Exmouth is a port town in Western Australia, located on the North West Cape's tip. The town is approx 1270 km (789 ml) north of the state's capital Perth, and approx 3360 km (2090 ml) southwest of Darwin NT. Exmouth's population is around 2200, but at the tourist season's height it increases to around 6,000.
- The town was founded in 1967 to support nearby U.S. Naval Communication Station Harold E.Holt. Beginning in late 1970s, Exmouth started hosting U.S. Air Force personnel that was assigned to Learmonth Solar Observatory (defence science facility operated via Australia's Ionospheric Prediction Service).
- During World War II the location was used as a military base. US Vice Admiral Charles A.Lockwood in Sink 'Em All, a narrative of Allied submarine warfare, and US Admiral James F.Calvert in the memoir, Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine, describe its history.
- Following the retreat from Java (March 1942), Allied naval forces needed a forward base for replenishing submarines, the sole offensive warfare's form against the Japanese. Both Broome, Western Australia, and Darwin, Northern Territory, were too exposed to air attack. A 500-ton unmotorized lighter was positioned as a refueling barge close to the mouth of Exmouth Gulf, while the Allies had already maintained a seaplane tender there.
- Nowadays the town of Exmouth relies more on tourism than on the Naval Communication Station for its existence. Exmouth is among the few areas in Australia to boast the experience "Range to Reef". Cape Range National Park which features some striking gorges is an area of 506 km2 (195 ml2) and its main area is concentrated on Cape's west coast which provides a variety of camp sites on Park's coastal fringe.
- On March 22, 1999 Tropical Cyclone Vance stretched out to category 5 status and made landfall close to Exmouth. This resulted in the highest wind gust ever reported on mainland Australia of 267 km/h at Learmonth, just 35 km (22 ml) to the south. The Cyclone caused significant property damage and flooding but there were no deaths reported.
- In April 2014, the town was hit by a flash flood, nearly destroying Exmouth's caravan park and damaging much of the infrastructure, causing a blow to tourism in the area.
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- In 2016, Pacific Eden (P&O Australia) made Exmouth a major port destination on its Western Australia itineraries. In 2017, 3 new cruise ships are scheduled to visit the Exmouth port. These are Silver Whisper (Silversea, in Feb 2017), Artania (Phoenix Reisen, in March 2017), Sirena (Oceania, in March 2017) and ms Maasdam (Holland America, in Nov 2017).
- Among the factors hampering the cruise port's growth is the lack of all-weather docking facilities. There are future plans for the construction of a dedicated cruise ship terminal. A new deep-water wharf will be built within Exmouth Gulf (south of the Boat Harbor).
Port Exmouth cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Exmouth, Western Australia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|28 October, 2018|
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