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Perth To Exmouth Road Trip Complete Guide For 2024

Perth to Exmouth is a bucket-list road trip in Western Australia. Exmouth is a popular destination known for its warm weather, Ningaloo Reef abundant in sea life, and white sandy beaches.

There’s SO much to enjoy in Exmouth, but I’ll get to that shortly. The drive takes around 13 hours from Perth to Exmouth and there is a lot to see and do along the way. 

I am a Margaret River local but frequently explore the North West areas of WA. Exmouth is one of my family’s favorite holiday destinations and I’ve been visiting since I was a kid. So you can bet I know the best places to stop along the way, including where to stay to break up your drive!

This article will cover how to get to Exmouth, the best attractions along the way, what to do IN Exmouth, and more.

Picturesque scene from Perth to Exmouth journey, featuring a sandy beach, trees, and a boat gently floating on serene waters

⭐Don’t have time to read my full list? Here are my top 3 recommendations on places to stop between Perth and Exmouth: 

🌏Where Is Exmouth?

Exmouth is located on the Exmouth Gulf on the northernmost tip of the North West Cape. Exmouth is located 1252 km (698 miles) north of the WA state capital city of Perth

Exmouth is known for Cape Range National Park which hugs the coastline and waters of the Ningaloo Marine Park which is world heritage listed and protects many species of fish and coral. The abundant sea life is a real drawcard to Exmouth as you can easily view the Ningaloo reef fish and coral species by snorkeling from shore.

Exmouth was awarded Top Small Tourism Town of 2022. It offers an abundance of adventure activities, scenic drives, leisure, and relaxation activities. It is a family-friendly destination but also popular with young couples, grey nomads, and backpackers.

📍Location: Exmouth

Vibrant native bush along the Perth to Exmouth route, adorned with bright yellow flowers and lush green foliage, showcasing the region's natural beauty

🤩Why You Should Visit Exmouth

I could literally harp on about the million best reasons to visit Exmouth all day long. Exmouth is a pristine coastal holiday destination in the North West of WA, and bound to become one of your favourite destinations too. There’s almost no place better!

Given that it is situated at the tip of the North West Cape there is always somewhere to shelter from the elements. 

Exmouth offers world-class snorkeling, fishing, 4WDing and more. There’s a reason Exmouth is becoming super popular worldwide as a travel destination.

You may have heard about the iconic experience of swimming with whale sharks, perhaps a drift snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef OR even trekking amongst the magnificent Cape Range Gorge system at Yardi creek.

Whatever your style, there is something in Exmouth for you.

1. Swim With The Whale Sharks In The Ningaloo Reef

Tranquil view of the ocean from a sandy beach during the Perth to Exmouth adventure, with gentle waves lapping the shore and a vast horizon in the distance

RATING: 5/5 – with over 550 positive reviews! | ⏳TOUR LENGTH: 8 hours |🕰️START TIME: 9am | 📍LOCATION: Your accommodation or meet directly at Tantabiddi Boat Ramp

✨Why Choose This Tour?

Swimming with the Whale Sharks in Exmouth is on most people’s bucket list! My husband and eldest kid did this last year and it was absolutely incredible. 

This tour is suitable for most ages and fitness levels including children. You’ll get picked up from your accommodation before heading out to the Tantabiddi boat ramp for departure.

The boat follows spotter planes that are dedicated to finding the whale sharks so you’re in with the best chance possible to see these magnificent creatures. There’s also a photographer on board to capture all your epic memories!

Aside from whale sharks, you’ll see other marine life such as dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and the unique coral systems of the Ningaloo Reef.

This experience was absolutely incredible! Worth every single penny! The crew was great, the ship was lovely, and of course the whale sharks!! It was truly unforgettable and I am so happy I was able to experience it. -Jonathan (read more reviews)

2. Turtle Tour And Snorkel Ningaloo Reef 

Majestic turtle gracefully swimming in crystal-clear waters, captured near Exmouth, highlighting the region's diverse marine life

RATING: 5/5 – with over 65 positive reviews! | ⏳TOUR LENGTH: 3.5 hours |🕰️START TIME: 9am | 📍LOCATION: Your accommodation or meet directly at Tantabiddi Boat Ramp

✨Why Choose This Tour?

Who doesn’t love turtles? Honestly, they are SO beautiful to observe especially at Ningaloo Reef where you know they are protected in a UNESCO World Heritage listed marine park and completely safe and happy. 

This Turtle And Snorkel Tour was the highlight of my most recent trip to Exmouth. I loved it because it was a small group (maximum 12 pax) so really chilled out and personalized. 

I did the half-day tour departing from Tantabiddi boat ramp and saw loads more than just turtles. We saw manta rays, tropical fish, dolphins and a HUGEEEEE old cod family (1 x husband, 2 x girlfriends… eep!)

The tour guides also shared so much knowledge about the different coral systems you can see at Ningaloo Reef as we enjoyed snorkeling around them. Ningaloo Reef is one of the healthiest reef systems in the world. If you’ve ever visited the Great Barrier Reef you’ll know how important this is.

