which are the best campgrounds in Cape Range National Park area

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Hi,
Trying to figure out which is the best (nicest) campground in the Cape Range area. I can see there are a few on the western side of the peninsula.
Ned's camp?
Yardie Creek?
etc
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 14:25

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 14:25
When we went up that way they were all booked out. We ended up in a caravan park at Exmouth and did day trips around to the west.

Be sure to go down to Yardie creek. Great area.
Go up to lighhouse - saw whales from there.
Also go up to the top from the eastern side. - spectacular erosion and coastal views.

We went August - September

enjoy
Alan
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Follow Up By: Johnnytasman - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 14:37

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 14:37
Thanks Alan,

Did you book at all when you went in August?
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 15:19

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 15:19
No

We try to travel without any plans. We had never been there and just arrived in Exmouth. Upon searching for info for campsites we were informed that all were booked out. Place was quite busy.

Alan
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 15:27

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 15:27
Booking is on a first come first serve basis .... you only get access to the park, no booked campsites ... last time I was there you basically had to wait until a site was vacated, and then the ones already in the park had 1st digs on the choice of sites.

Essentially, if you wanted the prime campsites, you first had to take one of the other ones and then work your way up through attrition.

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Follow Up By: Johnnytasman - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 15:36

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 15:36
Hi Scott,
Which campsite are you talking about?
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 15:40

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 15:40
Inside the National Park.

My honest opinion ? Try Yardie Station - still plenty close for day trips.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 16:38

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 16:38
Did you go south of yardie?
Theres another 2campsites which can be emty while the others are choka
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 16:46

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 16:46
No We never went south of Yardie.

Alan
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 17:27

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 17:27
There are (as of August this year) 4 sites you have to book online through the DEC web site. The others are a first in basis at the National Park entrance. The Exmouth Info Centre will tell you not to go to the Dec office. But we found out that is the best place to go to ask about the camp sites. They have a white board that is updated each morning by each camp host. They are very helpful. The booking system on their web site can be very difficult, but apparently they are planning to improve it. When it is working there are photos of each camp side. Ned’s is a great site. How busy the sites are depends on what time of the year you are going, any school holidays etc. Snorkelling is absolutely brilliant! And a must is to be there when the Whale Sharks are there and do a swim with the Whale Sharks trip. 3 Islands group are one of best and if you get one of the small tourist books there is a 10% off coupon in the book. Kevin
P.S. Don’t forget to go to the Pinocchio’s Restaurant in Exmouth!!!!!!
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 17:34

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 17:34
T-bone & Turquoise Bay are our favourites but they're all nice. It depends on what sort of camping setup you have as most are better suited to vehicle based/campervans etc. Not so good for tent or swag based camping.

If you look at this link to Places, you can pan around the map to see the location of the campsites (red tent symbols) - click each to see photos submitted by other travellers and get coordinates etc.

Problem is you need to book the site long in advance through the National Park's office and you may not get a choice depending on other bookings. Best to contact direct.

Here's the link to the DEC website with a link to book a site etc. Link to Cape Range National Park
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Follow Up By: Johnnytasman - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 17:43

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 17:43
many thanks for your help!
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 20:33

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 20:33
Osprey Bay.
If I recall, it was one of the few where you camp on the ocean. Most are some distance back.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 08:44

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 08:44
As mentioned above, don't worry if chasing the sites becomes 'all too hard', because staying at Yardie Homestead CP* and travelling into the park daily is viable - you can still have a great time up there. *not to be confused with Yardie Creek which is way down the bottom end of the national park.
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Reply By: Gotlost - Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 10:23

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 10:23
Gidday Johnny,
i live locally and have done so for 12 years the best place to camp is Pilgramunna, u get protection from the wind, close to the beach, only draw back is the campsite is in the mouth of a creek, which can be a bit of a pain if the tides are high, it has been very windy here for about 3 weeks now, most of the campsites are exposed to the wind, Neds and Mesa will give you some protection from the wind also, although Mesa is a bit back from the water, places like Osprey are too open to the wind i would not camp there, no protection at all, so when looking for a good campsite make sure you take the wind into account.

Cheers
Mark
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Follow Up By: Johnnytasman - Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 16:16

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 16:16
thanks Mark, good advice.
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