There are few places around the world you can go gorge hiking, snorkelling, off-roading and swimming with giant mammals all in a weekend. Voted the 8th top town in Australia in 2021 by travel site Wotif, Exmouth is one place to add to your bucket list this summer. Here’s a look at some of the best things to see and do in Exmouth.
Cape Range National Park
Rugged limestone ranges and beautiful canyons live on the west side of Exmouth. The 50,581 hectares of Cape Range National Park is filled with native fauna, 630 species of plants and wild animals like birds, emus and kangaroos. This is one of the best spots in Exmouth to explore the natural environment with walks, hiking trails and scenic lookouts.
Named the 6th best beach in the world, in Trip Advisor’s 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards, Turquoise Bay is simply a must-visit. The bay is a pristine stretch of white sand and crystal blue water – the perfect location to while away an afternoon relaxing, swimming and drift snorkelling. Enter the water towards the southern end and explore more than 500 fish species and spectacular reefs.
Tens of thousands of humpback whales migrate annually north from the Antarctic along the west coast between June and November. The Ningaloo coast and around the Exmouth Gulf during this time offers a great chance to watch the mammals via whale watching tours and sunset whale watching cruises. If a tour isn’t your thing, head to the beautiful vantage point of Vlamingh Head Lighthouse to enjoy the whales with views over the tip of the North West Cape.
4×4 Through Shothole Canyon
The 12km four-wheel-drive only scenic drive takes you through the gorges experiencing the colourful, fossil laden rock layers of the sheer canyon walls. The track also goes past an amazing lookout and picnic area with views over the Exmouth Gulf.
If you’re interested in sampling the local Exmouth cuisine, Whalers Restaurant should be on your bucket list. The popular eatery sits amongst the Exmouth Escape Resort gardens offering a relaxed, family-friendly dining experience. They specialise in fresh, seafood from the region including Calamari, Scallops, Tiger Prawns as well as steak and pasta options.
Kayak Down Yardie Creek
Exmouth offers unique waterways that can only be truly explored by kayak. The flowing Yardie Creek is one of them, winding past red cliffs and sheer rock faces keeping a lookout for rock wallabies, ospreys and other birds. If travelling water isn’t for you, there’s also the Yardie Nature Walk and Yardie Gorge Trail offering both gentle and intermediate level walks.
Jurabi Turtle Centre
To find out about Exmouth’s wonderful wildlife, head to the turtle centre and walk through the interpretive displays and learn about the four marine turtle species found on the North West Cape. From December through to early March they offer a guided Turtle Eco-Education tour scouting and observing nesting female turtles in the natural environment.
This article originally appeared on Fancy