Ningaloo Marine Park, Exmouth
Australia is at its best when it is at its wildest point and on this seemingly endless stretch of beach near the city of Exmouth, on the border with Western Australia, Kangaroos and Emus outnumber tourists by a wide margin. Squeezed between Ningaloo Reef, a mecca of SCUBA and the whale shark hot spot, and the Cape Range National Park, this row of sun-bleached sand stands alone in every way. The water here is warm and full of life. the Exmouth diving center rent snorkeling equipment for aspiring Cousteaus eager to find the unlikely name of Wobbegong, a delicately tasselled and harmless shark that toils in the smooth ocean. The city can be quiet at night, a perfect excuse to stop over some oysters or a loin Roo in Whalers Restaurant, a true interior steakhouse.
Where to stay: The Novotel Ningaloo It offers the most refined rooms in the city for $ 280, as well as a view to the east and north, to East Timor and Indonesia. For a more homely option, go to the Hotel Potshot Resort, which offers apartment style accommodation for $ 200. (It should be noted that the hotel was named after a World War II operation that involved US submarines, not their trigger neighbors).
Get there: The best way to get to the remote area of Exmouth is to fly to Learmonth Airport not far south. A rental car It makes getting and leaving the beach much easier.
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