Cape Range National Park--- Help needed

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The camps 5 books lists 8 places to stay in Cape Range NP. All have a red tick and as I have never stayed there, which is best and what is the proceedure?

Any information helpful. Going there next week, towing a 22 ft Kedron. We are not interesting in fishing, like walks however.

Costs, sandflies, proceedure, best camp site,
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 12:44

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 12:44
Osprey is the only site "on" the water. It has some gen sites. Some camps are NO gens, booking is required (first in best dressed) at the entrance to the park. It is often completely booked out. Good walking along the coast/beaches.
Also, don't miss the 2 tracks that come up into the range from the east side.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 13:43

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 13:43
We stayed outside the park at Yardie Homestead CP and drove in each day to whatever we wanted to see - while the coast and the reef in the park are fabulous, the camps in there that we did see were sun-baked and windswept - we were glad of the facilities and shade at Yardie.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 14:02

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 14:02
Hi Carl

This site describes the campsCape Range camp sites

This site may also help you
Cape Range Exmouth

Peter's information is far more up to date than mine. We stayed along the coastline many years ago when it was free camping and rough to access, with hardly anyone camping there.

Visit the Oyster Stacks day area and go for a paddle with goggles - like visiting the Great Barrier Reef right by the beach.

The visitor centre at the northern end of the park is also worth a visit.

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Follow Up By: carlsp - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 14:38

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 14:38
If you are not roaming away, this is quite likely. We are heading your way. Met another camper with a F250 and Bushtracker last week that stopped in your way to say hi. Cannot remember who it was however.

Stopped in at Broome last week and there were 5 x F250's pulling vans there. Becomming as common as mud.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 14:47

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 14:47
Hi Carl

Keep in touch (i think you have my email address?). I'm trying to get the Rooster off his perch to go for a short trip soon, just so the caravan doesn't rust! How the F250 going?

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Follow Up By: carlsp - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 19:15

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 19:15
The F250 is a dream. I cannot believe the difference over the LC200TD. We are happy on the highway here with 460 litres of water and my wives 3000 pairs of shoes rolling down the highway. She just rolls along at 95 on cruise control.

Ok, a oil tanker will make a 180 degree turn quicker and it is, a 3 year university course to operate the GPS it came with but I love it.
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Reply By: get outmore - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 15:44

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 15:44
When I was there the bitumen has been layed all the way to Yardie creek which is why the camps Nth of Yardie creek are packed

the 2 nat park campsites south of yardie were completley deserted
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 17:53

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 17:53
WE tried to get in to camp at Cape Range last year (late June). It was packed out and people were queuing at the park entrance from about 2 in the morning. So we went to Yardie Ck Station instead and explored the park from there. Most sites we saw were rather unattractive - windswept, little shade and everyone was crammed close together. I would not count on getting in there to camp, its definitely first in best dressed. The 2 drives into the park from the west are certainly worth doing, but dont know that you would want to pull a van up there.

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Val
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Follow Up By: carlsp - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 19:10

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 19:10
thanks for that
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 19:56

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 19:56
Hi Carl, agree with above and can add this from our visit in May. There are only just over 100 NP campsites when 500 are needed. At one site with 7 spots the camp host uses one of the spots and so it goes with the others so that 15 % of spots are taken up by the hosts!!!!. Yes sites are exposed to the wind and not pleasant. No loos. There is empty ground at the sites we saw - they could easily double or treble the capacity.
Visit the lighthouse lookout and go for a snorkel at Turquoise Beach. A few k's south of lighthouse and within view of it are some bush camping spots not in NP. Also walk to lookout after a spectacular drive up into the Ranges south of Exmouth. Water for free at info centre in town is a plus......W
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