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.

Isolation brings out the wildlife.

Exmouth is the capitol of the Coral Coast, and all that is fantastic on offer. The Whale shark is the key tourist attraction.

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.

The National Park has a lot to offer; here is a sampling.

Exmouth is a ‘new’ town and the Catholic Church is the dominant religion.

Be sure to check out what the fishing industry has to offer.

The hotels are a mix of the modern and ‘old’.

The Exmouth War Memorial is a modern representation.

On the approach to Exmouth from the south is the Memorial to the HMAS Krait. Be sure to give this a look over.

All visitors will delight in both Exmouth and Turquoise Bay at the nearby National Park.

Diary notes


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course