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Exmouth (YEXM), WA

Exmouth Aerodrome (YEXM) is your gateway to the incredible Ningaloo Reef, the world’s largest fringing reef. It’s an aquatic playground for marine life and those who love a bit of adventure. From above, the azure waters meet the pristine beaches that blend into red desert – it’s without doubt a bucket-list destination for any pilot.

FACILITIES

There is one main unsealed runway at the Aerodrome (02/20) with a 211m central sealed section. Be aware that the runway is subject to closure after rain. The area is also unfenced, so stay alert for wildlife! Aircraft parking is available at the southern-most taxiway and public bathrooms are available to the north of the parking area.

GETTING AROUND

The Aerodrome is located 13km south of Exmouth township. Exmouth Bus Charter is available to take you into town and to some accommodation. Taxi services can be pre-booked or there are a number of rental car companies that can meet your aircraft at the aerodrome to help you explore the area.

EXPLORE

Start with a trip below the surface – book a tour and swim with whalesharks on the Ningaloo Reef, or go on your own snorkeling adventure at Turquoise Bay and get up close to turtles, rays and hundreds of species of fish. Once you’ve had your hit of coastal activities, head out bush to the Mandu Mandu Gorge or epic Yardie Creek in the Cape Range National Park.

EAT & DRINK

Try the fresh, local seafood at Whalers Restaurant and unwind with some live music on the deck. For a casual dining experience, enjoy a pint of local beer at the Froth Craft Brewery which dishes up tasty bar snacks and meals for lunch and dinner each day.

STAY

There’s the full spectrum of accommodation available here, from luxury beach resorts, holiday homes to more budget holiday parks and glamping options overlooking the beach.

Rawnsley Park (YRYK), SA

We’ve found you the perfect base to explore the exquisite Flinders Ranges. This completely underrated part of the country is everything you want in an outback adventure – ancient rock formations, dusty red roads and landscapes that feel out of this world. The flight into Rawnsley Park is just the beginning of an unforgettable escape.

FACILITIES

The airstrip is operated by Rawnsley Park Station. There is one main unsealed runway at the Aerodrome (03/21) 1,100m in length. The airstrip has minimal facilities, but much of what you need can be found at Rawnsley Park Station – general store, accommodation, restaurant, e-bike and car rental. Landing permission is required.

GETTING AROUND

Free transfers are available from the airstrip to those staying at Rawnsley Park Station. All other transfers can be arranged for a fee. Check with Rawnsley Park Station for details.

EXPLORE

The stunning red peaks, gorges and valleys of the Flinders Ranges is number one on your list of things to explore once you have landed. Pack some supplies, tackle one of the trails and be rewarded with epic views – there’s also guided tours that can collect you from your accommodation. There’s plenty of other memorable experiences such as 4WDing and mountain biking, plus ancient Indigenous rock art sites and historic European settlements.

EAT & DRINK

The Woolshed Restaurant is your best bet when it comes to a contemporary take on a classic Aussie feed, complete with locally sourced and sustainable produce.

STAY

Rawnsley Park Station has most of your accommodation needs handled. Stay in one of modern eco-villas, the historic sheep station homestead, or go further out bush and enjoy one of their cabins or camping sites.