Exmouth, Western Australia
The Resort town of Exmouth is situated almost one thousand three hundred kilometres north of Perth. It is the northern gateway to the world-heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park which is its main tourist attraction. The Ningaloo Reef is one of the longest fringing coral reefs in the world. It totals two hundred and sixty kilometres in length from Bundegi Beach near the main township down to Red Bluff at Quobba Station in the south.
There are a number of marine parks close to Exmouth, including Bundegi Coastal Park and Jurabi Coastal Reserve. The latter is a seasonal nesting ground for green and loggerhead turtles. The turtle spotting season is from November to March but tourists are encouraged not to disturb these majestic creatures.
Whale sharks are the world’s biggest fish and they gather in large numbers along the Ningaloo Reed from April to July each year. Everyone’s bucket list should include snorkelling with whale sharks as they cruise along close to the surface devouring large quantities of plankton.
The waters surrounding Exmouth are regarded by a number of anglers as Australia’s premier fishing destination. Beach, reef, game, sport, flats and fly fishing are all possible in this area.
Carnarvon, WA – Exmouth Stopover
Carnarvon lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River just over nine hundred kilometres north of Western Australia’s capital Perth. It is an important fruit growing area but is also recognised for its all-year round warm climate and fine seafood. Carnarvon is an excellent stop-over destination for visitors to Exmouth as it leaves less than four hundred kilometres for the final leg of the journey.
Turquoise Bay, Exmouth
Turquoise Bay is renowned for its superb snorkelling, pristine white sand and crystal clear water. This gem of Western Australia’s north is rated by travel web site TripAdvisor as one of the top twenty beaches in the world. It is Exmouth’s premier snorkel site and the Ningaloo Reef is just a short swim from the beach.
Whale Sharks – Exmouth
There are number of different whale shark tours to choose from in Exmouth. Most tours operate from mid March to mid September each year. All of these companies have access to spotter planes that locate the whale sharks and then guide the boats to where they are. Swimming with these magnificent fish rates as one of my best experiences ever!
Abundance of Termite Mounds
An interesting feature of the Exmouth region is the large number of termite mounds. They are prominent amongst the scrub and bring a rich red colour to the landscape.
It is not difficult to find a deserted beach to enjoy a quiet sun-downer and a magical sunset in the Cape Range National Park.
Yardie Creek, Exmouth
A highlight of the Cape Range National Park is the two kilometre walk above the Yardie Creek Gorge. The creek flows between the spectacular sheer cliffs and you might be lucky to spot a black-footed rock wallaby.