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
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Day 3 – Snorkel Ningaloo
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!
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.
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
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!
3 day Ningaloo holiday – Squeezing in all the Best Bits
See some of the best spots along the West Australian Northern coast on a 10 day self drive from Perth to Exmouth. Our Perth to Exmouth Drive Itinerary showcases the best beaches and towns to stop at along the way! We have listed a range of accommodation options to stay at, from tent sites to high class accommodation… A place to rest your head each night whatever your style.
This Perth to Exmouth Drive Itinerary is designed for 10 days, however it can be easily customised to suit a longer or shorter trip.
Distance: 569km Time Spent Driving: 6 1/2 Hours. Tip: Best time to leave Perth is at 5am, arriving at 11:30am. If you have an extra night to spare, consider a stop at Geraldton. Budget Accommodation: Kalbarri Tudor Holiday Park tent site (08) 9937 1077 Middle Range Accommodation: Kalbarri Palm Resort (08) 9937 2333 Resort Style Accommodation: Kalbarri Beach Resort (08) 9937 1061 Grab a bite: Dirt Dust N Diesels Outback Restaurant (08) 9918 2705 Things to See & Do:
Kalbarri is a small seaside town with a history of cray fishing and farming. Just out of town is a gorge that’s famous for fossils dating back between four and five hundred million years, time locked into the sandstone. The beaches are well known for fishing and surfing, especially ‘Jakes’ at Jacques Point. Here’s a few things to do at Kalbarri:
Take a hike to Nature’s Window
Go swimming at Chinaman’s Beach
Visit Hawks Head Lookout
Watch Pelican Feeding at Point Kalbarri
Day 2 Kalbarri to Coral Bay
Distance: 674.8 kms Time Spent Driving: 7 Hours Tip: Best time to leave Kalbarri is at 5am, arriving at lunch time. Budget Accommodation: Peoples Park tent site (08) 9942 5933 Middle Range Accommodation: Bayview Coral Bay Park Cabins (08) 9385 6655 Resort Style Accommodation: Ningaloo Reef Resort (08) 9942 5934 Grab a bite: Bill’s Tavern (08) 9948 5156 Things to See & Do:
Coral Bay is a tucked away tiny paradise. The seaside community relays on tourism as it’s main industry. The beaches offer warm waters and sunny days. The free fish feeding is one of the most popular activities for tourist to do and is run daily from the point. Tours oportate from Coral bay and can be booked at the tourist centre. Here’s a few things to do at Coral Bay:
Snorkel over the colourful reefs
Relax on the sand with a good book at Bill’s Bay
Help feed the Norwest Snapper and fish at 3pm daily
Stop in at the bakery for a homemade sweet
Visit the marina and have a fish
Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 & Day 6 Coral Bay to Exmouth
Distance: 150.5kms Time Spent Driving: 1 1/2 Hours Tip: Spend the morning lazing around Coral Bay. The best time to leave is just after lunch. Arriving at Exmouth at 2pm. Budget Accommodation: Pelican Holiday Home or Potshot (08) 9949 1200 Middle Range Accommodation:Frangipani Holiday Home or RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park Cabin 1800 871 570 Resort Style Accommodation: Wave Holiday Home or Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort (08) 9949 0000 Grab a bite: Here’s a list of where to eat in Exmouth. Cadillac’s Honky Tonk Bar & Grill is a popular spot. (08) 9949 1000. Things to See & Do:
The middle of the Perth to Exmouth Drive Itinerary and time to enjoy Exmouth! For the next few days spend some time visiting the Cape Range National Park or exploring the Exmouth region. Need ideas to get you started… Here’s a few things to get your taste buds excited:
Distance: 363.4kms Time Spent Driving: 4 Hours Tip: Best time to leave is at 7am arriving at 11pm just in time for lunch. Budget Accommodation: Wintersun Caravan and Tourist Park tent site (08) 9941 8150 Middle Range Accommodation: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon (08) 9941 1600 Resort Style Accommodation: Gateway Motel Carnarvon (08) 9941 6900 Grab a bite: Sails Restaurant (08) 9941 1600 Things to See and Do:
Carnarvon is a tropical fruit bowl where visitors go to chase the winter sun. Banana plantations line to road into Carnarvon, a small town popular over winter with visitors. Local seafood is also a popular drawcard for visitors. A gateway to Quobba Station and a coastline known for big surf and big fish. Spend some time visiting Carnarvon’s Space and Technology Museum that was built in 1964 to support NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs.
