Friday night we cooked Vicki’s trevally for supper. After gutting and removing the head and tail she wrapped the fish in alfoil. It was then into a bed of hot coals for half an hour to cook. Delicious! The four of us only managed to eat half the fish that night, we saved the rest for the next night.
Left Stephens Camp Saturday morning bound for Coral Bay. Took the station track that follows the coast up to the northern end of Warroora Station to what is known as the 14 Mile Camp. This is the only camp on the station that can be reached by a relatively good dirt road and doesn’t require four wheel drive. You should have seen the caravans here, my best guess would have been about a hundred vans. Some had obviously come for several months. I’m glad we checked it out but no way would I stay there.
It was only a couple of hundred kilometres to Coral Bay but when we got there we found that the caravan park that took dogs had no sites for dogs available, so although they had plenty of unpowered sites, because of Bob and Heathers dog we could not stay. This was a disappointment to Vicki and I as we had been looking forward to a few days at Coral Bay as this is a very pretty place with a great beach and terrific snorkelling.
We then went north up the track that follows the coast all the way to Cape Range National Park. We did notice that since our last visit signs had gone up prohibiting camping on the Commonwealth land between Ningaloo Station and Cape Range National Park. 9 miles up this track is Brudoodjoo Camp on aboriginal land. There would have been about 25 vans here almost all long stay. This was mainly a fishing camp, almost every camp had a dinghy. The water was very shallow and not really inviting for swimming. There was also a fair amount of broken glass on the beach. We didn’t see anyone swim during our two days there. Since our last visit to this coast just two years ago the charge for station camping has risen from $10 to now $15 per site. Whilst this is a steep increase it is still less than half what caravan parks charge, mind you caravan parks have facilities such as toilets and showers, stations don’t. That night we had the rest of the Trevally, curried with rice. Even better than the night before.
Stayed here two days. Left this morning via a track that took us back to the main (and bitumen) road to Exmouth. The amount of vans on this road was simply unbelievable. I can only assume that Exmouth must be a caravan spawning ground and they are all heading there for the “annual caravan spawn” and then every year they return to the same place. Only one park took dogs so we went to book in there. $35 for an unpowered site. This is the most we have ever paid. This place has over four hundred sites and tonight there is a “full house” sign out the front. There are at least four other parks here.
After setting up camp we drove to the Kallis prawn factory and purchased a kilo of freshly caught and cooked tiger prawns. With some fresh bread rolls from Banjos we had a great supper. We only ate half the prawns so I suppose we will just have to put up with them for supper tomorrow as well!
Ningaloo Caravan and Holiday Resort, Exmouth – Monday 25 July 2011