Rowley Shoals, Western Australia
The Rowley Shoals is a group of three atoll-like coral reefs south of the Timor Sea, about 260 km west of Broome on the northwestern Australian coast, on the edge of one of the widest continental shelves in the world. Each atoll covers an area of around 80 to 90 km² within the rim of the reef, including the lagoons, while the land areas are negligible.
The shoals consist of three reefs: Imperieuse Reef, Clerke Reef and Mermaid Reef. Imperieuse Reef and Clerke Reef and their surrounding State waters make up the Rowley Shoals Marine Park. Mermaid Reef is a Marine National Nature Reserve under Commonwealth legislation.
The Rowley Shoals are home to an exceptionally rich and diverse array of oceanic coral reef flora and fauna typical of the Indo west Pacific region. The area is a premier diving and nature-based tourism destination and also provides world class sports fishing in the deeper waters around Imperieuse Reef and Clerke Reef.
Things to see and do
* Scuba diving
* Marine life
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD)
Language – English
Time – GMT plus ten hours
Electricity - 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centered below Australian style
International Country Telephone Code – 61
Port Location – Cruises to the Rowley Shoals depart from Broome.
Travel Links - Broome has flights from Perth, Sydney, Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane and Alice Springs on the weekend.
There are scheduled buses by Greyhound from Perth to Darwin, stopping at Broome, Derby and Kununurra.