Home to some of the world’s most diverse marine habitats and pristine beaches, the town of Exmouth, half way along the Western Australian coast, is a must visit for nature loving families and the gateway to the stunning Ningaloo Reef.
The natural beauty and accessibly of Ningaloo Marine Park makes it one of Western Australia’s premier tourist destinations and a must visit for nature loving families. Here, as well as sighting the most magnificent marine wildlife, you can enjoy extraordinary close encounters with them in the crystal-clear waters. For those who’d rather stay dry, a kayaking tour over the startlingly blue marine park is one of the best ways to see the colourful coral and the sea creatures that call it home.
There’s also a bounty of beautiful beaches which are amongst the most stunning in the world. It doesn’t get better than that at the aptly named Turquoise Bay, a pristine beach with clear, inviting waters from which to explore a huge diversity of coral and marine life. But be warned, the currents can be strong so it is best for stronger swimmers. Less than two-hours south of Exmouth is Coral Bay where you can easily wade from the gobsmackingly pretty beach to the start of Ningaloo Reef.
It’s not all about the water, as the region is surrounded by spectacular landscapes just waiting to be explored. Yardie Creek Gorge is a popular spot for bush walking and wildlife spotting, or visit Charles Knife Canyon and nearby Shothole Canyon for views that will leave you breathless.
With outstanding nature in and out of the water, Exmouth and surrounds abounds with attractions for the whole family.
The little ones will love all the sun, sand and saltwater of Exmouth and there are plenty of gentle protected bays suitable for younger swimmers. Sandy Bay’s endless bone white sand and strikingly clear shallow waters are particularly appealing for families with little ones to explore.
While the young ones may not be ready to attempt snorkelling in the fish-filled waters of the Ningaloo Marine Park, a glass bottom boat ride is an excellent way to introduce them to the wondrous water world below the surface, allowing them to view the incredible coral reef, marine life and even the odd turtle, without getting wet!
Or if they are keen to spot something a little larger in the water, take them to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse where, if you time it right during the migration season, they might be lucky enough spot whales playing close to the shore.
With mostly sunny days all year round, the region surrounding the little town of Exmouth offers a great array of things to do. There are two distinct seasons. The wet season, which is generally the quietest season due to skyrocketing temperatures and occasional cyclones. Peak season is the dry season from April to October when, with temperatures around 20 degrees, it’s warm enough for most to swim and enjoy the wonders below the water.
However, if you are visiting to view wildlife like whale sharks and turtles, you will need to time your visit around nature’s cycle. March to May is coral spawning season, April to July is the best time to see and swim with gentle Whale sharks and June to November is peak season for Manta rays and best for sighting migrating Humpback whales. Lovers of turtles should visit between November and March, as this is the best time to see them nesting and hatching.
One thing Exmouth does not lack is good seafood. SeaSalt, in the centre of downtown Exmouth is open for breakfast lunch and dinner every day of the week, and is popular with locals in search of great seafood. For the best fish and chips try Blue Lips Fish & Chips
But Exmouth isn’t just about seafood. From cafes to bakeries to fine dining to take-away burgers and everything in between, all tastes are catered for in this lovely little town and its surrounding districts.
The Exmouth Yacht Club is a great family-friendly venue offering good food overlooking the beach. On Friday nights, they’ll often host a great value ‘Cook-your-Own-BBQ’.
Whalebone Brewing Company is the spot for pizzas and craft beer, The BBQ Father is another top spot for delicious wood-fired pizzas, as well as pasta and home-made yummy gelato that the kids will love.
May – Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival
A three-day festival for all ages with events, stalls, entertainment, art exhibitions, kids treasure hunt and a gala opening.
August - Ningalens Film Festival
Enjoy film, music and art, stand-up comedy and markets at this fun family festival.
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