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Forty years in Exmouth – 32 of those
heading up the Exmouth Shire as
CEO – Kerry is a lover of all things
water-related and pioneered the
region’s tourism industry. He gives
us a few of his favourite must-dos.
Best day trip Take a Ningaloo
Safari, which takes in Charles Knife
and Shothole Canyon roads, then
‘over the top’ to the west side of the
cape to Yardie Creek (including a
boat trip up the creek) and
snorkelling at Turquoise beach.
Wildflowers The North West cape
nurtures more than 600 species of
wildflowers. Best time to go? From
July to October, particularly after
good winter rains.
Turtles A visit to the Jurabi Turtle
Centre is a must. Built in 2003, the
centre provides people with
information to reduce the threat
posed to marine turtles nesting in
the Ningaloo area. In order to
correctly view nesting turtles,
people are asked to attend talks
on the Turtle Watcher’s Code of
Conduct. Visitors are also
encouraged to join commercial
guided tours after attending
presentations run at the centre.
Dive Diving with whale sharks
during their season from March to
August is unmissable. Also, the
proximity of the reef in Ningaloo
Marine Park makes access easy.
Beach camping There are numerous
beach camping sites on the west
side of the North West Cape, most
located in the Cape Range National
Park. They are all close to the ocean
and provide limited facilities.
Visit Lake MacLeod It’s a large lake
of about 150,000ha that lies parallel
to the Indian Ocean on the arid
central west coast of WA. It is about
200km south of Exmouth and is the
site of Rio Tinto’s salt operation,
which is located 65km north
Fishing off the beach In the gulf,
there are numerous tracks to the
beach where you can fish for
whiting and bream, and sometimes
mangrove jack. On the west coast,
there are spangled emperor (north
west snapper) and red throat
snapper to be caught.
Fishing in boats Inside the Ningaloo
Reef at Tantabiddi is the place for
small boats; in larger boats, along
the back of the reef, adjacent to the
Muiron Islands and the others. The
continental shelf is very close to the
shore on Exmouth’s west coast, so
has prolific sea life. Three species of
marlin can be caught there, namely
black, blue and striped.
KERRy GRAhAM | Exmouth attractions
Coral Coast insider
CORAL BAY/ExMOUTH (Ningaloo Marine Park) Distance from Perth:
1270km A 2.5 -hour flight from Perth will put you in the coastal town of
Exmouth and the gateway to Ningaloo Marine Park. A stone’s throw from
Ningaloo National Park, it’s great for lovers of snorkelling, diving and
fishing, with many places to stay and a new marina. Some of the best
game fish can be caught by just casting a line from the beach or joining a
fishing tour out to the continental shelf. In Coral Bay, check out the reef
shark nursery, just a 20-minute walk from Main Beach. From October to
March, as many as 200 reef sharks frolic in the shallow waters. Joining
one of the many guided boat tours from Coral Bay or Exmouth, you can
view vibrant coral and marine creatures from the comfort of a glass-
bottomed boat, or get up close and personal in a sea kayak. Other options?
Experience the thrill of a quad biking tour or four-wheel drive safari, or
take a scenic flight to see the coast and reef in all their glory from the air.
CANARVON Distance from
Perth: 900km Tropical Carnarvon
is a haven for food lovers,
with abundant fresh fruit and
vegetables. The town’s banana
plantations provide over half the
State’s banana crop. Top-quality
seafood is also on the local menu as
the town supports thriving prawn,
scallop, crab and fishing industries.
From now to October, freshly
caught seafood can be bought
direct from the seafood factories
and every Saturday morning until
November head to the markets.
Be sure to try a chocolate-coated
Carnarvon banana. Carnarvon is a
great base for exploring the Golden
Outback, with Mount Augustus and
the Kennedy Ranges to the east.
Top three things to do that
don’t involve a dolphin.
1. Go dugong spotting.
2. Hang out with the oldest
living things on earth
(the stromatolites in
3. Picnic at Shell Beach.
Turquoise Bay, Ningaloo.
at shark Bay.
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