50 Year Celebrations

Building Future Memories

Celebrating 50 years Exmouth & Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt combined with the official opening of the new Ningaloo Centre.

The 50 Year Celebrations takes place on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2017.  

Click here to view the full Event Program

Exmouth: A teenager among towns

It was only when the United States was given permission to build what later became the Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt that the town was born.

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Exmouth town site was proclaimed on 6 December 1963, and construction of the first building commenced in February the next year. The pace of development quickened when the US Navy decided to build its family houses in the town (rather than on the base, where single men were housed). The Australian Government soon recognised that in order to attract sufficient permanent employees to support the Station it would need to provide quality amenities quickly and liberally.

A power station was constructed, bores were sunk and water reticulated around town, streets were sealed and kerbed (unheard of then, in the north west!), and a school, a hospital, a community hall, a library, a swimming pool and a host of other sporting facilities were all built in quick time. Streets underwent a major beautification program and the new town was officially “opened” on the same day as the Station was commissioned: 16 September 1967.

Two major events in one

Construction of the Ningaloo Centre will be finished in 2017, with the formal opening event to coincide with the ‘50 year birthday’ of Exmouth and the Naval Communication Station in September 2017.

Save these dates

The 50 Year Celebrations weekend takes place on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2017.

The program: An exciting array of activities and performances that celebrate Exmouth & the Naval Communication Station H.E.H, are being put together by a local volunteer working group with the Ningaloo Centre literally providing the stage for some elements of these celebrations.

Click here for the outline of activities scheduled for the three day community event.

Ningaloo Centre Opening Event

Time: Friday 15 September 2017, 4.30pm – 8pm

Location: Ningaloo Centre

The official opening event will be an evening fiesta of entertainment, live music and food trucks.  At 5pm join Western Australia Premier, the Hon. Mark McGowan as he officially opens the Ningaloo Centre and seals a new time capsule.

Following the official opening, sit back and be dazzled by the projection art and synchronised pyrotechnics display which will showcase the history of Exmouth. (weather permitting)

Click here to view the event flyer for the Ningaloo Centre Opening Event.

Party in the Park, Float Parade & Dive in Movies

Time: Saturday 16 September 2017, 12pm

Location: Federation Park

There will be plenty of fun for everyone with markets, music, food vans, birthday cake and kids entertainment.  Special guest Captain Barnacle from the Octonauts will keep the kids entertained along with face painting, sand sculpture workshops and Old Macdonald's Travelling Farm.

Exmouth District High School students have added a local twist to the celebrations with the assistance of creative powerhouse Paula Hart.  Line the street and cheer on the students as they march with their floats down Maidstone Crescent.

The Paltridge Memorial Swimming Pool will be open from 12 pm with the aqua run from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and a family feature classic dive-in movie starting at 7pm.

Click here to view the event flyer for the Party in the Park.

Family Beach Day

Time: Sunday 17 September 2017, 10am - 1pm

Location: Town Beach

Join the fun on Town Beach from 10am with events for the whole family and plenty of prizes up for grabs.  Organise a team for the Tug of War, show off your paddling skills in the SUP Board Race, play a game of bubble soccer or simply grab a coffee while you enjoy the flotilla of decorated boats cruise down the Exmouth Gulf.

Click here to view the event flyer for Family Beach Day.

To find out more information or to register for the Tug of War, SUP Board Race or Boat Flotilla Parade email hilaryve@me.com

Military Ball

50 Year Celebrations Military Ball

Time: Saturday 16 September 2017, 6.30pm – midnight

Location: Community Centre, Ningaloo Centre

Entry: Tickets $180 per person inside seating, $150 per person outside seating

Click here to view the flyer and ticket booking information for the Military Ball.

Click here to view the Menu for Military Ball dinner.


Frequently Asked Questions


Why are we having a Military Ball?

The Military Ball is a community event that recognises the historical and ongoing importance of defence in the Exmouth community.  Exmouth and the Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt are turning 50 on 16 September this year and the Military Ball is a fantastic opportunity for the Exmouth community and Defence personnel to celebrate this milestone at a gala event.


Where can I get more information about the menu and entertainment?

Information is available on the Shire website at www.exmouth.wa.gov.au.  This includes the menu, which has been prepared by local caterers, Whalers Restaurant.


How can I purchase tickets? 

There are 240 tickets available for the event.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.trybooking.com/qzqo.  Ticket purchases can be made from midday on Friday, 25 August, 2017. Only four tickets can be purchased at a time to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be part of the event. If you do not have access to the internet, a friend may be able to assist you.


How much are the tickets?

Tickets are $180 each for inside seating or $150 each for outside seats.  Those sitting outside will receive the same food and beverage menu, however they will have to go inside to access the dance floor.

The ticket price covers the cost of food and premium beverages for the ball.  This includes a three course meal, canapes and champagne on arrival, wine, beer and soft drinks.  There will also be entertainment from the Royal Australian Navy Band Perth.


When do tickets go on sale?

The Shire has been advertising the program for the 50 Years Celebrations widely within the community.  Posters, social media and emails have been used to communicate ticket sales available from midday Friday 25 August 2017.


Will more tickets be released?

No, we expect this to be a very popular event and tickets to sell quickly.  For this reason all tickets will be on sale from 25 August 2017, as we want the community to have access to as many tickets as possible.


What is black tie?  Do I have to wear a tuxedo?

Men are asked to wear a dark suit and tie or tuxedo and women ball attire.


I have special dietary requirements, who do I tell?

This information will be requested as part of the online booking process, however, if you missed it, please e-mail ec@exmouth.wa.gov.au outlining your dietary needs and seat number.  We will pass this on to the caterers.


What time does the ball start and finish?

The ball begins promptly at 6.30pm and finishes at midnight.  Guests are asked to arrive on time and make arrangements to ensure they make it home safely.  Parking will be available at the Ningaloo Centre, and for those who do not want to bring a car, we have two taxi companies in town.


Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately we cannot provide a refund however, you can on-sell the ticket as long as you are not seeking to do so at a higher price than you paid.  This often happens on Exmouth Buy Sell and Swap or Exmouth Classifieds on Facebook.


Can I choose who I sit with? How is seating allocated?

When you purchase your ticket you will be asked to select a table number from the seating plan.  Four tickets can be purchased at a time so you can choose to book in groups of four at a particular table.  If your group is larger you will need to agree on a table number or numbers close together when each person makes a booking.



This is a smoke-free event and the Ningaloo Centre is a non-smoking venue.


I don’t have a credit card?

Tickets can be purchased online at www.trybooking.com/qzqo.  Ticket purchases can be made from midday on Friday, 25 August, 2017.  Only four tickets can be purchased at a time to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be part of the event.  If you do not have a credit card a friend may be able to purchase them for you, we are unable to accept cash at the Shire office.


Can you hold tickets for me whilst I see if others want to join?

Seats are limited and unfortunately we are unable to hold tickets.


Will I receive a hard copy ticket in the mail?

No, electronic tickets issued will be your entry ticket to the event.  You will need to show this on the evening to gain entry so you can print it out or have it accessible on your phone.  

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates.

If you would like to contribute or be involved please contact Jaci Cutler:

+61 8 9949 3000 or email ec@exmouth.wa.gov.au