This tour is very relaxed and moves with the pace of the group. It is a wonderful way to spend a day in Exmouth.

I was comfortable in just my bathing suit in July however if you would prefer to wear a wetsuit please BYO or hire from Exmouth Surf Centre.

Fantastic tour highlighted by a great team. Although I did not go into the water, my two children (18 and 20) loved it. They saw multiple turtles but also a lorge variety of fish and other sea creatures. While I stayed on the boat, had nice chats with the staff and enjoyed the fruit and home baked muffins they brought out for us. We also were able to spend most of the time in the water, rather than on the boat hunting for good spots. Very smooth boat ride also for those worried about motion sickness. Highly recommended. -Lloyd (read more reviews)

3. Trek In Cape Range National Park And Yardi Creek

Scenic view of rugged scrub and bush near Exmouth, with a dramatic valley, showcasing the area's diverse landscapes and natural beauty

RATING: 5/5 | ⏳TOUR LENGTH: 2 days |🕰️START TIME: 8am | 📍LOCATION: Pick up is via private transfer from your own accommodation

✨Why Choose This Tour?

For all the kid-free adventurers out there… This is the tour for you!

Cape Range National Park is expansive and beautiful. Featuring cliffs, gorges, huge rocky outcrops, views of the ocean, local flora and fauna and the epic Yardi creek.

This two-day immersive small-group tour highlights the stunning landscapes of Cape Range National Park. If you are on a tight schedule you’ll jam-pack these two days with so much of Exmouth’s beauty. 

The sunsets over the Exmouth Gulf are almost impossible to describe as you can look in both directions and capture the epic golden glow of the sun setting to the west as well as the fairy-floss skies to the east. Truly amazing.

This tour includes the use of any trekking equipment and also includes meals. How trouble-free is that! 

On completing the two day trek, I cannot recommend this tour highly enough! Being immersed within the World Heritage Area offered unique and unforgettable perspectives of the beautiful Ningaloo. The experience was the perfect balance of challenge and tranquility; climbing scarps and gullies, spotting wildlife and camping under the stars. Ian’s expertise and passion ensured we got the most out of both days, including his abundant knowledge of the area’s history and ecosystems. The sky show was an absolute bonus! A truly awe inspiring experience!! (read more reviews)

🥾If you’re keen to hike but not take a tour I would recommend:

Family beach day scene in Exmouth, featuring 4WDs parked on the sandy shore, children playing joyfully nearby, and a cook-up area set up for a fun-filled day outdoors

🚗Perth To Exmouth Drive Time

Perth to Exmouth Drive time is 12 hours and 52 minutes without stops. I’ve driven it in one day with two fuel/toilet stops before (with a child!) but wouldn’t recommend it. It’s so much nicer to stretch your legs and explore some of the attractions on the way from Perth to Exmouth.

The route is basically Indian Ocean Drive or Brand Highway from Perth until you join the North West Coastal Highway (sometimes referred to as Coral Coast Highway). You remain on the North West Coastal Highway until the Minilya – Exmouth turn off which is approximately 110 km south of Exmouth and takes just over an hour to travel.

The roads are all sealed roads and Minilya-Exmouth Road has been recently upgraded. The roads are all suitable for 2WD vehicles. 

You do need to be aware of native fauna and livestock on the road from Perth to Exmouth including kangaroos, camels, and cattle.

You will also likely encounter many people towing caravans and trailers. This is also a main freight route so road-trains are plentiful. It is very important to drive to conditions, have your headlights turned ON and overtake safely. 

🚗If you want more Driving in Australia tips check out my article on Perth Car Rentals!

Iconic Exmouth lighthouse standing tall against a backdrop of a cloudy sky, symbolizing guidance and safety for mariners along the coast

🗺️Perth To Exmouth Distance

The distance along the most direct route from Perth to Exmouth is 1,252 km (698 miles).

There are a few destinations off the highway including Shark Bay, Denham, Monkey Mia and Kalbarri which will add additional distance and drive time to your drive from Perth to Exmouth. 

Another popular tourist route is to head inland to Karijini via Meekatharra and Newman. However, if you take this route from Perth to Exmouth you are looking at a distance of 2020 km and a drive time of 22 hours and 16 minutes without stops.

I’ve only traveled this remote route once before and am super keen to do it again with my family.

🚗How To Get From Perth To Exmouth By Car

If you’re wondering how to get from Perth to Exmouth by car it’s relatively simple. Take Tonkin Highway north until you join Brand Highway at Muchea. 

Brand Highway will take you all the way to Geraldton before you begin your journey on the North West Coastal Highway which you will follow all the way to the Minilya-Exmouth turn-off. You will take a left onto the Minilya-Exmouth turnoff for the last hour or so of your journey from Perth to Exmouth.

This is the fastest route by a few minutes but does not include the coastal towns of Cervantes (where you can see the Pinnacles WA at Nambung National Park) OR Jurien Bay.

