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Visitors flock to the small, sleepy town of Exmouth for the chance to swim in some of the clearest turquoise waters on earth, snorkel in the UNESCO-listed Ningaloo Reef, dive among manta rays and turtles, swim next to gentle whale sharks, and (from June through November) watch migrating humpback whales. Other things to do in Exmouth include taking a scenic flight over Ningaloo Reef and exploring the ruggedly beautiful red-hued gorges and canyons of nearby Cape Range National Park.
With a tropical climate, Exmouth is marvelous all year round. That said, the warm and sunny days of April to October are typically more appealing than the scorching and humid summer (December through February). Wildlife lovers should visit during whale shark season, from April to July, or when majestic migrating humpback whales cruise by, from August to October.
Exmouth is spread out, and its streets are often too hot to get around comfortably on foot. You’ll want to rent a car to explore the town and get to Cape Range National Park and the sights along the coast. If driving is not an option, book a tour that includes pickup from your accommodations. If you’re flying into Learmonth Airport, you can take a shuttle bus from Exmouth Bus Charters into Exmouth.
The beaches around Exmouth are well-known surfing spots, and the best swells show up from July to October. The most popular spot, Dunes, is around 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of town and is the best spot for experienced surfers. Hunter Beach, which is situated a little further along the North West Cape, is a great for beginners and others who want to take lessons. Hunter Beach also boasts sea turtles between December and March.
On Western Australia’s Northwest Cape, Exmouth is a laid-back beach town and one of the best places in the world to go swimming with whale sharks. It’s also known for its proximity to Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, and the picture-postcard shores of Turquoise Bay....More
Perhaps best known for its underwater activities, Exmouth is popular for snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. However, if you prefer to stay on dry land, there’s camping, 4-wheel driving, and plenty of exploring—with Cape Range’s rugged red gorges, rock wallabies, and beaches a short drive away....More
Depending on your interests, a day or two in Exmouth is probably enough. Two is preferable—one to explore Cape Range and one for Ningaloo Reef (whale shark season dependent)—but if you have more time, you can also go bushwalking, kayaking, fishing, and check out the Mildura Shipwreck....More
Coral Bay and Exmouth are popular destinations on the Coral Coast close to Ningaloo Reef and the whale sharks. Ideally located for exploring Cape Range National Park, Exmouth tends to get busier, while Coral Bay is better as a beach holiday destination—especially if you don’t have your own transportation....More
Yes, you can swim in Exmouth. There are plenty of swimming beaches in the town itself, including the aptly named Town Beach. Cape Range also has some top swimming spots such as Turquoise Bay. However, if you want to go swimming with whale sharks, you’ll have to join a tour....More
Yes, Exmouth is worth visiting. It’s a quick and easy flight from Perth or a long (but worthy) drive with plenty of great stops along the way. If you’re keen to see whale sharks, you’ll want to time your trip to coincide with whale shark season (March–September)....More
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