What to pack for holiday

10 Useless Things To Pack for Holiday

What to Pack for Holiday… Planning on spending time in the sun, surf and sand? A holiday is so exciting it’s often easy to overlook the most essential items and bring the most unnecessary things.

After a quick Google search there’s plenty of blog posts and websites outlining in detail all the items to pack for holiday to a sunny destination. So we thought we’d give you some details on what to leave at home!

Here’s our list of ‘What NOT to Pack for Holiday to Exmouth!‘ and a few hot tips on what to pack.

10 Useless Things to Pack for Holiday to Ningaloo

Candles

Yep, Exmouth is remote and a little off the main road… But never fear! We do have electricity to all of our holiday homes. The candles can stay at home. Apparently, candles are good for waterproofing bags and shoes too… Yep, won’t be needing much waterproofing either. Actually, that leads onto the next ‘What Not To Pack Item‘…

A Raincoat

Well… What can we say, it’s almost always summertime in Exmouth! Even if your holiday happens to be on the one or two rainy days we get here each year, the rain is often warm and best dealt with when wearing bathers.

Ugg Boots

The Ningaloo region can get a little crisp and a light jumper is sensible, for the early mornings and late evenings, however Ugg Boats might be a little over the top. Swap out the Uggies for a set of snorkels and flippers!

A Photo of Dear Mum

Ok, yes we all love our mums and if you feel the need to bring along a photo, why not bring along your mum in person instead? Actually, bring along the whole family and good friends! We have holiday accommodation to suit large group bookings.

Snow Gear

Yep. No snow here. Although, most of the beaches have sand as white as snow. A pair of polarised sunnies, a hat, 30+ SPF sunscreen, beach towels and a good book are all recommended for days spent relaxing at the beach.

The Kitchen Sink

Our holiday homes are equipped with fully self contained kitchens that contain everything including cutlery, plates, cups, can openers and even a kitchen sink. We have everything you need to whip up a yummy batch of freshly caught Coral Trout, chilli Exmouth prawns or whatever your heart desires! Just add food and you’re all set to turn your holiday home kitchen into a Master Chief Kitchen!

A Childhood Teddy Bear

Ok, so Mr Bean would always pack ‘Teddyfor a vacation, but unless you get really home sick, your childhood teddy bear could stay tucked up safe and sound in your bed awaiting your return. However, keep some space in the luggage bag for a souvenir or two from the Ningaloo Visitor Centre. If stuffed, soft, fluffy things with large cute eyes tend to exploit your loving personality there’s even cuddly Whale Sharks and turtle teddies to take home.

The Family TV

Love the footy? Can’t live with the thought of going on holiday and missing ‘the big match’ or an episode of ‘Home and Away’? Not to worry! All our holiday homes have TVs and some even have more than 1! Yay, that long awaited holiday you have always dreamed of can now come true! All our homes are fully furnished and comfortable. They come in all styles, shapes and sizes to suit all budgets too. No need to pack the family TV.

Beach Umbrella

I know what you’re thinking… Going to the beach, pack the umbrella. Sure, sounds good… Until it comes time to pack the car, than the seemingly small beach umbrella suddenly grows into an awkward, bulky nightmare. Eeeek! Not to mention trying to fit one into a suitcase for a plane trip! Oh no! Don’t worry, no stress… We’re here to help and have beach umbrellas for hire. We also have all the other hard to pack, bulky items for hire too, like highchairs, iceboxes, portacots, beach towels and much more.

Chickens

Hmmm… Not sure why anyone would take chickens on holidays. Maybe for fresh eggs?? Not sure. Our Holiday Homes are fully self contained, however, food is not provided so before your add ‘chicken’ to your packing list, we’d like to express that the Exmouth local IGA supermarkets have fresh eggs, milk, bread and food. Snorkelling and swimming all day is bound to work up an appetite, so be sure to pick up all your needed food and toiletries from the Exmouth town centre. There’s also a chemist, novelty shops, surf shops, cafes and bottle shops.

