For the first time, visitors to Australia’s largest state can embark on excursions to swim with migrating humpback whales between July–October, following the annual whale shark swimming season between March–July
(LOS ANGELES, CA)—Travelers coming to Western Australia’s Coral Coast region will now be able to swim with two types of whales – humpback whales, whose migration traditionally occurring between July to October, and whale sharks, whose swimming season typically happens between March and June.
The newest experience to be offered at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, the tours offer intimate encounters with humpback whales in conjunction with strict environmental standards to protect the wildlife, allowing a maximum of five people in the water with one humpback whale at a time. Previously an endangered species in Western Australia, recent conservation efforts have boosted the mammal’s population in the area to around 30,000.
Speaking to the new humpback whale swimming excursions, Exmouth Visitor Center General Manager Kristy Brian Smith said “Visitors will now have an opportunity to tick two key wildlife experiences off their bucket list at Ningaloo Reef, providing yet another exciting reason to visit the Coral Coast this year.”
Operators are offering a full-day tour experience, starting at approximately 10 a.m. and concluding at approximately 5 p.m., depending on the whale’s behavior and the weather.
About Western Australia
Western Australia, the largest state in Australia, is divided into five distinct regions. Travelers can truly “Experience Extraordinary” when exploring the State’s many natural wonders unique to Western Australia. Australia’s North West is home to spectacular natural attractions, including the Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park, the world’s only Horizontal Waterfalls, and the famed white sands and turquoise water at Broome’s Cable Beach.
Travelers to Australia’s Coral Coast can dive with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, and explore Ningaloo Reef – the world’s largest fringing reef closest to shore. Australia’s Golden Outback, the Gold Rush country of the 1890s, offers the ideal blend of history and heritage. Western Australia offers the largest collection of wildflowers on earth. Western Australia’s capital city, Perth, and the surrounding region is a microcosm of the whole state, boasting vineyards, fantastic restaurants, a lively and original music and arts scene, and stylish accommodations.
Perth is also home to Kings Park and Botanic Garden, one of the world’s largest city parks. Featuring beautiful beaches, tall tree forests, and award-winning wineries, the South West is also home to the Margaret River region, which produces more than 25% of Australia’s premium wine. With over 220 wine producers in the region, travelers can explore more than 100 cellar doors that are open to the public. For more information on the extraordinary experiences in Western Australia, please visit www.westernaustralia.com.
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