Where to Stay for the 2023 Ningaloo Solar Eclipse

The Ningaloo Solar Eclipse of April 20, 2023, is a total solar eclipse that will be visible in western Australia, with the path of totality crossing over Ningaloo Reef. This eclipse is expected to last for a maximum of 2 minutes and 11 seconds and it will be the first total solar eclipse visible in Australia since 2002. The eclipse will begin at sunrise over Ningaloo Reef, and the path of totality will move eastward, passing through Exmouth, Meekatharra, and Newman before ending at sunset. During the eclipse, the Sun will be completely blocked by the Moon, allowing observers to see the Sun’s outer atmosphere or corona. In addition, the Moon will appear larger than usual, and the eclipse will be visible from the entire continent of Australia.

On April 20, 2023, the moon will almost completely obscure the sun over the Western Australian coast. The best place to view this very rare total solar eclipse will be from Exmouth, a small coastal town home to one of the most biodiverse marine parks in the world, Ningaloo Reef.

The local government of Exmouth expects over 25,000 stargazers to descend upon the town in the lead-up to the Ningaloo solar eclipse. Those tourists will be able to experience the very best the Ningaloo Reef has to offer, such as swimming with whale sharks, whale watching and amazing fishing.

A turtle swimming in the Ningaloo Reef
The eclipse will give stargazers a chance to see some of the diverse marine life of the Ningaloo Reef | Source: Ningaloo Centre

Although most accommodation is already booked out, there are still many places to stay near Exmouth and along the Coral Coast highway. We’ve found the very best places to view the solar eclipse, from remote islands to beachfront resorts right in front of the Ningaloo Reef.

Ningaloo Reef Resort

Ningaloo Reef Resort is a resort located on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. It offers a range of accommodation options, including villas, apartments, and camping sites, as well as a range of activities for guests to enjoy. The resort provides access to the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, allowing guests to snorkel and explore the incredible marine life of the reef. The resort also offers a range of facilities, including a pool, BBQ area, and spa.

Literally just steps from one of the best beaches on the Ningaloo coastline, Ningaloo Reef Resort provides comfortable accommodation and handy amenities, but the location of this quaint holiday park is simply breathtaking. Wade out into the crystal blue waters and you’ll see just why Coral Bay is so busy at peak periods.

A vast grassed area is dotted with sparkling swimming pools, swaying palm trees, barbecue areas and children’s play areas. An easily accessed bar and restaurant serves home favourites and you will not find a better viewing point for the solar eclipse.

Ningaloo Reef Resort

Wilderness Island Safari Holidays

This collection of temporary buildings located on the eastern side of the Exmouth Gulf is the perfect escape from civilisation. Witness the beauty of a desert sunrise, go for a swim on an empty beach and relax in the surprisingly luxurious accommodation of this uniquely Australian destination.

If you’re wondering what it is about the remoteness of this holiday camp that is so special, wait until nighttime and look up. The milky way is very easily visible and the sublime experience of sitting around a beach campfire, hundreds of kilometres from civilisation with shooting stars and planets glimmering above is not to be missed.

Guests can also take a kayak out and explore the mangroves of the island or cast a line and get ready for some of the best fishing in Australia.

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Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort is a four-star beachfront resort located in Exmouth, Western Australia. The resort offers a range of accommodation options, including self-contained apartments, family rooms, and beach villas. Facilities on-site include two swimming pools, a gym, a day spa, a restaurant and bar, and a kids’ club. The resort is also located near the Ningaloo Marine Park, making it a great base for snorkelling and swimming with the resident Mantaray population.

Located in a new marina development, Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort offers a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and gym, everything you need for a week-long stay with friends or family. When you’re not enjoying the rare celestial event of a solar eclipse, there’s still plenty to do in Exmouth.

Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s largest fringing reef and is easily accessed from the pristine sands of the Exmouth peninsula. Diving with whale sharks and whale watching can be arranged with reception and charter vessels depart on marine park tours very close to the resort.

Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

Ningaloo Lodge

Located right in the heart of Exmouth, Ningaloo Lodge is close to boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and breweries. It’s perfect for couples and small families, with outdoor barbecue facilities and a jungle-themed swimming pool area making it easy to get some sun and enjoy your time there.

All rooms come with icy cold air-con and are equipped to escape the sometimes harsh midday heat, but you’ll probably spend less time inside and a bit more time exploring the town and surrounding attractions. Nearby Turquoise Bay is named after its stunning crystal-clear water filled with rich biodiversity, strap on a snorkel and swim a short distance to admire the abundant multicoloured coral, sea turtles and other marine life.

Ningaloo Lodge

RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park

This family favourite is expecting to be busy for the 2023 solar eclipse. RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park is offering a six-night campsite package for A$564 from April 17 to 23, with all permanent accommodations already completely booked. But you can still enjoy the famously temperate weather of Exmouth and find out why RAC Holiday Park facilities are award-winning.

These resorts are very highly regarded in Australia for providing growing families and especially young children with unforgettable holiday experiences. Perfect for the larger family, furry friends are welcome at Cape Holiday Park and guests will enjoy a prime location just a 10-minute walk to the beach.

RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park

Potshot Resort

Known in Exmouth for its restaurant, bistro and lively pub, Potshot Resort was named after World War II bombing missions that departed from the coastal town. The resort has two pools and excellent outdoor dining facilities and is offering a special solar eclipse accommodation package.

Guests who book the package arrive on April 18 and checkout on April 24 and can choose from a standard room with a maximum of two guests for A$3,600 or a two-bedroom apartment with a maximum of four guests for A$7,800.

The staff here are known as some of the most friendly and approachable in town and will go above and beyond expectations to make your stay as comfortable and exciting as possible.

Potshot Resort

The 2023 Ningaloo Solar Eclipse is an upcoming total solar eclipse that will occur on October 3, 2023. It will be visible in parts of Australia, including Ningaloo Reef, an area off the northwest coast of the continent. It will be the first total solar eclipse visible from mainland Australia since the 20th century. The total eclipse will last for about 3 minutes and 40 seconds. During the eclipse, the Moon will completely block out the Sun, creating a shadow on the Earth’s surface. This will be a great opportunity for skywatchers to witness a truly magnificent cosmic event.

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