Blue Reef Backpackers – Exmouth

Park Overview

Blue ReefBlue Reef Backpackers offers a range of accommodation to provide the perfect sanctuary within this remote and rugged wonderland. Guests can choose from four bed dormitories, double rooms, twin rooms and motel style units. 

Our camp kitchen provides the perfect retreat to finish off a day’s adventuring by swapping stories with fellow travelers. Our backpacker guests have access to all the Exmouth Cape Holiday Park amenities. In the summer months the daytime temperatures range from the mid to high 30s while a typical winter's day reaches around 25 degrees.

Rating: Self Rated 3.5

Features of the Park

  • Comfortable Dormitories
  • Internet Kiosk
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Swimming Pool
  • Playground and Games room
  • Free Wifi up to 200mb


  • Ningaloo Marine Park
  • Swim with Whale Sharks (seasonal Apr-Jul)
  • Ningaloo Whaleshark ‘n’ Dive
  • Cape Range National Park
  • Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
  • Yardie Creek Gorge


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Location - WA


Blue Reef Backpackers
4 Bed Dormitory

The dormitory is a spacious 4 bed dorm room and includes:

  • Two sets of bunk beds
  • Linen provided
  • Air-conditioning
  • Some dorms have limited kitchen facilities
  • Shared bathroom facilities
  • Dorm rooms sleep 4

Blue Reef Backpackers
Double/Twin Room

The double and twin rooms include:

  • Double bed or two single beds
  • Linen provided
  • Air-conditioning
  • Shared bathroom facilities
  • Sleeps 2

Blue Reef Backpackers
Motel Room

The motel room includes:

  • Queen bed
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Linen provided
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Toaster
  • Bar fridge
  • Sleeps 2

This information is provided to ensure a safe and pleasant visit with us:

  • All rates are quoted in Australian dollars and GST is applied.
  • Rates apply to TWO guests unless otherwise stated.  Additional persons incur an additional charge per person.
  • An adult refers to 16+ years, children refer to 3-15 years and infants refer to 0-2 years and are free of charge.

Cancellation Policy

  • One night's accommodation will be charged if less than seven (7) days’ notice of cancellation is received.
  • 50% of one night's accommodation will be charged if less than fourteen days (14) notice is received
  • Full refund will be made if cancelled greater than fourteen (14) days from arrival.
  • No refund for early departure.
  • All cancellations must be in writing direct to the property

For your children’s wellbeing and safety - "Children under the age of 9 years are not permitted to use the top bunk and children must not play on top bunk" - Work Law Health & Safety state that operators must comply with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 4220:2010.

  • Visa & MasterCard 1.1% inc.
  • AMEX & Diners 3.85% inc.

Debit Card and EFTPOS transactions do not attract fees. If paid by credit card, the surcharge is refundable.

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Getting There

Blue Reef Backpackers  - Exmouth Cape Holiday Park - GPS Coordinates
Latitude -21.937365
Longitude 114.132370
  S21° 56.2419', E114° 7.9422'

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How far is?

Located on the eastern side of WA’s North West Cape, in Australia’s Ningaloo Reef region, the charming coastal town of Exmouth is a two and a half hour flight or a 15-hour drive north of Perth. Skywest Airlines operates daily flights and Qantas flys 3 times a week from Perth to Learmonth Airport.  For flight enquiries and reservations please contact Skywest Airlines 1300 66 00 88 or QANTAS 13 13 13. 

If you are travelling north to Exmouth along the North West Coastal Highway, travel 152 km north of Carnarvon and turn left at the Minilya Exmouth Road. From here it is 200 km to Exmouth townsite. If you are travelling south to Exmouth turn off the North West Coastal Highway 110km south of the Nanutarra Roadhouse onto Burkett Road. From here it’s 80 km to the Minilya Exmouth Road. At this junction, turn right to Exmouth (89 km).

Getting to and from Learmonth Airport

Learmonth Airport is located 36 km from Exmouth and Exmouth Bus Charters meet every flight and for a fee they can drop you off at Exmouth Cape Holiday Park.

Car Hire

Escape Car Hire, Budget Rent a Car Exmouth, AVIS.


Exmouth Taxis operate – to book call 0409 994 933.


Integrity Coach Lines service Exmouth on their northwest schedule.

Departs Wellington Street Bus Station – Perth Bookings essential.

Perth to Exmouth

The drive from Perth to Exmouth along Australia’s Coral Coast region will astound you with pristine beaches, exotic marine life, national reserves and the bluest ocean you’ll see anywhere in the world. Swim with whalesharks, meet the dolphins of Monkey Mia and take in the unique rock formations of the Pinnacles. Name a water sport and it’s here – from world class windsurfing at Geraldton to Ningaloo diving that rivals the Great Barrier Reef.

Perth to Exmouth

  • Driving Time - 15 hours
  • Distance - 1268 kms

Perth City

Perth to Cervantes is 253 kilometres

The City of Perth is nestled in a picturesque natural amphitheatre, bordered by Kings Park botanical gardens and the beautiful Swan River. The City is a must see destination for all visitors and the Perth Cultural Centre, featuring the State Library, Museum and Art Gallery is one of the most popular attractions for visitors from near and far.

