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Set on the Coral Coast of Western Australia, Exmouth is a great holiday destination for all things water. The town has an appealing laidback feel, and this vibe continues through the busy tourist season. Well under 4,000 residents make their home in Exmouth throughout the year, and with long stretches of sandy beach abutting crystalline water, there is ample room to play. Observing the beauty of nature does not have to end at the coastline, though; inland, Exmouth's array of wildflowers and lush landscape make this a nature lover's dream. While in town, there is no shortage of rental options, which allows holidaymakers to rest easy after a day of adventure.
One of the most interesting aspects of Exmouth is the large population of docile whale sharks. While there is a constant presence of these behemoth creatures, the numbers inflate between April and October. While staying in Exmouth, experience the sharks up close by taking a tour of the renowned Ningaloo Reef. Swimming, diving and snorkelling are all popular options, as are glass-bottom boat tours. During your adventures through the reef, keep your eyes peeled for the humpback whales, dugong, manta ray, sea turtles and big, colourful fish. There are over 250 different species of coral in Ningaloo Reef, as well as other marine plants. Bring along an underwater camera; the scenery is simply breathtaking.
The main beach in Exmouth is a beautiful place for a scenic walk around the water's edge. There are plenty of shaded areas with picnic tables, and there are even areas for the children and dogs to play. Turquoise Bay is perhaps the most beautiful beach in the Exmouth area, with its unbelievably blue waters abutting pristine white sand. A high number of colourful fish inhabit the waters, and this makes this beach a diving hotspot. Jurabi Point Beach is another must-see spot on the coast of Exmouth.
If you do not want to worry about wrangling the children on Exmouth's beaches, head over to the Exmouth Water Spray Ground. This ocean-themed water park is of recent construction, which means all of the amenities and systems within the park are top-notch. A pirate's cove and statues including the likes of sea turtles, dolphins and humpback whales give a wonderful ambiance to the spray ground.
Away from the coast, the natural beauty of the area does not cease. Exmouth's little-known gem, Charles Knife Canyon, is unforgettable. The drive to reach the canyon is scenic and filled with colourful landscapes, and the canyon itself is deep and wide. There are many roads that weave around the area, affording prime views from every angle. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, make the journey to the Thomas Carter Lookout Walk. The path is challenging and requires a reasonable level of fitness to complete. As you walk, look out for local wildlife, including wallabies.
Before venturing out into Exmouth, make a stop at the visitors’ centre. Here, you can book tours, trips and adventures throughout the town and surrounds, as well as pick up useful information for your holiday and ask any questions you may have. Be sure to pick up leaflets about Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, the Jurabi Turtle Centre and Cape Range National Park, popular local attractions which can be visited on your own or as part of a tour. As an added perk, you have the option to hire snorkel gear at the visitors’ centre.
With a warm climate that sees rain throughout the year, there is no bad time to visit Exmouth. The location just 1,270 kilometres from Perth, and flying from the major city to this smaller holiday locale is a breeze.