Exmouth is located approximately 1270 km north of Perth, on the West Australian central coast, and is arguably one of the most beautiful and exotic holiday destinations in Australia. The township itself is a rather small settlement comprising roughly 1900 permanent residents
however, during the tourist season this number triples, with holiday makers flocking to the area to enjoy the amazing sights, activities and accommodation on offer.
Things to See and Do in and Around Exmouth
Travellers staying in Exmouth will be amazed by the sheer number of things to see and do; some of the more popular of which are: whale watching, surfing, boating, bush walking, snorkelling, fishing, diving and exploring. The major tourist draw card in Exmouth however, is the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the endangered whale sharks, that inhabit the region during the winter months.
Swimming with Whale Sharks
Ningaloo Reef, located just off the coast of Exmouth is the only known location in the world, which regularly plays host to the extremely rare whale shark, and as such, numerous tour companies offer travellers the opportunity to swim, snorkel and dive with these 10 metre long filter-feeding giants. Tours also generally offer pickup and drop-off from services from local holiday accommodation, food, wetsuits, and other essential equipment, which means that all travellers need to do is sit back and wonder at these gentle deep-sea mammoths.
Other Great Water-based Activities
Aside from diving with whale sharks, the rich tropical waters around Exmouth also provide international visitors with the opportunity to undertake numerous other exciting water-based activities. As with most holiday destinations in Western Australia, Exmouth is in close proximity to numerous fantastic surf beaches, such as Surfers Beach or ‘Dunes’, which is located only 17 km from most holiday rentals in the area.
Travellers, who are not interested in surfing, can instead test their fishing skills from the beach or the rugged coastline, or try one of the numerous fishing charters scattered throughout Exmouth. Snorkelling and diving are also a must, as Ningaloo Reef, which sits just off the coast is extremely biodiverse, practically untouched, and easily accessed from the beach in some places, making it perfect for novice snorkelers and experienced divers alike.
Although the ocean is undoubtedly the main attraction in Exmouth, the terrestrial landscape in the region also has a great deal to offer. Cape Range National Park, located only 40 km from Exmouth encompasses breathtaking limestone ranges, which stretch all the way to the ocean, making for an amazing contrast of landscapes. The park also offers some great four wheel drive and bush walking tracks, which really allow travellers to get up close to the Australian wilderness and wildlife. Holiday makers visiting Cape Range National Park may be lucky enough to see wallabies, rare sea birds, and even turtles, however, even if these Aussie natives fail to appear travellers are still guaranteed to get some great photos to admire back to their holiday home.
Travellers more interested in the Australian flora than fauna are also spoilt for choice in Exmouth, as the region is home to an amazing display of Western Australian wild flowers during certain seasons. Holiday makers interested in seeing this spectacle can undertake the ‘Cape Range Trail’, which is a pre-planned route incorporating wildflower hot spots surrounding Exmouth, such as Coral Bay and Shothole Canyon. A copy of the wildflower holiday guide, in which this route is outlined, is available from many holiday accommodation providers in Exmouth, or via the internet.
Ideal Climate for Visitors
Exmouth is the ideal holiday destination when it comes to the climate, as the region generally experiences warm dry weather year round. The summer months can however, tend to be quite hot, meaning that most international holiday makers frequent Exmouth during winter (June to
August). Travellers interested in visiting Exmouth outside of this period may find the weather hot, but will have the added advantage of securing extremely reasonable out-of-season holiday deals and accommodation.
Travelling to Exmouth from the UK
Various airlines such as British Airways, Malaysian Airlines and Emirates offer flights to Perth departing from both London City and Heathrow airports. As Exmouth is located roughly 1270 km north of Perth, it is recommended that holiday makers fly from Perth to Exmouth utilising either Qantas or Skywest Airlines. More adventurous travellers may however, like to rent a car and take a long road trip up the stunning West Australian coast, in order to experience the Australian landscape before arriving exhausted at their luxury Exmouth holiday villa.