Excape Backpackers YHA

Excape Backpackers YHA, Exmouth

A great option for budget accommodation is located conveniently within the Potshot Hotel Resort.  Enjoy the laid back, social atmosphere in the common outdoor area or head to the pub for a beer.


Exmouth is the perfect place to base yourself as you explore the Ningaloo Reef.  Book a tour to swim with whale sharks and manta rays, go snorkelling or head west and explore the gorges of Cape Range National Park.




Dorm rooms, twin, double and single rooms available, all with an ensuite bathroom and air conditioning. The common areas include an undercover outdoor BBQ area, a spacious kitchen, laundry, and lounge with internet facilities.  All of this is next to the pub, which has a swimming pool and great Asian-style beer garden.



A quick 5 minute walk will bring you to the town centre, with two supermarkets, a pharmacy, bottle shop and more. Also, if you’re looking for a cheap dinner, Planet Burgers parks their food van behind the pub in the evenings.



Ningaloo Reef

A short drive north will bring you to the Ningaloo Marine Park boundary.  Learn about the turtles that come here to lay their eggs before you explore the beautiful sanctuary zones and go snorkelling at Lakeside or Turquoise Bay.  You will see the Harold E. Holt Naval Communications Station and Vlamingh Head Lighthouse on the way.  Make sure you head up to the lighthouse – the view is fantastic.


Cape Range National Park

If you want a change of scenery, check out Cape Range National Park.  Walking trails and lookouts allow you to appreciate the mangroves, gorges and rock formations.




The Excape Backpackers YHA is located in the Potshort Resort complex on Murat Road, right next to the Potshot Hotel.


Phone: 08 9949 1200

Email: exmouth@yha.com.au

Website:  http://www3.yha.com.au/hostels/wa/pilbara/exmouth/


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Experience : Coral Bay

One of the locations that we were told about over and over and over again was Coral Bay.  Apparently we had to go there, so as we made our way north from Carnarvon, it would have been stupid to not stop and see what the fuss is all about.


After we got a picture of the Tropic of Capricorn sign and the huge termite mounds that lined the highway, we pulled in to Coral Bay at about 10am.


Coral Bay


Coral Bay is barely a town.  It’s made up of two small groups of shops, a few tour outlets and the rest consists of caravan parks or resorts.  The main attraction is Bill’s Bay, a picturesque sheltered beach that’s perfect for swimming and snorkelling.  The Ningaloo Reef is only a few meters from the shore and Juz took the opportunity to check out the colourful coral and fishies.



After lunch, we headed over to the boat landing and fished off the breakwater.  After pulling out a few colourful fish, which we promptly threw back, Dave landed a black bream.  We were stoked and took it back into town to fillet it and cook it up on the BBQ.



At about 3:30pm, we wandered back down to the beach in time for the spangled emperor feeding.  A uniformed chick was providing information about fish while a small boy was being surrounded by a swarm of this variety snapper.  We got the opportunity to feed them and feel them swim past our legs, and sometimes in between them!



We bumped into our friends Mark and Alexis, who we had the pleasure of meeting down in Margaret River, and once we cleaned ourselves up, we sat down to a bottle of Marri Wood Reserve and chatted until the sun went down.


Coral Bay - sunset

The perfect day…


Coral Bay - Alexis, Dave, Juz, Mark