Staying at Osprey Bay Campground in Cape Range National Park has definitely been one of our most favourite places to stay! It's easy to see why campers need to book well in advance to stay at any of the campgrounds in Cape Range. Staying right on one of the most pristine parts of the Ningaloo Reef is an absolute treat with snorkelling and an abundance of sealife to delight you, straight off the beach! There are very few tropical reefs in the world that are as accessible from land as Ningaloo which stretches almost 300klms down the West Australian coastline.
There are 3 popular snorkelling sites within Cape Range all of which can be accessed reasonably easily by the whole family but the truth is all you really have to do is don a mask and look under the water and you will see something to excite you no matter where on the reef you are.
This magical part of Australia is also host to the gentle giants of the ocean, whale sharks. Tourists from around the world visit these parts to swim with the whale sharks as it is one of the few places where they come this close to shore. We were lucky enough to become part of the 0.01% of the world's population to have swum with them after taking a day out with Ningaloo Blue Dive. We were particularly lucky because we saw them at the end of September, well after the usual end to the whale shark spotting season.
We had high expectations for our stay at Cape Range with it placing high on our list of must-dos. We booked 3 weeks in advance to ensure that we got the choice of where we wanted to stay and even then we weren't direct waterfront but we were there where many others had tried to book and missed out.
Our visit lived up to our high expectations! We highly recommend Osprey Bay Campground for its cleanliness and recently made over sites and toilets (cleanest drop toilets ever!). The campground also has a boat launch area and whilst boat fishing is not permitted in the bay, shore line fishing is. This is not the case for all of Cape Range's campgrounds. Don't miss visiting Cape Range National Park if you're visiting the Ningaloo Reef!... and book early!