Visit the Space and Technology Museum
Take a walk on the one mile jetty
Visit the museum
Eat a frozen chocolate Banana
Take a walk along the water front Fascine
Buy some fresh prawns and crabs to enjoy eating for dinner
Stroll around the Gascoyne Growers Market
Visit Gwoonwardu Mia – Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Culture Centre
Day 8 Carnarvon to Shark Bay
Distance: 333.9kms Time Spent Driving: 4 Hours Tip: Best time to leave is at 5am arriving at 9am, leaving most of the day to see the area. Budget Accommodation: Shark Bay Caravan Park tent site (08) 9948 1387 Middle Range Accommodation: Shark Bay Holiday Cottages (08) 9948 1206 Resort Style Accommodation: RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (08) 9948 1320 Grab a bite: The Old Pearler Restaurant (08) 9948 1373 Things to See & Do:
Shark Bay has recently been featured on Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II… making it a must do spot to stop at on the Perth to Exmouth Drive Itinerary. The show films the Unesco World Heritage area where Dolphins, turtles, dugongs and rays swim into the shallows to interact. Take a drive out to Monkey Mia to watch the wild Dolphins feed. Or spend some time at Little Lagoon. Along the way stop off at the historic site former ‘Peron Station’ for a dip in the artesian ‘hot tub’. Check out the small interpretive centre or enjoy a walk on the trail. Here’s a few things to do at Shark Bay:
Visit Peron Station
Take a dip in the ‘Hot Tub’
Feed to Dolphins at Monkey Mia
Book a Shark Tour
See the Ocean Park Aquarium
Book a 4WD adventure tour
Day 9 Shark Bay to Jurien Bay
Distance: 612.9kms Time Spent Driving: 7 Hours Tip: Best time to leave is at 5am arriving at 12pm just in time for lunch. Budget Accommodation: Jurien Bay Tourist Park (08) 9652 1595 Middle Range Accommodation: Jurien Bay Beachfront Holiday Units 0467 073 862 Resort Style Accommodation: Pinnacles Edge Resort (08) 9652 7788 Grab a bite: Murray St. Grill (08) 9652 2114 Things to See & Do:
Jurien Bay was built primarily as a cray fishing (Western Rock Lobster) town, home to cray fishing boats. Later the holiday makers starting enjoying the beautiful beaches and great fishing the area has to offer. Only a short drive from Perth along the Indian Ocean Drive, Jurien Bay is popular spot for people to visit.
Go sky diving
Have a fish off the Jetty or boat harbour
Book a tour on a fishing charter
Head out on a 4wd adventure tour
Relax on the beach
take a stroll around the local shops
Day 10 Jurien Bay to Perth
Distance: 219.7kms Time Spent Driving: 2 1/2 Hours Tip: Spend the last morning sleeping in! A 10am checkout will have you arriving in Perth at 12:30pm in time for lunch.
End of the Perth to Exmouth Drive Itinerary! Time to head back to Perth along the Indian Ocean Drive along the way there’s a few things worth stopping to see including the Pinnacles and the Stromatolites at Lake Thetis.
Remember to take breaks to stop enjoy the sights along the way on the Perth to Exmouth Drive Itinerary. Rest areas are conveniently located and travelling during the early morning can help save fuel, it’s also when drivers are most alert. There’s fuel stops at each town and a few roadhouses along the way. Here’s a list:
Overlander Roadhouse (08) 9942 5916
Billabong Roadhouse (08) 9942 5919
Wooramel Roadhouse (08) 9942 5910
Minilya Roadhouse (08) 9942 5922
Here’s a list of Visitor Information Centres:
Jurien Bay Information Centre (08) 9652 0800
Kalbarri Information Centre (08) 9937 1104
Carnarvon Information Centre (08) 9941 1146
Shark Bay Information Centre (08) 9948 1590
Coral Bay & Exmouth Information Centre (08) 9949 1176
Enjoy our 7 day, no plan needed, holiday guide to Exmouth
Visit one of Western Australia’s best holiday locations and find out what to see and where to go using our Ultimate 7 Day Exmouth Holiday Guide! We give you a day-by-day holiday itinerary, all without the stress of planning!