We hope our tips of ‘What NOT to Pack for Holiday‘ has helped you plan your stay. We will leave you with a photo of our friendly local chickens… And before you ask… Nope, we don’t eat their eggs 😉

Cape Range to Ningaloo Reef

Roaming Range to Reef

Cape Range and Ningaloo Reef, near Exmouth, is located on the North West coast of Western Australia. Exmouth is a small community surrounded by remote snorkelling locations and stunning beaches. Explore where the Range meets the Reef, discover some of the best snorkelling spots in Australia and hike ancient gorges containing fossils!

Exploring the Reef

Exmouth is well known for the Ningaloo Reef, a 260 kilometre (162 mile) long coral reef World Heritage listed marine site. The coral structures stretches from ‘Red Bluff’ just north of Carnarvon, all the way north to Bundegi Beach in the Exmouth Gulf.

The coral reef is the longest near shore reef in the world, making the Ningaloo Reef accessible without a boat trip.

The waters around the Ningaloo Reef support over 500 fish species, 300 coral species, 600 molluscs species and many other marine invertebrates, the area is unique and alive.

Exmouth’s 2,500 population swells to around 6,ooo people visiting during the busiest times of year, in the winter months. This is compared to the Great Barrier Reef, which has over a whopping 2 million people visiting each year! This makes Exmouth a little known, hidden holiday gem!

Best Spots to Snorkel at Ningaloo Reef

With reef just a few meters off the shores edge, there’s plenty of spots to snorkel along the Cape. Both sides of the Exmouth Cape Range offer ideal snorkelling locations to suit all abilities and ages. Here’s a list of the top 5 spots to snorkel…

  • Turquoise Bay
  • Turquoise Bay Drift
  • Oyster Stacks
  • Lakeside
  • Bundegi Beach

Roaming Around Cape Range

Exmouth has an amazing amount of life living in the ocean, however it also boasts a diverse eco system in the dry gorges. The Cape Range National Park occupies the western side of the North West Cape peninsula over an area of 47,655 hectares.

The range has had gorges carved out by much wetter rainfall systems that occurred over 2.5 million years ago. Today the gorges only have water during the heavy rains that mostly occur when a cyclone crosses the area. Cyclones occur in Exmouth on an average of every four years, mostly during the months from October to March.

Cape Range offers visitors another area to explore while on holiday and there’s a few walking tracks and lookouts. The tracks range in difficulty to suit all ages and abilities. Vlamingh Head Lighthouse is a ‘drive to’ lookout, where as Mandu Mandu is a 3km walking track, both spots are popular to do during the morning or early evening.

Explore Cape Range Exmouth, Western Australia
Exploring one of the many gorges in the Cape Range, Exmouth

Walking Tracks & Lookouts

Here’s a list of the top 6 lookouts and hiking tracks in Exmouth.

  • Mandu Mandu Gorge
  • Charles Knife Canyon
  • Badjirrajirra Loop Trail
  • Shothole Canyon
  • Yardie Creek
  • Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

Visiting Exmouth During Summer

Nature puts on a show of colours during the summer months in the North of Western Australia. With more and more people choosing to visit during the summer months, Exmouth is becoming a popular holiday destination all year round. Try visiting Exmouth during the off season when the air is warmer and you can have the whole of Turquoise bay mostly to yourself.

All of our Exmouth Holiday Homes are air-conditioned and comfortable during the warmer months, with many of our homes having pools! Make the most of summer and enjoy watching a West Australian sunset over Cape Range from our Fern holiday home.

Pool and Modern Holiday Home

Dreaming of a Summer Holiday?

Dreaming of a summer holiday? Like to visit the Ningaloo Reef when the water is warmer and you can have the Exmouth beaches mostly to yourself? Exmouth Holiday Homes still have a few houses up for grabs for the shoulder season.

Visit on the shoulder season and save! Book directly with us and we guarantee the best price!

All our accommodation in Exmouth is equiped and fully self contained. We also have a few pet friendly houses still available to book! To make your holiday even easier we have items for hire too.

