Warroora and Ningaloo

We are hoping to get to one of the above locations in July - if we’re allowed to. I’m chasing some general information on both and also which one you would choose.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 15:37

Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 15:37
I assume you mean Ningaloo Station?
Not spent much time there, but did pend some time on Warroora including some volunteering and had a wonderful time.
In general, both are great bits of country and who is running them at the time and how they are managed will have the biggest bearing on the experiences.
Our experiences in that regard (in 2006) would be well out of date now. :(










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Reply By: bellony - Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 15:49

Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 15:49
Camping at both is now controlled by govt.
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Both have a range of different options depending on your preferred style, as in how many sites are packed into each location, on the beach or back behind dunes with wind protection etc.
Lots of info vids on YouTube of the main sites.
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Reply By: gerard m2 - Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 16:01

Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 16:01
Thanks for the replies. One thing I’m keen to hear about is what the weather is like in July. I have heard differing reports from it’s terrible to it’s the best time of the year to go.

BTW I love the OKA.
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Follow Up By: Member - J&A&KK - Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 19:21

Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 19:21
Hi Gerard

In my opinion July/August is the best time of the year. Generally sunny and warm high 20’s to low 30’s. Depending on the season it can be quite windy and sometimes the northern edge of a strong cold front will bring some rain. All in all it’s usually very pleasant. Very few flies. It is always very busy at that time of the year and exceptionally so during school holidays. Water is warm ~24C. There are regulars who to the region every year at the time. Many with boats as the fishing offshore is good. We usually head there in July after school holidays. You should check prior to travelling as to the availability of camp sites. Many locations are quite solidly booked.

Enjoy your trip.

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 19:37

Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 19:37
We were there in September.
We took the tinny off the trailer one afternoon ready for some serious fishing during the next week.
The next day, the wind came up from the west.
We never put the tinny in the water.
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Follow Up By: Rangiephil - Monday, May 25, 2020 at 08:18

Monday, May 25, 2020 at 08:18
The whale sharks are there in May usually.
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Follow Up By: Banjo (WA) - Monday, May 25, 2020 at 11:58

Monday, May 25, 2020 at 11:58
The saying is that any month with an 'R ' in it is windy. That leaves May, June, July and August as the less windy period.

Having said that, one of the longtime caretakers, Rossco, said that December/January was a great time there.
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Follow Up By: Mark C9 - Monday, May 25, 2020 at 18:38

Monday, May 25, 2020 at 18:38
Do your own research. Your idea of terrible may differ from others
Check out BOM site for average temps and go from there
There is a reason that so many go nth during the dry season.
Best time of year there for sure

Also look at Coral Bay. Expensive but beautiful and crowded
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 25, 2020 at 19:08

Monday, May 25, 2020 at 19:08
In September (2006) when we were there, the temperatures were beautiful, and the winds light when I launched the tinny, but that all changed very suddenly and the winds became quite strong and unrelenting day and night making boating impossible and very unpleasant on the beach with sand constantly blowing.
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Follow Up By: Member - J&A&KK - Monday, May 25, 2020 at 20:18

Monday, May 25, 2020 at 20:18
Hi Peter

My brother in-law, a teacher, visited Coral Bay every year for the July school holidays, during the 80’s and 90’s. He towed a 26’ boat from Perth.

He often complained that the wind was too strong to launch the boat. Not sure how often that occurred but I would guess 30% of the time.

We were last there in late July mid August 2018. Weather was magnificent. Swam, snorkelled and fished ( off the beach) every day for three weeks. Then a strong cold front came through with 20mm of rain. The wind turned westerly so we ran away to Marble Bar and Rudal River. The rain and wind followed us. It took another 2 weeks for the weather to improve.

That however is the worst experience we have had up there in 4 trips at similar times. In my original post I did say quite windy. Perhaps quite should have been very.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 08:37

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 08:37
"The saying is that any month with an 'R ' in it is windy. That leaves May, June, July and August as the less windy period."
That's the first time I have heard that connected to wind. Every other time the "months with R in them" phrase was in relation to heat.
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Follow Up By: Banjo (WA) - Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 08:57

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 08:57
Peter,

You had me wondering if what I had always believed was true or not. I looked around on the internet and found many technical reports that didn't help me understand any better. However the following gave me reason to think that wind is less in the 'R' less months. The heat is certainly down in those months too, so perhaps both beliefs are correct.

- Fisheries Research Report No. 266, 2015

'Seasonal wind patterns around the Western Australian coastline and their application in fisheries analysis'

Examining in more detail these regional wind shifts with latitude, it is evident from the PVDs in Figure 3a to 3d that the winds between Learmonth and North Island are persistently from the south throughout the year, most strongly between spring and late autumn, with a weak south-easterly tendency during winter. The “bunching” of the vectors during the winter months is indicative of the more variable wind vectors in that season -- at Kalbarri, in particular, the monthly-averaged winds are virtually zero in June and July.

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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Monday, May 25, 2020 at 13:02

Monday, May 25, 2020 at 13:02
The coast of WA from say Exmouth south is notoriously windy. Have had a sleepless nights at Bush Bay and Denham. At the latter there was a queue waiting for the more sheltered sites in the van park LOL. The pix of the OKA look terrific but as he said, the westerly hit and so no fishing. As for going in December- too hot. Still I hope to be back - from NSW - in Exmouth for Australia's next total solar eclipse in April 2023.... W
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Follow Up By: Member - rocco2010 - Monday, May 25, 2020 at 13:12

Monday, May 25, 2020 at 13:12
Not only south of Exmouth. Have been blown away at 80 Mile Beach in August.

Good you mentioned that eclipse. Was talking to an astronomical person a month or so ago and they are thinking maybe 20,000 or more people will be heading for Exmouth and surrounds.

People come from all over the world for these events and as I understand it the area of totality on land is going to be very small.

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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Monday, May 25, 2020 at 13:25

Monday, May 25, 2020 at 13:25
Try this site for the path of totality.
http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/HSE_2023_GoogleMapFull.html?Lat=-22.07873&Lng=114.11425&Zoom=8&LC=1

All that travel for 62 seconds of totality. LOL Of course there's more of WA to see on the way there and back. If it had been this year with COVID.!! Was in USA in 2017 for a total and got to try some Moose Drool to celebrate. So it should be a lot of fun on 20th April 2023......... W
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Follow Up By: Member - rocco2010 - Monday, May 25, 2020 at 13:32

Monday, May 25, 2020 at 13:32
Hope Covid isn't an issue then . According to my informant there will likely be heaps of cruise ships there.

Hope you can make it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Monday, May 25, 2020 at 18:22

Monday, May 25, 2020 at 18:22
I guess that in 3 years the Ruby Princess will be long forgotten and cruising and covid won't be linked.
20,000 for the TSE sounds like a lot . Exmouth is about as far from the US or Europe as you can get for moneyed travellers to visit Oz for a fortnight and see the sky action. . Cruise ships could just stay at sea further north along the eclipse track and get a few extra seconds. All part of the fun LOL....W
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