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Shothole Canyon, Exmouth, Western Australia

Shothole Canyon

Shothole Canyon Road, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/shothole-canyon
9009977 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

Shothole Canyon offers breathtaking views of Cape Range National Park near Exmouth. Take a scenic drive around the canyon and seize the opportunity to stop and examine the colourful layers of the canyon rock face. Join the walking trail at the bottom of the canyon to explore the national park and look out for some of the resident marsupials. In early spring you will see an abundance of wildflowers including many species that are unique to the area. Whilst in the park, take the scenic drive through Charles Knife Canyon further south of Shothole and stop at the various lookouts for spectacular views. Look out for some of the 700 caves that are scattered throughout Cape Range. Shothole Canyon is located 25 minutes drive from Exmouth and fourteen hours drive north of Perth. Flights from Perth to nearby Learmonth Airport depart daily and take just under two hours.

Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay, Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay, Western Australia, 6701
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.exmouthwa.com.au
9009999 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

Go swimming with Whalesharks at pristine Ningaloo Reef, located on Western Australia's mid north coast. This is one of the largest fringing reefs on Earth and unlike most others it's easy to access just by stepping off the beach. A snorkel and mask are all you'll need to experience this colourful and pristine reef. The area is home to Whalesharks which visit between April and June each year after the annual coral spawn to feed on krill and plankton. Tours from Coral Bay or Exmouth provide the once in a lifetime opportunity to go swimming with Whalesharks, known to be the biggest fish in the world. You can also swim with manta rays, see rare turtles, migrating hump back whales, pods of dolphins and vibrant tropical fish. Staying at the small fishing towns of Exmouth and Coral Bay is the easiest way to access the reef and tours. But it's not all about the water at Ningaloo - go four wheel driving to Cape Range National Park to see amazing red rock canyons and gorges. To get there, take a two and a half hour flight north of Perth, or drive in two days from the capital.

Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, Exmouth, Western Australia

Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

via Yardie Creek Road, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.exmouthwa.com.au
9009974 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

The Vlamingh Head Lighthouse offers spectacular views of Ningaloo Reef and a great vantage point to witness the famous Western Australian sunset from its elevated location on a hill above the ocean near Exmouth. Take a tour of the lighthouse and learn about its interesting history and that of other lighthouses in the area. An interactive tour suitable for children is also offered. Take a walk around the outside of the lighthouse to see the panoramic views of the ocean. You may be lucky to see humpback whales migrating south from the vantage point on the hill. The Vlamingh Head Lighthouse is situated near Exmouth, a 10 hour drive north of Perth. Flights from Perth to nearby Learmonth Airport depart daily and take just under two hours. Whilst in the area, be sure to visit the world famous Ningaloo Marine Park.

Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia

Turquoise Bay

via Yardie Creek Road, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.exmouthwa.com.au
9009989 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

Dive into the pristine waters of the aptly named Turquoise Bay near the town of Exmouth and you're swimming within a few metres of Ningaloo Reef. Known as one of Western Australia's best beaches, Turquoise Bay is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon relaxing, swimming and snorkelling. Try your hand at the popular drift snorkel by swimming out to the reef on the southern end of the beach, then letting the current wash you north to the sand bar. You'll see colourful coral and plenty of fish - more than 500 fish species reflecting every colour of the rainbow live in and around the reef. Respect for the environment is the key to keeping the coral in pristine condition. To get to Turquoise Bay drive 60 kilometres south of Exmouth. You can fly to Exmouth in about two and a half hours from Perth.

Town Beach, Exmouth, Western Australia

Town Beach

Madaffari Drive, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.exmouthwa.com.au
9010029 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

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, especially at high tide even with children. Drive your four wheel drive right down onto the beach and set up for a fun day out. Take a stroll along the white sand at low tide and comb the beach for many of the ocean’s treasures. Windsurfing is a popular water sport at Town Beach and with a yacht club and boat ramp located on the beach front, sailing and fishing is also popular. Exmouth is a 14 hour drive north of Perth or a two hour flight. Whilst in the area visit the world famous Ningaloo Marine Park where you can snorkel with the whale sharks and look out for the spectacular manta rays and humpback whales.

Lighthouse Scenic Drive, Exmouth, Western Australia

Lighthouse Scenic Drive

via Yardie Creek Road, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.exmouthwa.com.au
9033271 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

The 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 Lighthouse for spectacular panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Ningaloo Reef. Be sure to keep a look out for migrating whales during the migration season. Take the interactive tour of the 1912 lighthouse and learn about its interesting history. Continue to the edge of the lookout to see the site of World War II aircraft ruins. For a small cost you can hire binoculars to take full advantage of the magnificent views. Whilst in the area, ensure you make time to explore the magnificent marine life of the Ningaloo Reef. The Lighthouse Scenic Drive starts just outside of Exmouth, which is a 14 hour drive north of Perth. It is advisable to contact the Exmouth Tourist Bureau to confirm the drive is open prior to departure.

