Booking Campsites Coral Coast and Kimberleys

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We are taking our first off road camper van trip to WA in June & July, travelling up the Coral Coast and into the Kimberleys and Bungle Bungles before heading to Darwin.
I see that you are able to book National Park camp sites in advance. Is this necessary? We would like to be as flexible as possible in our trip but also are prepared to book in advance if that is recommended. We would appreciate hearing other people's experiences of travelling around this time and availability of camp sites. Many thanks.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 11:20

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 11:20
On such trips, that flexibility you mention is of huge value in my view.....and you should be still able to see and do 90% of what you'd ideally like to experience up there, if not more. Armed with a phone, the internet, maps and books, you'll find heaps of opportunities. Oh ....and.....once you've been all the way along the WA coast (especially the top half), you might not want to come home.....what a region ! .....(a suggestion ?.....have a snorkel / swim with the tropical fish in the shallows at South Mandu beach....Ningaloo reef......cape Range national park....park entry $ alone gets you there....you can swim all day !). The Bungles might be a phone ahead issue though....the rangers will soon advise you on that.
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Follow Up By: JMcC5 - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 16:08

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 16:08
Thanks for a speedy response. Its reassuring that we should be Ok not to book as we would really like to be able to set our own pace. Thanks also for the tips of places to put on our itinerary.
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 16:37

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 16:37
In light of the following comments re Cape Range NP - if camp site bookings are an issue, you can still easily stay at Yardie Homestead (camping, caravans, cabins, shop etc.), just a few km before the park entry station.
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Reply By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 13:31

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 13:31
We booked our site at Cape Range National Park in Osprey campground some months ahead and stayed in June a couple of years ago. All other places we phoned ahead either a day or two, or up to a fortnight before, and managed to get into anywhere we wanted.
Stayed in all kinds of places, in national Parks, free and low cost camps, stations, and also van parks depending on what was available in the area, and whether it was convenient to what we wanted to see and do there.

We were towing a 20 ft full height van so couldn't just fit into any site.

It's so difficult to plan how long you want to stay in a place until you get there, also depends on the weather.

We are off to WA again, leaving NSW in mid April. Looking forward to it soo much now I can hardly wait!

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Follow Up By: JMcC5 - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 16:10

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 16:10
Thanks. I was thinking we might have to book Cape Range National Park.. it sounds beautiful! Enjoy your trip! I am excited about ours.
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Reply By: jodie0075 - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 14:13

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 14:13
Hi, travelled through the Kimberleys last June/July in our Trak Shak camper. Only one place we could not get a site. Mornington Wilderness Camp along the Gibb River Road. Very nice by what we heard so probably would not hurt to book.Broome was busy to but ended up finding something.

Can recommend Fitzroy River Lodge campground.

Enjoy your travels. Great part of the Country.

Cheers Gary
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Follow Up By: Member - rooster350 - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 15:59

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 15:59
You did not travel through the " Kimberleys" , there is no such place..you did travel through the "Kimberley" though, it is amazing how many people cannot get it right.... Kimberley...easy as
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Follow Up By: JMcC5 - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 16:19

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 16:19
Thanks for the tips. Looking forward to getting up there in the Kimberley.
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Follow Up By: jodie0075 - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 17:49

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 17:49
Thanks for the English lesson Rooster350. Glad you clarified that or our happy traveler wanting valuable information would not of known where i meant.

Oops just realised i spelt your member name with a capital.

Cheers Gazza
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 10:12

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 10:12
theres an east and west kimberly - Plural to refer to both
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Reply By: get outmore - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 14:42

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 14:42
in cape range there is 2 campsites south of yardie creek, I found the ones North were full with lineups and the 2 south were totally empty as in not just fairly empty or relativly empty i mean TOTALLY
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Follow Up By: JMcC5 - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 16:22

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 16:22
Thanks. Sounds great! Cape Range it one of the places I was worried about. It sounds so beautiful I would hate to miss it!
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 18:31

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 18:31
sorry i will clarify I mean 2 national park campsites south of yardie
there are spots run by stations between the national park and coral bay
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Reply By: Tessysdad - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 09:58

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 09:58
If you want to get in to Cape Range I strongly suggest you take a look at the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife website. When I looked at it the other day it seemed that currently there are only 4 or 5 campgrounds available in the Park, and all require booking on line. You can book up to 6 months in advance and not less than 2 days in advance. Not sure why their web site has such little information but they did have a severe flood event there last year, and such is their management, or lack thereof, things have obviously still not been sorted properly. I have sent them an email but they have not replied as yet. That said, Cape Range is a must see and go to place, and really the best way of doing that is to be able to camp inside the park, although as suggested Yardie Homestead caravan park is a good fall-back position. Have a great trip and remember that there is the Pilbara between the Coral Coast and the Kimberley.
Cheers,
mike.
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Follow Up By: JMcC5 - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 11:15

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 11:15
Thanks. I had a quick look at their website which is what set me thinking about having to book sites. I found it very hard to navigate and find out much information about each camp site but will go back and persevere. We had also thought about a diversion through the Pilbara as well to visit Karijini national Park. So much to see up there!
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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 12:02

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 12:02
Don't forget to go inland on the west coast. Millstream & Karijini are place not to be missed. Karijini does get busy but can stay in the overflow if worst comes to worst and you could easily stay a week if you are tight on time.

Neil
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Reply By: JMcC5 - Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 14:21

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 at 14:21
Thanks for the tip about Millstream!
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