Department of Parks adn Wildlife
Ningaloo Coast Cape Range Gorges Photo: Jen Hollis / DBCA The rugged gorges and wave cut limestone escarpments of Cape Range
Photo: © Jen Hollis / DBCA

The 604,500 hectare marine and terrestrial property of the Ningaloo Coast, on the remote WA coast near Exmouth, includes one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world. The property stretches more than 300km along the coast and encompasses the Muiron Islands to the north, the Bundegi and Jurabi coastal parks at the tip of Cape Range, Ningaloo Marine Park (which extends up to 22km offshore), the adjoining Learmonth Air Weapons Range and Cape Range National Park.

The Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area was inscribed on the World Heritage list on 24 June 2011 under two of the natural World Heritage Outstanding Universal Value criteria including containing areas of incredible natural beauty, and containing the most important and significant natural habitats for in situ conservation of biological diversity. The following features are representative of these criteria:

Coastal and marine habitats

Exceptional natural beauty

Ningaloo Reef biodiversity

Whale sharks

Mega marine life

Turtle nesting

Cape Range plants and animals

Cape Range karst system

More information

Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Advisory Committee

Each World Heritage area is overseen by a State Cabinet-appointed advisory committee. These committees provide advice to managing agencies and State and Australian Government ministers to assist in protecting the Outstanding Universal Value of each area.

Find out more about the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Advisory Committee.