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    Powder white sand and crystal clear water

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Yep, the water is that clear and blue!
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    Turquoise Bay is about a 60 km drive south of Exmouth. It is a pristine place to swim and snorkel with marine life that is only metres from the shore.

    A great way to see under the sea is to drift snorkel. Just head south from the beach for about 300 metres. Jump in and swim straight out about 30 to 50m and let the current take you along in a northerly direction. As you snorkel you'll drift over coral bombies. You can hop out near the sand bar north of the bay.

    Turquoise Bay can have strong currents so please check the tidal movements before diving in. You need to be a reasonably good swimmer.

    And please remember not to touch the corals and beware of fin damage.

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    Whale Shark ahoy!!

    by Gillybob Updated Aug 16, 2007

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    The mighty whale shark - a magical encounter

    Exmouth's largest visitor attraction, snorkelling with the world's largest fish, has to be one of the biggest adrenalin rushes I've enjoyed.

    Spending the morning snorkelling the outer edge of Ningaloo Reef, enjoying lunch and then sitting waiting with baited breath until a sighting happens before jumping into the water and snorkelling alongside a giant of the sea - anticipation, excitement, joy, you name it!!

    Most companies will offer you the same tour. Pick-up early morning from your accommodation and taken to the tour operator's office for a briefing session or straight to Tantabiddi boat ramp where rubber dingys take you out to the tour boat (be prepared to wade out to the dingys - there's no dry access here).

    Once on board, its time to don the apparel of the day - the wetsuit (always a joy for me and a great opportunity to start making friends who are willing to provide the extra pairs of hands required to complete this task)! Whilst you're doing your stretching exercises and finding a place for all the extra inches, the boat captain takes you out to the open sea and up the gulf. The morning is likely to include a snorkel on the outer edge of Ningaloo's Reef before going through a gap in the reef to anchor up in the calm for lunch.

    Then its down to the real business of the day - out into the open water and waiting for the spotter planes. With baited breath, you catch each time the radio cuts in for an update "Is it a whale shark?" you'll ask yourself. Eventually, a scramble to get the boat to the right location and, hopefully, be first 'on the shark' which gives you the priority. Then its the mass dash into the sea and out to your in-water spotter who swims alongside the whale shark and marks its location for you to join in one of the most maginificent sights the sea can offer.

    Oh, and if you're just a bit on the bigger side than most (like myself) don't be too worried about getting back into the boat quickly - these guys take one grab of your wetsuit and you're back on board before you know it!!!!

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    Sunset Sightings!

    by Gillybob Updated Aug 16, 2007

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    Sunset views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
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    One of the best places to take in the sunsets around Exmouth has to be from the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse car park. Here, the view over the gulf is magnificent and the multitude of colours will take your breath away.

    Built in 1912 after the wrecking of the Mildura in 1907, the light was lit on 10 December 1912 and this warning becon remained in operation, warning sailors of the dangers in the region, until 1967. Since then, there have been many plans for the lighthouse and public tours are hoped for but Cyclone Vance, having created Australia's mainland wind speed record, damaged the lighthouse during its visit in 1999. Public tours to the lighthouse are not currently happening but its still worth a trip up here at the end of the day for some great views and beautiful sunsets.

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    Snorkel with the Turtles

    by Gillybob Updated Aug 16, 2007

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    Cape Range National Park

    Ningaloo Reef Retreat has an excellent snorkel with the turtles tour. If you want to spend a day visiting this wonderful eco retreat, what better way than to enjoy a snorkel or two on this secluded beach? With free transfers from Exmouth, the day starts with pick-up at around 8:30am. Upon arrival, you will be kitted out with the necessary equipment (if you don't already have your own) before heading out for a morning of snorkeling.

    The snorkeling at Ningaloo Reef Retreat is very good. The Retreat has exclusive use of their beach where there are colonies of staghorn coral as close as just 10 metres from the beach. You will be taken out by an experienced snorkel guide who will point out all the different corals and fish. If you've never snorkelled before, this is a great tour on which to learn; the staff will give you some pre-snorkel information and instruction before you set off on this easy snorkel during which you will see schools of convict surgeonfish, damselfish, parrotfish as well as turtles and even possibly a reef shark or two. Listen carefully and you might even hear the fish munching on the coral!!

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    Snorkelling off Tantabiddi Beach

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Snorkelling off Tantabiddi Beach
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    These underwater pictures were taken with a Canon A70 digital camera in a custom underwater housing. The hardest part is keeping the camera steady and trying to remain still in the water while snorkelling.

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    Snorkelling off Tantabiddi Beach

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Ningaloo Ecology Cruise
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    The Ninagaloo Ecology Cruise will drive you from Exmouth to Tanatabiddi Beach where you will be taken in a glass bottom boat to check out the exquisite coral reef.

