what is the best time to go to Ningaloo area?

Hi All,

Heard some horror stories about Ningaloo and crowds, idiots etc and wondered what experiences people have had and what is the best months during the winter period to go up there.


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Reply By: Member - Brian R (WA) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 20:25

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 20:25
hi johnny
it has been over 10 years but i think the same will apply...if you travel this area in wa school holiday period then you will get this however it is a great area to go . if you take the track from exmouth to coral bay just take your time and keep an eye for posibilities camping wise. we travelled ariound august and had no problem finding a quiet spot
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 20:53

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 20:53
My experience at this time last year was the entire Cape Range NP was CROWDED.....needed to line up at the ranger station from around 6am to try and get a campsite..so we elected to stay in the Big 4 in Exmouth..pity really as the Ningaloo coast is absolutely beautiful and a week or so there would have been geat.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:04

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:04
Just another example of us loving Australia to death

And this with some 22 million people

What will it will be like with 35 or so million

Do it now before it's toooooo late

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Follow Up By: olddigger - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 22:21

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 22:21
Interesting point . . . but have you ever seen an Asian caravanner? I have not. Maybe it won't be as bad as we fear.
Cheers, Tony
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 23:56

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 23:56
I have, bogged in Lavis Lane entrance to Stockton Beach with a road van behind a Landcruiser and the tyres still on 40 psi :-)
You could say not very experienced
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 00:06

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 00:06
I should add that I am not knocking Asians, we are all nutty as far as I am concerned. It's just that I haven't noticed many as caravaners except the poor buggers I saw that day. The track was blocked for over an hour, plenty of unhappy campers to say the least.
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Follow Up By: daverobbo5 - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 08:37

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 08:37
rac·ism –noun
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race has superior 4WD skills and can tell that someones tyres are still 40psi like bogan Aussies have never blocked a path, got bogged, used the wrong tyre pressure or have done something they were not experienced at.
You might need to look up ignorance too!
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 09:36

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 09:36
fact -noun
1. something which is known to have happened or to exist. The only Asian caravaners I have seen were stuck in Lavis Lane. Olddigger hasn't seen any. By the way, I thought his comment was a bit smelly myself but its not my place to say whats right or wrong because that changes according to what government is in power and what particular god they agree with. You might say there is only one god but that would conflict with contrary views held by millions of other people of different races....which leads me back to the other word-

nutty -adjective
1. everyone. If I am only allowed to call white Australians nutty then thats racist. I reserve the right to call all races nutty because personally I think thats a fact.

Have a nice day, and I don't mind what race you are.
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Follow Up By: daverobbo5 - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 22:12

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 22:12
Okay. Fair enough.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 09:09

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 09:09
Maybe you refer to the Ningaloo Station ? Re the reef overall......we accessed the it at Cape Range NP one August - stayed at Yardie Homestead just outside the park - went swimming with those fabulous fish at South Mandu (possibly where the reef is closest to the beach - only a metre or two away at mid to lower tides - although low tides provide the risk of coral scratches to swimmers - not good - makes very odd looking wounds). Only few people around at the time.
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Reply By: greenextreme - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 23:51

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 23:51
Johnny, we've been up most years May-June or Aug-Sept since mid-1980's. School holidays are best avoided, the crowds are frightening. If you're set up for remote camping take Ningaloo Rd to Yardie Creek Rd and drive northwards up the coast looking for camp sites at the many nodes / camp areas. Crowds are usually less intense along that section. Check the crossing at Yardie Creek, usually dry but some years can only be crossed at low tide. Otherwise, stay south of Yardie and you can still have a great holiday [with fewer crowds]. Enjoy.
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Reply By: Member - eric m (WA) - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 10:19

Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 10:19
hey johnny

we have been here from april 16 at the ligthouse c/v park. just after school hols and it has been just the best. they tell me it will start filling up with all the people that live here for 4 to6 months of the year in there vans no idiots that i have seen all just great people i will bee booking my spot for next year might even stay abit longer yet. scuba. snorkle. fishing from boat or beach. 4wd ing. walk tracks .no one has had any trouble here that i have heard of every one looks after every ones stuff when you go out for the day or 2. just great get up hear and have some fun you will love it. there are some people have been coming up here for 27 years
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Reply By: get outmore - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 09:34

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 09:34
trick is to camp south of yardie creek - all the campsites off the bitumen road were full and the ones after the creek were totally empty as in no one else
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