Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. The town was established in 1967 to support the nearby United States Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt. Beginning in the late 1970s, the town began hosting U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to Learmonth Solar Observatory, a defence science facility jointly operated with Australia's Ionospheric Prediction Service.
Nowadays, the town relies more on tourism than the station for its existence. At the 2016 census, Exmouth had a population of 2,486. At the height of the tourist season, the population swells to 6,000. Exmouth is one of the few areas in Australia that can boast the "Range to Reef" experience.
The Cape Range National Park, which has several gorges, is an area of 506 km2 (195 sq mi) and its main area is focused on the west coast of the Cape, which provides a large variety of camp sites on the coastal fringe of the Park. Some of the most famous snorkelling spots include Turquoise Bay and Oysters Stacks. Yardie Creek and Charles Knife Gorge are land based attractions.