Are you thinking about your next holiday? Exmouth is a lovely coastal town on WA’s Ningaloo Reef that is a great place to take the family. There’s plenty of accommodation for every budget, heaps for the family to – including a range of free things to see and do, plus plenty of places to eat and drink.
The Potshot Hotel outdoor bar and pool. So inviting.
Along with powered and unpowered caravan and camp sites and a number of guest amenities, Ningaloo Caravan and Holiday Resort also has backpacker dorms and deluxe chalets, meaning a great range of accommodation for every budget. RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park has a number of apartments available with kitchen facilities. It also has powered and unpowered caravan and camp sites. The Lighthouse Caravan Park also has caravan and camp sites plus chalets with kitchen facilities.
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Exmouth has some lovely beaches that are great for swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing and building sandcastles. You’ll find some wonderful places along the Exmouth coastline, including Town Beach, Bundegi Beach, Lighthouse Bay, Jarabi Coastal Reserve and Turquoise Bay. You can also take a day trip to Coral Bay which also has a range of great, family-friendly beaches.
Water Sprayground Address: Federation Park, Exmouth Town Centre.
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm daily.
Exmouth’s water sprayground is a fantastic place for little kids to cool off on a hot day and features sprinklers, water fountains, jet sprays and water.
The water sprayground is a haven on a hot day.
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse Address: Lot 2, Yardie Creek Road, North West Cape.
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse lighthouse offers a fantastic lookout over Ningaloo Reef. You can watch the sunset or look out for humpback whales from June to November.
The Vlamingh Head Lighthouse (Image: Exmouth Visitor Centre Facebook.)
Jurabi Turtle Centre Address: Yardie Creek Road, North West Cape.
Opening hours: Open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nesting season is November to March.
A visit to Jurabi Turtle Centre is a fascinating insight into the life of local turtles, including their behaviour and nesting habits.
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SS Mildura Wreck Address: Mildura Wreck Road, Exmouth
This former cattle steamer now lies at the bottom of the North West Cape of WA and is now visible from the shore.
The SS Mildura Wreck (Image: Exmouth Visitor’s Centre.)
Thomas Carter Lookout is the starting point of an eight kilometre trail walk from which you can enjoy stunning views of Shothole Canyon and the Exmouth Gulf.
Krait Monement and Potshot Memorial Address: Off Minilya-Exmouth Road, south of Exmouth.
The Krait Monument and Potshot Memorials are both nods to Exmouth’s military past that dates back to World War II. You will find interpretive signs and relics at both memorials.
You can either drive or fly to Exmouth. It’s a significant drive, so make sure to plan regular stops when travelling with kids. You can get there via the North West Coastal Highway and turn left onto Minilya-Exmouth Road.
Qantas has regular flights into Learmonth Airport, which is about 30km out of the town centre. Learmonth Airport offers car hire services.
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