Ningaloo – a destination
Ningaloo has been described as nature's aquarium.
While the divers here have been searching for samples of species from their particular fields; they have been also been able to see examples of nature's beauty.
Those lucky enough have seen dugongs, humpback whales, manta rays and whale sharks, as well as colourful fish and fascinating coral, most just a dive or snorkel away.
We have been staying in a caravan park about 30 minutes from the small town of Exmouth.
The area is alive with the sound of birds chirping, not to mention the caravan park's resident sulphur crested cockatoo which says hello as you walk past.
At dusk you can watch the migration of hundreds of kangaroos, wallabies and "wallaroos".
Also nearby is the Mandu Mandu Gorge, in Yardie Creek, which brings with it yet more wildlife, a walking trail and the promise of Black-Footed Rock Wallabies and other wildlife, if you are there at the right time of day.
As a Queenslander, with affection for sand and sea and a love for a colourful sunset, this has got to be one of the best places for those things to be seen together. You can sit on the beach, with no one else for miles and watch as the sun sets over the sea. Tt seems to linger forever. Seeing the sunset over the sea for the first time was worth the trip on its own.
Here are some of the pictures that the field photographer Gary Cranitch took during a chartered flight over the Ningaloo Reef.
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Image: Susan Graham
Scenes from Ningaloo