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An Aussie roadtrip from Coral Bay to Cape Range (photos)

written by Dean Harries March 31, 2016

A friend once told me a story about her drive from Perth to Exmouth. She’d embarked on the adventure not long after finishing high school, which was nearly 20 years ago (sorry Jacqs). Through all the razzle and dazzle of descriptions that swept across western landscapes, there was one thing that stuck with me.

“An emu raced beside my car, stuck its head in the window and tried to give me a kiss,” she said.

I laughed, but didn’t believe her at the time. I’m English after all, and I’d been baited far too often with stories of mythical drop bears. Pigeons are the only kissable birds in Manchester, so I found the idea of affectionate, lightening fast emus hard to fathom. That was until we took the road from Coral Bay to Cape Range National Park ourselves.

And Jacqs was right. These long-necked birds were like the neighbourhood watch of Western Australia. Tapping on windows, looking over bushes, meaningful eye contact. This part of the road trip saw us encounter more emus than humans.

The roads were dead, the beaches were empty and the national parks weren’t overrun. Maybe it was because we were heading into the wet season. Or maybe it’s just a remote part of the country that retains that feeling of being completely undiscovered. This is our journey from Coral Bay to Cape Range on Australia’s wild West Coast.

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A Corolla and a lighthouse. Two necessities for an epic car advert.

 

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The road to Exmouth is a catwalk of friendly emus.

 

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Through this sandy trail lies the formidable current of Turquoise Drift.

 

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Three teenagers cool off in small lake near Coral Bay

 

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Beaches of Ningaloo: mating site for green and loggerhead turtles.

 

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Hiking over Coral Bay’s grass-filled dunes isn’t advised. Keep an eye out for snakes.

 

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Cape Range National Park feels like it goes on forever… in a Corolla.

 

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Yardie Creek’s gorge looks amazing when you look up from your feet.

 

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Over 100 years old, Vlamingh Head Lighthouse is a faithful symbol of Ningaloo.

 

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Wherever we go, the GoPro comes with us. And the stick. Always the stick.

 

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Yardie Creek Gorge from above. Hard to believe you’re in the right millennium.

 

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Sandy Bay driftwood. A possible location for the Wicker Man 2.

 

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The sun starts to appear overhead after passing the Tropic of Capricorn

Want to explore Ningaloo and Yardie Creek? No problem. Check out our Australia small group adventures.

Words by Dean Harries. Images by Trina Gill. Check out their latest adventures at wedriveaustralia.com or follow them on Instagram. 

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