Exmouth is located 1270km north of Perth
and is the northern gateway to both Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park
. The town offers many water activities and tours on the famous coral reef. Swim with a Whale Shark, dive or snorkel the reef, take a coral viewing glass bottom boat tour, kite or windsurf, or simply lap up the sun.
The Ningaloo Marine Park begins 12km north of town at Bundegi Beach which is a great swimming and snorkeling location. Coral viewing tours depart from here and the many facilities include boat ramp, jetty, fish cleaning station and toilets.
Town Beach is just 1km from the town centre off Warne St. Just perfect for swimming at high tide, this coastal stretch is lined with palm trees and provides a pleasant picnic area above the foreshore with grass, picnic and barbeque shelters and toilets. Note dogs are not permitted on this section of beach.
Northbound along Town Beach permits dogs and vehicle access. There’s plenty of beach for everyone and it's the best spot in Exmouth for dog lovers wanting to enjoy the water with their pets.
The Marina, overlooking Town Beach, offers good fishing from the rock groyne and public boat launching facilities. Toilets and public phone box are located here as well as the Novotel Resort.
Pebble Beach is 12km south of town and is very unique with its shoreline totally covered in smooth weathered pebbles. These pebbles have been eroded by stream and wave action from Cape Range and Exmouth’s shoreline. Note it is illegal to remove these pebbles in bulk quantities. Pit toilet located here.
Shothole Canyon Road is 14km south of town. The unsealed road suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles takes you through the base of the canyon for 12km within Cape Range National Park. The scenic rock formations covered with spinifex grass and small trees are very easy on the eye and the drive is well worth it.
Vlaming Head Lighthouse is located 17 km from town and boasts views of the coastline and the waves breaking on the Ningaloo Reef in the distance. Visit at sunset for spectacular views and scenery.
Jurabi Turtle Centre is 20km from town and is both informative and educational in regard to the reproductive cycle of turtles. Learn about mating and nesting seasons and hatching. Eggs are laid on the beach between October and January and hatchlings appear in the evening between January and April. If you’re in the right place at the right time you might be lucky enough to watch the hatchlings race to the ocean as we did (note our hatchling photos were not taken in Exmouth, but Cape York in QLD, example only).
The Exmouth Fish Company lies about 25km south of town and operates a seafood store daily between 8am and 4pm. Fresh produce caught by the company is on offer and you might even like a photo with the delicious looking “Big Prawn.”
Just past the Big Prawn is the entrance to Charles Knife Canyon. Take the unsealed Charles Knife Rd (suitable for two-wheel drives) through the Cape Ranges and you’ll like what you see. The views are breathtakingly beautiful of the colourful contrasting ranges, canyons and ocean views in the background on the return drive.
Thomas Carter Lookout is also accessed via Charles Knife Rd, about 1km in on a rocky track. The views are of surrounding bush land and the Indian Ocean in the distance. The moderately difficult 8km Badjirrajirra Walk leaves from here and loops through the Cape Range offering views of Shothole Canyon and Exmouth Gulf. Note temperatures in the gorge can reach high extremities so be prepared with plenty of water and sun protection if you intend to attempt this walk.
is a further 10km past Charles Knife Rd turnoff. The jetty and beach are popular fishing spots and boats can also be launched here from the shore. Pit toilet located here.
The Tantabiddi Boat Ramp is situated 38km south of town and provides access to the Ningaloo Marine Park. Coral viewing boat tours depart from here to explore the reef. The boat launching facility is also readily available for public use.
Exmouth enjoys warm weather all year round and its seasons thus relate to the environment. Whaleshark Season runs from April to June, Hump Back Whale Season July to November and Turtle Season December to March. The North West Cape is susceptible to cyclones and this season is between November and April.
Exmouth’s prime attraction is undoubtedly Cape Range National Park located 36km south of town. The park boasts 50km of stunning coastline on the western side along the Ningaloo Marine Park and spectacular rugged limestone ranges and canyons on the eastern side. The dramatic contrast combines perfectly in a national park well worth exploring.
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Destinations in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
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