Exmouth is AmAzInG. The Ningaloo Reef is located in The Cape Range National Park far far far away from town, but the good news is that The Ningaloo Reef Retreat does a shuttle bus there. I don't want to tell you my favourite spot as I share it with the likes of my middle brother and my best mate, but here's some food for thought. Ever seen a moon rise? How about a moon set over the ocean? If you've got your own wheels this place is the money. You'll need camping gear including a gas cooker as you are not allowed to make a fire in the National Park, a 20 litre container for fresh water, which you can fill at Neds Camp in the park and supplies purchased from Exmouth. Take out about $100 from the bank in Exmouth as the Lighthouse Caravan Park doesn't accept cards, but you can buy take-away food, petrol, and a shower from them. The caravan park is about the mid point between Exmouth and the best places to camp and snorkel, make sure you leave Exmouth with a full tank of gas, if you camp in the park for a week you are going to chalk up some miles I assure you. P.S. Turquoise Bay is as it's name suggests. Enjoy nature my friends. ;D
P.S. With a tank of gas and supplies purchsed at Exmouth $100 pp should easily get you through 5 - 7 days camping fees, additional petrol, the odd shower, and an icecream on your petrol / shower run. When you top up your water supplies, check the taste of the water before heading deeper into the park. Garth and I once filled our water at the Caravan Park, and 50 kilometres later took a drink and realised it was salty to the max. P.S.S. Send your mum a postcard and make your dad jealous that he's never been there. :-) schwing
Exmouth is a small, quiet, and remote coastal town in the North of Western Australia, approximately halfway between the state capital, Perth, and the popular resort town, Broome. Exmouth is a great place to base yourself for snorkeling or diving trips, day hiking trips to the nearby national parks, and for trips to Ningaloo Reef. The beaches in Exmouth are white, sandy, clean, and quiet; it is not so rare to have a whole beach to yourself.
There are a few Exmouth hostels and budget hotels, which have dorm rooms available. There are also several camping grounds available -- if you're planning on camping, please make sure you only camp within the camping grounds, as it is illegal to camp within the national park area. Camping in restricted areas usually results in a pretty hefty fine.
Hostels in Exmouth are quite modern, with all the usual hostel facilities, such as Wi-Fi, communal areas, hot water showers, and book exchange. It can get extremely hot during the summer months (December to February). If you're traveling during these months, book a room with either fans and windows, or an air conditioner.
Depending on the season, hostels in Exmouth can be lively and filled with many other international travelers that want to get out and explore Australia's great outdoors. They can be great places to meet other like-minded people, and organise group trips to the nearby attractions. In the low season, however, Exmouth and its hostels tend to be very quiet and empty, though still maintaining a laid-back, relaxed vibe. It may be a little more difficult organising group excursions. The high season usually coincides with the whale shark season (March to July). Though quite expensive, there are many diving and snorkeling centers, which organise whale shark trips during this season. If planning on doing a whale shark trip, book in advance, as these trips are quite popular and get booked up early. Exmouth hostel staff can usually help arrange these types of trips.
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