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.
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.
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.
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.
Sea kayaking is also an activity growing in popularity in Exmouth. What better way to explore the sheltered lagoons of the Ningaloo Reef than by being right on top of the crystal clear water in a comfortable kayak. Capricorn Seakayaking offer fantastic tours out of Exmouth.
Travellers who are not interested in surfing or being on top of the water, 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.
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 the best time to visit Exmouth is generally from April through to September. During this time period you will experience temperatures averaging from the high 20's to the low 30's - perfect weather to enjoy the beach and all the water based activities on offer! If you really enjoy the heat, you can visit in the summer months when temperatures quite regularly top 40 degrees Celsius.
As Exmouth is located roughly 1270 km north of Perth, it is recommended that travellers fly from Perth to Exmouth utilising either Qantas or Skywest Airlines. All of Australia's major airlines fly to Perth from a wide variety of locations around the country, with flights available multiple times per day. 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 rental.
The most amazing experience of our lives almost didn't happen. We were so worried about the kids being sea sick or being too scared to swim with whale sharks, we almost didn't book. We negotiated a good price for the five of us (three kids) and waited patiently for the day to arrive. With sea sick tablets in tow, we headed to Ningaloo Reef with our tour guides and small party of around 18 people.
The boat was amazing and the food a good distraction while getting out to the reef. I cannot believe how adventurous our kids are - especially our four year old who has never snorkelled before and after 'kitting up' stepped off the back of the boat into the middle of the ocean. We saw some amazing wildlife including giant turtles, gorgeous colored fish and coral.
At this time, the boats sends up a spotter plane to find where the whale sharks are. We hop back on board and eat lunch while the boat heads toward the position of the whale shark. Again, our kids didn't disappoint and when the word was given, they stepped off that boat knowing they were going to see the biggest fish in the ocean. It was difficult to keep up as the whale shark, while it looks like it's barely moving, is going at quite a speed.
I cannot describe the feeling of swimming along side something so large and graceful. We got 5 or 6 swims with the shark and also saw humpback whales putting on a tail thrashing show as well. It was difficult to decide what to do - to hop in the water to swim with the whale shark or to stay on the boat and watch the humpbacks! An amazing day was had by all. If you want to see some amazing wildlife, Exmouth is the place to go!