Originally constructed in the 1960’s to service an American military base strategically situated on the North West Cape, Exmouth has now become a town in its own right and a launching pad for exploring the spectacular Ningaloo Reef, the largest fringing reef in the world. Diving, snorkeling, glass bottomed boating or just crouching in the water wearing a face mask, everyone can experience the wonders of Ningaloo.
Sitting on the edge of the pristine Exmouth Gulf framed by the red and rugged Cape Range, Exmouth’s location is spectacular. With Perth 1260km or two days drive away visitors are not disappointed. Every year, in the winter months when the weather is mild and the water crystal clear so many visitors arrive that the town’s resident population of 2100 swells to double and triple that number.
The temperature ranges from a December to March average of 37 °C to a May to August average of 24 °C. Water temperatures of up to 31° C in the summer cool to an acceptable minimum of 19°C in the winter.
Exmouth is currently a place of opportunity. Tourism is the largest industry in the region and eco tourism sensitive to the fragile environment has experienced the most growth. Hospitality, accommodation and fishing are also steady contributors to the economy.
Significant oil and gas production occurs offshore in the Carnarvon basin and in the Exmouth Gulf. Demand for services to the oil and gas industry is growing and the State Government is looking to expand the Exmouth marina to accommodate the provisioning of industry supply boats.
Construction is underway on the Exmouth Marina Village, a series of residential canals fronting on to foreshore hospitality and retail outlets.