There are plenty of riverside and beachside restaurants and cafés to dine at, world-class golf courses, over 80 kilometres of white sandy beaches to sunbathe on and a mecca of outdoor activities and experiences to enjoy.


Cervantes to Jurien Bay is 27 kilometres

The laid back fishing village of Cervantes with its white, pristine beaches and turquoise waters offer visitors water activities in abundance, from exploring the offshore islands and reefs to dropping a line off the local jetties. As the gateway to the Nambung National Park and the mystical Pinnacles and wonderful wildflowers in season there is lots to discover.

Jurien Bay

Jurien Bay to Kalgoorlie is 813 kilometres

Just 226 km North of Perth, spectacular Jurien Bay is surrounded with a string of islands and reefs, creating beautiful calm swimming places for the whole family. Jurien Bay Marine Park extends south from Green Head to the Southern boundary of Nambung National Park. A small section of this marine park has been allocated for sanctuary zones, however a full range of marine activities such as fishing, swimming and scuba diving are allowed in the majority of the marine park area.


Kalgoorlie to Denham (Monkey Mia) is 1392 kilometres (via Perth)

Kalgoorlie is the hub of the goldfields and one of Western Australia's largest cities. Still active as a mining town, Kalgoorlie's wide streets and grand old buildings are full of people living the prospecting dream. Kalgoorlie is a place like no other, from wild and heady origins as a frontier town where fortunes were sought, to the prosperous, bustling 'Kal' of today, Kalgoorlie's rich heritage permeates the town and gives it a distinctive character. Turn of the century architecture, including the magnificent Boulder Town Hall, the red outback just beyond the settlement's streets and nearby ghost towns make this area fascinating to visitors. Kalgoorlie offers the visitor a wide range of restaurants and cafés and a variety of cuisines. Chinese, vegetarian, and Italian foods are available as well as pub counter meals, fast foods and pizzas. The town has a number of pubs and nightclubs, and live music is popular around town.

Monkey Mia

Denham to Carnarvon is 330 kilometres

Monkey Mia is located on a unique section of World Heritage coastline only 30 minutes' drive from Denham. It has a relaxed atmosphere and those who love nature will delight at the huge variety of animal and bird life found nearby. Whilst Monkey Mia is famous for its dolphins, it offers visitors many other exciting attractions. From camel treks along the beach to trips on catamarans to get closer to dugongs and other exotic marine life, Monkey Mia is a complete tourism experience.


Carnarvon to Exmouth is 366 kilometres

Located 904 kilometres north of Perth, Carnarvon is the regional hub in the Coral Coast. This coastal town lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River and is the perfect base from which to explore the wealth of stunning surrounds whilst enjoying the moderate tropical climate. Rugged coastlines, great fishing, swimming and snorkelling are all easily accessible from this tropical town.


Exmouth is supremely positioned between the grandiose landscape of the Cape Range National Park and the underwater fantasia of the Ningaloo Marine Park. The prime location and year round warm weather makes Exmouth the perfect destination for diving, snorkelling and fishing. From late March to June each year, the Ningaloo Marine Park plays home to the whale sharks that can grow up to 18m long.

Broome to Exmouth

The North West region is one of the world's last true wilderness areas and the place to go for an authentic Aussie outback adventure.

  • Driving Time - 18 hours
  • Distance - 1374 kms


Broome to Eighty Mile Beach is 339 kilometres

Overflowing with charm, character and colour, Broome is the gateway to Australia's last frontier of pristine wilderness - the Kimberley. Broome owes its existence to the 'Pinctada Maxima' - the world's largest pearl oyster shell. The giant pinctada shells caused a sensation overseas and soon a myriad of nationalities flocked to the shores of Broome in the hope of making their fortune. From its rough and romantic pearling history to the cosmopolitan character of Chinatown, to the turquoise waters, red sandstone cliffs and the endless expanse of white sand at Cable Beach.

Eighty Mile Beach

Eighty Mile Beach to Pardoo is 212 kilometres

Eighty Mile Beach is situated almost half way between Broome and Port Hedland and is an incredible paradise of pristine coastline with kilometres of open beach famous for its fishing and shell collecting. Not to mention the magnificent sunsets, sunrises and comfortable solitude.

Pardoo & Sandfire Roadhouses

Pardoo to Port Hedland is 155 kilometres

Located north of Port Hedland on the Great Northern Highway, Pardoo and Sandfire Roadhouses are a welcome stopping point on the drive between Port Hedland and Broome. The roadhouses are well equipped with a caravan park and motel.

Port Hedland

Port Hedland to Karratha is 238.5 kilometres

Port Hedland is renowned for its Indigenous culture and history, long trains, big ships, salt piles and red dust. Port Hedland has idyllic warm weather and with its coastal location is a great spot for fishing, whale watching, crabbing and watching turtles nesting. Tour BHP Billitons’ and Dampier Salts’ Point Nelson Port Facilities and be amazed as trains kilometres long roll in and out of town carrying millions of tonnes of high grade iron ore. In contrast to the mining aspect of town, there are beautiful beaches and Pretty Pool is aptly named and perfect for a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean.


