About Us

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 Ningaloo Coast World Heritage area. Exmouth is one of the few areas in Australia that can boast the reef to range experience. 

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 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.

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.