Here’s a few holiday homes still available to book

Frangipani lounge with seating for 8 people

Frangipani

Sleeps: 5 | Boat Parking | Opposite a park & playground | 8 Stars out of 10 | Air-conditioned

Frangipani is a budget, friendly family accommodation home with disabled access. Close to the main town centre and is within walking distance to Exmouth restaurants and bars. This well priced house is perfect to save some money for tours and exploring the Ningaloo Reef.

Exmouth accommodation - The Deck Lounge 2
Great Family living and a massive outside deck area

The Deck

Sleeps: 8 | Pets Allowed (Outside) | Fenced | Air-conditioned | Outdoor Shade

Beautifully renovated home with a new kitchen, breakfast nook, dishwasher and fully air-conditioned. Enough parking for up to 3 vehicles and room for a larger boat trailer. Clos to boating facilities too. Enjoy the Exmouth evenings out on the deck, equipped with a BBQ and outdoor lounge area. Perfect for a group of 8 people sharing a holiday to Exmouth.

Pool and Modern Holiday Home

Fern

Sleeps: 8 | On the Marina | 7mtr Swimming Pool | Air-conditioned | Modern

Fern offers views of the Cape Range and is located on the marina near town beach. The 7 meter swimming pool will keep everyone happy during the warm days and evenings. With free WIFI the house will keep the teens connected and happy while on holiday. All linen and bath towels are provided, so you only need to pack some clothing.

Exmouth Ningaloo Centre

Ningaloo Centre – Visit Exmouth’s Information Centre

Looking for something to do while in the Exmouth region? Like to find out some local information, thinking of booking a tour or like to pick up a few brochures? Exmouth Ningaloo Centre has all the local tourist information and heaps more!

Thing to see at the Ningaloo Centre

Ningaloo Visitor Centre

When visiting Exmouth drop in to the Ningaloo Centre for some free and unbiased advice, tour bookings, free maps and area guides. A perfect place to discover whats on offer in the Ningaloo region.

Aquarium – Coming Soon!

See the reef come to life in the 55,000-litre Aquarium tank! The tank will be home to more than 100 fish species, ten invertebrates (like clams and starfish), and thirty different corals. Interpretive and interactive displays will display the unique ecology of the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.

See the Three Visitor Galleries

Each gallery contains photos, interactive artefacts and educational interpretive displays showcasing the region’s diversity and natural appeal.

Visit the Travelling Exhibition Gallery

Short-term and long-term displays are open to visitors and change depending on what’s visiting the region. Come in and check out what’s been shown while your on holiday.

Memory Room

Locals worked with the WA Museum to record their own personal memories of the last 50 years. They share their stories, photos and memorabilia for visitors to learn about. Discover what life in Exmouth was like during over the years. Visitors can leave their own Exmouth experience for everyone to enjoy too!

Library

The Ningaloo Centre has a modern library space for visitors and locals to enjoy. Find your quiet space and relax with a good book, learn about the local history or just find a good novel to hire while on holiday.

Research Centre

The Research Centre will be the ‘Ningaloo Alliance’ base. Ningaloo Alliance is a collaborative partnership between the University of Western Australia’s ‘Ocean Institute’, various tertiary and research bodies, state and local government departments, and local organisations.

Facilities Include

The Ningaloo Centre has a range of facilities for convenience while visiting the Exmouth region. Here’s a list of current facilities –

  • Toilets
  • Cafe – Coming soon!
  • Caravan Parking
  • Water
  • Local Information

Opening Hours

April – November

7 days a week | 8.30am – 5pm

November – March

Monday – Friday | 8.30am – 5pm

Saturday & Sunday | 9am – 1pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Labour Day & Good Friday.

Location

To visit the Ningaloo Centre here is the address.

Murat Road, Exmouth, Western Australia 6707, Australia.

Phone Number

To call the Ningaloo Centre directly please call this phone number.

+61 (08) 9949 3050

Website

To find out what local events are on at the Ningaloo Centre or for more information please visit the Ningaloo Centre website.

https://www.ningaloocentre.com.au/

Booking Accomodation?