Here’s a quick overview of each day on the holiday guide with more in-depth daily activities listed in detail bellow.
This holiday itinerary has been created for those visitors who fly into the region, so we assume you’ll not have your own transport or many supplies. We have also assumed you’ll be staying in one of our fantastic and affordable holiday homes for the duration of your stay 🙂
Of course, if you have arrived in Exmouth by other means, or are one of the many travellers with a caravan or camper trailer, and will be staying in other accommodation types while here, this holiday guide can still be just as useful!
Interactive Exmouth Holiday Guide Map
Planning & Supplies
As you are flying into the region it’s unlikely you’ll be carrying enough supplies for the duration of your stay in Exmouth, so here is some information about where to get food and other essentials.
The first day in the holiday guide will be spent flying to Exmouth, picking up your hire car and settling into your holiday accommodation.
Flights from Perth to Exmouth
Flying is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get to Exmouth, and is a popular choice for overseas travellers and Australian locals alike, especially if holiday time is short.
Flights can be booked with Qantas or Jetstar and other online booking websites such as Webjet. The fight from Perth to Exmouth takes around 1 hour 55 minutes.
Arriving at Exmouth and Pick up a Hire Car
The Exmouth Airport is located at Learmonth RAAF Base, 35kms south of the town of Exmouth. You will need to hire a car at Learmonth to get around during the time you spend in the region. Your hire car can be picked up from the Learmonth Airport and will need to be organised before arriving.
Check in at your Accommodation
Time to discover where you will be relaxing for the next five nights.
Once booking is complete you will be provided a keylock code and directions to access the property. Check in time is strictly after 2pm. Should you need to arrive earlier at your property please contact the office at least two days prior to arrange.
After hours arrivals are fine. You can access your property and lock box anytime after 2pm when you arrive.
Our holiday homes are so comfortable you might not want to leave! They are all set up for ‘walk in – walk out’ … simply carry in your suitcases and you’re done!
Exmouth Town Centre
Duration: 30 Minutes + | Pack: Water | Entry Cost: Free | Distance From Exmouth: 0km
Directions: Exmouth Town Centre is located on Maidstone Crescent. There’s plenty of shops to check out and a water park for the kids. Here’s your chance to have a look around and grab any supplies you might need for your holiday.
Refer to the list of links top of the page for ice, bait, food, extras for hire and Bottlo’ supplies.
Duration: 1 Hour | Pack: Water | Entry Cost: Free | Distance From Exmouth: 1km
Directions: The Ningaloo Centre is located on Murat Road.
While in Exmouth take some time to visit the Ningaloo Centre. The centre boasts:
An impressive 55,000-litre tank Aquarium with over 100 fish species, ten invertebrates.
Interpretive and interactive displays highlighting the unique ecology of the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.
Three engaging visitor galleries.
Interpretive display areas.
Ningaloo Information Centre.
The Ningaloo Centre often has a Travelling Exhibition Gallery.
While at the Ningaloo Centre grab a coffee at the cafe and check out the Ningaloo Information Centre for tours and things to do in the region.
The first night is always the most exhausting! Why not spend the night treating everyone to a dinner out at one of Exmouth’s restaurants. We can recommend heading to Whalers Restaurant to try oysters or a seafood dish coupled with a crisp white wine.
Day Two – Things to do close to Exmouth
Food to Take: Picnic lunch & snacks.
Day two of the holiday guide … this will be the first full day in Exmouth. Start exploring and enjoying!
Pick up any supplies you may need including food, water, fuel, ice and bait.
The Short Order Local is located at Town Beach from 6:30am to 12:00pm daily. Serving good coffee, drinks and hot & cold breakfast foods.
