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Exmouth (Western Australia)

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Introduction

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Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. The town is located 1,270 kilometres north of the state capital Perth and 3,366 kilometres southwest of Darwin.

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Weather

Exmouth has a warm semi-desert climate with temperatures ranging from around 25 °C in June and July to 38 °C in December and January. Averge lows are between 11 °C and 23 °C respectively. Absolute records stand at 4 °C and 49 °C! The average annual amount of precipitation is just around 260 mm with most of that falling from January to early July.

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Getting There

By Plane

Skywest Airlines operates daily flights and Qantas flies 3 times a week from Perth to Learmonth Airport.

By Car

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

By Bus

Greyhound offer service to Perth and Broome 5 days a week. Buses top at the visitor centre.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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