Check out our Exmouth Accomodation page for our list of accomodation in Exmouth. We have places to suit all budgets and holiday styles. Being local we are always here, check out our blog for self-guided holiday itineraries and ideas.

 

3 days Holiday Ningaloo

3 Day Ningaloo Holiday – Best Bits!

Your 3 day Ningaloo holiday guide awaits …

Needing a holiday? Looking for somewhere to escape? Thinking of warm weather, lazy beach moments, reefs to snorkel, renowned restaurants to eat at and only a few hours flight from Perth? We have what you need!

Our 3 day holiday Ningaloo guide is designed for a quick trip and squeezes in all of Ningaloo’s best bits. A no stress, no plans Ningaloo holiday itinerary with options to suit everyone. Three full days packed with fun, feasts, holiday treats, tours and a little relaxing.

For those of you lucky enough to have 3 or more days in the sunshine, read on! Our guide is bound to help you fill your Itinerary with places to see and things to do while in Exmouth! Here’s what a 3 day Ningaloo holiday could look like …

Day 1 – Arriving on the Coral Coast

Distances

Perth to Exmouth via plane: 1hr 55mins : 1 121 kilometers.
Learmonth Airport to Exmouth: 23mins : 37km.
Exmouth to Bundegi: 11mins : 9.7km.
Bundegi to Vlaming Head Lighthouse: 9mins : 9.8km.
Vlaming Head Lighthouse back to Exmouth: 18mins : 19.8km.

OK… You booked the plane tickets, packed a few things into a suitcase and boarded the Perth to Exmouth flight. You’ve read the inflight magazine, had a quick bite to eat an now the time has finally arrived to touch down in at Learmonth airport, the closest airport to Exmouth in Western Australia. The plane trip over Exmouth Gulf as you come in to land is exciting, and flying over the range gives a unique perspective of this remote WA location. At the airport pick up your hire car, load in the kids and the bags then head north towards Exmouth.

Do a quick checkin to your Exmouth accommodation. After a bit of a look around your totally awesome home away from home head back out the door! That’s right… Jump back into the car and head to the beach to wash off the city and enjoy a bit of Exmouth love. There’s no better way to unwind, relax and get into the vibe than heading to Bundegi beach, to chill where the locals chill.

As the sun sets and your first day in Exmouth comes to a close, head to the Vlaming Head Lighthouse. Drive towards the lighthouse, park on the very top of the Cape Range and watch the sun melt into the Indian Ocean. Crack open the wine and cheese! During the months of June to November migrating whales can be seen glittering in the last suns rays as they make the 11,000km journey north towards the Kimberley.

Along The Way

  • From Learmonth airport to Exmouth there’s two WWII memorial sites. RAAF Base memorial located on a right turn, 3kms north of the airport and Potshot memorial located on a right turn, 5kms north of the airport.
  • From Learmonth airport to Exmouth Charles Knife Canyon located on Charles Knife Road, left turn, 13km north of the airport. The Canyon drive is 20.4kms round trip from the main road turnoff.
  • Swing by the shops and grab a bite to eat, some wine for sunset and some sunscreen. The town centre is located on Maidstone Crescent.
  • Ningaloo Centre is located on Murat Road. A great place to discover everything about the region and to pickup brochures for tours.
  • From Exmouth to Bundegi beach see the Harold E Holt memorial located just before the old American war base on the left, 7kms north of Exmouth.
  • From Bundegi beach to Vlaming Head Lighthouse the SS “Mildura” cattle ship wreck is located on a right turn on the Mildura Wreck Road, located 8.8kms from Bundegi off Yardie Creek Road. Apox. 10km round trip from the main road.
  • A lonely white cross grave can be spotted on the left just before reaching the lighthouse. F J Reddy died while building the lighthouse in 1912.

HOT TIP!

Exmouth can be windy! Luckily the beaches are located on a peninsular, so there’s almost always another beach that’s out of the wind. If Bundegi is blown out head for Wobiri Beach located 5.5kms past the Vlaming Head Lighthouse.

