The Coastal Route from Geraldton to Exmouth.

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.
Leaving WA and heading into The Hutt River Province for a few days.
Leaving WA and heading into Hutt River Province for a few days.
Prince Leonard's statue at the entrance to Hutt River Province.
Prince Leonard’s statue at the entrance to Hutt River Province.
Peace and tranquility at Hutt River Campsite. Picture taken before we had our camp chair meets camp fire incident.
Peace and tranquility at Hutt River Campsite. Picture taken before we had our ‘camp chair meets camp fire’ incident.
Ogilvie Road, my morning running route next to Hutt River Province where I was accompanied by lots of roos and a family of wild boar.
Ogilvie Road, my morning running route next to Hutt River Province, where I was accompanied by lots of roos and a family of wild boar.
  • Kalbarri.
The stunning Kalbarri coastline.
The stunning Kalbarri coastline.

 

Dog-friendly beaches.
Kalbarri’s dog-friendly beaches.

 

Kalbarri surfers.
Kalbarri surfers.
  • Wooramel Station.
Our perfect spot at Wooramel Station.
Our perfect spot at Wooramel Station.
Bobby learning about station life and livestock.
Bobby learning about station life and livestock.
The riverside walk on Wooramel Station was perfect for walking and running.
The riverside walk on Wooramel Station was perfect for walking and running.
Wooramel's White Gums.
Wooramel’s White Gums.
Galahs putting on a show for us.
Galahs putting on a show for us.
Wooramel Sunset.
Wooramel Sunset.
Tiger enjoying Wooramel from the comfort of her bed.
Tiger enjoying Wooramel from the comfort of her bed.
Campfire.
Campfire.
  • Carnarvon.
Carnarvon, famous for it's fruit plantations....and large spiders!
Carnarvon, famous for it’s fruit plantations….and large spiders!
  • Bullara Station.
Bullara Station entrance.
Bullara Station entrance.
Cows watching me very suspiciously on my morning run around the station.
Cows watching me very suspiciously on my morning run around the station.
The open air showers were too cold for the locals but we enjoyed them!
The open air showers were too cold for the locals but we enjoyed them!
The station''s camp fire and social area.
The station’s camp fire and social area.
The road out of Bullara...about as much red road as our van can cope with.
The road out of Bullara…about as much red road as our van can cope with.
  • Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park.
We have no doubt that the Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park are stunning but access is almost impossible if you are travelling with your pets. We stayed one night at Yardie Homestead Caravan Park and had a walk along the beach at Vlamingh Head but this is definitely an area to explore without your pets in tow.
We have no doubt that the Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park are stunning but access is almost impossible if you are travelling with your pets. We stayed one night at Yardie Homestead Caravan Park and had a walk along the beach at Vlamingh Head but this is definitely an area to explore without your pets in tow.

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