Melbourne to Exmouth direct flights
commencing April 2023.
Western Australia, it's time to plan that long overdue catch up with your East Coast friends and family. Escape winter and head to a place of endless sunshine, where gentle marine giants invite you to cruise alongside them through their underwater paradise, and ancient landscapes beckon you to explore. Go on, give them a call or shoot them a message and tell them to:
"Meet me at Ningaloo".
Commencing 30 April 2023, Qantas will fly direct from Melbourne to Exmouth (Learmonth Airport), the northern gateway to the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area.
The coastal towns of Coral Bay and Exmouth are filled with friendly locals, whilst the 300km long Ningaloo Reef - the world's largest fringing reef - is alive with over 500 species of fish and around 300 species of coral. Swim with the 'Big 3' (whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays), snorkel and dive the World Heritage-listed Reef, go fishing, or simply relax on white sandy beaches and soak up your pristine surrounds. The ancient Cape Range National Park covers over 50,000 hectares with rugged gorges and canyons to explore and unique wildlife, like the black footed rock wallaby, to spot along the way. With an array of accommodation options in both towns, along with station stays and beachfront and national park camping, there's no shortage of places to stay and connect with nature.
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Coming from Melbourne
When are the flights?
- Sundays and Thursdays between 30 April and 29 October 2023. The flights will depart Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport at 10:10am and depart Exmouth's Learmonth Airport at 1:55pm.
How long does it take?
- Less than 5 hours! The flight time is 4 hours, 55 minutes from Melbourne to Exmouth, and 4 hours, 15 minutes from Exmouth to Melbourne.
What does it cost?
- Fares start from $399 one way when booked at least 45 days in advance. We strongly recommend booking early to take advantage of these fares.
Coming from Perth
- 1,250km of pristine coastline and unforgettable adventures await you on the Coral Coast Highway between Perth and Exmouth. Set off a world-class road trip and discover everything the region has to offer. Get inspired with our Coral Coast Highway round-trip self-drive itinerary.
Fly + Drive (or Drive + Fly)
- Short on time but still want to explore everything the Coral Coast has to offer? Take advantage of Avis' discounted one-way relocation fees on rentals between Perth and Exmouth to drive one way, and fly the other with Qantas. Our Coral Coast Highway Fly + Drive itinerary can help with planning.
- If you don't have time to drive between Perth and Exmouth but don't want to miss out on meeting your friends and family and experiencing the wonders of Ningaloo, jump on a flight with Qantas. Exmouth is an easy 2 hour flight north of Perth.
Things to see + do
Swim with the 'Big 3'
Whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays are the marine 'big 3', and Ningaloo is one of the few places worldwide where you can swim with all three from a single location - potentially on the same day! In addition to swimming with one of these gentle mega fauna, you'll also have the chance to encounter other marine life such as turtles and dolphins.
Whale shark tours operate from March to June in Coral Bay, and from March to August in Exmouth. Humpback whale tours operate from July to September in Coral Bay, and from August to October in Exmouth, and manta ray tours depart from Coral Bay year-round.
Explore the Ningaloo Reef
Lying mere metres from the shore, the Ningaloo Reef is one of the world's largest fringing reefs. Don a snorkel and fins or join a guided snorkel tour to discover the wonders that await underwater. Explore the mesmerising coral gardens that give Coral Bay its name, go drift snorkelling at Turquoise Bay, or snorkel at Lakeside or Oyster Stacks.
Prefer to stay dry? Glass-bottom boat tours depart from Coral Bay and Exmouth daily, giving you the chance to enjoy the sights of the Ningaloo Reef without getting in the water. Many tours also offer a snorkelling option. Kayaking tours are also available, along with sunset sailing cruises and liveaboard cruises.
Dive world-class dive sites
The Ningaloo Reef is home to an abundance of incredible diving opportunities, including world-class sites like Exmouth's Navy Pier and the Muiron Islands. Certified dive operators offer a mix of single and double-dive tour options to various locations on the reef.
Explore Cape Range National Park
The otherworldly Cape Range National Park is a must for visitors to Ningaloo. Ancient gorges and canyons carve their way into the landscape, offering stunning views and incredible hikes.
Charles Knife Canyon, Shothole Canyon, Mandu Mandu Gorge and Yardie Creek are all iconic locations within the National Park. Explore on tour with Yardie Creek Boat Tours, Ningaloo Safari Tours or Trek Ningaloo to gain fascinating insight and a unique perspective into the area.
Watch sunrise and sunset at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse is one of the few places in Western Australia where you can watch the sun both rise and set over the ocean. Stunning views across the North West Cape and Indian Ocean await no matter what time of day you visit, though, and it's also a great location for stargazing after dark (but be mindful of wildlife on and near the road).
See the colours from above
A scenic flight from Coral Bay or Exmouth is an unforgettable experience. Be mesmerised by the colours of the Ningaloo Reef or the rugged landscapes of the Cape Range National Park (on flights from Exmouth).
Visit the Ningaloo Aquarium and Discovery Centre
The Ningaloo Aquarium and Discovery Centre's different galleries showcase Exmouth's history, including its US naval connection, the Ningaloo Reef, and the Cape Range National Park. Learn about the region's marine and terrestrial (land) environments, and marvel at the 55,000 litre aquarium housing fish and other marine life found on the Ningaloo Reef.
The Ningaloo region offers some world-class fishing experiences, including shore fishing, deep sea fishing and fly fishing. Fishing tours depart from both Coral Bay and Exmouth.
The Ningaloo Coast has a range of 4WDing opportunities, including to the north and south of Coral Bay and south of Yardie Creek in Cape Range National Park. Check conditions with local Visitor Centres before heading off road.
Camping, glamping and outback Station Stays
Set up camp in one of Cape Range National Park's designated campsites (pre-booking required) or glamp at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, nestled on the shores of the Ningaloo Reef.
For a taste of authentic outback station life, stay at one of the region's Station Stays. Bullara Station and Warroora Station are both located between Coral Bay and Exmouth, while further south (towards Carnarvon) you'll find Quobba Station and Red Bluff.
Enjoy fresh produce and locally brewed beers
The region is also renowned for its fresh, local seafood, so if you're seafood lover make sure to enjoy some while you're here!
Hop to the Mackerel Islands
A scenic 35 minute flight from Exmouth lies the pristine Mackerel Islands, an ocean lover's paradise. Fringed by coral reef and home to an abundance of marine life, the Mackerel Islands offer a unique island experience. Spend your days swimming, snorkelling, fishing, island walking or beach combing. One of the ten island atolls, Thevenard Island, has accommodation available.
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