Directions: Heading north from the town centre take Murat Road. Turning left onto North C Street.
Just north of Exmouth is the old abandoned Harold E Holt Naval Communications Base. Built during the cold war the base helped establish the town of Exmouth.
A drive through the streets of the old ghost town base will provide a feeling of heading back in time and what Exmouth was like during the 60’s and 70’s. Old abandoned buildings and overgrown gardens create a ghost town.
The base was like a small slice of America located in a vast and remote part of the Australian Pilbara. Cadillacs and other American imported cars drove on the wrong side of the road, baseball was played at the field, there was a bowling alley and everything was paid for with American dollar bills.
The base was established and both American and Australian families lived together in the small community choosing to call Exmouth home. Today many of the old buildings in Exmouth are from the 60’s and 70’s. Some of our holiday homes, ‘the block homes’, are from this time. Theses houses were built strong enough to withstand bombs and today are perfect for withstanding cyclones.
The base is free to drive around and look at however the buildings are private property.
Directions: From Harold E Holt Naval Communications Base continue to head north along Murat Road until reaching Bundegi Beach.
Time to get wet! Bundegi Beach is located on the east side of the Northwest Cape and is often sheltered from strong winds coming from the west coast oceans.
A boat ramp, small jetty, toilets and beach access walk tracks are located along the 4.2km white sandy beach. Fishing is permitted in parts of the Bundegi beach shoreline… View the Exmouth fishing zones map for more detailed fishing spots.
Directions: From Bundegi Beach head south along Murat Road and take a turn right onto Yardie Creek Road. From Yardie Creek Road turn onto Mildura Wreck Road.
A short drive from Bundegi Beach is the wreck of SS Mildura, located at Lighthouse Bay.
A walk over the sand dunes will spot the SS Mildura Wreck on the reef just offshore. However we don’t recommend a snorkel around the rusting ship as it lies in strong currents and is home to sharks. The wreck provides the ideal conditions for a shark nursery. Sometimes from the shore a shark fin can be spotted cruising the reef.
The SS Mildura was a 1,394–ton steamship carrying 498 cattle from Wyndham to Fremantle and wrecked on March 10, 1907. All the crew were safely rescued and the cattle were released to swim ashore, however most of the Kimberley beef didn’t make it. The timbers and irons of the vessel were salvaged and used in renovations for Yardie Homestead. During World War II the shipwreck was used for bombing practice. The ship running onto the reef at the Northwest Cape helped lead to the building of the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse.
Today from the shore visitors can see some of the ships remains being washed by the ocean.
Explore the Reef on a Low Tide
The reef at Lighthouse beach is active and alive. Take some time to walk around and explore. Take care where you tread and wear reef walkers… The reef is home to many types of sea creatures, some deadly and the reef itself is a living organism.
Types Fauna to spot on the Exmouth Reef
Octopus including the common and Blue Ringed
Small fish including the Clown Fish (Nemo)
Mollusks such and the Nautilus and Clams
Along the drive out of Mildura Wreck Road there’s a carpark track to Dunes Beach. A popular surf spot and with the right conditions locals will be catching some waves. Dunes Beach provides a short wave reef break.
Directions: From Mildura Wreck Road turn right onto Yardie Creek Road until reaching a left turn onto Johnson Road. This is the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse lookout road.
A short drive from Lighthouse Beach is the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse.
Built in 1912 the lighthouse has withstood cyclones, incredibly hot summer heat and strong winds for over 100 years. A popular spot to catch a sunset or sunrise, one of the very few lighthouses in Australia to watch both sunset or sunrise over the ocean.
The lighthouse is located at the very top of the North West Cape and has history related to WWII. Old bunkers and gun points can be spotted driving up to the lookout. Plenty of history is documented on signs.
After a day spent exploring, swimming and relaxing on the beach it’s time to head back to your accommodation.
Sit back and enjoy the afternoon with a bottle of wine and nibbles, watching the sunset as your first full holiday guide in Exmouth comes to a close.
Day 3 – Go on an Exmouth Tour
Food to Take: Ask your tour guide when booking, some tours provide all food and drinks.
