this day we still host and support a team of dolphin researchers under the direction of Dr. Janet Mann, a professor of Georgetown University, USA Hundreds of dolphins are surveyed and cataloged each year, they survey their behavior, ecology, genetics, development, communication, social structure, predators and pray, providing a huge insight into dolphin life. All of this research is accomplished non-invasively without tagging or capturing the dolphins

Continue checking our Facebook page as we introduce the famous dolphins of Monkey Mia.

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Aug25

Swim with whalesharks at the amazing Ningaloo Reef

Swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef is the experience of a lifetime. Join a whale shark watching or snorkelling tour from Exmouth or Coral Bay and experience the ultimate wildlife encounter. Every year, between mid March and mid July, these gentle giants of the ocean congregate in the Ningaloo Marine Park following the mass spawning of coral. Harmless to humans, they are the world’s largest species of fish and can grow up to 18 metres in length.

The opportunity to swim with whale sharks in the Ningaloo Reef region attracts visitors from far and wide to Exmouth and Coral Bay. It’s one of very few regions in the world where they congregate regularly in coastal waters and are easily accessible for whale shark tours.

Check out the list of Coral Bay whale shark tours and Exmouth whale shark tours, or visit the Exmouth Visitor Centre website to find out more about whale shark watching tours on the Ningaloo Reef or to organise your swim with the whale sharks.

Aug24

Wildflower Season is here!

Western Australia’s Coral Coast is wildflower country year round, however displays are at their best between July and October when inland areas are in full bloom and carpets of brilliant colour blanket the region.

Wildflowers make a bloomin appearance in Busselton between August and November. Book your stay at any RAC Parks & Resort and save!

For more information on 2, 4 and 6 day self-guided wildflower tours and wildflower hotspots click the below button.

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Where will you Bloomin’ Be?

Australia’s South West makes up part of Australia’s only biodiversity hotspot – and one of just 34 biodiversity hotspots around the world. Almost 80 percent of the plant species in the South West Australia bio diverse province are found nowhere else on earth. The diverse range of wild flowers, forests and native animals found in Australia’s South West all contribute to the rare and unique nature of the region. Wildflower season is from August to November.

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Australia’s Coral Coast Region

Coalseam Conservation Park

Discover a remarkable variety of flowering woody heath plants and carpets of pink, gold, cream and white everlastings.

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Lesueur National Park

Mount Lesueur National Park is one of the most diverse and rich floral areas in the world and is home to almost 900 species.

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Kalbarri National Park 

From July until November, approximately 800 species of native flora progressively burst into bloom around Kalbarri and within the National Park.

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Shark Bay World Heritage Area

Shark Bay has the longest wildflower season in Western Australia with over 700 species of flowering plants.

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Cape Range National Park

Located within the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, the Cape Range National Park is home to 630 species of flowering plants.

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Click HERE to view a range of 2, 4 and 6 day self-guided wildflower itineraries in the Coral Coast Region.

Australia’s South West Region

Bunbury

From August to November many wildflowers can be seen flowering in and around Bunbury. It is recommended to visit Manea Park (Somerville Drive, College Grove) and take the Pultenaea Loop walk trail to view the wildflowers at their best. Also view a variety of wildflowers on a walk along the sealed pathway at the Tuart Walk located at the end of Ocean Drive (between Bunbury and Dalyellup).

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Dardanup

On the drive into the picnic area at Crooked Brook Forest (Crooked Brook Road, Dardanup), you will find a fast array of wildflowers to explore and discover.

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Wellington Discovery Forest

Discover wildflowers at Wellington Discovery Forest which is accessible via Pile Road or Wellington Forest Road.

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Collie

As the weather gets a bit warmer, October is the best time to view the wildflowers in and around Collie. Along the Coalfields Highway, 2km west of town (close to the cemetery), a walk along the footpath in an easterly direction towards the town, discover an abundance of wildflowers at your leisurely pace.

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Donnybrook

There are plenty of wildflowers to see Donnybrook. It is recommended to visit the golf course where the kangaroo paws are spectacular and a drive along Sandhills Road (south of town) will take you past an industrial area where you can view them by the thousands. At the Old Racecourse Nature Reserve, north of Balingup, there are signposted walkways directing you through a variety of wildflowers.

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Click HERE for to view a range of suggested itineraries.

Where will you Bloomin’ Be?

Western Australia’s Coral Coast is wildflower country year round, however displays are at their best between July and October when inland areas are in full bloom and carpets of brilliant colour blanket the region.

Australia’s South West makes up part of Australia’s only biodiversity hotspot – and one of just 34 biodiversity hotspots around the world. Almost 80 percent of the plant species in the South West Australia bio diverse province are found nowhere else on earth. The diverse range of wild flowers, forests and native animals found in Australia’s South West all contribute to the rare and unique nature of the region. Wildflower season is from August to November.

Aug24

Humpback Interaction Success at Ningaloo

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