Ningaloo Reef and adjacent islands are one of the world’s major nesting areas for sea turtles. During the nesting season between December and March, Green and Loggerhead turtles make their way up the beaches to lay their eggs – Find a tour.
The loggerhead turtle is the most endangered species of sea turtle in the world, and Western Australia’s Coral Coast is home to the two major breeding sites during turtle nesting season. The Ningaloo Reef region also supports large populations of green, hawksbill and flatback turtles, and Shark Bay is an important turtle nesting site, with up to 6,000 sea turtles living in its waters. The Department of Parks and Environment (DPAW) Western Australian Marine Turtle Project is researching valuable information into the life history, behaviour and conservation of turtles in Shark Bay.
Night tours provide the opportunity to watch the turtles make their long arduous journey up the beaches to lay their eggs or to watch the hatchlings scramble down to the water’s edge.
Book at RAC Exmouth Holiday Park or Ningaloo Reef Resort to tick off this bucket list item.