CITY GUIDE Learmonth

Private jet charter to Learmonth

The region of Learmonth is found on the North West Cape, a far-flung peninsula on the west coast of Australia between Broome and Perth. While there’s very little to see and do in Learmonth itself, it acts as a gateway to the beautiful Cape Range National Park and the Ningaloo Reef. Get a fast quote from Air Charter Service to charter a private jet to Learmonth.

The cape was first sighted by Dutch sailors in the early 17th Century and was visited by 19th-century pearl fishers, but it wasn’t until World War II that the area started to grow. It was a joint Australian and American submarine base during the war years and later became a naval communication station operated by the U.S.A. Today, it’s the ‘range to reef’ experience that brings visitors to this corner of the world. Exmouth, a small town on the eastern coast of the cape, is the region’s main town and the setting-off point for many adventures in the nearby national park and marine park.

Cape Range National Park runs along the western edge of the North West Cape and is home to limestone peaks, deep canyons and mile-upon-mile of untouched beaches and windswept sand dunes. Wildlife lovers will be in heaven as many iconic Australian species such as emu, rock wallabies and red kangaroos live within the park’s 197 square miles. You can hike the Mandu Mandu Gorge or Charles Knife Canyon, take a boat trip along the steep-sided Yardie Creek or spot migratory birds in the Mangrove Bay sanctuary. The beaches lining the park are considered some of the finest in Western Australia, with Turquoise Bay a particular favourite.

The national park’s coastline is the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Ningaloo Reef, which stretches for 162 miles along the western edge of the cape and beyond. This underwater world is teeming with marine life including hundreds of types of fish and 200 species of coral as well as dolphins, turtles and dugong. It’s also one of the best places in the world to see whale sharks, which range in size from four to 12 metres long and migrate to the reef in large numbers between March and August. Divers can head below the waves for the best view, while non-divers can join a boat tour and enjoy a swim with these majestic creatures.

In places the reef is just a few hundred metres offshore, allowing you to snorkel straight from the beach, perhaps reaching the coral gardens by kayak or even just swimming out. Turquoise Bay, Coral Bay and Oyster Stacks are all located within easy reach of the reef and cater for different abilities. Some parks of the reef are affected by moderate to strong currents, so be sure to check the conditions before you set off.

The majority of accommodation in the Learmonth region can be found in Exmouth, where there’s a handful of hotels, resorts and homesteads. The standout place to stay on the cape is Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, which is more eco safari camp than beach resort. There are just 16 luxury tents at this Luxury Lodges of Australia property, all with views of the beach and surrounding bush. Experiences on offer include swimming with whale sharks and humpback whales, snorkelling trips and guided hikes.

Learmonth Airport is located on the RAAF Base Learmonth site, which was established during the Second World War. It’s approximately 22 miles south of Exmouth and 75 miles north of Coral Bay, one of the main gateways to the Ningaloo Marine Park. Simply contact one of our team and we can arrange everything you need to charter a private jet Learmonth, Australia.

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