Lucky you! You’re taking a holiday to Exmouth, Western Australia! By now, you’ve probably done the research on all the awesome things to do in Exmouth and you’re getting excited to swim with whale sharks, 4WD though the ranges and watch humpback whales breach in the Exmouth Gulf. If you’re stuck on Exmouth accommodation, I’m here to help! There’s a Ningaloo Reef accommodation for every budget, from cash-strapped backpacker to royally rich. Keep scrolling to get information and booking links for luxury glamping, caravan parks, shared dorms, family villas and other places to stay in Exmouth that will make planning an absolute dream!
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The best Exmouth accommodation for any budget
Luxury Glamping on the Ningaloo Reef
If you want to live like royalty, Sal Salis is the place to be. Just a few years ago, our favorite party boy prince settled down with a lovely American actress in a royal wedding of fairytale proportions. I didn’t see them firsthand, but the rumor mill in a small town works overtime and word on the reef is that Harry and Meghan chose to spend part of their honeymoon at the ultra-luxe Sal Salis set in the heart of Cape Range National Park, where the beaches are pristine and the light pollution-free night sky shines with more stars than you can imagine.
A safari beach camp may sound a bit too rustic for your liking, but these aren’t your typical tents! Sal Salis promises bush luxury in their eco-luxe camp, which protects the environment while accommodating guests in their barefoot version of luxury. (Read: ensuite nature-loos and 20 liters per day for showering with eco-friendly products.) At this Ningaloo Reef luxury accommodation, the Wilderness Tents are designed to blend in with the surrounding nature and offer great views of the ocean and surrounding ranges. Wake up to see kangaroos on property and fall asleep listening to the distant sounds of humpback whales breaching in the ocean.
Activities at Sal Salis
Enjoy an escape from the everyday– there’s no wifi, telephones or televisions in the rooms, so you can spend your days lazing in your hammock, joining a guided hike through the ranges or snorkeling on the famous Ningaloo Reef. Join a tour to swim with humpbacks or whale sharks or borrow snorkel gear or a kayak and head out to the reef (accessible from the resort) where you can find turtles and hundreds of fish!
Food at Sal Salis
And just in case you’re not convinced of Sal Salis’ luxurious nature yet, let’s chat about food. The resident chef prepares three meals a day, featuring seasonal ingredients to create, local and bush-inspired dishes. Start your day with a hot breakfast, then enjoy lunch at midday, canapés at sunset and a three-course dinner each evening.
During your all-inclusive stay, experience the Australian outback at its most luxurious!
Ningaloo Reef luxury accommodation
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
If you’re looking for luxury in Exmouth, Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort has a room with your name on it! Choose from a range of rooms with marina and ocean views. If you time your visit right, you can even watch humpbacks breaching in the Gulf from the comfort of your own balcony!
Celebrating a special occasion? Book into the two bedroom beach bungalow with an ocean view. The eight-seater spa on the deck offers incredible sunrise views and is the perfect spot for a romantic evening of star-gazing.
No matter which room you choose, you’ll have a short walk to the beach and access to the resort style swimming pool where you can spend the day lounging in stylish seating pods. When you get hungry, you don’t have to go far. Mantarays is home to one of the best Exmouth restaurants. I recommend the Red Emperor!
Backpacker accommodation in Exmouth
Potshot Hotel Resort
When I first arrived in Exmouth, Potshot Hotel Resort was my Ningaloo Reef accommodation of choice for the first week. I shared an all-female dorm with five other girls. If you’re looking for a place to make friends, make meals together in the shared kitchen and have a little boogie on a Friday night, Potshot Resort Hotel is the place to be! On Friday nights, the music is cranked up loud and goon sunrises encourage backpackers and locals to get out on the dance floor until Semisonic’s Closing Time plays at midnight.
While my experience at the Potshot was spent in the backpacker dorm, this Exmouth accommodation also offers budget and standard rooms, apartments and villas for every price point and life stage. Don’t let the Friday night party scare you off… with a location right in the heart of town and a long history, this is one of the best places to stay in Exmouth for first time visitors!
Budget accommodation in Exmouth
Ningaloo Lodge Exmouth
The 36-room Ningaloo Lodge Exmouth is the perfect accommodation for the budget traveler who’s graduated from sleeping in shared dorm rooms. Their private rooms with ensuite bathrooms feature air conditioning, free wifi, and a desk. Guests can cook meals in the shared kitchen or at the onsite BBQ grills. Meet fellow travelers at the onsite game room, where you’re sure to find a traveler up for the challenge of a game of darts or pool!
Spend the day lounging at the pool or ask the friendly staff at the tours desk to help you set up a whale shark swim!
Self-catering apartments in Exmouth
Exmouth Escape Resort
Exmouth Escape Resort is a great place to escape with your whole family. Their self-catering one and two bedroom apartments and deluxe three bedroom villa cater to group and family holidays.
Each accommodation type offers wifi, air conditioning, laundry facilities, a kitchenette or gourmet kitchen (with a dishwasher!) and a barbecue. The onsite restaurant, Whalers, has the best steak in town and I still dream about their banoffee pie, so be sure to make a reservation for dinner one night.
Hang out by one of the two resort pools during the day and enjoy cocktails at your outdoor alfresco area in the evening.
Bringing your whole family? There’s plenty of car and boat parking and a free boat wash station onsite for resort guests.
Exmouth caravan parks
RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park
Whether you’re a solo traveler looking for dorm-style accommodation, a budget traveler in search of a spot to pop a tent, a couple traveling in a van, or a family interested in a cabin getaway for up to six people, RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park has you covered! Traveling with your dog in Exmouth? It’s a pet-friendly accommodation!
The holiday park created a tiny town inside the tiny town of Exmouth, with all the amenities you can imagine. Swim in the onsite pool or take a short walk down to the beach. Want to scuba on the Ningaloo Reef? There’s an onsite dive shop. Make friends over a game of volleyball and wind down at the outdoor cinema (during high season). Kids can play on the playground and families will love the selection of board games. On a budget? The covered BBQ area and camp kitchen are a great way to save some money while traveling by cooking.
Budget glamping on Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Glamping (Caravan rental)
If your heart says royal but your budget says backpacker, check out the new Ningaloo Glamping Caravan Rental. This new camping option is offered on Booking’s website with a note that they “will deliver, set up and pack up the van to a site that you have booked.” Book a campsite in the national park or a caravan park in Exmouth and Ningaloo Glamping will deliver and set up the caravan for you for a fee depending on how far away it is.
Your days in Exmouth are sure to be epic. With these Ningaloo accommodation options, your nights will be, too! Now that you know where to stay in Exmouth, Western Australia… what are you waiting for? Make your way to the place where the reef meets the range today!
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