Exmouth

Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 1845

One of the newest towns in Australia, Exmouth was founded in 1967 as a support town for the Harold E. Holt US Naval Communications Station, the main source of local employment. Excellent year-round fishing and proximity to Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Reef have since made Exmouth a major tourist destination. The town is the nearest point in Australia to the continental shelf.

Visitor Information

Cnr Murat Rd and Stewart St; (08) 9949 1176

www.exmouthwa.com.au

Nearby national parks

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Nearby

Cape Range National Park This rugged landscape of arid rocky gorges is edged by the stunning coastline of Ningaloo Marine Park. Wildlife is abundant, with emus, euros, rock wallabies and red kangaroos often sighted. In late winter there is a beautiful array of wildflowers including the Sturt's desert pea and the superb bird flower. Attractions within the park include Shothole Canyon, an impressive gorge; Mangrove Bay, a sanctuary zone with a bird hide overlooking a lagoon; and Mandu Mandu Gorge where you can walk along an ancient river bed. Yardie Creek is the only gorge with permanent water. Turquoise Bay is a popular beach for swimming and snorkelling (watch for currents). The Milyering Visitor Centre (54km SW), made of rammed earth and run by solar power, is 52km from Exmouth on the western side of the park and offers information on both Cape Range and Ningaloo. Contact (08) 9949 2808.

Ningaloo Marine Park: see Coral Bay.

Naval Communication Station: the centre tower in its antenna field, at 388m, is one of the tallest structures in the Southern Hemisphere; not open to public; 5km N.

Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and Lookout: built in 1912, Australia's only kerosene-burning lighthouse served as a beacon to mariners until 1967. The lookout offers panoramic 360-degree views; 19km N.

Learmonth Jetty: popular fishing spot, rebuilt after Cyclone Vance; 33km S.

Wildlife-watching: turtle-nesting (Nov–Jan); coral-spawning (Mar–Apr); boat cruises and air flights to see whale sharks (Mar–June); humpback whales (Aug–Nov) from lighthouse (17km N) and from whale-watching boat tours. Snorkellers can swim with whale sharks and manta rays located by cruise boats. Coral-viewing boat cruises also available; contact visitor centre for details.

Fishing spots near town

Exmouth 3 km

Situated about 1200 km north of Perth, Exmouth is Australia’s only known bonefish fishery. The Continental Shelf is only kilometres offshore and Ningaloo Reef runs for 250 km along the coastline, forming a giant... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Mantaray’s Restaurant

Situated in the Novotel Ningaloo Resort on Sunrise Beach is the modern brasserie-style Mantaray’s Restaurant. Naturally, seafood is on the menu but there are other options for those seeking an alternative, like... Find out more


Potshot Hotel Resort

For laid-back dining in a casual atmosphere, try the Potshot Hotel Resort's restaurant for bistro-style food. Diners can enjoy fresh seafood, like red emperor, crabs and prawns, either indoors or by the pool, and then... Find out more


Whalers Restaurant

Like every place in town, Whalers Restaurant exudes a laid-back holiday atmosphere despite being known as the fanciest place in town. The menu caters to most tastes and includes locally caught seafood, Italian and Asian... Find out more


Campsites around town

Neds Camp camping area 21 km

Carry a gas/fuel stove and plenty of drinking water with you when you come to camp at Neds, 600 m west of Yardie Creek Rd. It is 8 km south of the park boundary.... Find out more


Mesa Camp camping area 22 km

Flat coastal scrub surrounds this campsite 1.6 km west of Yardie Creek Rd. Bring a gas/fuel stove and drinking water to this camping area, 8 km south of the park boundary, where there is a self-registration station.... Find out more


North T Bone Bay camping area 23 km

Pack a gas/fuel stove and drinking water to camp here, and take the turn-off at the Milyering Visitor Centre. This campsite is 1.2 km west of Yardie Creek Rd and 11 km south from the park boundary.... Find out more


Lakeside camping area 24 km

To get to Lakeside, take the turn-off at the Milyering Visitor Centre and travel 11 km from the park boundary to Yardie Creek Rd, then travel for a further 1.6 km. You will need to come equipped with a gas/fuel stove and... Find out more


Tulki Beach camping area 28 km

Bring a gas/fuel stove and drinking water to Tulki Beach camping area, 800 m west of Yardie Creek Rd and 6 km south of the Milyering Visitor Centre. Bookings are required for peak season, Apr–Oct.... Find out more


North Mandu camping area 34 km

A gas/fuel stove and drinking water are essential equipment when you camp at North Mandu, 400 m west of Yardie Creek Rd. Milyering Visitor Centre is 14 km away to the south.... Find out more


Pilgramunna camping area 39 km

Pack a gas/fuel stove and drinking water when you head to Pilgramunna camping area, 500 m west of Yardie Creek Rd and 20 km south of Milyering Visitor Centre. Bookings are required for peak season, Apr–Oct.... Find out more


Osprey Bay camping area 44 km

Osprey Bay camping area is 800 m west of Yardie Creek Rd, 26 km south of Milyering Visitor Centre. Bring along a gas/fuel stove and drinking water. Bookings are required for peak season, Apr–Oct.... Find out more


Yardie Creek camping area 53 km

Yardie Creek camping area is off Yardie Creek Rd, 36 km south of the Milyering Visitor Centre. Come equipped with a gas/fuel stove and drinking water. Bookings are required for peak season, Apr–Oct.... Find out more


One K Camp camping area 54 km

Access to One K Camp is 4.2 km north of the Boat Harbour track by 4WD only. Bring a gas/fuel stove and drinking water. The camping area is 100 m west of Yardie Creek Rd.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Ningaloo Caravan and Holiday Resort 1 km

Located close to the town centre, this is a convenient base from which to explore the area, including Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park. The park has an extensive grassy area, good amenities and a wide range of... Find out more


Exmouth Cape Holiday Park 1 km

Located close to the centre of town and alongside the main road, this is a good quality park near the tourist centre and not too far from the shops. It is a good base for exploring the region. Bookings are required in... Find out more


Ningaloo Lighthouse Caravan Park 15 km

Located 17 km north of Exmouth beneath the lighthouse at Vlamingh Head, this spot is just across the road from the ocean. The park has basic facilities and a cafe during peak season. There are pleasant views from the... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Best Western Sea Breeze Resort

Located next to the Historic Naval Base and deemed as the closest resort to the Ningaloo Marine Park, the Best Western Sea Breeze Resort is considered one of the best value resorts in Exmouth. The self-contained studios... Find out more


Exmouth Cape Holiday Park

The Exmouth Cape Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation options such as cabins, chalets, powered caravan sites, camping facilities and the Blue Reef Backpackers Village. After you’ve explored the many... Find out more


Novotel Ningaloo Resort

Escape the winter blues and head for the Novotel Ningaloo Resort. Relax on the cheerily named Sunshine Beach or use the resort as a base to explore the Ningaloo Marine Park, the Cape Range National Park or swim with the... Find out more


Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Although the Ningaloo Reef Retreat doesn’t claim to be a five-star resort, this is safari camping in style. Every tent has an ensuite, comfortable beds with 500 thread-count sheets, a choice of pillows and gourmet... Find out more


What's on around town

Mall Market: each Sun Apr–Sept.

Gamex: world-class game-fishing competition; Mar.

Whale Shark Festival: Apr/May.

Art Quest: July.

Bill Fish Bonanza: Oct/Nov.

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