To include Cervantes, The Pinnacles, and Jurien Bay in your journey you will need to take Indian Ocean Drive north from Perth. This route hugs the coastline all the way to Geraldton where you then join the North West Coastal Highway for the remainder of the trip (same as above). This route takes 12 hours and 46 minutes without stops and is 1248 km. So very minimal difference in time or distance.

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Stunning Exmouth beach showcasing its crystal-clear blue waters, inviting visitors to enjoy the pristine shoreline and experience the area's natural beauty

🚌How To Get From Perth To Exmouth By Bus

It is simple to catch a bus from Perth to Exmouth. Integrity Coachlines departs from the Beaufort Street tourist terminal a few times a week. The bus trip takes approximately 17 hours and 45 minutes and is an overnight journey with regular stops. 

You can book one-way journeys, return trips from Perth to Exmouth or hop on – hop off passes to give you flexibility as you explore the northwest. 

A one-way adult fare from Perth to Exmouth is $262 AUD. Reduced fares for pension/ concession holders and children are available. 

Integrity Coachlines also travel inland to Karijini from Exmouth which I’d recommend including in your northwest itinerary if you have the time. 

✈️How To Get To Exmouth By Plane

Well, the airport is actually Learmonth Airport which is about 36 km south of Exmouth.

World War ll saw an airfield being built which was redeveloped in the 1950s as a RAAF base. All current civil flights to Exmouth (Learmonth airport) operate out of the RAAF base. 

The airport is architecturally designed to represent a coral reef and it’s really amazing for a regional airport. 

Qantas flies Perth to Exmouth (Learmonth) a few times a week and in peak periods also flies direct from Melbourne To Exmouth (Learmonth). 

You can arrange to have a hire car to pick up at Learmonth airport. Otherwise, there is a regular shuttle that connects with flights to take you into Exmouth town. 

Bookings for the shuttle can be made online at Exmouth Bus Charter or through the Ningaloo Visitor Centre.

Charming scene at an Exmouth beach, featuring stone stairs leading away from the shore, and a child playing happily on nearby rocks, exploring the coastal landscape

⭐Perth To Exmouth Tour

If you want to take any travel decisions or stress out of your Perth to Exmouth trip, why not book a tour?

I love this 7-Day Exmouth Explorer Tour as it really captures the top highlights from Perth to Exmouth if you’re time-poor. You will visit:

  • The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park
  • Kalbarri National Park
  • Monkey Mia and Shark Bay
  • Coral Bay
  • Exmouth
  • Cape Range National Park
  • Geraldton

It includes: 

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals
  • All National Park Entry Fees and Passes
  • Knowledgeable Tour Guides and Commentary

Additional food and beverages as well as optional activities are available for purchase.

Best Stops On A Perth To Exmouth Roadtrip

It’s hard to narrow down the best stops between Perth and Exmouth but I’ve done the hard work and got to the 13 best stops between Perth and Exmouth for you all!

1. The Pinnacles (Namburg National Park), Cervantes

Breathtaking view of the Pinnacles Desert on the Perth to Exmouth journey, featuring unique limestone formations under a dramatic cloudy sky, showcasing the region's natural wonders
The Pinnacles are definitely one of the most amazing tourist attractions in WA, stop here if you can!

RATING: 4.7/5 – with over 1,000 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 191km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 1,073km | 📍LOCATION: The Pinnacles Desert, Nambung WA | Google Maps

The Pinnacles are the perfect first stop on the way from Perth to Exmouth. Only about 2.5 hours north of Perth you’ll find the spectacular natural limestone formations of the Pinnacles located in the Nambung National Park. 

You can stretch your legs here with an easy 1.2 km (return) stroll to the Desert View Lookout which is a signed track meandering through the pinnacles before reaching the lookout.

Alternatively, you can drive the signed track through the Pinnacles which is a 4km loop track that will take you past the Desert View lookout and further into the park. 

2. The Lobster Shack, Cervantes

Mouthwatering clam chowder served in a bowl, accompanied by a side of garlic bread at the Lobster Shack, a popular stop on the Perth to Exmouth road trip, offering a taste of local cuisine
My delicious food at the Lobster Shack!

RATING: 3.9/5 – with over 1,200 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 198km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 1,057km | 📍LOCATION: 37 Catalonia Street, Cervantes WA | Google Maps

The Lobster Shack is possibly the most famous place to stop for lunch on the way from Perth to Exmouth. It really is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh seafood including Lobster of course, after seeing the Pinnacles. 

There is a semi-enclosed nautical-themed playground here for the kids and a few photo opportunities throughout the building. Sometimes they even have a jumping pillow in the playground!

I’m partial to a seafood chowder here but also can recommend the bucket of Carnarvon prawns. It was huge!

