If there was a ever a town well and truly off the ‘beaten track’ and not unlike Onslow it is Exmouth.
Exmouth is a long way off the main highways. The highway from the ‘coastal road’ to the Exmouth road was without another car passing either way for over 80k. A really great road, but we noticed the absolute lack of other traffic.
The location was first used as a military base in World War II. Admiral James F. Calvert in his memoir, Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine, and Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood in Sink 'Em All, his narrative of Allied submarine warfare, describe its history.
The town was established in 1964 to support the nearby. Beginning in the late 1970s, the town began hosting US Airforce personnel assigned to Learmonth Solar Observatory, a defence science facility jointly operated with Australia's Ionospheric Prediction Service.