Mauritius Beach  
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Exmouth is some 1,200km north of Perth, a thirteen hour drive on good sealed roads, or commercial flights run several times a week into Learmonth 34km south of town.   Accommodation in the area varies from National Park camping grounds, caravan parks and holiday units, up to resort style motel units in Exmouth.

The major attractions are the Ningaloo Marine Park with beautiful coral reef, excellent fishing, some of the best diving in the world, turtle watching and whale shark viewing; and Cape Range National Park with rugged limestone ranges, deep canyons and 50km of pristine beaches.

The beach is 900m long and 50m wide at low tide with rocky headlands at either end.  The sand is white, medium grained and clean. It slopes fairly gently to the shoreline.  The swimming is usually safe although there are some rocks in the swimming zone at low tide.  However there is much to interest the beach comber along the shore.  Waves can be seen breaking on the edge of the Ningaloo Reef out to sea and beach fishing is allowed from this part of the coast.  The beach is also a turtle rookery and is used for nesting from October to April.

If you visit Exmouth and Mauritius beach, please make sure you let the Tourist Bureau know you are in town to use the clothing optional beach, and congratulate them on their efforts to have the beach declared legal.

 
 

Facilities

   
  The car park is gravel and well maintained.  Showers, water and toilets are located behind Hunter Beach, below the Vlaming Head Lighthouse.  Other facilities are in town.  
 

Current Status

   
 

The beach west of Point Murat had a long history of use for unclad bathing. However after numerous enquiries to the Tourist Bureau the Shire of Exmouth declared Mauritius Beach clothing optional in 1999.  In August 2012 the signs indicating a clothing-optional beach had gone, but as far as we are aware nude use is still allowed.

 
 

When To Visit

   
 

The weather is most suitable between April and October with daily average temperatures varying from a minimum of 15-20o to a maximum of 25-35oC.  During the summer (December to March) you can expect maximum temperatures up to 43oC.  Like the rest of northern Australia, Exmouth is subject to the occasional cyclone during summer.  Rain is unusual between August and December.

The prevailing wind on Mauritius beach is a westerly sea breeze so a beach shelter or windbreak can be useful if you intend staying during the afternoon.  On other days however, there is little wind and you can enjoy the entire day on the beach.

 
 

Contacts

   
  There are no nudist contacts for this area. The Exmouth Tourist Bureau will be happy to help you in any way they can. They can be contacted by telephone on +61 8 9949-1176, facsimile +61 8 9949-1441, e-mail reservations@exmouthwa.com.au, or by writing to PO Box 149, EXMOUTH WA 6707, Australia.  
 

How To Get There

   
 

Mauritius Beach is 20.2km north of Exmouth and 1.5km past the Vlaming Head Lighthouse.  The Tourist Bureau will happily help you with directions if necessary.  Drive north out of town past the naval base and take the left turn at 11.5km heading towards the lighthouse.  Stay on the sealed road past the lighthouse (18.7km from town). The beach should be signposted as Mauritius Beach but signs have a habit of disappearing!  Turn right and drive 300m along the gravel track to the car park.

The car park is set back behind the dunes with a fenced, single pathway on to the centre of the beach. Access to the beach is easy. Please stay out of the dunes. Enjoy…

 
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