3. Skydive Jurien Bay

Exhilarating skydiving experience over Jurien Bay during the Perth to Exmouth adventure, featuring the jumper (me!) looking down at the stunning ocean below, while the instructor captures a thrilling selfie of the tandem dive

RATING: 4.9/5 – with over 440 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 219km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 1,030km | 📍LOCATION: 65 Bashford Street, Jurien Bay WA | Google Maps

Skydive Jurien Bay is a must-do for thrill seekers driving from Perth to Exmouth. Honestly, if you’re looking for that adrenalin rush why not couple it with the most stunning views of WA’s Turquoise Coast? 

I’ve personally jumped with Skydive Jurien Bay and found the crew professional, engaging, reassuring and knowledgeable. You jump from 14,000 feet, take in the views of the pristine coastline, and land on the soft white beach side of the turquoise coast. How memorable!

4. Sea Lion Tour, Jurien Bay

Scenic ocean view at Jurien Bay, showcasing the beautiful waters where sea lion tours take place during the Perth to Exmouth adventure, offering visitors a chance to encounter majestic marine life up close

RATING: 4.9/5 – with over 360 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 222km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 1,030km | 📍LOCATION: Boat Harbour, Harbour Drive, Jurien Bay WA | Google Maps

Sea Lions could very well be my spirit animal! Sea Lions are rare and animated mammals known as the puppies of the sea due to their friendly and playful nature.

There are several islands in the Jurien Bay Marine Park that Australian Sea Lions inhabit. It is thought there are only 8000 – 10000 left of this rare species. 

Turquoise Safaris are experts on all things Marine life around Jurien Bay and pride themselves on sharing valuable knowledge with their tour guests. 

There are options to snorkel with the Sea Lions or attend as an observer. The vessels are also wheelchair accessible and there is a max of 12 guests on any tour so it’s really personalized.

5. Ellendale Pool, Geraldton

RATING: 4.4/5 – with over 250 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 418km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 880km | 📍LOCATION: Ellendale Pool, Ellendale WA | Google Maps

Ellendale Pool is a scenic natural attraction on the way from Perth to Exmouth. It is located along the Greenough tourist drive approximately 45 minutes southeast of Geraldton. 

You can swim at Ellendale Pool although at your own risk especially when water temperatures are warm due to the risk of bacteria, causing Meningitis. You can camp here, SUP, kayak or canoe. There are picnic tables, BBQ facilities, toilets, and even a children’s playground. 

6. Abrolhos Islands and Pink Lake Flyover Tour, Geraldton

Aerial view of the stunning Abrolhos Islands and vibrant pink lake during a flyover tour departing from Geraldton, offering breathtaking vistas and unique landscapes on the Perth to Exmouth journey

🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 419km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 841km | 📍LOCATION: Brearley Terminal, Moonyoonooka WA | Google Maps

If you’re really looking to elevate your trip from Perth to Exmouth why not include an Abrolhos Islands and Pink Lake Flyover Tour?

Departing Geraldton, this tour captures two unique natural wonders on the Coral Coast of WA. The 122 islands of the Abrolhos and the Pink Lake, also known as Hutt Lagoon.

You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline and might even see playful dolphins or migrating whales frolicking in the ocean below you. 

7. Horrocks Beach, Horrocks

Picturesque view of Horrocks Jetty extending into the serene waters, with a pristine sandy beach in the foreground, captured during the Perth to Exmouth adventure, showcasing the region's coastal charm

RATING: 4.5/5 – with over 50 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 488km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 806km | 📍LOCATION: Horrocks WA | Google Maps

Horrocks is a quaint and cheerful coastal town located approximately 5 hours and 21 minutes north of Perth. It’s known for its scenic swimming beach which was awarded best beach in Australia in 2018.

Horrocks also offers excellent fishing and some fun 4WD tracks nearby. We love how small Horrocks is with just one campground and a general store that serves up epic fish and chips. 

8. Hutt Lagoon Pink Lake, Port Gregory

Vibrant view of Hutt Lagoon Pink Lake in Port Gregory, featuring the striking pink waters in the foreground and a clear blue sky overhead, highlighting the natural wonder on the Perth to Exmouth journey

RATING: 4.7/5 – with over 130 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 513km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 831km | 📍LOCATION: George Gray Drive, Yallabatharra WA | Google Maps

Hutt Lagoon Pink Lake is an iconic attraction near Port Gregory, and a perfect place to stop for photos on a road trip from Perth to Exmouth. The shades of pink change throughout the day depending on the sun but like most places, it’s pretty spectacular at sunrise and sunset. 

This strawberry-pink lake near Kalbarri is about a five-hour drive north of Perth and just over 8 hours south of Exmouth. It’s a popular spot for photographers, tourists and families wanting to see this natural wonder on the way from Perth to Exmouth.

9. Kalbarri National Park, Kalbarri

Impressive view of the Kalbarri Skywalk, extending over the Murchison River, offering visitors a unique vantage point to admire the stunning landscape during their Perth to Exmouth adventure

RATING: 4.7/5 – with over 700 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 570km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 789km | 📍LOCATION: Ajana-Kalbarri Road, Kalbarri WA | Google Maps

From Perth to Kalbarri is about 6 hours. It is located off the North West Coastal Highway by about 74 km so I recommend making this an overnighter. In fact, we usually stay two or three nights in Kalbarri on our way from Perth to Exmouth.

