Do you always dream of flying, the wind that plays with your hair and the feeling of total freedom? When you visit the West Coast of Australia, near the Ningaloo Reef, make sure you don’t miss this. Although we wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who is afraid of heights. Or maybe just go and overcome your fears!
Did you ever had something planned that just by thinking of it it made you feel so excited? During our trip in Western Australia, flying in a microlight was one of those things we really wanted to do. Birds Eye View Ningaloo, situated at Exmouth Airport, offers beautiful scenic vistas seeing the world from a different angle. We booked an introduction flight of 1 hour and it was one of the best experiences ever!
Ready? Let's go!
There’s only one seat behind the instructor so it’s a sort of private flight. Flight instructor Gavin is a funny and easygoing guy with a passion for flying his microlight aircraft. After a brief meeting and safety instructions I’m ready for take-off. It’s feels like riding a moped, except this one has wings (remember this scene from Harry Potter?). All goes very smooth and before I know, we are far up in the sky. The weather couldn’t be better, we have a clear blue sky and the view from up here is amazing.
After 15 minutes I’m convinced I can’t fall out of this thing so I start to relax and enjoy the view of Cape Range National Park. The contrast between the red ranges and the turquoise reef is breathtaking. As we fly over the reef, I can see clearly rays, turtles and big tiger sharks (not sure if you still want to go swimming after this) In the right season you can also see dugongs, dolphins, whalesharks and humpbackwhales.
Time flies and before I know we are on our way back. Gavin even let’s me fly for a while. And no, we didn’t crash. Really awesome experience and with my feet back on the ground it feels like a dream. I want to go again!
Where to stay
Exmouth is not a big town but there are enough options to stay from backpackers through hotels. As we had our own rental car during our travels in Australia, we stayed at the RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park on an unpowered site. We really liked this park as it is only minutes from the beach, features a large camp kitchen, volleyball court, swimming pool and dive shop. Within a 5 minutes walk you find some shops and restaurants. The small airstrip where you depart for your microlight flight is only 10 minutes by car.
Tip: go to Pinocchio Pizza across the road if you’re craving some good Italian food.
Best time to visit Exmouth
We all want perfect conditions with those blue skies, calm waters, endless views and lots of interesting wildlife to see. During our microlight flight we were luckily to see big tigersharks, turtles and stingrays but there is much more to see. We visited Exmouth at the end of February (Australian summer) and had warm sunny days with clear skies. June and July are the cooler months but still a good period to visit. If you are after specific wildlife, then have a look at this:
March – May: Whale sharks
June – November: Manta rays & humpback whales
November – March: Turtle nesting and hatching
It might change a bit, but in general this should give you a good idea of which animals you can see in which period. Did you know we snorkeled with the whale sharks? If you would like to know more about that experience, click here.
Birds eye view Ningaloo
Are you already getting excited after reading this? For more information you can visit their website. If you have more time (and money) you can even do a flight course.
You can choose between 30, 60 or 90 minutes, we did an hour each where you fly over the ranges to the reef, stay there to look for wildlife and then fly back to base. The price for 1 hour is AUD 349 and this includes free pictures they make with their wing mounted GoPro camera.
*This is not a sponsored blogpost, we are just so excited about this and hope you will experience this awesome feeling one day.
You find them at:
Exmouth WA 6707