When people talk about Exmouth the things you always hear are whale sharks, snorkelling and beaches and rightly so; so we had to check them all out while up here.
Treks & Tinroofs Exmouth must do's:
- Swim with whale sharks (check out our post below for this adventure)
- 'Drift snorkle' at turquoise bay
- Dinner at Pinocchio's - get the pork belly and ask for an extra crispy bit
- Sunset at the lighthouse - take a chair & a couple of your favourite beverages
- Microlight flight over the reef
What did we get up to while there:
We checked out Yardi Creek Gorge as everyone said it’s a must see when visiting Exmouth. The gorge has red limestone cliffs and a heap of birds and wildlife, including the rare black-footed wallaby, but we didn't see much as we were fending off the flies. You can take a boat cruise along the gorge and there are also walking trails to do. Mr and I decided to do the short walk which was pretty but you don't get to see too much, so we decided to walk some of the longer one to see if we could see more. The trail does recommend wearing proper shoes, and there is a reason for it, thongs are not proper shoes (debatable) as we found out - rookie error. Personally I didn't see the charm, maybe you have to do the boat tour to see the beauty of it all. I think it’s worth spending more time under the water looking at the reef, but that’s only me.
After working up a bit of a sweat we decided to cool off at Turquoise Bay, this is a must visit. I could spend all day, every day here, I thought the water at Winderabandi point at Ningaloo Station was beautiful, well this sure gives it a run for its money. It is very popular and you can see why! Take note of the sign as you enter about the current, as it’s pretty strong. We decided to walk up the beach a fair way and 'drift snorkel'. There is an abundance of fish and life under the water and they are so friendly too. Oyster stacks is also another recommendation from locals but you can only go during a high tide, so check it out if you get the chance. Being in the sun and water all day sure is tiring; sometimes a little siesta is very much needed.
While in Exmouth you must eat a local favourite Pinnochios, we ended up eating there twice. HOLY MOLY- the pork belly was the best pork belly I have ever eaten. It was so huge I could only eat the meat and had to leave the chips and coleslaw on the side. I don't think my description will do it justice, the meat was so juicy and the outside had a slight crust to it, all the fat had rendered out and the crackling was insane. The pizza and pasta are great too, be sure to check it if you're in town.
Exmouth is one of the few places in Western Australia that you can see the sunrise and sunset over the water. The sunrises are worth getting up a little earlier to see them! You can see both from the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse. It’s about 15 minutes’ drive out of town and really is a special spot to watch the changing of day and night. You can even spot whales with a keen eye and some patience. The cape has a big variety from humpbacks to killer whales! We managed to catch our last sunset in Exmouth from the lighthouse and it was seriously hard not to just set up the chairs, open a couple of beverages and just soak up the views.
A little sad to say goodbye to Exmouth as a number of a friends live here and the adventures we have got up to have been incredible, but we couldn’t have thought of a better way to start our trek up to the Kimberley