Perth to Ningaloo Reef - can I get by on a 2WD?

Planning to drive from Perth to Coral Bay in a rental car. Is it going to be doable in a 2WD Corolla if I want to be able to get to most of the popular/touristy beaches along the way?
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Reply By: CruisinDub - Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 16:27

Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 16:27
Hello Garbage

yes, Perth to Coral bay by 2wd is no problem..

The toyota corolla might be an issue though.....

Apparently them toyotas have a stop and go issue, though they should be all fixed by now !!

We did the trip in an XR6 and even that made it... !

All popular/tourist beaches along the way are tarred, if not, decent gravel.

Enjoy.
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Reply By: garbage - Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 16:45

Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 16:45
Thanks for the reply! What's caravan park cabin accommodation availability like around late August / early September between Perth and Coral Bay?
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 17:32

Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 17:32
There are only two camps in Coral Bay and at that time expect them to be FULL

On the way you should be Ok


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Follow Up By: disco driver - Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 17:45

Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 17:45
Garbage,
It all depends on what you are looking for.
As Graham says, Coral Bay will be fairly full at that time. Book NOW to avoid disappointment
Last time I was there there were 2 caravan parks, a resort and a backpackers hostel, all fairly expensive for what you get, although the Resort has been rebuilt (upmarket) since I was there.

Google Coral Bay WA for more information.

Travelling up should be no problem. Geraldton and Carnarvon should have plenty of accomodation available but Shark Bay/Monkey Mia (if you detour that far) may need advance bookings.

Disco.
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Follow Up By: CruisinDub - Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 23:02

Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 23:02
I agree with you garbage.
We also found it expensive on accomodation for what you get.
Quality of amenities and facilities was poor compared to other places.

Coral bay unfortunately, wasnt one of our highlights on our NW trip.

Many other interesting places enroute and either side of Coral Bay.

We found Coral bay full of yobbos, though that may have been because our trip was in January and after the harvest/School holidays etc

Enjoy the trip.

Take your time getting there, plenty to see on the way.


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Reply By: DIO - Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 18:26

Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 18:26
No problems, hire cars have the reputation of being able to go anywhere. Go for it and good luck.
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 18:34

Monday, Apr 19, 2010 at 18:34
DIO,
Is your name Stephen Milne.
He's a bloody serial yapping pest.
Disco.
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Reply By: jeep cherokee - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 14:50

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 14:50
Garbage,just double check the restrictions relating to taking the rental vehicle onto a dirt road.Some car hire companys do not allow it.
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Follow Up By: garbage - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 15:09

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 15:09
Thanks, checked this already. They said you can drive on the unsealed roads, but you are not covered for the resulting damage.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 23:01

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 23:01
Cant think of too many roads around there besides 4wd tracks which arnt sealed

even exmouth is now sealed all the way to yardie creek
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