Make your own footprints in the silky soft sand at one of Western Australia’s best beaches. This long and uninterrupted stretch of white sand separates the iconic red rock landscape of Cape Range National Park from the emerald lagoons of Ningaloo Marine Park, one of the largest fringing reefs in the world.
Turquoise Bay offers all the ingredients you need for the perfect honeymoon and romantic getaway holiday.
Unwind and sunbathe on the powder-white sand, surf an offshore reef break from Surfers Beach, scuba dive Ningaloo Reef or wade right into the lagoon at Bundegi Beach where you can snorkel above brilliant coral gardens teeming with colourful tropical fish only metres from the shoreline.
Other beachside activities include catamaran cruising, sea kayaking, fishing and glass bottom boat excursions to the outer reef.
Swim alongside the world's largest fish – the whale shark – at Ningaloo Reef and look out for more than 500 species of fish including manta rays, dugong and dolphins.
See coral spawning from March to April, watch whale sharks from April to July and observe humpback whales from June to October.
At Coral Bay, join an eco-tour to spy green and loggerhead turtles nesting from November to January and see turtles hatching from late January to March.
Inland, the rugged gorges and diverse landscape of Cape Range National Park offer a smorgasbord of hiking and four-wheel drive adventures.
Roam the park’s 510km² on foot, quad bike or by four-wheel drive to explore quiet white-sand beaches, vertical cliffs, rugged ochre ranges and vast canyons.
Choose from a network of scenic bushwalking trails including the Mandu Mandu Gorge, Yardie Creek and Lightfoot Heritage trails. Another choice is the popular Thomas Carter trail, a 5km walk that links the Shothole with Charles Knife canyons.
Hike through colourful wildflowers from July to November and peer into small caves and tunnels hidden in cliff faces to see unique cave-dwelling animals.
Spot rare black-footed rock wallabies, red kangaroos, euros and countless species of birds at Yardie Creek, where water trapped by a sand bar offers perfect swimming conditions.
Stroll trails above vertical red rock walls or enjoy a relaxing cruise along the creek.
Sunbathe at Turquoise Bay and enjoy excellent snorkelling just off Bundegi Beach. Pack a picnic and enjoy the dramatic scenery from various lookouts. Cape Range National Park is a half-hour drive from Exmouth.
Less developed than the Great Barrier Reef but much closer to the shoreline, Ningaloo Reef stretches for 280km along the coast of Western Australia.
The reef lies within the 5000km² Ningaloo Marine Park, which stretches south from Bundegi Reef near Exmouth to Amherst Point at Coral Bay.
Here you can see up to 500 species of colourful fish and 220 species of corals, many of which are easily seen just metres from the shore in the shallow waters of the lagoon.
Scuba dive the outer reef to see, dugongs, mantas, huge cod, dolphins, giant whale sharks and humpback whales in season.
These two islands are located just a short boat ride from Exmouth off the tip of the North West Cape. Discover gorgeous white-sand beaches and warm tropical waters.
Go snorkelling and diving over pristine coral gardens to see a huge variety of colourful marine animals.
Discover a selection of the best accommodation options in Exmouth, the closest town to Turquoise Bay…
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
Location: Cape Range National Park, Exmouth
Prices: from AUD1500 per eco-tent
Description: Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive safari camp, hidden in the white sand dunes of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park. Sal Salis features 9 spacious wilderness tents which are just metres from the water’s edge, home to one of the world’s greatest fringing coastal coral reef. Each tent features an en suite natural composting bathroom. Native herb soaps and ecologically sound shampoos are provided. The chef at Sal Salis prepares contemporary cuisine comprised of local ingredients, served in the outdoor dining area with clear views of the Indian Ocean sunset. In the evening kangaroos and wallaroos appear from the bush for their evening graze. The camp’s expert staff offers insight to one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets, Ningaloo Reef. Sal Salis’s ecological principles ensure that guests have a minimal impact on the natural surroundings. Guests can enjoy many unique nature activities, including sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, gorge walks, fishing, and star gazing. The Exmouth Airport is less than a 2-hour drive and the Exmouth town centre it is about one-hour away. Shuttle service is available.
Novotel Ningaloo Resort
Prices: from AUD260 per room
Description: Boasting ocean or marina views from your private balcony, Novotel Ningaloo Resort overlooks Exmouth's stunning Sunrise Beach and offers an infinity pool, restaurant and bar. Guests have direct access to Ningaloo Reef. All accommodation features high ceilings, contemporary furnishings and satellite TV. Each has a private en suite bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. All apartments and villas offer a 2-person spa bath. Guests can workout at the fitness centre and explore the beach and reef. Ningaloo Resort offers a tour desk which books fishing charters, diving and scenic flights. Mantaray's Restaurant serves a delicious buffet breakfast which includes your choice of fruits, pastries or bacon and eggs. The lunch and dinner menu features fresh local seafood, steak and desserts. Ningaloo Resort is located just 5 minutes' drive from Exmouth Golf Club and 10 minutes' drive from Cape Range National Park.
Sea Breeze Resort
Prices: from AUD167 per room
Description: Located 5 km north of Exmouth, Sea Breeze Resort is a unique self-contained property, ideal for visiting the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Marine Park - known for its Whale Shark season. Guests enjoy free WiFi and free parking. Guests have access to a large swimming pool area and a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with BBQ facilities. All are surrounded by a tropical palm garden. Sea Breeze Resort is situated within part of the active Exmouth Naval Base. Scuba diving, snorkelling and whale shark/giant manta ray tours can be booked through reception. All of the spacious rooms feature cooking facilities, a large refrigerator, microwave, tea/coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV with free movie channels. There is a free restaurant shuttle service to take you to nearby local restaurants. A free airport shuttle is also provided. Both shuttles are available upon request.
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The best time to visit Turquoise Bay (and Coral Bay) is in winter, from April to October, when the days are sunny and warm.
Winter temperatures reach an average high of 32°C (89°F) in April, 27°C (80°F) in May, 23°C (73°F) in June and July, rising to 24°C (75°F) in August, 27°C (80°F) in September and 31°C (87°F) in October.
Summer temperatures from November to April can reach as high as 50°C (122°F).
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Turquoise Bay – gateway to Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Reef – is located on the west coast of North West Cape in Western Australia.
The closest town is Exmouth, located about 63km (39mi) north of Turquoise Bay, and about 1270km (789mi) north of the state capital Perth.
The most convenient route to Turquoise Bay, from overseas and interstate, is by air to Perth Airport (PER) followed by a connecting flight to Exmouth Airport (LEA) and then shuttle bus or taxi to Exmouth.
Learmonth Airport (LEA) is located about 36km (22mi) south of Exmouth, about 24 minutes by shuttle bus or taxi.
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Latest update: Turquoise Bay: 22 January, 2020
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