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Turtles

During the warm summer months from November to February turtles nest on the mainland beaches of Ningaloo and provide popular rookeries for our three threatened species – the Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill turtles.

To view nesting turtles visit the Jurabi Turtle Centre on Yardie Creek Road, 1.5kms south of the Lighthouse Caravan Park.

Humpback Whales

The waters of the Exmouth Gulf come alive from September to October as the Humpback Whales start their long journey back south with their new family in tow.

These giant mammals can grow up to 14 metres weighing more than 40 tonnes!

Whale Sharks

The Ningaloo Reef is one of the few easily accessible places in the world where whale sharks make a yearly appearance in numbers.

 

From March to August, these majestic creatures come to cruise and feed in the coastal waters of Exmouth providing the perfect opportunity for even the modest swimmers to experience this once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Three Islands Whale Shark Dive operate daily whale shark tours during the season.

The arrival of the whale sharks has been linked to the annual coral spawn that occurs after the first full moon in March and April; this attracts the microscopic zooplankton that the whale shark comes to feed on. These gentle giants of the sea are the world’s largest fish and can grow up to 18 metres in length. The one’s you’ll meet at Ningaloo range from 3 – 12 metres, nevertheless a 12 metre whale shark can weigh up to 11 tonnes with a mouth over a metre wide!

For more information on whale shark snorkel tours, visit Three Islands Whale Shark Dive or call them on Free Call 1800 138 501.

Emus

Exmouth’s very own icon!

Keep an eye out for our feathery friends as they make a habit of roaming the streets. Please remember these are wild animals so be cautious and respectful and PLEASE DO NOT feed them.

Mauritius Beach

Mauritius Beach is a popular one for those looking for an all-over tan.

Located about 21k's out of town just past the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, it is Exmouth's only optional clothing beach.

Turquoise Bay/Oyster Stacks/Lakeside

Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in the world, stretching over 260km’s and in some places only metres off shore, there are plenty of places to go out on your own and explore Ningaloo. Turquoise Bay, Oyster Stacks and Lakeside to name a few are all spectacular snorkelling spots. All locations are situated on the Westside, approximately 60km’s out of town so car transport is necessary. 

Turquoise Bay also boasts the famous Drift Snorkel, swim straight out and let the current carry you north over the beautiful corals and colourful fish before exiting at the sandbar. Be sure to pay attention to the signs that tell you how to not get in trouble in the strong current.

Oyster Stacks is best done at high tide and abundant in fish life. As its name sake, beware of the rocky shoreline and sharp oyster shelling areas.

Bundegi Beach

Bundegi Beach is only 13k’s north of Exmouth town, and marks the beginning of the Ningaloo Marine Park making it perfect for a swim, snorkel or fish.

Bundegi Beach also hosts a boat ramp and fish cleaning station.

Dunes Beach

If it is waves you’re after, Dune Beach is a popular place for surfers.

Located 17km's from Exmouth on the tip of the cape off the Mildura Wreak Rd.

Ningaloo Marine Park

In 1987 the reef and the surrounding waters became designated as the Ningaloo Marine Park and 2011 was listed as a World Heritage area.

The reserve covers a total of 2435km2 Ningaloo Reef is one of the longest fringing reefs in the world, stretching 260km’s and only metres off shore make it the world’s closet landmass reef as well. Home to over 500 species of fish and 250 species of coral, this underwater paradise is worth a visit.

Although famed for its whale sharks during the months of March and August, the reef is also migratory routes for dolphins, manta rays, dugongs and humpback whales.

Cape Range National Park

The Cape Range National Park covers some 50,581 hectares and 50km of pristine beaches, needless to say wildlife is in abundance here.

From a variety of birds, including our iconic emu, red kangaroos, bungarra’s and bustards make common appearances. Managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation, entrance fees apply with its northern boundary just 40km from Exmouth. Strictly no pets or wood fires in the park. 

Yardie Creek Gorge

Yardie Creek Gorge is a good hour and a half drive up, around and down the west coast of the peninsula.

Take a kayak and paddle up the creek, keeping an eye out for wildlife on the way including birds and the black footed wallaby. Alternatively take a 1 hour cruise up and down the creek on the Department of Conservation’s (DEC) informative daily tour. Bookings can be made through DEC or the Visitor Centre. The half-hour Yardie Creek Trail Walk meanders above the gorge’s red walls with many lookout points for photo opportunities along the way.

Shot Hole and Charles Knife Canyon

Shot Hole Canyon is located approximately 14km south of Exmouth Town.

Follow the dry creek bed along the bottom of the canyon for impressive views of the gorge walls. At the end of the 12km road is a picnic area and short walk to the lookout point. The canyon was named after the ‘shot holes’ that were left from explosive charges during the exploration of oil in the 1950’s.

Charles Knife Canyon is a further 10kms down the road past Shot Hole. The 11km road follows the ridges of the canyon and provides breathtaking views down the gorge back over the Exmouth gulf. There are several lookout points on the way and a walking trail from Thomas Carter Lookout. You can contact the Department of Conservation for a guided walk in the Cape Range National Park. 

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