Where to Eat …

Whalebone Brewery offers pizza, beer and outdoor tables to relax under the stars listening to good tunes.

3 days Holiday Ningaloo Bundegi Beach

Day 2 – Book a Ningaloo Tour

Exmouth has plenty of tours to choose from for day two of your 3 day holiday to the Ningaloo, there’s an activity for everyone to suit all budgets. The hardest part is going to be deciding what to do! Would you like to…

  • swim with Whalesharks
  • swim with humpback whales
  • dive over reef
  • go on a glass bottom boat tour
  • book a fishing charter
  • go fly fishing
  • learn to kite surf
  • hire a stand up paddle board
  • learn to surf
  • go paragliding
  • book a sailing day cruise
  • explore the range
  • hire a boat
  • or would you prefer to have a little pamper time and book a float tank?

For booking details and tour information visit our tours page … we have all the information you need to plan your tour day.

HOT TIP!

Tours in Exmouth can sometimes book out weeks in advance (especially during peak season and school holidays), so sometimes ‘winging it’ might not get you on the tour you most want to do. Best to plan ahead a little and book the tour you’d like well before you arrive in Exmouth.

Where to Eat …

Our holiday homes are self contained and most have BBQ’s. If you’re up for a night in, make the most of relaxing. However if you feel like a night out Sea Salt offers yummy dishes and great service.

Book an Exmouth Tour

Day 3 – Snorkel Ningaloo

Distances

Exmouth to Turquoise Bay: 52mins : 63.8km.
Turquoise Bay to Oyster Stacks: 9mins : 5.2km.
Oyster Stacks to Exmouth: 54mins : 66.5km.

After spending a day out on a tour you might be thinking you’ve seen it all… Well we saved the best for last!

Snorkelling Ningaloo!

The Ningaloo Reef meets the shores edge at Turquoise Bay, famously named for the beautiful clear turquoise water colour.

Be greeted by some friendly local dart fish when stepping into the warm water. Float over the reef in the natural drift current, as fish lazily swim round entertaining you. Turtles often hang out over the reef and curiously pop their heads up every so often exploring the wider world. A perfect spot to chill and relax, swimming and laying about on the sand for a few hours.

Understandably Turquoise Bay is hard to leave, however if you feel like another snorkelling adventure head south towards Oyster Stacks. Named for the large coral reef formations with large oysters, this spectacular snorkelling spot is popular with families or inexperienced visitors. Hours can be spent swimming around the natural reef exploring all the flora and fauna.

Cape Range National Park is a World Heritage area and national park entry fees apply. A day pass is $12 per car (up to 12 legally seated people). The pass can be purchased at the park entry point. Concession discounts are available. DFES has a .pdf file with more information here.

On The Way

  • Milyering Visitor Centre located 54km from Exmouth. An information visitors centre with interactive displays and a small shop with ice creams and drinks available.
  • Mandu Mandu Gorge is located 68km from Exmouth. The self guided walk trail explores the range and offers views of the Indian Ocean from the top. The walk is a moderately difficult 3km round trip and is recommended to be completed early morning or in the afternoon when the sun is not too hot. Pack plenty of drinking water, wear walking shoes and hats.
  • Along the way there’s beaches and other snorkelling spots to see, if you have enough time try exploring a marked track and discover where it leads.

HOT TIP!

Make the most of the day and leave early in the morning, allowing plenty of time in the water without the hot midday sun and before the sea breeze sets in. Oh and you’ll need something to snorkel with … hire snorkelling gear from the friendly crew at Exmouth Surf Centre (located conveniently on your way past the Lighthouse Caravan Park).

Where to Eat…

Feel like a morning coffee or bite to eat? Short Order Local can be found parked up at Town Beach, local food by local people.

Until Your Next 3 Day Ningaloo Holiday

Distances

Exmouth to Learmonth Airport: 23mins : 37km.

After spending 3 days holiday Ningaloo exploring the best bits of Exmouth and Cape Range it’s time to head home. However, don’t feel too sad… Your home away from home and the majestic Ningaloo Reef is only a flight away!

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