Regularly voted as one of the best beaches in Australia, let alone just this state, Turquoise Bay is your gateway to the famed Ningaloo Reef.
Long, white sandy beaches roll into some of the most crystal clear waters in the country, laying home to vibrant coral garden beds easily accessed just a short swim off the beach.
Part of the Cape Range National Park, it’s a relatively short drive from the main township of Exmouth, itself a 14-hour drive (or two hour flight) from Perth.
From Exmouth it’s just a 50-minute drive along Yardie Creek Road, easily accessible by normal 2WD cars.
Turquoise Bay is an incredible spot to see some effervescent reef fish, along with bigger beauts like turtles, reef sharks (small ones) and stingrays. It’s also unique in that you can drift snorkel, that is, jump in at one end of the beach and let the prevailing currents float you along the reef.
To do this, simply jump in at the southern end, let the current take you along the reef, and then jump out at the sand bar. For this reason, it’s important you’re confident in your swimming abilities (it’s also recommended to use flippers), and talk to local guides and check the conditions before entering the water.
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