Things to do in Exmouth:

The Marine Park

All year round there is wildlife to enjoy in the marine park:

March – April:

Coral Spawning

Coral spawning is when coral releases eggs and sperm into the surrounding ocean.  This occurs approximately 10 to 12 days after the full moon in both March and April and is a remarkable sight for divers and snorkelers.

April – July:

Whale sharks

Whale sharks generally arrive just after the second coral spawning until the end of June or beginning of July.  They congregate along Ningaloo Reef to feed on microscopic creatures known as zooplankton, offering a unique opportunity to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish, up to 18m long.  The chance to snorkel with these gentle giants is the opportunity of a lifetime and visitors from all over the world head to Exmouth during the Whale shark season. 

May – November:

Manta Rays

Manta Rays migrate in huge schools and snorkellers and divers can use the opportunity to swim with these playful creatures.

July – November:

Humpback Whales

The humpback whales visiting Ningaloo Reef, are the fifth largest of the great whales and can weigh up to 40 tonnes.  You can watch them roll around, slapping their tails and fins.

September to February:

Reef Sharks

Skeleton Beach in Coral Bay, is a known nursery area for the Reef Sharks.  Annually around this time, large numbers of Black Tip Reef Sharks can be found inhabiting the shallow.  White Tip and Grey Reef Sharks can also be sighted.

November – February:

Turtles

There are three known species of turtles found along Ningaloo Reef; the Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill. These can be viewed in their natural underwater habitat along the length of the Ningaloo Reef. 
From November to February each year the turtles nest on the beaches of the Ningaloo Marine Park providing a fantastic opportunity to witness this miracle.  Watch turtles laying their eggs on the beaches in the evening, as well as the resulting hatchlings emerging from nests.

All year round:

Fishing

With the continental shelf only kilometres offshore, fishing and the Ningaloo Reef go hand in hand. Despite fishing being prohibited in certain special conservation zones, there are still many opportunities for beach, reef and game fishing in the diverse environment of Ningaloo.
Land based fishing is a popular recreational pastime as there are many different species to be caught.  Beach fishing often produces surprising reef species while fishing in Exmouth Gulf turns up a variety of estuarine species.  Mud crabbing and squid fishing are also popular activities.
If reef or game fishing is your passion, then some of the fish you are likely to catch off the Exmouth coast include North West Snapper, Blue Bone, Coral Trout and Red Emperor.  Ningaloo Reef is also recognised as the premier game fishing destination in Western Australia.  It is one of the few places in the world where such famous species as Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sail Fish, Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel and Sailfish are hooked regularly.

Diving or snorkelling

Ningaloo Reef is one of the world’s largest coral fringing reefs, with over 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish.  Fantastic coral formations, Whalesharks, manta rays, dolphins, humpback whales, marine turtles, nudibranchs, starfish and anemones are just some of the fascinating marine life inhabiting the waters of Ningaloo Marine Park, making it an impressive diving destination year round.
Unlike the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs off the north coast of Australia, Ningaloo Reef is not separated from the coast by a wide expanse of coastal water, thus making its accessibility one of its great attractions.

Surfing

Any keen surfer has heard of Gnaraloo, Tombstones or Red Bluff on the Mid West coast. But venture a little further north and you'll find WA's best kept secret.
Sea Kayaking
Another way to get further out to sea, and access sites rarely visited by snorkellers, is by sea kayak. Four-day tours from Exmouth take kayakers round the cape, camping each night near the shore. Day trips are also available.

Cape Range National Park

If you prefer to keep your feet on dry ground then the Cape Range National Park is only a short drive away.  The rugged national park covers 50,831 hectares and contains spectacular gorges, canyons, wildlife and wildflowers.

Camping

There are in excess of 90 camping bays in the national park, most of which are accessible by conventional vehicle.

Bush walking

The best way to experience the national park is to explore one of its many walking trails.  You will be able to see many of its 630 species of flora and you are also likely to spot kangaroos, emus, lizards and if you’re lucky even a rare black-footed wallabies.  Trips to Mandu Mandu Gorge, Yardie Creek, Shothole Canyuon are a must for all nature lovers.

Bird watching

Mangrove Bay is a bird haven which is great for bird watching as shore birds roost in the lagoon at high tide and during summer months migratory birds can be observed.

Sunsets

Visit one of the several lookout points and enjoy the unforgettable experience of watching the sun rise over the Exmouth Gulf or spectacularly set over the ocean sunsets leading into deep starry nights.

