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Published November 24th 2016
A heap of free things to see and do in sunny Exmouth
Exmouth is a beautiful part of Western Australia that is situated on the doorstep to the World Heritage Ningaloo Coast. If you're looking for a holiday with plenty of budget-friendly things to do, here are some free things you can do in and around Exmouth.
Water Sprayground The interactive water sprayground is a great little spot in Exmouth's Town Centre. It is the perfect place for little kids to cool off on a hot day, with sprinklers, jet sprays, a whale water fountain and water guns to spray each other with. Address: Federation Park, Exmouth Town Centre. Opening hours: 9am to 6pm daily.
Situated 17km from the Exmouth Town Centre, the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse is easily the best lookout over Ningaloo Reef. It's a wonderful spot to watch the sunset from and you might even spot a humpback whale during June to November. Address: Lot 2, Yardie Creek Road, North West Cape.
The Vlamingh Head Lighthouse (pic: Exmouth Visitor Centre Facebook.)
Visit the 'clothing optional' beach Mauritius Beach is located about 21km from the Exmouth Town Centre, but it's well worth the drive if you love to get nude on the beach. It's a great place for fishing, an all-over suntan and a cheeky skinny dip. Address: Yardie Creek Road, Exmouth.
Jurabi Turtle Centre At the Jurabi Turtle Centre, about 20km from the Exmouth town centre, you can learn all about the local turtles, their nesting habits and behaviours, and learn how you can make a difference to conserving these tiny reptiles. Nesting season runs from November to March. Address: Yardie Creek Road, North West Cape. Opening hours: Open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The SS Mildura was a cattle steamer carrying a cargo of livestock to Fremantle when it sunk off the North West Cape of WA. The wreck is clearly visible from the shore, although diving is not recommended. It is located 17km from the town centre. Address: Mildura Wreck Road, Exmouth
The SS Mildura Wreck (pic: Exmouth Visitors Centre.)
See the Big Prawn The Big Prawn is Exmouth's iconic landmark. It is a four-metre high fibreglass prawn that was donated to the town by local seafood company MG Kailis. Address: Murat Road, opposite the Visitor's Centre.
The Big Prawn (pic: Exmouth Visitor Centre Facebook.)
Shothole Canyon Shothole Canyon is 14km from Exmouth. If you have a four-wheel drive, take a self-guided tour of the canyon base and enjoy the rugged, untouched scenery. Address: Exmouth-Minilya Road, Exmouth.
Thomas Carter Lookout Located 32km out of Exmouth Thomas Carter Lookout is one of the highest points in the Cape Range National Park and provides stunning views of the Exmouth Gulf and the Charles Knife Gorge. The lookout is the starting point of an eight kilometre trail walk from which you can view Shothole Canyon and the Gulf. Address: Charles Knife Road, North Cape.
Krait Monement Exmouth has a military history dating back to World War II, which is evident by the Krait Monument and Potshot Memorial (below.) The Krait Monument is a tribute to Operation Jaywick, a daring shipping raid and sneak attack on the Japanese warships based in Singapore Harbour. The monument is 29km from Exmouth's town centre. Address: Off Minilya-Exmouth Road, south of Exmouth.
Some 32km out of Exmouth, the Potshot Memorial commemorates Operation Potshot, in which a US submarine refuel base was established in 1942. You will find relics and interpretive signs at both memorials. Address: Off Minilya-Exmouth Road, south of Exmouth.