YARDIE CREEK

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Has anyone crossed Yardie creek recently, and if so, can it be crossed by a Landcruiser pulling a large camper trailer?
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Reply By: Spango - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:28

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:28
Frank Yardie Creek should be OK to cross, i live in Exmouth and cross it a lot, make sure you know the tides, anything over about 1.4 metres will be difficult, towing a large camper trailer should not be a problem on low tide. CALM will tell you to cross at your own peril so that takes responsibility off them and fair enough on their part.

Cheers
Spango
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Follow Up By: Frank3 - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:56

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:56
Thanks Spango.
I pressume the 1.4 metres depth you refered to occurs at high tide. Any idea how deep it is at low tide and at what time low tide is occuring?
Cheers,
Frank.
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:50

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:50
Last time I was there I followed two Prados towing caravans across. Just make sure you have four wheel drive.

As long as the tide is out its fine.
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Follow Up By: Frank3 - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 16:01

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 16:01
Thanks Wizard1.
AS mentioned earlier I have a Landcruiser. A 60 series Sahara with a V8 engine - so a lack of power shouldn't be a problem.
I was told by CALM this week NOT to attempt a crossing pulling a trailer - but I suspect they are simply trying to cover their backside.

Cheers,
Frank.
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Reply By: Spango - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 16:04

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 16:04
Yes Frank 1.4m is high tide, there is alot of sand that moves through that section, as for when low tide is I am not sure, dont have a tide book handy. Are you travelling south or north? I f i am not sure on the depth i will walk it just to be save.

Cheers
Spango
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Follow Up By: Frank3 - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 16:19

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 16:19
Travelling north, from Coral Bay to Exmouth.

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Reply By: Spango - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 16:40

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 16:40
One thing to remember Frank is the the north bank has a steep rise with a fair amount of sand at the top due to the winds, its not a real problem, its now the silly season unfortunately and there are massive amounts of holiday makers about so the north bank maybe chewed up a bit. As you said CALM are covering their bums when they say that.

Cheers
Spango
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Follow Up By: Frank3 - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 17:08

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 17:08
I have just found a web site run by the Dept. of Planning & Infrustructure that haas a TIDE PREDICTION CHART at

Site Link

I will be doing my crossing on Monday 10th July 2006 (school hols) and, according to the Dept's chart, low tide should be around 4.45pm
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Follow Up By: Member - George (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 17:34

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 17:34
Last year I crossed Yardie Creek, it was blocked off by a sand bank. The hardest part was crossing the sand bank which was all chopped up and loose sand. No water to cross, just 200 metres of soft sand
Cheers
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Follow Up By: phantom - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 17:52

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 17:52
Hi Spango and group,
I will also be travelling up that way in June and had a thought of driving from Exmouth to Coral Bay through Yardie Creek. Is it an enjoyable trip or stressful? I have an 80 Cruiser and will be towing a trailer.
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Follow Up By: Member - George (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 17:59

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 17:59
Hi Phantom, It is an easy trip, Bitumn from Exmouth to Yardie Crk, Then gravel/sand track to Coral Bay. Biggest problem will be the hundreds of other campers along that stretch of the coast but still worth doing

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Spango - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 09:24

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 09:24
Gidday Phantom, as George says the biggest problem you will have is all the campers, the mouth of Yardie Creek is open has been since about May last year and effected by tides, its an enjoyable trip with lots to see going from Exmouth to Coral Bay, with your setup should not be a problem if you take notice of the tides. I usually camp at Winderabandi in the summer, winter time is different, us locals tend to keep away from that side of North West Cape when all the tourist are around.

Cheers
Spango
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 15:56

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 15:56
Hi Frank,

We plan to spend 2-3 weeks at Ningaloo Stn in July. Should be there when you're coming through. Probably be a Sth Lefroy so keep an eye out for a green GU Patrol and Camprite CT and feel free to drop in and say hi. Just so you know, the corregations between Yardie Creek and Ningaloo Stn can be horrendous in parts but its a worthwhile trip anyway and you shouldn't have any problems with the LC and CT (I'm assuming its an off-road CT?). No lack of CT's being hauled along that route.

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Frank3 - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 21:54

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 21:54
Hi Melissa,

I have just looked up where South Lefroy is and it turns out to be immediately south of Winderabandi Pt where we plan to camp - arriving Sun 9th and leaving midday Mon 10th July, before moving onto Exmouth, Quobba Station, Nanga Station and finally Kalbarri.

I will keep an eye out for your rig. Ours is a white Landcruiser Sahara with a white roof rack. The camper trailer is a work in progress. The bottom half is presently a brownish red and the top half is white - so I guess that it will all end up white eventually.

I will soon be sending in my membership for the VKS network so I will post my call sign once it is allocated.

Cheers,
Frank.

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