Top Things To do In Exmouth

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Have you been dreaming of endless adventures, constant sunshine and pristine beaches? Well, I’ve got you covered. Exmouth is one of the best places to visit in Australia to get your fix! Exmouth is best known as the gateway to the largest fringing reef – the Ningaloo Reef. An underwater paradise that has so much to offer. I recently spent over a week exploring this region and can assure you that there are so many incredible things to do in Exmouth.

 

Where is Exmouth?

Exmouth is a very small coastal town nestled between the Exmouth Gulf and the Indian Ocean, along the Northwest Cape Peninsula of Western Australia. Once known as a navy town it is now renowned as the neighbouring town to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to get to Exmouth.

Exmouth is located 1250km from Perth, a 13 hour drive or a 2 hour flight. While flying is the quickest option, driving may be the wisest option as you’ll need a vehicle to get around once you make it to Exmouth.

 

Where to stay in Exmouth.

Exmouth is quite spread out and with so many beautiful places to stay it is hard to choose. During my week stay I opted to stay one night in the RAC Holiday Park to explore everything the town had to offer before moving out to stay in the National Park. The RAC cost 435 for an unpowered camping site. It is a great option as its very centrally located. I then moved onto the National Park. If you have no pets, I’d recommend booking in at one of the National Park Campsites which are $11 per night. These have very basic toilet facilities and tend to book up well in advance. If camping is not your style you can stay in the YHA Hostel , $35 per night for a 6 bedded dorm room.

 

With so much to see and do in Exmouth, here’s a few ideas to get you started:

 

Check out SS Mildura Shipwreck

A former cattle steamer that became shipwrecked in 1907 during a cyclone. Most of the remains were salvaged and used for renovations. The remains now rest only 80m from shore and are best viewed at low tide.

 

Sample the craft beer at one of Exmouth’s two breweries

The Whalebone brewing Co is the perfect spot for a cold brew, delicious woodfired pizza or a boogie, with live music promised every weekend. Froth Craft Brewery is a dog friendly spot in the heart of Exmouth, with a kitchen serving up delicious local produce, bar pouring artisan craft beer brewed on site and a café grinding out some decent coffee.

 

Swim with Whale Sharks

Many tours operate daily from late March to August with a full range of diving tours and experiences for all levels and abilities. With up to 600 whale sharks in Exmouth at peak season, this makes it one of the best places to see these gentle giants up close.

 

Explore Jurabi Turtle Sanctuary

February and March is the best time to visit Exmouth if you want to experience both the nesting and hatching spectacles. Guided nighttime eco educational tours are run from December to March. The interpretive centre and educational facility sit just behind the dunes between Hunters and Mauritius Beach, 13km around the north cape from Exmouth.

 

Catch sunset at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

This lighthouse is noted as being one of the few locations in Australia where sunrise and sunset can both be seen. How cool is that? As Exmouth is one of the most western points in Western Australia it has some of the most dramatic and awe inspiring sunsets.

 

Grab a coffee at The Social Society

A quirky café in the heart of the town focusing on vegan and vegetarian delights. A café and wellness hub all in one. Serving wholesome foods and freshly baked treats daily. One of Exmouth’s well known trendy coffee spots.

 

Snorkel your way along Turquoise Bay

Turquoise bay is considered the best snorkelling spot in Exmouth. Take your pick between ‘The Drift’ and the ‘Bay Loop’. The Drift is the main attraction. In this area you can encounter turtles, reef sharks and stingrays. This area is explored by letting yourself gently drift with the south – north current. Enter the water as far south as possible and exit the water up further north. Be careful not to be taken by the current towards the sandy point.

 

Explore the beautiful views of Charles Knife Canyon

Sitting over 300m above sea level. This is a stunning spot to experience sunrise or sunset. Located in the Cape Range National Park, it offers some incredible views over the Exmouth Gulf. Featuring many lookouts be prepared to have your mind blown! You can take the marked walking trail from Thomas Carter Lookout, and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking birds eye views of the stunning scenery.

 

Set up camp at Osprey Bay

One of Australia’s top campsites. If you want to get a booking here, you’ll have to be organised and book well in advance. The campground has arguably the best views within Cape Range National Park. The camp is situated above a rock shelf shoreline exposing small sandy enclaves at low tide. There are only 20 sites, during off season they work on a first come, first served basis, there is no need to book online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a hike at Mandu Mandu Gorge

Mandu Mandu Gorge has a 3km walking trail that allows access to this dry terrain. The trail follows the northern ridge of the gorge, giving stunning views down over the Ningaloo Reef. The trail then leads into the creek bed from where you follow the base of the gorge back to the car park., For something a little special visit for sunrise.

 

Explore Yardie Creek

The Yardie Creek Trail is a 2km trail that starts with a 1.25km class 2 trail. It follows a well defined path that takes you all the way to overlook Yardie Creek. At the end of this trail the Yardie Gorge trail begins. This is a class 4 trail that often becomes quite rough. This takes you high above Yardie Creek with views over the gorge and the reef. You also have the option of exploring Yardie Creek by boat. The ancient gorge has deep blue water, red limestone cliff faces and some wonderful wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for wandering wallabies.

 

Chill out on Town Beach

Town Beach is one of the best places for a relaxed day. You can drive onto the beach and set yourself up to enjoy the ocean views. It is a popular spot for water sports and swimming as it tends to be quite calm.

 

Catch a Wave

Two of the best spots to surf in Exmouth are Hunters and dunes. Dunes is located on the reef, so it is definitely for more experienced surfers. Hunters is located just across from the lighthouse. Keep an eye out for friendly dolphins that are known to have a play!

 

What are your favourite things to do in Exmouth? Would you add anything?

 

 

 

Have you been dreaming of endless adventures, constant sunshine and pristine beaches? Well, I’ve got you covered. Exmouth is one of the best places to visit in Australia to get your fix! Exmouth is best known as the gateway to the largest fringing reef – the Ningaloo Reef. An underwater paradise that has so much to offer.
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