Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef

Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef


Exmouth is a nature-lover’s dream. A place where clear turquoise waters host an incredible diversity of fish and colourful coral life on the coast of Western Australia.

With the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef only metres from shore, Exmouth is the gateway to one of the most pristine marine parks in the world.

Whale sharks famously inhabit the reef between March and August, and it is the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants that is the region’s biggest drawcard. But, not to be upstaged are the scores of dolphins, manta rays, turtles, dugongs and humpback whales who also call Ningaloo Reef home - making any time of the year an opportunity for face-fin encounters with our ocean’s most fascinating creatures.

And in contrast to the bright blues of Ningaloo Reef, drive just half an hour south to find rugged red gorges and towering canyons in Cape Range National Park

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Don't miss

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences can be an everyday affair in Exmouth. Find the entire marine calendar here and don't forget to add these to your list:

  • Time your stay between March and August to get close to the famous whale shark
  • Get a closer look at over 200 varieties of coral on a glass-bottom boat tour.
  • Let the current take you snorkelling just metres from the shore at Turquoise Bay.
  • Take a cruise along Yardie Creek, or join a four wheel drive safari tour of the Cape Range National Park, and keep a lookout for the rare black-footed rock-wallaby.
  • Take a swim with humpback whales.
  • Experience one of Australia’s top ten dive sites at the Navy Pier.  
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Where to go

Breathtaking and unforgettable, the coast of Western Australia is one of the most pristine places on earth. It’s the isolation that makes this region all the more wondrous, all the more unique, and all the more worthy to discover.


Visitors go to Exmouth to discover the incredible natural wonders and marine life.

After of snorkelling, satisfy your hunger at one of the restaurants close to town, with menus offering a variety of cuisines including the famous local seafood.

Play a round at the Exmouth Golf Club and visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse for some land-based action, or join a tour and explore the nearby Turquoise Bay, Yardie Creek and Cape Range National Park - all only a short drive away.


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Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is the worl's closest fringing reef and one of the most pristine and biodiverse coral reefs in the world.

Accessible a short distance from shore, this extraordinary natural phenomenon stretches from shore to nearly 20 kilometres out to sea and covers a massive 5,000 square kilometres of ocean.

With over 200 varieties of coral and 500 species of fish, the region is an underwater paradise which attracts scuba divers and snorkellers from all over the globe. The outer Ningaloo Reef is home to turtles, manta rays and visiting humpback whales, and is one of the best places in the world to encounter the majestic and gentlewhale shark - the largest fish in the sea. Read more about swimming with the whale sharks on Travel Insider

Coral Bay

With Ningaloo reef stretching all the way to water’s edge, a snorkel and fins is all you need here for a self-guided tour of the coral and sea life below.

Coral Bay is a favourite holiday spot and the only fringing reef in Australia.  Scuba diving, glass-bottom boat tours and sea kayaking are all on offer here, making it a great alternative base to discover Ningaloo Reef, and only around 90 minutes' drive from Exmouth.

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Seasons Seasons

The weather in Exmouth is mild, without the humidity that is expected in most tropical climates. The warm season lasts from late November to late March with an average temperature above 35°C. The cool season lasts from late May to late August with an average temperature below 26°C.

Getting around

From the airport

Learmonth Airport is 36 kilometres from Exmouth. Exmouth Bus Charters provides a shuttle bus service from the airport to your accommodation in Exmouth. If you will be travelling to Coral Bay, transfers between Learmonth Airport and Coral Bay can be arranged with Coral Bay Airport Transfers.

In and around the city

To explore the region and the reef you will need to hire a car or book one of the many tours available. If you’re planning to visit the region beyond Exmouth it’s important to be prepared and let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return.

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