Exmouth Coral Bay

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Hi All,

We are beginning to plan a family trip to Exmouth and Coral Bay - from Perth, possibly for next July, and we are keen to hear all of the "do's and don'ts" for both places.

We would love to hear about the best caravan parks, things to do and the things to avoid.

Any help and advice greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 20:23

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 20:23
Book your accommodation very very early.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 03:44

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 03:44
orrr camp soth of yardie

everywere full until i drove through 10 cm of water...... then no more grey nads and empty campsites
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 22:08

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 at 22:08
Caravan parks get fully booked in school holidays. Are you confined to this time?

At Coral Bay you can take a glass bottomed boat over the coral (if still running - we haven't been there for some time) and swim with whale sharks mid March to Mid July from Coral Bay and from Exmouth. You can take a fishing charter from Exmouth and be sure to catch some good fish.

The Ningaloo coastline is lovely - like a pristine patch of the Great Barrier Reef right by the shoreline.

A must is to take the drive on the Charles Knife and Shothole Canyon drives from the main road to Exmouth - but not with a caravan :O.


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Follow Up By: disco driver - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 11:34

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 11:34
Hi MH,
It's not only school holidays that Exmouth and Coral Bay are busy, there's a great group of grey nomads who spend up to 3 months on site at Coral Bay.
We were there a couple of years ago (not School holidays) and the park was still fairly full then.
However the absence of children/young teens did make the park a bit quieter of an evening as most of the "oldies" us included were fast asleep by around 10pm most nights.

It IS a great place but being so popular means that there is always a near full park during May-July.
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Reply By: steved58 - Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 00:27

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 00:27
No don'ts just do's fantastic places but do book it is popular how much time do you have if time permits do a circuit and include a run inland to karinjini national park you certainly will not regret it we have gone to all three places a couple of times in one trip and found it very enjoyable Swimming with the whale sharks is to die for but expensive especially for a family You can camp at Exmouth right along side the beaches national park fees apply or stay in the caravan parks Coral bay has no camping but good caravan parks Fresh water only available at the amenities blocks

have fun Steve
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Reply By: Life Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 01:33

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 01:33
That area is one of our favourite stomping grounds.... I can only reiterate what the others have said especially booking for school holidays, even now you'll only get in if there is a cancellation ..... We have been going to Coral Bay since 1971, I can tell you things have changed since then but it still has that lovely relaxed feel to it.... I also agree, if you have time to visit Karijini do so, just lovely in there too....
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Reply By: jacent - Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 06:58

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 06:58
Hi I went to coral bay during the holidays and it was aweful only due to the fact that the caravan park was so full it felt way too confined! Exmouth we loved, stayed at the lighthouse caravan park which is along the road to all the snorkling spots ( a bit out of the main town) but really liked the place! If you can afford it we went and did a day swimming with the whale sharks with three kings charters which was well worth it!
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Reply By: gerard m2 - Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:03

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:03
Thanks everyone for the responses. On the accommodation front we just need to push the go button. I do like the ide of Karajini though.
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:05

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:05
A must is the swim with the whale sharks. I did it and it is a fantastic experience. I went out from Coral Bay but you can do trips from Exmouth as well.

At Coral Bay we stayed at a Caravan Park and booked in advance. Very popular and busy place. We didn't stay at Exmouth. We camped in the Cape Range National Park near Yardie Creek. Very nice camping spot.

We are keen bushwalkers and there are some good walks in that area.

We also went to Karinjini National Park and that is a spectatular area with fantastic walking trails. If you can add that in you won't regret it. Having said that consider if your children are old enough (You said it was a family trip). Karinjini NP can be dangerous.

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Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 20:29
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Reply By: gerard m2 - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 21:34

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 21:34
Thanks again for all the responses. Are there any thoughts on which of the Exmouth Caravan parks is the best?
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Reply By: Snowman3195 - Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 at 10:16

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 at 10:16
Hi gerard m2,

Marg and I stayed at Coral Bay and Exmouth in June 2011.

Swimming with the Whale Shark has been THE highlight of my caravanning adventures.

I have attached a link to our website, which details our stay with plenty of photos.

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Follow Up By: gerard m2 - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 00:37

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 00:37
Thanks Snoman,

Loved your blog. Brilliant
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