Day 3 of the holiday guide will see you enjoying yourself out on a fully planned tour.
Book an Exmouth Tour
Duration: 4 hours + | Pack: Water, hats | Entry Cost: POA | Distance From Exmouth: Within Exmouth Region.
Directions: Most Exmouth tour companies will have a pickup and drop off service. Please ask when booking.
One of the best ways to see Exmouth during this holiday guide is to go with the locals. The tour guides can show you places only they can get to. The only question is what tour to choose… Here’s out pick for Day 3.
Head down for a sunset at town beach. Catch a sunset as the sun sets over the range and if your lucky a full moon will rise over the Exmouth Gulf. The Pilbara sky and water colours have a way of blurring into one melting pot with the right winds and tides.
After a day out on a tour you might want to head out for a bite to eat. Blue Lips Fish and Chips offer local fish cooked to your liking. Town beach is a locals spot and is perfect to kick back at the tables, enjoying your fish and chips with a beer or wine.
Day 4 – Explore the southern half of Cape Range National Park
Food to Take: Picnic morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.
Holiday Guide day four is time to pack a picnic and head out early to the Cape Range National Park. Park pass entry fees apply to enter the World Heritage listed area for the day.
Pickup any supplies you may need including food, water, fuel, ice and bait.
B. Walk back in time and discover the Mandu Mandu Gorge
Duration: 3 hour + | Pack: Sunscreen, water, hats | Entry Cost: Park Pass Fee | Distance From Exmouth: 68kms
Directions: From Exmouth head north along Murat Road towards Cape Range National Park. Travelling past the lighthouse keep going until you reach the Departments of Parks and Wildlife entry gate. Keep travelling along the road until reaching Mandu Mandu Gorge turn off on the left.
The 3km return Mandu Mandu Gorge grade 3 walk track is best explored in the early hours of the morning when the sun still rising and situated behind the range, offering a shady cool place to walk. Signs along the walk track will guide you through the bottom and then across the top of the range.
Walk over the cool rocks in the gorge where water has cut away layers of ancient rock. Fossil bearing limestone formation rock has been home to the Jinigudira people for an estimated 30,000 years of habitation. Artefacts have been discovered in Mandu Mandu Gorge. Watch for the snakes, lizards, bats and the black-footed rock wallaby, unique to Cape Range.
A stop at the top of the gorge overlooking the Turquise waters of the Ningaloo Reef provides a perfect morning tea snack spot.
C. Swim at Sandy Bay
Duration: 1 Hour | Pack: Sunscreen, water, hats | Entry Cost: Park Pass Fee | Distance From Exmouth: 79.1kms
Directions: Leaving the Mandu Mandu Gorge turn left onto Yardie Creek Road. Travel for 13.4km south. Take a right turn into the Sandy Bay carpark.
Sandy Bay is often described as an unpopulated Coral Bay. The large sand bar creates an ideal safe swimming environment for kids. Picnic benches with shade overlook the clear sandy water make for an ideal lunch stop over. The beach is easily accessible and is a short walk from the car park. Sandy Bay provides a perfect spot to have some lunch and relax in the water. On windy days kite surfers can be seen skimming out of the water preforming tricks and jumps. Large GT’s, dolphins and stingrays sometimes cruise the shallow waters.
D. Explore Yardie Creek
Duration: 1 hour | Pack: Sunscreen, water, hats | Entry Cost: Park Pass Fee | Distance From Exmouth: kms
Directions: Leaving the Sandy Bay carpark, turn right onto Yardie Creek Road, heading south. The road follows the range all the way to Yardie Creek carpark.
Description: Yardie Creek is unique in the fact that it holds water all year round. A tour boat can be booked in season to have a ride up the creek. Toilets and picnic benches are also located at Yardie Creek. A pathway leads along Yardie Creek, over the top of the range. The walk track is made into two parts. The first leg is 500m and around 30 minutes return. The second half of the walk is 1.5km and around 1 hour return, grade 3.
Things to watch out for include, large turtles in the creek, fruit bats in the fig trees, emus walking the track and lizards in the sunshine. Black-footed rock wallabies can sometimes be seen sitting in the shade of the tress during the heat of the day. At the beginning of the track fossils of coral can be spotted in the limestone rock formations.
