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Exmouth

Wandering emus, palm trees laden with screeching cockatoos, and a laid-back air give Exmouth a real Australian charm. Year-round, visitors are drawn by the nearby Ningaloo Reef, with spikes in visitor numbers during the whale-shark season (from April to July) and humpback-whale season (August to October).

Whether you've come to swim with the leviathans, snorkel off the Ningaloo Reef or bushwalk in Cape Range National Park, Exmouth makes a terrific base.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Exmouth.