4wd needed around Exmouth/Coral Bay area?

Submitted: Friday, Nov 18, 2016 at 21:34
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As mentioned in a previous post (thanks for the replies and advice people) we are flying into Exmouth in June next year and plan to hire a vehicle and camp (mainly). Do we need to hire a 4wd or will an SUV all-wheel-drive do? We are not planning on going too far inland at any point.

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Mark
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Nov 18, 2016 at 21:58

Friday, Nov 18, 2016 at 21:58
Probably for sand dunes around Coral Bay, and crossing Yardie creek depending on what it is like, if open. These of course are off sealed roads, so you need to be certain of your hire contract. The Ningaloo coast is unsealed as are of course four wheel drive tracks like we took across dunes to the coast north of Coral Bay.

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Reply By: wendys - Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 at 16:09

Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 at 16:09
If you go around from Exmouth as far as Yardie Creek, past the National Park camp areas - and into them - 4WD not needed. Road sealed, except for short tracks into the camp areas - mostly about 100 metres or so. Then you can go back via Exmouth to Coral Bay - sealed again.
4WD needed only if you want to do the direct route from Yardie Creek to Coral Bay, or as said above, go exploring dunes and back tracks around Coral Bay.
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Follow Up By: PhilD - Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 at 21:21

Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 at 21:21
And visit Ningaloo Station...magic place south of Yardie but can also be accessed off the bitumen.
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Reply By: bellony - Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 at 01:52

Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 at 01:52
Forget about crossing Yardie Creek unless you have a boat. Cyclone in early 2015 washed all the sand out of the mouth. July this year I witnessed 6m boats coming in the mouth.
Exmouth/Coral Bay a soft roader will be fine.
Ningaloo station access can be very corrugated and a few sandy spots getting into the camp areas. Probably better with 4WD there, or a decent compressor at the very least.
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