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About Exmouth

The Shire of Exmouth is situated 1,270 kilometres north of Perth, on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Covering 6,504 km2 the district is bordered by the Exmouth Gulf and the pristine World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast. Exmouth is one of the few areas in Australia that can boast the Range to Reef experience. The Ningaloo Marine Park abuts the Cape Range National Park and encompasses 260 km of coastline.

While the town was founded around defence industries, tourism is now the largest industry in the Shire with eco-tourism development experiencing significant growth. Other industries that contribute significantly to our local economy include defence, government services and industries to support the offshore oil and gas industry, tourism support services such as hospitality and accommodation along with fishing, pastoral, aquaculture, light engineering and construction.

Every year, in the winter months (May to August) when the weather is mild and the water crystal clear the number of visitors arriving in Exmouth triples the resident population of Exmouth. While this presents significant challenges for a small community with limited financial resources, it also provides important stimulus for the local economy.

In 2017 the Exmouth townsite celebrated its 50th anniversary with the official opening of the Ningaloo Centre.  The Ningaloo Centre is a $32 million state of the art building featuring the Ningaloo Aquarium, three impressive visitor galleries, visitor services and conferencing capabilities.  The Centre has the potential to unlock additional tourism growth by attracting the high value Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions tourism market to Exmouth.

The Exmouth Shire has 170km of sealed roads and 300km of unsealed roads, including roads providing access through Exmouth’s National Parks and three boat ramp facilities.

The outdoor recreational opportunities in Exmouth are complemented by a range of local government funded facilities including a 50m pool, sports ovals, squash, tennis and hard courts and skate park. Visitor services are catered for by the Ningaloo Visitor Centre, and a variety of hotels, motel, serviced apartments, hostels and caravan parks.

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