There is a lot to see and do in Kalbarri but the main attractions in the Kalbarri National Park are:

The views are absolutely incredible over the Murchison River with the beautiful ombre red, and orange colors of the gorges as a backdrop. If you’re looking for free camping in Kalbarri on your way from Perth to Exmouth check out the best spots in my guide.

10. Shell Beach, Shark Bay

Close-up view of the unique Shell Beach in Shark Bay, Denham, revealing millions of tiny shells that create the picturesque shoreline during the Perth to Exmouth adventure, showcasing the area's natural beauty

RATING: 4.6/5 – with over 145 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 779km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 639km | 📍LOCATION: Off Shark Bay Road, Francois Peron National Park WA | Google Maps

Shell Beach in Shark Bay, Denham is literally a beach of shells. It truly is a must-see in the Francois Peron National Park. It’s super incredible to experience. It’s called Shell Beach because it’s literally made up of shells moving with the tides over millions of years. There is no sand! There are only a few places in the world like this.

You can swim at Shell Beach. Shell Beach is very high in salt (hypersaline) meaning it’s great for buoyancy and floating. So it’s a suitable swimming beach for most abilities.

Shell Bay is on the turnoff from North West Coastal Highway into Shark Bay (Denham). So if you’re planning to do a quick stop take that into account as it’s 85km from the turnoff at NW Coastal Highway to Shell Beach and then 85km back again. I really like Shark Bay, so personally I would see Shell Beach on my way into Shark Bay for an overnighter.

11. Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience, Monkey Mia

Captivating view of dolphins gracefully swimming in the waters of Monkey Mia, offering visitors an unforgettable encounter with marine life during their Perth to Exmouth journey

RATING: 4.1/5 – with over 2,000 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 850km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 708km | 📍LOCATION: 1 Monkey Mia Road, Monkey Mia WA | Google Maps

Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in Western Australia for many years. 

I’ve personally enjoyed it many times since I was a young child. What I love about it as I get older is the focus on sustainability and the need to protect the dolphins from relying on human contact and food. 

The dolphins are offered food a couple of times in the morning from 7:45 am – 12 noon. I would recommend getting to Monkey Mia around 7:30 am. However, they frequently visit the shallows throughout the whole day. 

Remember they are wild animals so they call the shots! 

Last year when we visited our highlight was actually viewing a female turtle swimming in the shallows and close to the jetty away from the crowds!

12. Fruit Loop Drive Trail & Cactus Garden, Carnarvon

A person proudly holding a ripe mango, highlighting the fresh and delicious produce available along the Fruit Loop Drive Trail in Carnarvon during the Perth to Exmouth adventure, showcasing the region's agricultural abundance

RATING: 4.7/5 – with over 1,000 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 191km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 1,073km | 📍LOCATION OF FRUIT LOOP DRIVE TRAIL: Pick up a map at Carnarvon Visitor Centre, 21 Robinson Street, Carnarvon WA | Google Maps | 📍LOCATION OF CACTUS GARDEN: 375 S River Road, South Plantations WA | Google Maps

Carnarvon is a massively underrated tourist destination in my opinion. Some of the BEST fresh produce in our state comes from Carnarvon and if you haven’t tried dried mangoes from Morel’s Orchard, you should!

The Fruit Loop Trail covers around 26 km and takes a full day but includes incredible tropical fruit plantations and banana plantations in Carnarvon and heaps of opportunities to enjoy refreshments and take a couple of holiday snaps.

The Cactus Garden in Carnarvon has been quite the Instagram-famous stop-off on the way from Perth to Exmouth and it’s easy to see why. Cactus lovingly grown over many years by gardener Robert Westcott make the perfect backdrop for your holiday snaps.

13. Turtle Eco Tour, Coral Bay

Beautiful turtle swimming gracefully in the water during a Turtle Eco Tour in Coral Bay, offering visitors an incredible opportunity to observe marine life up close on their Perth to Exmouth journey

RATING: 4.7/5 – with over 95 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 1,122km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 153km | 📍LOCATION: 4 Robinson Street, Coral Bay WA | Google Maps

Coral Bay is only about an hour south of Exmouth. It’s a wonderful last stop on your way from Coral Bay to Exmouth. 

I have such fond memories of splashing around in the pristine turquoise waters as a child and since then have enjoyed kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling on the Ningaloo Reef.

The Ningaloo Reef is a heritage-listed marine park which means sea life is healthy and thriving. This means turtles too! This tour allows you to view these majestic ancient creatures as they enjoy their natural habitat. 

You can enjoy a snorkel if you choose to, otherwise, you can view the turtles in Coral Bay from the Glass Bottom Boat Tour. 

