Wandering emus, palm trees laden with screeching cockatoos, and a burning sun all give Exmouth a somewhat surreal, very Australian edge. With World Heritage protection of nearby Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth has become largely a creature of tourism. Many visitors come, not surprisingly, to see and interact with the magnificent and enigmatic whale sharks (from April to July).
Peak season stretches from April to October and sees this laid-back town stretched to epic proportions, but don't be put off: it's still the perfect base to explore nearby Ningaloo Marine and Cape Range National Parks. Alternatively, just relax, wash away the road dust and enjoy the local wildlife.