Exmouth Research Lab

Early-stage planning

Details of aquaria needs

Configuring aquaria for specific experimental needs can take time. Please provide sufficient lead time for the Exmouth Research Lab staff to help organise your needs. We suggest 6 weeks ahead of your planned arrival date.


Ethics approvals and permits required are the responsibility of the applicant and must be in place before the project commences. Permits will be required for research done in marine parks (state and Commonwealth) and / or collecting marine specimens.

SCUBA diving and snorkelling equipment

The Exmouth Research Lab does not provide or hire diving or snorkel gear, so you must bring your own or hire in Exmouth. Exmouth has several diving stores that sell and hire diving and snorkelling equipment and fill cylinders (including nitrox). Please call the Ningaloo Centre for information on these services on 08 9949 3070 or consult with the Exmouth Research Lab staff for additional advice or to help facilitate.

Travel and transport

The cost of travelling to Exmouth is not covered by Exmouth Research Lab. The main ways to get to Exmouth are by air or road. Exmouth is approximately 1270km from Perth on a sealed road. Qantas and Jetstar offer services between Perth and Exmouth. The airport (Learmouth) is about 37km south of Exmouth.

Hire cars are available, including from the airport. A shuttle bus service operates between Exmouth and the airport. Updated details on options for airport transfers (including costs) and hire car details are provided by the Shire of Exmouth on their website.


Several freight and courier companies deliver between Perth and Exmouth.

Exmouth Freight and Logistics
Lot 104 (35) Ingram Street, Exmouth 6707
PO Box 420, Exmouth 6707
T: +61 8 9949 2168
E: admin@exmouthfreight.com.au

R and L Couriers (also do freight forwarding and temperature sensitive freight)
22 Cleveland Street, East Carnarvon 6701
T: +61 8 9941 4768
M: 0427 924 088
E: admin@randlcouriers.com

Mobile service

Phone coverage in Exmouth and Coral Bay is limited, with Telstra usually being the only guaranteed provider. Telstra SIM cards can be purchased at the IGA or newsagency in Exmouth. Coverage outside of Exmouth and Coral Bay townships is limited to non-existent. Before going to Exmouth, contact your mobile phone provider to confirm the availability of coverage in the region.

Medical assistance

  • All Exmouth Research Lab staff are trained in first aid.
  • Exmouth Hospital, Lyon St, Exmouth. Phone: (08) 9949 3666
  • There are also private practitioners in Exmouth.

Services in Exmouth

Exmouth offers a range of services. Many of these are found at or near the Ross Street Mall Shopping Centre. The Ningaloo Centre provides information on the services available in Exmouth.

The Ningaloo Centre is located at 2 Truscott Cres, Exmouth and can be contacted on 08 9949 3070.

  • IGA supermarkets (fresh food; butcher; general household goods) – the Exmouth IGA and Ningaloo IGA are both located on Ross St in the central shopping centre district. Opening hours are typically 7am to 7pm; hours may vary on some public holidays.
  • Bakery
  • Bank – Westpac Bank branch (Cnr Learmonth St & Maidstone Cres), and ATMs in the IGA supermarkets
  • Accommodation – resorts, motel style and caravan parks
  • Service stations and
  • Car and windscreen repair
  • Hardware
  • Airport shuttle bus
  • Car hire
  • Small boat on trailer hire
  • SCUBA dive and snorkel shops
  • Vessel charter operators
  • Restaurants
  • Exmouth Hospital (Lyon St) T:(08) 9949 3666
  • Police (32 Maidstone Cres) T:(08) 9947 8700
  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) office
  • RAC