🏩Best Accommodation From Perth To Exmouth

Are you looking for somewhere to stay on the way between Perth to Exmouth? Here are my top suggestions for Best Accommodation From Perth To Exmouth:

1. RAC Cervantes Holiday Park

Joyful moment of a man holding a child in the swimming pool at RAC Cervantes Holiday Park, teaching the toddler to swim during their Perth to Exmouth adventure, creating cherished family memories
Enjoying the swimming pool at RAC Cervantes Holiday Park

RATING: 8.9/10 – with over 130 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 197km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 1,056km |📍LOCATION: 35 Aragon Street, Cervantes WA | Google Maps

RAC Cervantes Holiday Park is such a great spot to stop on the way from Perth to Exmouth if you are wanting to break up your trip. Cervantes is a short 2 hours and 30 minutes north of Perth and makes the perfect base for exploring Cervantes and the Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park.

My family has stayed here a few times and we love the super clean, well-appointed cabins, modern games room, and the massive pool. It’s a short stroll to the town beach and there is a cafe at reception so you can grab a caffeine hit in the morning before continuing your road trip from Perth to Exmouth.

Don’t forget to visit the Lobster Shack Cervantes and the local pub if you stay here! Learn more about the drive from Perth to Cervantes! 

“Cabin was nice and cool when we arrived and had everything we needed. Outdoor verandah overlooking pool was nice for a cuppa or breakfast.” -Lin (read more reviews)

2. Sunset Beach Holiday Park

RATING: 7.8/10 – with over 550 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 414km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 833km |📍LOCATION: 4 Bosely Street, Geraldton WA | Google Maps

Last time I stayed here with my family I was blown away by the size of the cabin! It fit us all comfortably, with a separate lounge area and a balcony and parking right beside the cabin.

Geraldton can be pretty underrated as a destination in my opinion as there is lots to do here and some epic fishing grounds.  

Sunset Beach Holiday Park is in a fantastic spot, within walking distance of the beach and slightly out of town but still close to a supermarket and bottle shop, etc. 

It has all the facilities you’d expect from a decent holiday park including a jumping pillow and playground for the kids.

This place is good value and well worth a stop-over so you can explore attractions in Geraldton.

“Staff was helpful and friendly Great location literally open door and beach is there didn’t hear much noise from busy traffic Cabin was clean and comfortable Definitely want to return in future.” -Bianca (see more reviews)

3. Wooramel River Retreat

RATING: 4.5/5 – with over 360 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 775km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH: 477km |📍LOCATION: North West Coastal Highway, Carnarvon WA | Google Maps

Wooramel River Retreat is the perfect stop for the night before you arrive in Exmouth. It is only 4 hours and 47 minutes south of Exmouth (477 km). It makes your last driving day really easy. We also love it because it is located right on the highway so it doesn’t add any extra distance or drive time to your journey.

Wooramel River Retreat has unpowered campsites, permanent safari tents, and even some donger-style rooms with power. The great thing about booking the rooms is no setup is required so you can leave all your gear packed for Exmouth.

There is an epic new camp kitchen as well as a cafe here. Camp hosts usually put on meals a few times a week and it’s a great social gathering. (Pre-book meals in peak periods).

Wooramel is unique in that it has warm artesian pools/baths. It makes for the perfect spot to take in the sunset and enjoy a beer. 

However, I’ll let you in on a little secret… if you want them to yourself go early in the morning and catch the sunrise instead.

There is also a 4WD journey you can take at Wooramel which is a 70km self-paced drive around the station and includes a visit to an historical shearing shed.

Wooramel is a must to include on your Perth to Exmouth itinerary!

🏨Best Accommodation In Exmouth

Looking for where to stay in Exmouth? Here are my top 3 recommendations for Best Accommodation In Exmouth:

1. Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

RATING: 8.7/10 – with over 770 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 1,253km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH TOWN CENTRE: 2km |📍LOCATION: Madaffari Drive, Exmouth WA | Google Maps

Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort is the only luxury resort in Exmouth. It’s an understated 4.5-star luxurious property carefully set into the landscape of Sunrise Beach in Exmouth. 

Mantarays Restaurant is the perfect place to soak up the ambiance of tropical beachfront sunsets in comfort. The last time I was here I couldn’t resist the Coffin Bay Oysters, Mignonette with the signature Club Mulla Mulla cocktail. So much so, I went back two days in a row!

The staff are super friendly and the food and cocktails are to die for. You don’t even need to be a guest to visit Mantarays Resort for a dining experience or afternoon cocktail.

The resort has a few different options for accommodation including superior rooms, bungalows and apartments so this resort really caters to singles, couples, and families. 

It also features a resort-style swimming pool, children’s pool, gymnasium, and laundry room/laundry service.

“A beautiful setting, very relaxing around the pool and great friendly service.” -Mark (see more reviews)

2. RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park

Curious child standing and gazing at the fascinating exhibits inside the Ningaloo Aquarium and Discovery Centre in Exmouth, sparking their imagination and sense of wonder
Ningaloo Aquarium and Discovery Centre is directly across the road from the RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park which makes the location super handy!

