Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef

Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef


Exmouth is a nature-lover’s dream. A place where clear turquoise waters host an incredible diversity of fish and coral life on the coast of North Western Australia.

With the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef only metres from shore, Exmouth is the gateway to one of the most isolated and pristine marine parks in the world.

Whale sharks famously inhabit the reef between April and July, and it is the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants that is the region’s biggest drawcard. But, not to be upstaged are the scores of dolphins, manta rays, turtles, dugong and humpback whales who also call Ningaloo home - making any time of the year an opportunity for close encounters with our ocean’s most fascinating creatures.

And in contrast to the bright blues of Ningaloo, drive just half an hour south to find rugged red gorges and towering canyons in Cape Range National Park


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Breathtaking and unforgettable, the coast of North Western Australia is one of the most isolated and pristine places on earth. It’s the isolation that makes this region all the more wondrous, all the more unique, and all the more worthy to discover.


Visitors go to Exmouth to discover the incredible natural wonders beyond. And with a big focus on tourism, you’ll find plenty of options in and around town to fill your days.

After a reef tour, satisfy your hunger at one of the restaurants close to town, with menus offering a variety of cuisines including the famous local seafood.

Play a round at the Exmouth Golf Club and visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse for some land-based action, or join a tour and explore the nearby Turquoise Bay, Yardie Creek and Cape Range National Park - all only a short drive away.


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Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s only fringing reef and one of the most pristine and biodiverse coral reefs in the world.

Accessible from shore, this extraordinary natural phenomenon stretches from shore to nearly 20 kilometres out to sea and covers a massive 5,000 square kilometres of ocean.

With over 200 varieties of coral and 500 species of fish, the region is an underwater paradise which attracts scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the globe.  The outer Ningaloo reef is home to turtles, manta rays and visiting humpback whales, and is one of the best places in the world to encounter the majestic whale shark - the largest fish in the sea. Read more about swimming with the whale sharks on Travel Insider

Coral Bay

With the Ningaloo reef stretching all the way to water’s edge, a snorkel and fins is all you need here for a self-guided tour of the coral and sea life below.

Coral Bay is a favourite holiday spot and the only fringing reef in Australia.  Scuba diving, glass-bottom boat tours and sea kayaking are all on offer here, making it a great alternative base to discover Ningaloo Reef, and only around 90 minutes drive from Exmouth.

It is also home to the Skeleton Beach reef shark nursery and some of the best game fishing in Australia. 

Quick facts



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The weather in Exmouth is mild, without the humidity that is expected in most tropical climates. The warm season lasts from late November to late March with an average temperature above 35°C. The cool season lasts from late May to late August with an average temperature below 26°C.

Getting around

From the airport

Learmonth Airport is 36 kilometres from Exmouth. Exmouth Bus Charters provides a shuttle bus service from the airport to your accommodation in Exmouth. If you will be travelling to Coral Bay, transfers between Learmonth Airport and Coral Bay can be arranged with Coral Bay Airport Transfers.

In and around the city

To explore the region and the reef you will need to hire a car or book one of the many tours available. If you’re planning to visit the region beyond Exmouth it’s important to be prepared and let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return.

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