How to get to Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is a fringing coral reef on the Coral Coast in Western Australia, approximately 747 miles north of Perth. Coral Bay and Exmouth are the two main townships on the Coral Coast.

Exmouth is a seaside town with plenty of hotels, hostels, shops, bars and restaurants. It's further from Ningaloo Reef so you'll need to jump on a snorkeling or diving boat tour to get there, but it's also close to the stunning Cape Range National Park which might suit you more depending on your interests.

Coral Bay is a small town and there are fewer accommodation options and restaurants, but it’s super close to Ningaloo Reef — as in you can swim to it from the shore.

There are several ways to get to Exmouth and Coral Bay including air, self-driving and coach travel.

By air

Learmonth is the nearest airport to Ningaloo Reef. It’s 23 miles from Exmouth and 72 miles from Coral Bay. Qantas operates daily flights to Learmonth from Perth.

From Learmonth, you can hire a car, jump in a taxi or use the Exmouth Bus Charter (the cost is $40 one way or $75 return) to the town. If you’re traveling to Coral Bay, transfers can be arranged with Coral Bay Airport Transfers.


The drive from Exmouth to Perth takes 12-13 hours via the North West Coastal Highway and Minilya Exmouth Road.

Road-tripping from Perth is a great way to experience the natural wonders of Western Australia, such as Geraldton and Yanchep National Park, the Pinnacles and Monkey Mia.

Always check the road conditions with Main Roads and take extra caution driving at dawn and dusk when wildlife is most active. Service stations are dotted along the route, but it's best to stock up on water and supplies as there are often long distances between amenities.

By coach

Integreity Coach Lines operate a service from Perth to Coral Bay and Exmouth (and then on to Karijini National Park and Broome) three times per week. The journey takes 15-18 hours.

Getting around Exmouth and Coral Bay

Exmouth and Coral Bay are compact towns and it’s easy to get around on foot or by bicycle. However, if you want to venture outside the main townships you'll need to hire a car or join a tour. This region is vast and remote, and public transport is limited.

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Join a Ningaloo Reef tour

If you'd rather leave the planning to us and benefit from the expertise of a local leader, you could join us on a Ningaloo Reef tour. Our Ningaloo trips begin in Perth or Paraburdoo.