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Best snorkelling spots in Exmouth:
Lakeside | 54km from the
township, snorkel right from
the beach on this self-guided tour.
Perfect safe snorkelling for families
with young children.
Turquoise Bay | Another self-
guided tour 63km from town,
there’s a choice between
snorkelling in the bay or
embarking on a drift snorkel.
Oyster Stacks | 66km away, this
too is a self-guided snorkel. It’s
best attempted at high tide to
avoid cuts on the stacks.
Beaching and sailing
Try a day or extended sail on
a catamaran, relaxing in the boom
net. On Bill’s Bay beach there
are glass-bottom boat tours,
and kids can hire glass-bottom
kayaks or see-through boogie
boards and snorkel gear.
The swells in Exmouth are usually
best from June until September.
Head up the Yardie Creek Road
17km from town to Dunes, the
area’s most popular surf spot, off
Surfers beach. Further up, the
Bombie has a great left-hand ride
if you don’t mind the paddle out,
and Wobiri Access is great for
beginners and grommets with surf
lessons during the season.
Land and air adventure
Zoom on a quad bike, or an Argo
Splash Ride amphibious buggy,
or scream across the salt flats on
a wind-propelled blokart. Join
a 4WD tour of the Cape Range
National Park to see wildflowers
from July to October, and head
to the Mangrove Bay bird hide for
migratory birds in the summer
months. Take to the air on a
microlight or fixed-wing flight to
see Ningaloo from above.
Minke, blue, humpback, southern
right and occasionally killer
whales can all be seen during
various times along the Coral
Coast. Humpbacks tend to be the
most prevalent because they visit
the area twice every year – in the
autumn, when they head north,
and again in spring, making their
return journey. Along Ningaloo
Marine Park humpbacks are
most plentiful between July and
November and can be spotted
from many of the beaches. To
get up close to these impressive
creatures, join a whale-watching
tour and see them rolling on the
surface, breaching, fin-slapping,
spyhopping and nursing their
newborn calves. The best viewing
from the land is at Vlamingh Head
Lighthouse in Exmouth, or Coral
Bay boat ramp.
Sandy Bay, Ningaloo
(Photography Tourism WA)
A whale shark spotted at Ningaloo Marine
Park (Photography Jason Jardy).
Ningaloo is also a great spot to kayak
(Photography Tourism WA).
Diving at Ningaloo Marine Park (Photography Tourism WA)
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