23 February 2024

Our ultimate guide to Exmouth from rainy days to what to do with the kids to bucket-list experiences, we have you covered

Exmouth is a popular holiday destination for a reason, with an abundance of experiences and natural attractions surrounding this coastal town including the iconic Ningaloo Reef and sweeping Cape Range National Park, there is so much to discover in Exmouth.

First things first, before you start nutting out your itinerary and planning your activities, it’s important to plan ahead and give yourself ample amounts of time to explore. Our quick Exmouth guide below should answer all your burning questions!

Snapshot of Exmouth:

Distance from Perth1,250 kilometres, 13 hours' drive
How to get thereDrive the Coral Coast Highway or Qantas fly between Perth and Exmouth's Learmonth Airport daily, with a flight time of 2 hours
When to visit ExmouthApril – July – Peak whale shark season

April – September – Ideal time to hike due to moderate temperatures
June – November – Exmouth’s peak humpback whale season
August – November – wildflower season

December – March – warmer temperatures and turtle breeding season
How long to stay in ExmouthWith so much to do and marine tours taking up a full day, we recommend 5 to 7 days


What to do and when in Exmouth:

Must-do bucket list experiences

1. Swim with Whalesharks (March – August)
2. Swim with Humpback Whales or join a whale watching tour (July – October)
3. Witness turtle breeding season (October – March)
4. Stay at the luxurious Sail Salis
5. Take a day trip to Coal Bay and swim with Manta Rays
6. Join a scenic flight with Ningaloo Aviation
7. See Exmouth from above with Birds Eye Vie
8. Enjoy a whale watching sunset tour in the gulf (in season)

At night

9. Enjoy a cold craft beer and feed at Whalebone or Froth Craft Brewery (or lunch)
10. Indulge in a seafood platter at the 5-star Mantarays restaurant
11. Dance your Friday night away at Pot Shot
12. Go stargazing at a dedicated stargazing spot
13. Treat yourself to a feast at BBQ Father
14. Cheer on the Exmouth Eagles during football season every Friday night
15. Sample Exhale Exmouth’s cocktail menu
16. Book in for Bullara Station’s famous burger nights

Free of charge

17. Visit Exmouth Night Markets (check the Visitor Centre for dates and times)
18. Soak up the views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse (perfect at sunrise and sunset)
19. Go fishing! (check restrictions before casting your rod)
20. Pose for a photo with Exmouth’s giant prawn
21. Visit the Potshot Memorial

For warm sunny days

22. Drift snorkel at Turquoise Bay
23. Set up camp at Osprey Bay for the weekend (camping gear can be hired through Exmouth Camper Hire)
24. Drop into Pebble Beach
25. Book in for a swing of golf and Exmouth’s Golf Course
26. Kick back by the pool at your accommodation (if there is one!)
27. Go wildflower hunting (in season)
28. Sit by the pool and enjoy lunch at Whalers
29. Pack your SUP and cruise along Yardie Creek
30. Take a 1-hour cruise up Yardie Creek
31. Try your hand at fly fishing with a local operator
32. Reef to range tour with Ningaloo Safari’s

With children

32. Treat the kids to an ice-cream from Sweet Ningaloo
33. Dicscover Yardie Creek with Yardie Creek Boat Tour’s
34. Visit the Jurabi Turtle Centre and learn all about these marine animals
35. Visit Exmouth’s water spray ground
36. Spot the local residents of Exmouth (emus)
37. Take a glass bottom boat tour with Ningaloo Glass Bottom Boat
38. Snorkel the Ningaloo reef
39. Spend the morning at Exmouth Library

With dogs

40. Stay at a station stay – Bullara, Wooramel or Warroora are all located out of Exmouth
41. Check out Exmouth’s dog-friendly locations and plan ahead here
42. Go for a swim and doggy paddle at Golf Club Beach
43. Visit Bundegi Beach
44. Teach your pop how to kayak or SUPing at Mcloud’s Beach
45. Make some dog friends at Dog Agility Group

On a rainy day

46. Enjoy a coffee at Social Society or one of the many cafes in town
47. Visit Ningaloo Aquarium and Discovery Centre
48. Sneak in some shopping in town
49. Check Town Beach or Hunters Beach for food trucks (check times with the Visitor Centre)
50. Enjoy a morning at Adrift Cafe
51. Treat yourself to a massage at Imbibe Body Therapy
52. Visit Milyering Discovery Centre in Cape Range National Park
53. Drop into the Ningaloo Visitor Centre to discover everything about the region
54. Book a yoga class with Inhala Yoga Studio

For the hikers

55. Hike the Mandu Mandu trail
56. Trek Cape Range National Park (tours available with Trek Ningaloo)
57. Explore Charles Knife Gorge and Shothole Canyon
58. Experience the Badjirrajirra Loop Trail
59. Walk the Yardie Yardie Nature Trail

For the ocean lovers and adventure seekers

60. Join a kayak tour with Exmouth Adventure Co and discover the pristine coastline
61. Paddle down Yardie Creek
62. Explore the SS Mildura Wreck
63. Scuba dive the Exmouth Navy Pier
64. Snorkel Oyster Stacks
65. Challenge yourself to kitesurfing lessons
66. Hire a kayak or SUP and cruise the crystal blue waters of Ningaloo
67. Join a fishing tour with Blue Horizon Charters
68. Discover Muiron Islands on a dive tour
70. Take a trip to the Mackerel Islands
71. Enjoy varying live-aboard experiences with Sail Ningaloo and Blue Juice Charters.

During sunset

72. Visit Town Beach with a champagne picnic
73. Enjoy a wildlife-spotting sunset cruise
74. Hike to the top of Charles Knife Canyon to watch the sunset
75. Grab fish and chips from the town centre and head to the shores

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