If the Ningaloo coast didn’t already offer enough with its bright blue skies, golden sandy beaches and long stretches of colourful coral reef, it’s also recognised as one of the world’s most important nesting grounds for green and loggerhead turtles. So much so, that if you’re taking a wander along the beach at this time of year you will be greeted by a spectacular show of nature as hundreds of turtles prepare for mating season.
From November to March, the mature female turtles make the demanding journey from the sea to the beach ready to lay their eggs. For six weeks, the eggs are left to their own devices, before the hatchlings begin to emerge and make their way to the sea. It’s an extraordinary show that you’ll want to make sure you catch sight of if you find yourself on the West Coast.
Where to spot turtles hatching
With there being a few spots that make the perfect hatching habitat for the turtles, you’ve got a good chance of grabbing a glimpse of the spectacle. You can head to the resort where the staff will be able to book you onto a tour, visit the turtle centre or safely search along the sand yourself.
Jurabi Turtle Centre
Situated just 20km from Exmouth, the turtle centre is the best place to have the full experience and learn everything there is to know about these magical marine creatures. You can book onto a turtle eco-education tour where you will learn about how important the preservation of turtles is right now and what you can do to help. Book a tour here, or head to the resort, where the staff ensure you make the most of your experience.
Five Mile Beach & Wobiri
Just a 25-minute drive away from the resort on the North West tip of Exmouth Peninsula, popular surf spot Five Mile Beach offers both a great viewing spot and relaxing day out. Plus, it’s also a good way to grab some shelter with a cooler temperature too.