Exmouth lies some 780 miles north of Perth on the rugged and stunningly beautiful Northwest Cape. This remote corner of Australia has been of strategic importance since the days of the Second World War. In fact, Exmouth was built in 1964 to support the Harold E. Holt Communications Station. Nearly 45 years later, the base remains a top-secret installation. Australians, however, discovered the North Cape's strategic importance as a travel destination. Here rugged mountains and stony gorges descend to stunning beaches. Australia's longest fringing reef lies just offshore. Its crystalline waters boast great fishing, and whale sharks are frequently encountered basking on the surface between April and July.
Exmouth's permanent population numbers approximately 2,400 souls - but visitors are increasingly drawn to the Northwest Cape's rugged beauty and mild climate.
Note: Exmouth is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.
The Ningaloo Coast is a World Heritage Site located in the north west coastal region of Western Australia. The 705,015-hectare heritage-listed area is located approximately 1,200 kilometres north of Perth, along the East Indian Ocean. The distinctive Ningaloo Reef that fringes the Ningaloo Coast is 260 kilometres long and is Australia's largest fringing coral reef and the only large reef positioned very close to a landmass. The Muiron Islands and Cape Farquhar are within this coastal zone.
UNESCO-listed Ningaloo Reef and is renowned for its vibrant coral reefs and exotic marine life.
Whale Shark Swim
Swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef is the experience of a lifetime, and a must-do when you're visiting the region. Ningaloo Reef is the world's largest fringing reef. Being in the water with the world's biggest fish is exhilarating and serene all at the same time. It's simultaneously awesome and humbling. You'll feel dwarfed by their massive size, but whale sharks are filter feeders and their curiosity around people has nothing to do with food. Whale sharks' diets typically consist of plankton, copepods, krill and fish eggs.
Sea kayaking, where you could be paddling and snorkelling in the pristine, turquoise lagoons of the Ningaloo Reef. Choose from our half day sea kayak and snorkel Turtle Tour; or full day sea kayak and snorkel Lagoon Explorer tour, visiting some beautiful reef locations.
Yardie Creek Gorge
Yardie Creek Yardie Creek is a highlight of Cape Range National Park, and a must-see on any visit to Exmouth. Located on the western side of the National Park, winding its way through the ancient landscape to meet Ningaloo Reef, the gorge has deep blue water, red limestone cliff faces and an array of birdlife and wildlife.
Turtle Bay area of northern Dirk Hartog Island in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, and the Muiron Islands off Exmouth.
Charles Knife Gorge
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 Gulf.