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


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

Day 42 – Friday 10th August – Cape Range National Park, Tulki Beach campground Mark and I set the alarm for 6am and went for a pre-dawn walk along the beach at Kurrajong, looking out for wildlife and taking photos. On the beach we saw one euro and in the water we saw a couple of humpback whales on the horizon. Once the sun was properly up and the air warmed up a bit I went for an investigatory snorkel along Kurrajong beach. I saw loads of fish in the clear blue water and then found a small coral reef further along the beach which was teeming with fish. It was time to get the rest of the family in the water to see how amazing it was. We had been snorkelling for about ... read more
Beautiful colours in the sky before the sun rises
Roo prints on the beach
Roo heading back home from its morning hop along the beach

Day 41 – Thursday 9th August – Cape Range National Park, Ningaloo Marine Park The usual routine of get up, make a cup of tea, have bread and nutella (kids) and cereal (adults) for brekkie then pack up and to be on the road again by about 8.30am, towards what we were expecting to be our favourite destination of the trip – the Ningaloo Reef. By 10.30am we had arrived in the cute little town of Exmouth, the gateway to the Cape Range National Park. We stopped off at the visitors’ centre to get some up to date information and to fill our water tank as that is the only place you can do it. There was considerable action in the car park as we arrived due to a caravan fire which had just ... read more
One of the best ways to enjoy a cool beer...
Rigging the rods
Will we have fish for dinner? Nope. Not tonight.

DAYS ON THE ROAD = 25 Wednesday 25th July 2012 Okay enough's enough. Sleep deprived again due to yet another windy night. Charles and I were awoken in the night by the wind which we then have to rush outside to pull our washing off the line or lose it, we're now awake and decide to do abit of star gazing, we can see more stars here which is really exciting. Tonight we can see Jupiter and Venice as well. Even though I'm tired I do a 5km run to the next bay and see a couple of kangaroos hopping in front of me, fantastic. We went off to another gorge today, Mandu-Mandu Gorge which is also a Class 4 walking trail. We head off at the base of the gorge along the dried up river ... read more
Mandu-Mandu Walk Trail
Gorge River Rock Bed
Mandu-Mandu Gorge

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