Blogs from Exmouth, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth May 15th 2019

One of the surprises of the endless flatness on the drive to Exmouth is the Cape Range National Park. It is almost as if nature pushed up the flatness of the land and then took a giant knife to gouge out the landscape. In fact, we started our exploration at Charles Knife Canyon. From the main highway south of Exmouth we took a road that climbed a few hundred metres. We passed by tremendous views of what looked like a mini Grand Canyon. Soon we reached the Thomas Carter Lookout which is a picnic site and the start of a hiking trail. We started out on a hike on this meandering trail which was rocky in places, and traversed up and down over several hills. After 2.6 kilometres we reached Shot Hole Lookout which overlooks another ... read more
Beautiful Shot Hole Canyon
Old Plugged Oil Well
Looking East Over Thomas Knife Canyon

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth May 14th 2019

What we ultimately wanted to experience during our visit to Exmouth was being able to get up close to the largesf fish in the world, the Whale Shark. We were picked up just after 7:00 from our hotel and on the way to the dock, Alana, one of our guides, told us about the history of Exmouth. Interestingly, the town was built by the Americans in 1964 as part of the Harold Holt Communications Centre. So it was an American outpost, gradually became jointly contolled and ultimately, was totally handed to Australia. Today, tourism is big here and the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef is the main attraction. We reached the boat operated by Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours and had our introductory snorkel by 9:00. We had been told to expect a good day with the calm ... read more
Keeping Our Distance From The Tail

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth May 13th 2019

We started our day with a swim in the large hotel pool which we had all to ourselves. Then we went exploring the neighbourhood. There are many large homes situated on canals which allow owners to moor their boats adjacent to their properties. The prices are not over the top, $780,000 for a large modern two storey home on the canal with your own access to the water. It’s evident they take flooding seriously with monssonal rains potentially causing flooding. The canal walls are high and the moorings are expandable to compensate for changes in water depth. What is over the top is the price of fuel here. For our American friends the price is equivalent to $7.00 a gallon. Filling a large 4-wheel drive may set you back close to $200. A few kilometres north ... read more
Adaptable Moorings For Water Level Fluctuations
Large Homes Line The Canals
High Canal Walls Protect Homes

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth May 12th 2019

Travelling from Kalbarri to Exmouth is an eight hour trek through desolate countryside consisting of scrub. It’s not just the vastness of the countryside that is the issue, but there are so few bends or hills on the journey That monorony quickly sets in. The scrub on the Exmouth Peninsula is littered with thousands of termite mounds. Occasionally you see a goat or emu darting along the road with straying cows, and the roadside has what seems like thousands of kangaroo corpses. When we arrived in Exmouth it was surprising to see a luxury resort and nearby, homes sitting on a complex of canals...very modern indeed. The Mantalay Resort is in a beautiful spot. Our room had views of the ocean and the large pool, and we even got to see a marriage ceremony take place ... read more
Emu Darted In Front Of Us Near Kalbarri
View From Our Balcony In Exmouth
Lunching Along The Gasgoyne River Near Carnarvon

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth January 13th 2019

Australia Landed in Perth & then straight up to Learmonth, Western Australia, top left! Flying along the coastline was spectacular, clear skies & miles from any where. We stayed at Ningaloo Lodge a cross between a hostel & a hotel, which turned out to be a good base. First full day we went along to Turquoise Bay where we entered the clear blue water off to the left of the beach then spent the next hour drifting along the current above the coral, mesmerised by the multi coloured coral & fish beneath us. We even swam with a turtle for about 5 minutes - fantastic. We just had to keep an eye out for where to get out & not drift too far into a dangerous current. As we drove along the coast we saw a ... read more
The Indian Ocean
snorkelling At Turquoise Bay
the dunes

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth July 13th 2018

Well so much has happened since we left Perth, that I've forgotten a few things. (must be the old age). Well we travelled along the coast road to the Pinnacles just south of Cervantes. I've been here before, but just like so much of the rest of the country. Just how amazing these sandstone pillars are. Next day saw us stopping at a friend of Wendy's in Dongara to drop off a few items which she has had for a couple of years. We were given a tour of his toys in his sheds. Tractors and trucks of all kinds including a few old cars. From here we drove north to Geraldton then onto Kalbarri Where we sighted some Humpback Whales. As I was eager to get to Exmouth we bypassed Shark bay and Monkey Mia. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth February 16th 2018

On the Ning Nang Nong, where the Cows go bong, and the monkeys all say Boo! There's a Nong Nang Ning, where the Trees go Ping! And the Teapots jibber, jabber joo! On the Nong Ning Nang, all the Mice go Clang! And you just can't catch 'em when they do! So it's Ning Nang Nong, Cows go Bong, Nong Nang Ning, Trees go Ping, Nong Ning Nang, the Mice go Clang, What a noisy place to belong, Is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong! I was reminded of this classic poem by Spike Milligan, as we left Perth today, to fly 800 miles north, straight up the coast of Western Australia, to the Ningaloo Reef Heritage Coast and, in particular, the small resort locations of Exmouth and Coral Bay. This area is on a peninsula ... read more
Swimming 1
Swimming 2
Swimming 3

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth April 20th 2017

So here we are on the road again, this time on a domestic visit to Western Australia. Four of us flew across from the east coast to Perth before first flying north to Exmouth for a few days. From there it was a flight back to Perth before driving a rental car south to Margaret River for a further few days, which will be covered in the next blog. While it is far from the only attraction in the Exmouth region, the opportunity to swim in close proximity to the whale sharks off the Ningaloo reef was clearly the main drawcard. We were very lucky that the day we had booked well ahead of time for our Ningaloo cruise turned out to be a warm day with relatively calm seas, which significantly increases the chances of ... read more
Swimming with the whale shark
Whale shark with two larger escorts
The wreck of the SS Mildura in a glimmering sea

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth August 2nd 2016

Well we have moved but only from Coral Bay to Exmouth by tow truck. We are about to enjoy our second night in what I shall call "value for money" accommodation. It is a tin shed unit with air con, private bathroom and a tv. At $76 per night it is a lot more affordable than the Nullabor roadhouses but still unplanned expense. The car will be fixed tomorrow after the arrival and fitting of a fuel filter. So not much to report other than the road here passed through some interesting country - very large areas of grass with Termite hills everywhere. This whole area is prone to flooding and Cyclone damage but we see it at the right time for lush green and buzzing with birds. We have managed to move our Broome accommodation ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth April 29th 2016

Coral Bay- Exmouth - Yardie Creek. The road from Coral Bay to Exmouth is hot and dry, small green shrubs and large termite mounds dot the country side. As we got closer to Exmouth we saw glimpses of blue ocean. We drove through dry river beds with 2-4metre measurement posts, obviously in the wet season the area floods. To the West is the Cape Range National Park Exmouth is situated 1270km north of Perth with a population of approximately 2250 permanent residents. Discovered in 1618 by Dutch Captain Willem Janz, the first documented European landing on Ningaloo Reef. In 1818 the English Captain Phillip Parker King surveyed the northern coastline and called the area Exmouth, after his hero Viscount Exmouth, also mentioned in the Horatio Hornblower novels. Exmouth has been a base for the Royal Australian ... read more
Fancy An Emu Muster?
'going the big prawn'

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