RATING: 7.9/10 – with over 300 positive reviews! | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 1,253km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH TOWN CENTRE: 700m |📍LOCATION: 3 Truscott Crescent, Exmouth WA | Google Maps

RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park is a fantastic accommodation in Exmouth option for couples, families and grey nomads. 

We love it because of the two massive swimming pools catering to toddlers and adults with varying depths and family showers/baths and toilets close by.

The pool is right next to a state-of-the-art camp kitchen which honestly, probably has more kitchen tech than my own home. 

There is also an enclosed playground, tour and information desk, and kiosk/shop. A super handy spot to just grab ice creams or a bag of ice without leaving camp.

It is also conveniently located a short walk into town to enjoy the Exmouth Water Spray Ground. My kids absolutely love this, it’s great for babies, toddlers, and older children. It is a fully-fenced playground with picnic benches and tables nearby if you want to spend a few hours here.

Right across the road from the RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park is the Ningaloo Aquarium and Discovery Centre. So it really is the most central and convenient place to stay if you’re camping in Exmouth. There are also chalets and cabins if you’re not the camping sort.

“Staff were very helpful and friendly. Pools are very clean. Cabin was compact, clean and comfortable.” -Thomas (see more reviews)

3. 10 Tuatog Street House And Unit – Seperate Self-Contained Unit

Tired but satisfied men unloading a boat in the driveway of an Exmouth holiday home, after a long day of fishing and enjoying the area's abundant marine life
We found the drive-through driveway at 10 Tuatog Street super handy, especially for my husband who is a questionable reverser at the best of times! 😂

RATING: 8.5/10 | 🌏DISTANCE FROM PERTH: 1,253km | 🌏DISTANCE FROM EXMOUTH TOWN CENTRE: 1.5km |📍LOCATION: 10 Tautog Street, Exmouth WA | Google Maps

10 Tuatog Street is a fairly basic holiday home, with 4 bedrooms and a fully fitted kitchen and oven, but I thought it was perfect for our last family holiday to Exmouth. My brother and his girlfriend used the separate granny flat, while our family stayed in the main house.

It has a drive-through driveway which was perfect for our cars and for towing the boat through, and it also had a fish-filleting station which meant we had somewhere to process all the fish we caught after a long day out on the boat! It also has a washing machine and clothesline and is quite close to the center of Exmouth.

I liked staying at this holiday home, and I would gladly stay here again if I was looking for somewhere simple and affordable in Exmouth.

“Very happy with the property and service and would gladly book another holiday stay in this property.” -Victor (see more reviews)

FAQs Perth To Exmouth Road Trip

Can I Drive From Perth To Exmouth?

Yes, you can drive from Perth to Exmouth. It takes 12 hours and 52 minutes to drive from Perth to Exmouth on the most direct route. This route is 1,252 km.  

There is a lot to see on the way from Perth to Exmouth so I personally would recommend slowing down and stopping to see some of the attractions on the way.

Is Exmouth Worth Visiting?

Yes, Exmouth is 100% worth visiting. Exmouth is an exceptional holiday destination for backpackers, grey nomads, couples, and families. Exmouth has lots of scenic attractions, leisure activities, and adventure activities to enjoy. 

The town has plenty of boutique shopping, two IGA’s, lots of options to hire boats, snorkeling equipment, an epic water playground, local markets, and even a couple of awesome breweries right in town.

For the best beers and fun vibes visit:
Frothcraft Brewery
Whalebone Brewing Co

What Is Between Perth And Exmouth?

Between Perth and Exmouth there are many coastal towns such as Cervantes, Jurien Bay, Shark Bay (Denham) and Coral Bay. 

You’ll see a changing landscape including sprawling agricultural vistas, rocky limestone coastal outcrops, and the expansive Lancelin sand dunes before getting into the northwest red dirt also known as Pindan to local Aboriginal communities.

There are desert-like flat expanses as well as deep gorges and mountains. Given you are covering a distance of 1,252 km it isn’t surprising how varied the landscape is.

Along the journey, you’ll catch glimpses of the ocean near Ledge Point and Lancelin and enjoy many coastal town stop-overs. 

There are very active ports in places such as Geraldton and plenty of options to explore further off the highway including places like Kalbarri and Shark Bay (Denham).

There are many stations that offer station stays. This can be a really great way to enjoy regional hospitality on your way from Perth to Exmouth. 

As you near Exmouth you’ll enjoy the spectacular coastal town of Coral Bay as you start to explore the Ningaloo Coast region. 

Along the way, you will spot lots of native flora and flora including kangaroos, emus, and camels. You’ll probably also encounter livestock such as sheep, goats, and cattle. 

Wildflowers are abundant seasonally each year with the best time to view is June- October depending on rainfall. 

