Ningaloo Reef

We are now staying in the Cape Range National Park on the Ningaloo Reef. The park covers some 50,581 hectares and the reef accessable to us stretches for about 35 miles. It goes way beyond that but is only for 4 wheel drive vehicles.

On every trip we like to spend some time doing absolutely nothing and this is the perfect spot. The park starts 35 miles outside Exmouth and once inside the park there is no food available and only one watering hole with one tap, this is not for drinking and you have to elbow emus out of the way to get at the tap with your containers. A good road stretches the length of the park with unsealed roads leading to about 20 different beaches and bays. All the bays are within the reef so they are dead calm, ideal for swimming and snorkelling and crammed with every type of marine life you can imagine and loads of lovely coral.

On some of the beaches there are camping grounds that hold about 6 vans each. The only facility is a bush toilet. The one we are staying on is called Pilgramunna. It is right on to a lovely beach with great snorkelling and you can walk several miles each way and never see a soul. We tend to wake up early every morning and go for a walk. You can see the fresh tracks of animals that have been about during the evening. There are always a couple of kangaroos hopping along. They seem to like an early morning stroll on the beach as well as us. This morning we saw the tracks of where a green turtle had come up the beach at high water, dug a hole and layed her eggs. If only we had come up here for a walk last night we could have watched her. Such a rare sight to see. At night we sleep with van door open to get a breeze and you can hear the waves on the reef all night.

We drove down to the furthest point of the park today called Yardie Creek. After this it’s 4 wheel drive only. There are notices everywhere telling you how you might get stuck and that you should let your tyres down a bit and have a compressor with you to inflate them again at the other end. We were stopped by a young guy who had got himself stuck and he asked if we could go and get him some help. We drove about 25 miles to the visitor centre to tell the park rangers. The nice lady behind the desk said “Sorry, it’s his problem. There’s nothing we can do. He has to get help for himself.” They did say they would send a ranger but we did wonder just how many vehicles are stuck down there at any one time.

Talking about helpful, here is a paragraph from the notes you get when you enter the national park –

Cone Shells – Sting may be painless followed by numbness, pins and needles, double vision, possible complete paralysis over 30-60 minutes. Mouth to mouth may be required. Never give up. Cardiac massage if no pulse. Send for medical help.

Oh, and we’ll tell you about the rip tides tomorrow.

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