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Whoops! We’re heading in high season. Ugh.

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Whoops! We’re heading in high season. Ugh.


We were very very excited to find airfare that allows us to see both East and West coast of Australia in June/July. I read about how remote and unspoilt Ningaloo is. Now that I’m looking around, I’m dismayed at how busy it sounds to be at that time.

We fly into Perth June 27 and leave June 6 or 7. Originally planned to do a one way car rental to Exmouth but the drop fee is $2400! So...

We’re a family with school aged kids. Bringing a tent. Good hikers. Want to snorkel the reef and see some of the unusual landscape of the west. I don’t mind paying for good accommodation, but it looks scarce.

Suggestions for an itinerary? We wanted to go to the Cape Range park, but not sure if it would be worth the marathon drive. Perhaps there are some hidden snorkelling spots closer and less crowded? Maybe some hidden gem parks no one bothers to visit? Hoping for a miracle.

Sigh. High season.


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1. Re: Whoops! We’re heading in high season. Ugh.

I meant leaving July 6 or 7.

9 days total.

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2. Re: Whoops! We’re heading in high season. Ugh.


Don't be disappointed. It's high season because it isn't:

The Wet Season so roads will be open.

Cyclone season so the weather should be good.

Summer so it won't be blazing hot and will cool in the evening.

It's a huge area and lots to do.



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3. Re: Whoops! We’re heading in high season. Ugh.

Don’t worry! These remote spots won’t be too crowded even though it’s school holidays- which can in itself be a fun experience for your kids to meet some locals.

So sounds like you will do a 8-9 day road trip to Exmouth/ Coral Bay which will be perfect.

Call in to Kalbarri ( gorges- some hikes) and Shark Bay ( Dolphins) on the way up or back. Maybe allow 2 days on the way up and back so that leaves 2 days each in Coral Bay and Exmouth. Great! But some long drives which sounds like your kids might handle being a bit older.

You can now book a Cape Range camp spot-


No where is really crowded in WA!

Edited: 11 December 2017, 13:47
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4. Re: Whoops! We’re heading in high season. Ugh.

Be very careful bringing in camping equipment. If there is any contamination from dirt or plant material it could be seized by the AQIS folks on arrival. Also be aware that you can’t just camp anywhere- you need to camp in an approved spot such as the ones Jean has posted a link to.

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5. Re: Whoops! We’re heading in high season. Ugh.

As others have mentioned it won't be crowded.... as its very remote. Just book accomodation asap to avoid any disappointment as the problem in the area is not the crowds but the limited supply of hotels.

Coral Bay is gorgeous - which does have a caravan park & basic hotel . There is also a fab caravan park at Exmouth - Lighthouse CP - http://www.ningaloolighthouse.com

Cape Range - http://yardie.com.au

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6. Re: Whoops! We’re heading in high season. Ugh.

Its remote up there! Busy has a different definition - it might mean 8 people at Turquoise Bay instead of 2!

You have the most accommodation choices in Exmouth town which has a supermarket and even a couple of places to eat out. Its not unusual to drive along the northern coast rd daily to explore (Yardie Creek rd is the only road really) - lots of visitors do. Cape Range Nat Pk has no roads that cross it east/west.

Staying in Exmouth gives you the advantage of being able to go to a sheltered beach on the eastern side if its windy - Coral Bay is nice but if a strong westerly breeze is blowing it can be quite limitational.

Lots of people also assume you can drive from Coral Bay to Exmouth along the coast - you can't with a hire vehicle because its only a sand track and also requires a saltwater sandbar crossing at low tide over the Yardie Gorge Creek, so between the two spots on the map you need to go via the sealed main road.


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7. Re: Whoops! We’re heading in high season. Ugh.

Thanks everyone for the advice.

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