Campervan from Perth to Ningaloo Reef - January
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 29, 2013 12:53 PM Last Post By: rikroosdorp
Sep 4, 2012 9:15 AM
Campervan from Perth to Ningaloo Reef - JanuaryJust wondering if anyone has traveled from Perth to Ningaloo/Cape Range in a camper van in January?
Never done this sort of thing before and both in our fifties - hoping that we can plod along and stop off at various campsites along the way. The only thing we're worried about is whether it will be too hot in the camper van at night and whether it's okay to just turn up to campsites without booking at this time of year. Do we need to book in advance? We're doing this as a round trip lasting about 13 days.
Any advice would be much appreciated!
Sep 4, 2012 6:34 PM
Sep 4, 2012 9:10 PM
2When exactly in January? It's all school holidays but just after Christmas/early Jan could be problematic. Mid Jan onwards you should be OK except at Ningaloo itself when I'd book as space is limited and it's a popular destination. Once you get north of Perth it's likely to be very hot although being near the coast will mean it's bearable. I wouldn't go inland at that time of year though unless you are prepared for some serious heat. Personally I'd take a light tent as well as this could be a cooler option than a vehicle which has been storing up heat in the sun all day.
Sep 4, 2012 10:10 PM
Sep 4, 2012 11:47 PM
4I would suggest you grab a map and work out a rough itinerary, then google camping grounds and send them an email. Poster 2 is correct regarding availability and school holidays. We have done your trip off season and it was fantastic. Ignore posts 1&3
Spots we stayed in with little or no facilities would be tent city at that time of the year.
Sep 5, 2012 2:25 AM
Sep 7, 2012 5:34 AM
6You'll get about a weeks notice of any cyclone so don't worry about them. You could drive to Sydney in the waiting period.
A tent with a see through roof is a great idea though, get one of them for sure!
Jurien or Greenhead, Kalbarri, Gladstone, Carnarvon are all good places to stay in your passage north to Ningaloo. And Quobbo, just north of Carnarvon is not to be missed.
Book if you wish but don't worry to much. Kalbarri certainly books out though and yoiu probably won't find Gladstone as a tourist destination but it's marked on the map. It's an "in the know" type of place but simple to get too.
Sep 7, 2012 5:46 AM
Watch for Dugongs.....I've seen a few there over the years.
Sep 7, 2012 12:50 PM
8Picking up camper van on the 19th January, i think we will email some of the campsite's before we go. we leave the UK just after Christmas. We intend to stay on the coast road as much as we can so hopefully it will be cooler and we can plan are route and find some good campsite's. Really looking forward to this trip thanks for your advise.
Sep 7, 2012 12:58 PM
Sep 7, 2012 1:17 PM
Sep 7, 2012 3:36 PM
11My main advice is to avoid the Gascoyne Inn at all costs (gunshots, fights in the parking lot). I liked Coral Bay, nice campground and great snorkelling. There are places all along the way, I did not have a problem finding a place to camp, but I was there in December (I was the only person at the Hamelin Pool Caravan Park, for example). Shoot for the Lakeside campground at Cape Range if you have a campervan (tents are ok at any of them, Lakeside has flatter spaces). Be sure to load up in Exmouth, not much in the way of supplies in the park itself. The highway north of Carnarvon had more roadkill than I have ever seen along one road.
Sep 13, 2012 4:46 AM
Sep 29, 2013 12:53 PM
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