Exmouth Itinerary: A Two-Night Stay
If you’re looking for the perfect two-night escape, there’s nowhere better than Exmouth, Western Australia.
When you’re heading off on a holiday, it’s all too easy to let the excitement get the better of you and forget to plan ahead. While it’s not necessary to have your itinerary planned to the minute, it’s always a good idea to do some research about all of the best sights and sounds to check out, so you can make the most of your time away. This is especially important if you’re heading off for a weekend getaway.
Exmouth may be a laid back town, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do while you’re up here. Fortunately, we’ve done most of the legwork for you by compiling some of our favourite activities all in one place.
Let’s explore some options for the perfect two-night stay in Exmouth.
Pick your flight
Before you can even think about sipping cocktails on the beach, you need to consider your flight. If you’re only heading up here for two days, we recommend jumping on the morning flight which will see you land between 07:40 – 08:55 am.
By getting up here early, you’re maximising the time available on your first day, meaning you won’t feel pressured to squeeze everything in on day two.
Once you have two feet back on the ground, it’s time for arguably the most important stop of the day: coffee! While you’re waking yourself up with a coffee, it’s a great idea to head over to Bamboo and grab a takeaway lunch to keep you going throughout the day.
Pro tip: head to Exmouth Tackle & Camping Supplies to grab a cooler, or stop into IGA and grab an insulated bag. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time at the beach, we recommend grabbing some portable shade while you’re picking up a cooler.
Beach Hopping at Cape Range National Park
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to head off and start exploring the incredible beaches that Cape Range National Park has to offer.
Picking up an inexpensive pair of fins and snorkel from the shops isn’t a bad idea, but it’s a necessity. However, if you’re looking to get the most out of all of the incredible beaches on the west side, a rental car is an absolute must have.
Make sure that your bags are packed in such a way that your swimming gear is easily accessible. Timing your swims on the west side during high tide is important, as almost all areas are not available for shore snorkeling outside of high tide.
If you’d prefer to have one of the locals guide you around, there are a number of short tours that depart from the west side. Here are a few of our favourite tours:
View Ningaloo offers incredible glass-bottom boat tours.
Yardie Creek Boat Tours offers a fantastic way to experience a relaxing, informative and eco-friendly cruise along Yardie Creek.
If you’d like to get your hiking boots on and explore Cape Range National Park in a bit of a different way, Trek Ningaloo has you covered.
If a tour isn’t something that floats your glass-bottom boat, the Milyering Discovery Centre is located on the west side. It’s a great place to visit and learn more about the area, and there are plenty of picnic tables and shade areas to sit down and have a nice lunch.
Jump on a scenic flight
Want to experience everything from the air?
If you’re up for another flight after landing in Exmouth, you can go straight from the airport to the airstrip for a scenic flight. Heading up in the air offers a pretty mind-blowing look at the reef, vaulted views of wildlife, and an interesting view of the reef’s texture and structure that you can’t get from the ground.
Enjoy a relaxing end to the day
After a sun-filled day, you have a couple options to round out your day in style. It’s always a great idea to relax after spending so much time exploring, so we recommend heading back to your accommodation to have some chill time before dinner. However, if you’re up for one of the best sunsets in the world, you can’t go wrong by heading to the lighthouse to soak in the view.
For dinner, Whalebone is our favourite spot for a casual drink and some delicious food. Note: Whalebone is an outdoor venue, so make sure you dress appropriately. It can get pretty busy up here, so we recommend getting to places early to avoid disappointment.
Take a tour with Live Ningaloo
After a busy first day, it’s time for the day you’ve been waiting for. On your second day, you can’t beat jumping on one of our incredible tours of Ningaloo Reef. All of our tours will keep you busy for a full day, with guests usually getting back to their accommodation around 2:30pm.
After your tour, finish off your getaway with a drink at Mantarays bar, or bring your own and head to town beach – it’s what the locals do and then head to Whalers Restaurant. As the best restaurant in town, it’s crucial that you make a booking well in advance.
That’s all for now! Now that you have an idea of what’s on offer in Exmouth, make sure you follow Live Ningaloo to keep the excitement going.