After our amazing time discovering the Goldfields, we found ourselves in Mount Magnet, unsure of where we were heading next. We really enjoyed our outback adventure but decided it was time to head west, back to the ocean. 340km later, we found ourselves in Geraldton, a busy port town that services the local community, sailors, north bound tourists and Grey Nomads. There was a storm passing through when we arrived so everything was a bit soggy but it was amazing to see the Indian Ocean looking so fierce. The storm had knocked the power out in the caravan park and a lot of the caravaners were grumbling and moaning about the inconvenience… as we both worked in tourism for years, we are all too familiar with the complaints and try to steer clear of the moaners at all costs, so we rugged up and took a bracing walk, leaving them to it while we enjoyed fish and chips in town.
From Geraldton, it seemed most logical to head to Exmouth and the famous Ningaloo Reef. This is a well trodden tourist route where you will find yourself in a convoy of caravans and motorhomes most of the time and you are all heading for the same destination. We found it impossible to free camp as all the free sites that we pulled into were either ridiculously full or filthy. If you want to see this part of WA, you need to grin and bear the mass tourism and expensive accommodation options. It wasn’t a highlight of our WA travels but we did find these great spots to enjoy along the way.
- Hutt River Province.
- Wooramel Station.
- Bullara Station.
- Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park.