There are 13 Australian Marine Parks off the coast of Western Australia covering 335,341 square kilometres that make up the North-west Marine Parks Network. These marine parks include coral reefs, soft sediments, canyons and limestone pavements. Seabirds, sharks, whales, dolphins, marine turtles and dugong are found here. This allows visitors to experience wildlife around offshore reefs, islands, cays and in deeper waters. The iconic whale shark is found at Ningaloo, and every year humpback whales migrate through the region to and from their breeding grounds off the Kimberley coast. Parks Australia

The North-west Network spans the shallow (<30 metres) to abyssal (4,000-6,000 metres) depth zones, with the majority of the Network (34%) falling within the abyssal zone (4,000-6,000 metres). [View on map]

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Coverage and accessibility of bathymetry (AusSeabed) and habitat observations (SQUIDLE+; green, GlobalArchive; purple, and MARS database; orange) for selected region.

What's known about the North-west network?

The current state of research knowledge (bathymetry, physical and biological observations, seafloor habitat maps) for this region.
Habitat and bathymetry summaries last refreshed April 2024. Habitat observations are refreshed weekly from data providers.


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What's in the North-west network?

Underwater imagery from this region, and pressures and activities occurring here.


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