Book a Tour as part of your holiday guide
Yardie Creek Boat Tour departs at 11:00am and 12:30pm daily. Phone directly (08) 9949 2920 to make a booking.
E. Snorkel Oyster Stacks
Duration: 2 hours | Pack: Sunscreen, water, hats | Entry Cost: Park Pass Fee | Distance From Exmouth: 66.4kms
Directions: Leaving Yardie Creek head north back towards Exmouth. Oyster Stacks is located about 25 minutes (21.5km) north of Yardie Creek. Turn left into the Oyster Stacks car park.
Visiting Oyster Stacks is on my peoples must do in Exmouth lists. The five isolated islets that protrude from the reef are literally covered with oysters. The stacks provide a home to many types of marine life.
Snorkel on a high tide and is recommended for more experienced snorkellers. Climbing into the water can sometimes be a little tricky. Reef walkers are recommended. Please be careful not to stand on the reef as it is protected and part of the sanctuary zone.
Time to head back to Exmouth. Be careful if driving back at dusk, the roads can have kangaroos hopping around. Hopefully everyone will be feeling beached out with salty hair and sandy toes.
Feel like ordering in? Sea Salt offers a delivery services on Thursday to Sunday nights from 6pm (Seasonal). Recommend is the Venison Enison Fillet Steak with Native Pepperbery Jus. Coupled with a Flametree Embers Cabernet Sauvignon. Sea Salt also offers dinning in if you prefer to eat out.
Day 5 – WWII History and Charles Knife
Food to Take: Picnic Morning Tea & Picnic Lunch.
Head South on day 5 on the holiday guide! Exmouth has a few holiday guide things worth seeing south of the townsite. The area offers a different type of scenery to the west side of Cape Range.
Pickup any supplies you may need including food, water, fuel, ice and bait.
Directions: Head south on Minilya Exmouth Road for about ten minutes. Turn left onto Pebble Beach Road. The carpark is located at the end of the short dirt road. Suitable for two wheel drive cars.
Pebble beach is covered in unique gravel and pebbles washed down from the range from Shothole Canyon. The beach is used for swimming and net fishing by mostly locals. All of the pebbles are protected and although very tempting to keep a few, imagine how heavy it would make a suitcase! Fossils can also sometimes be spotted amongst the rock formations washed out form the range.
Directions: Leaving Pebble Beach, head south onto the Minilya Exmouth Road. 14.6km south of pebble beach Charles Knife Road heads off to the right.
Charles Knife Canyon has a drive that’s not for the faint hearted! The road leads up over the top of the range. At times the gravel road has a sheer drop off on either side. At the top Charles Knife lookout offers rewarding views over the Exmouth gulf.
The Charles Knife Canyon road was originally used for the historical Wapet Oil Well test holes explored byWest Australian Petroleum Pty Ltd (WAPET). The exploration oil wells make up a series that were drilled in the early 1950s. Oil was discovered at Rough Range No 1 Well in 1953 however, the oil proved of insufficient commercial value. After continuing the search in 1964 oil was found atBarrow Island and today is still producing oil. Today the wells hold historical and scientific heritage significance providing an example of the remote locations where oil exploration. The site also showcases an example of how wells were capped during the early period of oil exploration in Australia.
The Badjirrajirra Loop Trail is an 8km, class 4 trail. Allow 2 to 3 hours for the walk. Take plenty of water and hats. There’s no water on the track. A high level of fitness is recommended.
The drive down from the top of the range offers amazing views… A few spots offer areas to pull over and take photos. In the right season young emu chicks can be seen in the area.
Directions: Head south on Minilya Exmouth Road for about ten minutes. Turn left onto Pebble Beach Road. The carpark is located at the end of the short dirt road. Suitable for two wheel drive cars.
Learmonth was named after Charles Learmonth. Charles was a wing commander for the RAAF. He died in a plane crash on the 6th of January 1944. Charles saved lives by radioing a fault with his Beaufort bomber before he crashed. He was flying in formation with the two other Beaufort bomber who got immediately grounded. Thanks to Charles Learmonth’s quick thinking he saved the lives of the other pilots and crew.
