The Coral Coast
Trip Start Mar 02, 2010
82Trip End Oct 29, 2011
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My fishing charter turned out to be both good and bad. We took the boat all the way out past the reef and began fishing, but the water was so choppy that the captain couldn't achor properly and fishing was too difficult so we turned around and went back
After everyone had got their fill of diving, and snorkelling, etc. we headed off further up the peninsula to Cape Range National Park. This is a park right in the heart of the Ningaloo Reef so there were good beaches and snorkelling to be had. It's a bit competitive to get camp sites since it's all done on a first come first serve basis. So we stayed at a caravan park, called Yardie Creek the night before heading to the park. It was also a good spot to do some laundry and have a BBQ! The next morning, we got up early and got in line for a camp site which we ended up getting without any trouble.
In the park we did a couple hikes, such as the Mandu Mandu Gorge, but mostly spent our time swimming and snorkelling because that's the real attraction. Turqouise Bay, which looks as nice as it sounds, was probably the best spot to go snorkelling. There were some other good spots, like Oyster Stacks, but at most other places there was either a bit too much current, or it was a bit rocky getting in and out, so we spent most of our time at Turqouise Bay.
The park was also good (or maybe bad, depending on how you look at it) for wildlife
After we'd got our fill of Cape Range, we headed back to Exmouth, where Brooke and I decided to crash at a caravan park. This was a pretty good deal for the $15 a night we paid. We had all the essentials like laundry and a BBQ as well as a huge and very refreshing pool just a minute from our tent! So it was good for us to stay here for a few nights and BBQ, swim and relax with a few drinks before heading off to Karratha and then Karajini National Park.