How many reasons are there to take the kids to Exmouth, Western Australia?
The town of Exmouth, half way up the long Western Australian coast, is a great family holiday spot and the gateway to the pristine Ningaloo Reef. It might be small, but it has a full range of accommodation, sunny warm weather all the year round and so much for families to do.
See the reef in a glass-bottomed boat
Up in Exmouth itís all about the water and there are so many different trips to pick from. The best one with young kids would be the glass bottom boat trips with Ningaloo Ecology Cruises - through the glass in the middle of the boat youíll see the coral reef, endless numbers of fish and usually some green sea turtles too.
Send your big kids up in the sky
A highlight of the Exmouth region is taking a microlight flight over the Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park. Teens will be thrilled to have this once-in-a-lifetime thrill - a microlight is kind of like a hang-glider with a seat and a motor and going up with one of the Birds Eye View pilots is an incredible experience.
Stay overnight on a cattle station
Bullara Cattle Station, a half-hour drive from Exmouth, is so enormous that itís actually the size of Belgium. Mind-blowing, right? The owners have also turned some of the old shearerís quarters into accommodation as well as adding other buildings and itís a great place to stay with kids - especially if you arrive at muster season and get to see a whole lot of cattle in one place!
Watch emu dads in action
Emus are famed for wandering around the Exmouth township and youíre just as likely to spot a live emu family even before you see the streets signs warning you about them! Emus are quite special because itís the fathers who take care of chicks and you may see an emu dad being followed by half a dozen stripy emu chicks.
Spend a day in Coral Bay
Less than a two-hour drive south is the smaller holiday town of Coral Bay, which is worth a day trip (or another place to stay if youíre on a driving tour). The big attraction at Coral Bay is the main beach and the fact that from the shore itís just a short wade out to the start of the Ningaloo Reef.