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The top 5 things to do in Exmouth

a view of a sunset

Try and imagine a magical place where you can swim with whale sharks and humpback whales, go off-roading through a canyon, snorkel with over 500 species of fish, glamp on the beach under the stars, and even paddleboard down a stunning creek.

Sounds like a bit of a fantasy land, right?

Well, it’s not. But, if you’re after a bit of adventure, there is nowhere better than the town of Exmouth, located on Western Australia’s stunning Coral Coast.

With so many activities and adventures to choose from, planning your travel itinerary could easily cause even the most experienced travellers a few headaches. Fortunately, we’re here to help.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 things you should do in Exmouth, Western Australia.

1. Swim with the whale sharks and humpback whales 

person viewing a whale shark underwater
How often do you get the opportunity to swim with 12 to 18-metre whale sharks? Not big enough for you? What about swimming with humpback whales?

Exmouth is home to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Directly accessible from the beach, the Ningaloo Reef offers travellers and adventure seekers access to stunning turquoise water, immaculate coral gardens, and almost endless possibilities.

Joining a day tour with Live Ningaloo offers you the opportunity to swim with whale sharks and humpback whales, and because tours are limited to a maximum of 10 members, you’ll enjoy an intimate and bespoke experience like no other.


2. Head off-road

a rocky mountain

4WD driving through Shothole Canyon, in Cape Range National Park © Tourism Western Australia

If you consider yourself a bit of an adrenaline junky, there’s no better way to get the heart pumping than to jump into a four-wheel drive and head off-road.

Exmouth is home to some incredible scenery and some of the world’s most exciting off-road tracks. One of the most scenic routes to take is the rugged 12-kilometre drive through Shothole Canyon. This spectacular drive, accessible only by four-wheel drive, will take you deep inside Shothole Canyon.


3. Glamping under the stars

a view of a sunset

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef at sunset, near Exmouth © Tourism Western Australia

Whether it’s a caravan, cabin, cottage or tent, staying in the great outdoors has never been so luxurious.

If you’re looking for something unique, why not check out Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef? The eco-friendly beach safari camp sits in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park near Exmouth.

Glamping is a great way to experience the great outdoors without having to sacrifice comfort. However, if you really want to get in touch with Mother Nature, there are plenty of great caravanning options available too.


4. Take a trip down Yardie Creek

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Kayaking on Yardie Creek, Cape Range National Park © Tourism Western Australia

Exmouth may be famous for its incredible snorkelling, diving, off-roading, and more, but what about taking things down a notch and relaxing with a scenic paddle down the Yardie Creek?

Exmouth is home to some incredible and truly unique water systems that are a fantastic option to explore via paddleboard or kayak, and the Yardie Creek just might be the best of the bunch.

With the creek flowing all year round, why not grab yourself a paddleboard or kayak and enjoy a relaxing trip surrounded by stunning red cliffs?


5. See the sights

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View from inside the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, at North West Cape © Tourism Western Australia

Not everything in Exmouth requires jumping in the Indian Ocean or a creek. If you’re keen on a bit of sightseeing, there’s plenty of on-land destinations to keep you going.

Vlamingh Head lighthouse lookout offers unbelievable views over the North West Cape. If you’re looking for the perfect place to watch the sunset, you won’t find much better.

Love eating prawns? Well, why not get your photo taken with the world-famous Exmouth Giant Prawn.

We know this next one is technically still on the water, but if you don’t fancy going for a dip, why not hop on a glass-bottomed boat? It’s a great way to explore all of the underwater wonders that Ningaloo Reef has to offer without the need to jump right in.


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