My personal favorite wildflowers near Exmouth are the vibrant Sturt desert pea, Mulla Mulla, and paper daisies but you’ll see many more. 

How Many Days Should You Spend In Exmouth?

You can definitely see the highlights of Exmouth within a few days. However, I would absolutely recommend spending a minimum of 7 days in Exmouth. 

Cape Range National Park is located on the west side of the North West Cape. The entrance to the park is approximately a 40-minute drive. Traveling to Yardi Creek through Cape Range National Park takes approximately another half an hour however you will want to stop and explore the following along the way:
Oyster Stacks
Turquoise Bay (Best place for drift snorkeling)
Yardie Creek and Mangrove Bay

On the eastern side of Cape Range, you’ll find Shothole Canyon and Charles Knife Gorge. Only about 20 km from Exmouth but the track is very rugged and you’ll require a vehicle with good clearance if not a 4WD. 

So as you can see, exploring around Exmouth covers a fair distance and takes time to really get to all the sights. You’ll also want to enjoy a few of our recommended tours and some relaxation time so 7 days minimum allows for everything.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Exmouth?

The best time to visit Exmouth is between March-October. This also aligns with being able to swim with the whale sharks in Exmouth which you can usually do between March-August. 

Exmouth enjoys warm temperatures in the winter months and conditions are generally favorable for boating, fishing, and other watersports including surfing.

If you are specifically wanting to see wildflowers in Exmouth it will be best to visit slightly later in the season from June-October. 

What Are Some Other Things To Do In Exmouth?

There are so many wonderful attractions in Exmouth. The town itself has plenty of boutique shops, cafes, breweries, and up-market restaurants to enjoy.

If you are taking your kids to Exmouth it’s a really easy town to walk or cycle around. There are usually markets on the weekend in the park featuring lots of local artists and makers as well as chilled live music. 

There is an epic water playground/water spray park right in town which is the perfect way to cool the kids down and relax for a couple of hours. I say relax because it is fully enclosed… so you actually can! 

Surrounding Exmouth is many scenic things to do including bushwalks, wildflower trails, and spectacular attractions such as Shothole Canyon, Charles Knife Gorge, and of course exploring Cape Range National Park all the way out to Yardie Creek.

There are two visitor centers I would recommend visiting to help plan your stay.

Right in town, on Murat Close (opposite RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park) you’ll find The Ningaloo Visitor Centre. The Aquarium is also in the same building which I consider a must-do activity with kids in Exmouth.

Near the entrance to Cape Range National Park you’ll find the Milyering Discovery Centre. The staff are super knowledgeable about all things Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park. 
There is a fee to visit the national park but it’s SO worth it. However you can pre-purchase an annual parks pass if you’re traveling WA and likely to visit other National Parks. We do this every year as locals and it’s always worth the cost!

There is one more very important thing you must do in Exmouth and that is watch the sunset at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse. It is SO special to look out over the gulf towards the lighthouse surf break and watch the colors change in the sky. 

You’ll likely see whales breaching during migration season from here as well. It gets pretty busy at Vlamingh head lighthouse for sunset so if you want it to yourself go for sunrise instead. 

Summing Up: Perth To Exmouth Road Trip

Perth to Exmouth Is an amazing road trip in WA. It is personally one of my favorite holiday destinations in Australia because it is family-friendly, offers amazing fishing and diving opportunities, and plenty of beautiful spots to relax and enjoy the warm weather.

Snorkeling in Exmouth along the Ningaloo Reef is some of the best snorkeling in the world due to the exceptional health of the reef. If getting in the water isn’t your style you can enjoy viewing the reef via a glass-bottom boat or canoe. 

Wildflower season is very beautiful along the Coral Coast and is a real drawcard to the region. Exmouth is a travel destination that really ticks all the boxes.

I hope you get to see and do everything you want to in Exmouth and I trust you’ll enjoy your journey back to Perth and beyond.

Australia Travel Planning Guide

🚑Should I buy Australian travel insurance?

100% YES! — Australia has “free” healthcare but it’s only for citizens and permanent residents. Foreigners visiting need travel insurance in case anything happens on their visit. I like SafetyWing – their Nomad Insurance starts at just $1.50 USD a day!

🚗Should I rent a car in Australia?

Yes — Renting a car is a necessity in most of Australia! If you want to go on road trips or adventures outside of the major cities, and even if you’re staying in a major city, you’ll want to rent a car. If you are visiting Margaret River, it will be even more important that you hire a car, you’ll need it to be able to get around and see all the great attractions and wineries!

🏨What’s the best way to book my Australian accommodation?

My go-to for Australian hotels is Booking.com. Pretty much all registered accommodation use Booking.com (but not necessarily any of the other major booking platforms), and even most of the holiday homes and caravan parks use Booking.com too!

If you’re planning a trip to Australia where you will stay at multiple locations, it’s super handy to have all your accommodation listed in one place, and accommodation owners like Booking.com because it’s easy to contact the guests using the messaging platform if the guest has an international phone number.

I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit to Margaret River!