Story: Bullara Station – Exmouth
Airdate: Ep 7, 25 August, 2019
Presenter: Carmen Braidwood
Carmen takes us on the road for the final part of her Coral Coast Highway road trip, and introduces us to Exmouth.
- Heading further north now, the drive from Bullara Station to Exmouth is only 90km, yet the change in scenery is just spectacular.
- The razor backed ridges and multi-coloured gores of Charles Knife Canyon are the perfect place to stop for a closer look. Sitting at 320 metres above sea level, the same height as the Eiffel Tower, you won’t truly appreciate the size of this range until you are on top of it.
- Next up, visit the Shot Hole Canyon and take a 12km scenic drive along the floor of the gorge. It is incredible and showcases the three differing rock layers that make up the walls to the gorge.
- The name ‘Shot Hole’ is derived from the shot holes left in the terrain following the explosive charges set for seismic studies during oil exploration work in the early 1950s.
- If visiting between August to October, the canyon bursts into colour with green scrub land coming to life with an abundance of wildflowers, including many species unique to the area.
- At the end of the Coral Coast Highway is Exmouth, our final destination. Visit the Ningaloo Centre where you can absorb as much information as you desire on the world heritage status of Ningaloo.
- Be sure to visit the brand new Ningaloo Aquarium and Discovery Centre. Here, you will experience the amazing biodiversity and colours of the reef in the area, without getting wet.
- Another must-see is the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse. Built in 1912, the lighthouse is located 17km north of the Exmouth town site, overlooking Lighthouse Bay on the northernmost tip of the Cape Range. It has the distinction of being one of the few places in Australia where you can watch the sun rise and set over the ocean. With spectacular views of Ningaloo Reef, you may be lucky to see humpback whales migrating south from the vantage point on the hill.
- Finally we finish our trip at the world famous Turquoise Bay in Exmouth. This beach attracts water lovers from all over the world, to take a dip and drift dive along the reef with easy access right from the shoreline. It is one of the spots that deserves to be on your bucket list.
Did you know that you can book special one-way drive packages with AVIS car rental between Perth and Exmouth for a huge reduction in relocation fees? For more information visit www.australiascoralcoast.com/page/fly-drive-coral-coast-highway