Swim with the Whale Sharks, Exmouth, Western Australia

Swim with the Whale Sharks

via Ningaloo Yardie Creek Road, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.exmouthwa.com.au
9010334 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is one of the few places on Earth where you can swim with whale sharks - the world's largest fish. A face-to-fin encounter with these gentle giants is a truly awesome and humbling experience to add to your bucket list. It's very rare these creatures come so close to shore, but they visit Ningaloo every year between March and July, just in time for the coral spawning. To get close to the action, fly to Learmonth, or drive to Coral Bay or Exmouth from Perth and join a whale shark swimming tour. In a small group of up to 10 swimmers, you'll enjoy a magical moment with these amazing creatures, marvelling at their immensity, grace and distinctive spots and stripes. Whale sharks can grow up to 16 metres (52.5 feet) with a mouth over a metre wide, designed to scoop up plankton and krill. Lucky for us humans, they are filter feeders and completely harmless. Coral Bay's whale shark season generally runs from March to June. The season is slightly later in Exmouth, starting in mid-March and ending in late July. Sometimes the season can stretch a little longer if the whale sharks linger.

Yardie Creek, Cape Range National Park, Exmouth, Western Australia

Yardie Creek, Cape Range National Park

Yardie Creek car park, Cape Range National Park, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: milyering@dec.wa.gov.au
Website: www.trailswa.com.au
9132790 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 2808
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 2541

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 wonderful array of birds and wildlife including the rare black-footed wallaby and red kangaroos. From the top, the views into the creek and out to the Ningaloo Reed are purely spectacular. Starting at river level, the 1.5 kilometre walk trail slowly climbs up the red rock cliffs over a flat path which then becomes harder as it narrows and requires navigation of rocks and small creek line gullies. The trail follows the gorge, becoming more difficult as you ascend the range; however the views into the gorge are well worth the effort. From the top of the gorge walls, look out for the wide variety of birds and yellow footed rock wallabies that inhabit the rock walls. All activities start at the Yardie Creek carpark where there are toilets and picnic areas. Camping in Western Australia's natural areas is a special experience. Selected campgrounds from across the state are now bookable online for a trial period.

Dampier Salt Mines, Carnarvon, Western Australia

Dampier Salt Mines

via Gnaraloo Road, Carnarvon, Western Australia, 6701
Email: info@carnarvon.org.au
Website: www.carnarvon.org.au
9066745 Phone Number: 61 08 9941 1146
Fax Number: 61 08 9941 1149

Located on Lake Macleod, the Dampier Salt Mines are an impressive sight from the road. Whilst not usually open to the general public tours can be organised through the Carnarvon Visitors Centre, if there are a sufficient number of people interested in viewing the operations. Learn about the salt mining process and how the 2,070 square kilometre salt lake was formed. Witness the salt being harvested and transported to Cape Cuvier for shipping. The mines are a one hour drive north of Carnarvon and 11 hours drive north of Perth. Carnarvon offers a plethora of activities to keep the whole family entertained and forms an excellent base to explore the region. If you enjoy seeing natural attractions, include a trip to the Bibbawarra Bore and the Blowholes which are both north of Carnarvon.

Humpback Whales, Exmouth, Western Australia

Humpback Whales

Ningaloo Marine Park, Exmouth, Western Australia, 6707
Email: reservations@exmouthwa.com.au
Website: www.exmouthwa.com.au
9010338 Phone Number: 61 08 9949 1176
Fax Number: 61 08 9949 1441

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 ocean on their journey between summer breeding grounds in the North West shelf and winter feeding grounds in the Antarctic. The best time to go whale watching at Ningaloo is between June and November. Humpback whales are massive – they can grow up to 19 metres in length and way up to 40 tonnes. You can spot them from shore or get up close on a whale watching boat tour from Coral Bay or Exmouth. The babies of the family, humpback whale calves are also often seen in this area. Mothers with new-born calves usually stay the longest in the waters of Ningaloo Marine Park and travel more slowly so their calves can grow. By the time they reach the Antarctic, the calves have developed a thick layer of blubber to protect them from the cold. Get to Ningaloo in a two day drive or a two and a half hour flight from Perth.

Information provided by the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse