UNESCO World Heritage Site Ningaloo Coast World Heritage AreaThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added the Ningaloo Coast and Ningaloo Reef to its World Heritage Liston 24 June 2011. World Heritage listing is the highest global recognition of the importance of a site. The Ningaloo Coast was inscribed on the World Heritage List as one of the outstanding natural places in the world, in recognition of its natural beauty and biological diversity, including the:
- aesthetically striking coastal and terrestrial environment of the Ningaloo Reef;
- lush and colourful underwater scenery and its contrast with the arid and rugged land;
- annual aggregation of whale sharks, one of the largest in the world;
- important aggregations of other fish species and marine mammals;
- high marine diversity, including an unusual diversity of marine turtle species;
- rare and diverse subterranean creatures; and
- diversity of reptiles and vascular plants in the drylands.