Karratha to Karijini National Park is 420 kilometres

Approximately three hours' drive from Port Hedland, Karratha is the youngest and fastest growing town in the Pilbara. With near perfect warm winter temperatures it is a great spot to escape the colder weather further south. Karratha is the ideal starting point for many tours and adventure experiences in the surrounding areas including Millstream and Karijini National Parks, the magnificent Dampier Archipelago, and the Burrup Peninsula.

Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park to Millstream-Chichester National Park is 320 kilometres

The second largest national park in Western Australia, Karijini is one of the most spectacular sights in the Pilbara. With breathtaking gorges, crystal clear rock pools, waterfalls, and stunning scenery, a visit to Karijini is a must.
The park has a system of excellent walk trails of varying levels, for the beginner to the adventurous, which will lead you deep into the subterranean gorges and through waterfalls where you can dive into sparkling rock pools.

Millstream-Chichester National Park

Millstream-Chichester National Park to Exmouth is 613 kilometres

Nestled approximately 150km inland from the Central Pilbara Coast is the amazing 200,000 hectare tropical oasis of Millstream Chichester National Park. Huge trees, ferns, lillies, rushes and a wide variety of birds and flying foxes make Millstream one of the most pleasant stopovers in the North West.


Exmouth is supremely positioned between the grandiose landscape of the Cape Range National Park and the underwater fantasia of the Ningaloo Marine Park.
The prime location and year round warm weather makes Exmouth the perfect destination for diving, snorkelling and fishing. From late March to June each year, the Ningaloo Marine Park plays home to the whale sharks that can grow up to 18m long.



  • Playground
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach Volleyball Court
  • Outdoor Movies – seasonal


  • Ablution Facilities
  • Barbecues
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Guest Laundry
  • Internet Kiosk
  • Vehicle Wash Down Bays
  • Sullage
  • Dump Point

Other services

  • Local tourist information

Attractions & Events

Local Events Calendar - 2012/13

  • 26th
    Australia Day
  • 2nd – 5th
  • TBA
       Whaleshark swimming season begins thru to July
  • TBA
       Whaleshark Festival
  • 21st – 25th
    Australian Safari
  • 3rd – 10th
    Centenary of Vlamingh Head Lighthouse


Ningaloo Marine Park Ningaloo Marine Reef stretches 260km from Bundegi Beach in Exmouth to Amherst Point South of Coral Bay.  The Reef supports over 200 species of hard coral, 50 species of soft coral and over 500 species of fish.  The reef is home to Whalesharks, Mantarays, Humpback Whales and Turtles.

Whalesharks Every year between April and July, just after the mass Coral Spawning, Whalesharks congregate in the Ningaloo Marine Park.  The chance to snorkel with these gentle giants is a once in a lifetime experience.

Mantarays Mantarays can be seen at Exmouth between May to November.  They migrate in huge schools during these months offering divers and snorkellers the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants.

Turtles Ningaloo Reef is also home to Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles who nest on the beaches of Exmouth during the Months of November through to March.

The Ningaloo Turtle Program, a community volunteer conservation project, was established by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), the Cape Conservation Group and WWF Australia and collects valuable information on turtle species, nests, tracks, disturbance and predation during nesting season. This information helps to educate the public and scientists alike and ensures the ongoing protection of these ancient mariners. For information on how you can participate in this program go to their website or download this information sheet. Ningaloo Turtle Program.

Humpback Whales Humpback whales can be seen in the area between July and November.

Ningaloo Whaleshark 'n Dive Swim with the Whalesharks and Mantarays, spend a day watching the Humpback Whales.  Ningaloo Whaleshark 'n Dive is also your one stop shop for all your diving needs whilst in Exmouth.  Snorkels, Flippers and dive equipment.  Intro Dives, Open Water courses, Advanced courses plus certified diving.

Cape Range National Park Situated on the west side of Northwest Cape is Cape Range National Park.  Rugged limestone ranges, deep gorges and canyons and 50km of pristine beaches the park covers over 50,000 hectares.

Vlamingh Head Lighthouse Built in 1912 on the Northern most tip of Cape Range, Vlamingh's Lighthouse is the perfect location to watch the magnificent Exmouth Sunsets.  Located 17km from Exmouth townsite.

Shothole Canyon An amazing location to take photographs of the canyon walls exhibiting an array of coloured rock layers.

Charles Knife Canyon Providing breathtaking views of the deep gorges and canyons, Charles Knife Canyon is accessible by 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive vehicles.

 Yardie Creek Gorge See the gorge from the walk trail or take a boat cruise. To book a cruise or to enquire about departure times, please ask our staff at Exmouth Cape Holiday Park.

Wildflowers The Cape Range Trail presents over 630 species of Wildflowers during  July- October (depending on rainfalls)