    You will see enormous underwater coral bombies and a huge variety of marine life. There is also plenty of time allowed for some sensational snorkelling.

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    Snorkeling at Coral Bay Beach

    by Myndo Updated Apr 30, 2004

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    fish at coral bay

    Coral Bay is a small town, an excellent place to spend a few quiet days and relax.

    It has a reef very close to the beach (hence the name), actually it starts right 5m from the beach. And it is really beautiful, like swimming in a zoo aquarium.

    You can rent some wetsuits there, which is good, when the water isn´t that warm yet and it is easier to swim, too. 4 hours are only 7 AUS.
    Also ask from where the current comes, so you can get in and swim with it (not against it).

    The only things to be cautious are the glass bottom boats that are also in thet area and that you don´t end up to far from the beach (which is easy, because there are so many things to see in the water that you forget to look up).

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    Yardie Creek.

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Black Footed Wallaby.

    Yardie Creek is approximately 38 kilometres south of the Milyering Visitor Centre along the Yardie Creek Road. There is a 500 metre (½ hour return) walk that meanders high above the gorge's vertical red rock walls and overlooks Yardie Creek.

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    Keep a look out for local fauna

    by Purpleshade Updated May 14, 2008

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    Sea eagles nest in strange places.
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    There are lots of kangaroos and emus, which are so large you can't miss them. But there is also much other local wildlife. if you're lucky you may see abush turkey.
    Anywhere that you stay, you are likely to find lizards running around outside at night, sometimes during daylight too. The Ta-ta lizard is so called beacuse when startled, it sometimes stands still with one front paw raised as if waving goodbye.
    Sea eagles like to nest in high places, and have the ability to build a nest that doesn't fall off even the smallest ledge.
    Parrots gather in large flocks and roost on telephone/electricity cables.
    Termites build giant hills which seem to spring up overnight. each has the little 'knob' on top which is their look out point.

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    Snorkelling off Tantabiddi Beach

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Snorkelling off Tantabiddi Beach
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    These underwater pictures were taken with a Canon A70 digital camera in a custom underwater housing. The hardest part is keeping the camera steady and trying to remain still in the water while snorkelling.

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    Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
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    Navigation along the north west coast had long been known to be one of the most hazardous coastlines in this part of the world. The wrecking of the Mildura off North West Cape in 1907 is a testament to these treacherous shores.

    A Board of Enquiry was established in 1907 and the lighthouse was completed in 1912.

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    Whale Watching

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Southern Right Whale
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    The Exmouth Diving Centre will take you out on their boat to the Exmouth Gulf so you can observe migrating Southern Right Whales which come here to feed and breed. Another popular tour is to go snorkelling with the majestice manta rays.

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    Whale Shark Festival

    by Purpleshade Written May 6, 2007

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    Australian bush dancing
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    The Whale Shark Festival is one of the towns' major annual events held in May when the whale sharks migrate along the coast.
    It's a three day event with all day activites on the oval and around town, live band with Australian bush dancing Saturday evening.

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    Swimming with the Whale Sharks...

    by Rachel333 Written Jul 10, 2003

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    Gentle graceful creatures

    This is one experience I will never forget. After waking up nice and early and being picked up from our camp at 8am we were taken to Tantabiddi Landing where we piled into a dingy and got taken to our boat for the day.

    I didn't know quite how it would work at first and was a little nervous at the thought of swimming with the huge creatures out in the middle of the ocean.

    After getting fitted for snorkels, flippers and wetsuits we embarked on a bit of snorkelling. The water was quite murky as the day was windy but we could still see some beautiful coral and amazing fishes!

    After a few false alarms of whale shark sightings we relaxed in the sun.

    Another sighting and this time it was for real! The crew were madly preparing for the swim, and we all sat anxiously in our gear ready to jump off the boat.

    As I jumped in the water there was so much excitement my heart was racing. As soon as I saw the 6 to 7 metre whale shark cruising by me my jaw dropped and i starred in amazement. He was so placid and gentle, hardly moving but with so much power.

    We swam with him 2 more times after this then had to go back to land.

    We have a video of our experience which I will cherish forever. If you ever have the chance to experience this DO NOT HESITATE!

    The best ever!
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    World War II radar

    by robertgaz Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Radar tower
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    During World War II the North West Cape became a refuelling depot for US Navy ships and their airforce built a base at Learmonth. The RAAF still makes use of the Learmonth air base and the old naval base is still used by the Australian Navy.

    A radar post was built near Vlamingh Head Lighthouse but it was destroyed by a cyclone in 1953. The current radar tower is a replica and was constructed in 2001.

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