The jetty was built to provide supplies for the oil exploration in Rough Range and Cape Range in 1953. West Australian Petroleum Pty Ltd (WAPET) first used an old WWII refuelling pontoon as a pier before building the jetty. Up until the late 1970s the jetty was used for servicing prawn trawlers.
Today the Jetty is only used for recreational fishing. The Fishing and Tackle World shop offers a range of fishing gear, including hand lines from under $10 to the best range of fishing rods this side of Perth. They also have bait and ice. drop in and have a chat to them about grabbing some fishing gear. Know your zones…. The staff at Tackle World can also help with areas you can fish in.
Dinner ideas! Cadillac’s bar & grill is a bar with a difference! Step back into the days when Exmouth had a large American influence at the cowboy themed bar. The American themed food is served quickly and the staff are friendly. Be warned – The meals are large! Try a Honky Tonk Angus Burger or Cadillac Red Neck Ribs with a beer on tap.
Day 6 – Finding Turtles at Exmouth
Food to Take: Picnic lunch & Snacks.
The holiday guide last full day in Exmouth and we have saved the best ’till last!
Pickup any supplies you may need including food, water, fuel, ice and bait.
Directions: Leaving Exmouth head towards the Cape Range National Park on Murat Road. About 19 minutes into the trip, just after the lighthouse turn right into the Jurabi Turtle Centre.
What’s a an Exmouth holiday guide without turtles? The Jurabi Turtle Centre has been setup to provide a turtle viewing educational display. With information on the four marine turtle species found on the North West Cape. There’s real turtles (although no longer living), information and displays.
Directions: From the Jurabi Turtle Centre keep heading towards Cape Range National Park. About 23 minutes into the drive a sign will indicate a right turn into Jansz Beach carpark.
On 31st July in 1681 captain Lenaert Jacobszoon sailed the vessel Mauritius past the North West Cape. Onboard was Willem Janszoon, former captain of the Duyfken. Willem Janszoon name is sometimes abbreviated to Willem Jansz. They mistakenly believed the North West Cape to be a large island. Not hard to believe when you see Jansz… The beach feels like a tropical Island.
Jansz Beach is about the area that the Mauritius may have landed in 1681.
Turtles are known to nest on the beach in season. Jansz Beach is also a popular locals fishing and swimming spot.
Directions: From Jansz Beach head south towards Cape Range National Park. Pay the entry fees and proceed to Turquoise Bay. About 30 minutes from Jansz Beach.
Turquoise Bay is known as one of Western Australia’s best beaches and is a must see spot during your holiday guide! The coral reef is only a few meters from the white sandy shore. The tropical Island feeling from Jansz Beach only proves to increase at Turquoise Bay. Large Dart will swim happily around legs as people walk into the shallow waters to snorkel.
There’s a rich diversity of coral, fish and other marine life within the two snorkelling areas at Turquoise Bay. The ‘Drift’ is a current that sweeps along over the reef, allowing snorkellers to drift along and view the marine life. The water currents can be strong, please take care.
The second carpark offers a more sheltered swimming and snorkelling area without the ‘Drift’.
This sanctuary zone in Ningaloo Marine Park is protected and full of life, please take care when snorkelling.
Holiday Guide Last Night in Exmouth
The last full day in Exmouth is a perfect time to watch a very last sunset at the lighthouse. Witness a sun set over the ocean and if you’re lucky the whales will be at play. Reflect under the clear open skies, let the vibrant colours fill your thoughts and colour your memories. Pack and picnic dinner and a glass of wine – make sure you have a skipper.
Day 7 – Flights to Perth
Day 7 will end your ultimate Exmouth holiday guide experience …. where memories were made … now it’s time to fly to back Perth 🙁
A little part of the WA Pilbara will stay with you forever. We hope you have taken parts of this holiday guide to Exmouth and discovered Exmouth!
If you would like to pick up some souvenirs, postcards or holiday memorabilia, call into the local Exmouth News agency.