Blogs from Cape Range National Park, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


When we stopped over at Cape Range in 2008 the sun was shining and the beaches were inviting. Things weren’t quite as good in 2013, but it was pleasant enough (and Geoff caught fish). On this trip, so far we have had 2 days that we would call sunny and we think we might get some good weather here on the day we are to leave! The greatest problem is that there has been constant strong wind and although it is generally consistent in its direction during the day, it has certainly come from every point of the compass over the period that we have been here. But you have to be grateful for what you have got in this world; a week before we arrived, the campsite was awash. It sounds like doom and gloom, ... read more
Charles Knife Gorge views
Charles Knife Gorge views
Charles Knife Gorge views

Carnarvon gave us a chance to catch up on a lot of things, not the least of which was the shopping. Geoff will be out of hospital soon after suffering a complete breakdown when seeing the total come up on the cash register. Never have so few spent so much on so little to restock the larder; and it didn’t even include grog! After 3 previous visits to the region, it was time to visit the O.T.C dish display and museum on the outskirts of the town. Although it is now no longer operational, it was certainly a vital piece of infrastructure for the Australian and U.S governments during the days of the early moon shots. As you would expect, there were numerous valedictory letters written by the astronauts who had relied on the Carnarvon dish ... read more
Quobba blowholes
Quobba blowholes
 Helium balloon fishing north of Quobba Station

Camping in one place for 3nights was like a holiday..... Yardie Creek is at the end of the sealed road from Exmouth in the Cape Range National Park, it sits at the base of the gorge where the creek meets the ocean, right on the edge of the beach. The Cape Range National Park covers 50,581 hectares with the northern boundary 40kms from Exmouth. The area is teaming with wildlife, such as rock wallabies, lizards and emus. The park has numerous gorges and sanctuary areas. During our 3 night stop over we experienced warm windy weather and the first night we thought our annex/awning would fall apart. Because of the windy weather we decided to walk the Yardie Creek Trail on the first morning. An easy 1.2km walk. Yardie Creek is the only gorge in the ... read more

Heute bin ich – auf Rat der netten Dame beim Visitor Centre - um 6 Uhr aufgestanden und gleich die 30 Minuten zum Rangers Office, dem Eingang zum Cape Range National Park, gefahren. Dort werden nämlich ab 8 Uhr früh, wenn das Office öffnet, Stellplätze die einzelnen Strände im Nationalpark vergeben. Die Stellplätze sind nämlich zahlenmäßig beschränkt und sehr beliebt, weil vor allem die Australier hier sehr gerne Urlaub machen. Hier dürfte das mit dem Urlaub überhaupt ein wenig anders sein. Ich habe viele Australier getroffen, die für ein paar Monate unterwegs waren und aus dem kalten Süden im Winter hier in den Nordwesten gefahren sind. Den Tipp mit dem frühen anstellen hatten allerdings andere auch bekommen – ich war der siebente in der Warteschlange. Also hab ich mir mein Tischerl und einen Sessel neben den ... read more

After speaking to some people along the way, we decided to take their advice and stay in Cape Range National Park. No power, phone, or showers. We were camped literally right on the waters edge, and once had to move due to the full moon high tide. The attraction at Cape Range is Ningaloo Reef, which offers reef snorkling in pristine waters just of the shore. We saw fish, whales, dolphins, coral and sting rays. We all loved it.... read more
Cape Range
Ningaloo Reef

Auch heute bin ich wieder recht früh aufgestanden, nämlich um 0630 Uhr. Ich möchte ja die Tage so gut als möglich nutzen. Viel früher hätte aber keinen Sinn, weil in der Dämmerung die meisten Tiere unterwegs sind. Außerdem öffnen die Offices der einzelnen Caravanparks meistens erst gegen 8. Nach dem Frühstück und wieder mal dem Verstauen meiner Sachen bin ich um 8 Uhr Richtung Norden aufgebrochen – heutiges Ziel: Exmouth. Auffallend auch an diesem Tag wieder die vielen Termitenhügel, die in der Landschaft herumstehen. Wäre interessant, wie viele sich auf einem Hektar befinden, ich habe jedenfalls tausende gesehen, alle so um die zwei Meter hoch und an der Basis einen bis eineinhalb Meter breit. Ganz witzig finde ich auch, dass die Autofahrer – hier sind fast nur Campervans, Wohnwägen und Allradfahrzeuge unterwegs – grüßen. Das ist ... read more
sogar die Tauben sind cooler hier ;-)
morgendliches Durchlüften

So another pack up and set up later and we are nestled in the campground of Boat Harbor. This is our last coastal destination which lies along the amazing World Heritage Area of Ningaloo Reef. As we set up camp the clouds creep across the sky and the rain begins to fall. We spend a quiet day in the van as the rain continues to fall and the wind starts to blow. What a wild night we were in for, sheets of rain fall all night as the wind howls. We feel like we are lying on a roller coaster as our beds are shaking up and down all night long. The girls bunk in on the table bed in the centre of the van as Matt and I ride out the storm. We arise to ... read more
Go Team Collopy!
The track to camp after the rain!
What a spot!

We left Coral Bay eager to explore the southern 4WD camp grounds of Cape Range National Park. The southern coastal road that leads to the park was some 40km of bone jarring, teeth rattling corrugations...awesome! Some two hours later, meaning that it was taking us one hour to travel just twenty very bump kilometers, we arrived at Boat Harbor. The camp ground was nestled behind the sand hills and the turquoise waters of the bay were perfectly protected by the natural harbor shaped reef. Looks amazing but alas there are only four campsites and none are free, so we are forced to continue along the corrugated track to 1 K Camp. Hmm, not quite the same picturesque setting here, rock ledges, sharp reef and no sandy beach. Oh well, we set up camp and wait to ... read more
Corrugations Galore
Goodbye 1 K Camp, Hello Boat Harbor

Day 44 – Sunday 12th August – Cape Range National Park, Yardie Creek campground In place of our early morning walk I decided that the boys should make a bit of an effort to catch a fish. That meant dawn fishing on Yardie Creek beach (and a bit of a lie-in for me!). Mark and Luke marched over to the beach at 6.30 with their rods and tackle boxes full of intent. Anna and I joined them at 7am for some moral support and to help with gutting the fish. Only the moral support (and help with untangling lines) was needed. So no fish for breakfast! But it was a nice start to the morning. Nutella and bread is a more than adequate alternative to fish for brekkie (really the only acceptable fish for ... read more
Anna casting the hand line
View from the ridge
Turquoise Bay

Day 43 – Saturday 11th August – Cape Range National Park – Yardie Creek campground At 6am the sky was just lightening and turning pretty colours when Mark and I went for a morning walk along Tulki Beach. The night time temperature on the Cape has been a good few degrees warmer than at Karijini and the car was telling us it was 14 degrees when we set off for the walk. It was a beautifully still morning, the water was just marked by gentle ripples when we saw a couple of dolphins swim past. What is it about dolphins that make seeing them in the wild so special (except if you are fish that is about to be gobbled up for dinner or breakfast)? On the way back we were watching shadowy movements ... read more
Just for a change - this is sunrise over the rim
Can you spot the shark or dolphin??
Yardie Creek

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