Charles Knife Canyon

Charles Knife Canyon

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Charles Knife Road in Cape Range National Park leads you up to the top of the spectacular ranges offering awesome views back into the Charles Knife Canyon, the gorges and Exmouth G...more

Harold E Holt Naval Communication Station

Harold E Holt Naval Communication Station

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Approaching the Harold E Holt Naval Communication Station near Exmouth, you will not be able to miss the thirteen VLF towers, which are some of the largest towers in the southern h...more

Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales

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One of the best places in Western Australia to see migrating Humpback Whales is Ningaloo Marine Park off the coast of Exmouth and Coral Bay. You can see these giants of the ocea...more

Jurabi Turtle Centre

Jurabi Turtle Centre

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A guided turtle viewing experience at Jurabi Turtle Centre is the best way to see some of the world's most threatened species of marine turtle, as they make their nests on the whit...more

Lighthouse Bay

Lighthouse Bay

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Lighthouse Bay is extremely popular due to the diverse range of water based activities on offer. Try your hand at fishing from the beach, surf the waves, swim in the calmer shallow...more

Muiron Islands

Muiron Islands

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Go snorkelling, swimming, surfing, or fishing at the Muiron Islands in the Ningaloo Archipelago and you'll be rewarded with views of paradisical tropical islands. North and South M...more

Ningaloo Marine Park

Ningaloo Marine Park

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UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park is where you'll find the world's largest fringing reef, the Ningaloo Reef - 300 kilometres of biodiversity reaching from Red Bluff...more

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef

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The World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is internationally recognised as one of the planet’s last great ocean paradises. Located in Western Australia's Gascoyne region and fronti...more

Potshot Monument

Potshot Monument

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A visit to the Potshot Monument near Exmouth in the state’s north provides you with an opportunity to learn about one of the significant roles the West Australian coast played in...more

Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay

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For a lazy holiday of swimming and relaxing, head to Sandy Bay near Exmouth on Western Australia's mid north coast. The shallow waters and wide expanse of endless white sand mak...more

Surfers Beach

Surfers Beach

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You will be enthralled by the magnificent waves at Surfers Beach, just 15 minutes' drive north of Exmouth. Also known as 'Dunes Beach', the reef break here is recommended for exper...more

Swim with Whale Sharks

Swim with Whale Sharks

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Every year the world’s biggest fish congregate along the Ningaloo Reef - whale sharks! These massive yet completely harmless creatures can grow up to 12 metres long and the Ninga...more

Tantabiddi

Tantabiddi

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Tantabiddi beach is located approximately 38 kilometres from Exmouth. Tantabiddi features one of the best boat ramps in Exmouth, providing direct access to the Ningaloo Reef and th...more

Town Beach

Town Beach

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The Exmouth coastline offers a number of beautiful sandy beaches and the Town Beach is the most accessible and closest to the town centre. The beach is a safe place to swim, especi...more

Turquoise Bay

Turquoise Bay

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Consistently voted amongst the top three best beaches in Australia, Turquoise Bay is the highlight of Exmouth's Cape Range National Park. The white sand beaches of Turquoise Bay...more

Turtle Nesting Season

Turtle Nesting Season

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The Ningaloo Coast is one of the world's major breeding areas for sea turtles. During the breeding season between December and March, Green and Loggerhead turtles make their way up...more

Vlamingh Head Lighthouse Scenic Drive

Vlamingh Head Lighthouse Scenic Drive

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The Vlamingh Head Lighthouse Scenic Drive offers breathtaking views of the North West Cape as you drive up to Valmingh Head. Meander up the hill to see the grand Vlamingh Lighthous...more

Warlu Way

Warlu Way

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The Warlu Way follows the path of the mystical Warlu sea serpent, taking you on a 2,480-kilometre self-drive journey to discover Indigenous Dreamtime legends against a backdrop of ...more

Wreck of SS Mildura

Wreck of SS Mildura

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The intriguing sight of the shipwreck of SS Mildura can be seen from the tip of North West Cape. The SS Mildura was a cattle steamer, wrecked in 1907 during a cyclone. Most of ...more

Yardie Creek

Yardie Creek

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Go bush walking, boating and see rare native animals at Yardie Creek gorge in Cape Range National Park. Yardie Creek is a highlight of the park and a must-do on any visit to Ex...more

Yardie Creek, Cape Range National Park

Yardie Creek, Cape Range National Park

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The Yardie Creek Top Trail is located in the spectacular Yardie Creek Gorge, one hour drive from Exmouth. The ancient gorge has deep blue water, red limestone cliff faces and a won...more