Exmouth - Cape Range National Park.

Trip Start Feb 22, 2004
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Trip End Dec 17, 2004


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Friday, December 17, 2004

On leaving Cossack we had a cursory look around Wickham, Dampier then headed further south before taking the turnoff into Onslow.

Finally at Onslow Hotel, Avan was able to order a feed of lamb shanks, which were worth the wait. We left Onslow and took a quite rough track out to Old Onslow, situated on a tidal creek. Apparently the area had been prone to Cyclone damage and flooding, so the town was moved to its present location.
 
We then continued south to Exmouth, which was formerly home to a large US air force base. We passed through Exmouth into the Ningaloo National Marine Park crossing Yardi Creek to take the 4WD only track onto Coral Bay. Ningaloo Reef Marine Park is spectacular and is certainly up there alongside the Great Barrier Reef as a dive spot. The reef is home to the enormous but harmless whale sharks, which visit for a limited season from about April to June. Also at Coral Bay it is possible to access the reef by snorkel, a few metres from town.
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Exmouth Western Australia
I was stationed there in the 60's and 70's. The base actually was a U.S. Navy Communications Base called Harold E. Holt. If you took the cut-off for Coral Bay on the Exmouth Highway, then you were still about 70 - 90 miles south of Exmouth Townsite and the Base. The Air Force Base was never really manned except for construction and is also the Exmouth International Airport, It was a Royal Australian Air Force Base called RAAF Base Learmonth, Australia. But it sounds like you missed Exmouth and the main part of the Ningaloo Reef all together. But, keep on going you sound like you are having fun and that is the main thing. Good Luck and Happy Trails .....Hugh

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