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Getting there & away

If you’re travelling by your own wheels (by far the best way to explore the cape and national parks), from the North-West Coastal Hwy take the turn-off to Exmouth (200km) at the Minilya Roadhouse.

Exmouth’s Learmonth Airport is 37km south of town and there are daily Skywest (1300 660 088) flights to Karratha and Carnarvon, with links to Denham, Geraldton and Perth.

Buses stop at the visitors centre. Greyhound (13 20 30) has three services a week from Perth ($211, 20 hours). Alternatively, you can hop off the daily Greyhound Perth–Darwin bus at the Giralia turn-off and pick up the Exmouth shuttle there ($60, two hours). From Exmouth there are three weekly services to Coral Bay ($65, two hours). Going north from Exmouth, you have to change buses at the Giralia turn-off.

Red Earth Safaris (9279 9011; www.redearthsafaris.com.au) runs six- or eight-day tours ($599 to $735) from Perth to Exmouth, along with a weekly 1½-day Perth Express service departing on Sunday at 7am ($140). Easyrider Backpacker Tours (9226 0307) stop at Exmouth on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 6.45am on the Coastal cruiser route (May to November) to Perth. Easyrider’s Perth Express stops here on Monday and Wednesday at 6.45am.