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TRAVEL / OCT ‘2017

Enticing Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef

Have you ever considered a family holiday relaxing by the beach, snorkelling, or cruising in pristine ocean? A trip to the Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth may just be the holiday for you. With plenty to do, you’ll never be bored!

Words COLLEEN WILLIS

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Exmouth

Exmouth is ideally situated to explore the reef and its many attractions. Exmouth was originally a support for the communication base in the North West Cape, however tourism has now taken over as the town’s major contributor.

Exmouth is great for:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Cruising on a glass bottom boat
  • Fishing
  • Coral Tours
  • Whale sharks

For more information visit

www.exmouthwa.com.au

www.ningaloodreaming.com

79-82 000351-786

Ningaloo Reef

The Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival will be held May 24-26 this year. Did you know the largest living fish is the Whale Shark? It can grow up to 18 metres in length! The festival is a great way to celebrate the yearly visit of the whale shark.

Some activities on offer include:

  • Circus workshops
  • Entertainers
  • Beach activities

For more information and tickets visit

http://www.ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com

79-82 004433-786

Getting there

Exmouth is approximately 1270 kilometres from Perth. If you are planning on driving with children, then it’s advisable to allow for stopovers en route. Two main towns along the way are Geraldton and Carnarvon and both are good places to stop, refuel and refresh. Why not even consider stopping for a few days in each place and enjoying the local hospitality?

For more information visit

www.geraldtonvisitorcentre.com.au

www.carnarvon.org.au

If driving isn’t for you, then flying is the way to go. Currently, Qantas and Skywest fly to the nearest airport, which is Learmonth. The airport is located 36km from Exmouth and there are a few ways you can head into town. You can hire a car or the Exmouth Bus Charter company can be booked to pick you up at the airport.

For more information visit

www.qantas.com.au

www.skywest.com.au

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Accommodation

There are a variety of accommodation styles to choose from, ranging from backpacker to the Novotel Ningaloo Resort.

For more information visit

http://www.novotelningaloo.com.au

Another popular option is the holiday parks which offer several styles of accommodation including chalets, bungalows, cabins and powered and unpowered sites.

For more information visit

www.australiascoralcoast.com

If you prefer somewhere quieter than Exmouth Coral Bay is a great option. It’s approximately 120km south of Exmouth and is a popular holiday destination, especially in the school holidays.

For more information visit

www.coralbay.org

** During our colder months the northwest can get booked out quite early. It is advisable to plan and book as early as possible. **

COLLEEN WILLIS

Colleen has roamed the world for many years on her own and with her husband and daughter, Rebekah. During this time, Colleen has been a teacher and an award-winning recipient of Flight Centre both in Australia and overseas. Colleen will guide you through family travel the way she knows best!