Since starting our Yardie Creek Boat Tours and Turquoise Bay Beach Service in 2013, we have had a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs). We have recorded them below to assist with any queries our visitors/clients may have in the future…
What is YCBT doing about COVID-19?
Well, it’s certainly been a different start to 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s great to be heading out of hibernation and back out on the creek. As part of our COVID Safety Plan, please be aware of the following health & safety changes when preparing for your tour with YCBT:
- Please practice good physical distancing when waiting at the jetty area at Yardie Creek before boarding the boat tour and allow space when guests are disembarking after a tour.
- We will be greeting you at the jetty with a big smile and a squirt of hand sanitiser (no handshakes or high fives, sorry) – every passenger must sanitise their hands before accessing the boat (parents please help the kids with this important hygiene practice).
- We will be cleaning & sanitising the seats and handrails, before & after each boat tour for essential health & hygiene reasons.
- Please practice good cough & sneezing etiquette when on our tours – this is really important – remember to cough into your elbow and cover sneezes with a tissue.
- Please do not access our tour services if you are unwell, showing any signs of a cold or flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
- To ensure we have met the West Australian Governmental requirements to maintain Attendance Records for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes, we will require all guests to provide their contact details (phone) and full name – we are encouraging all bookings via online or with one of our local agents, that way the contact details are already provided.
- In accordance with CLOSURE AND RESTRICTIONS (LIMIT THE SPREAD) DIRECTIONS (NO 4), commencing 11:59 pm on 5 June 2020, gatherings on or in a motor vehicle, boat or aircraft are exempt under Section 13 (u) from restrictions on gatherings. This means we can provide our normal tour services aboard Yardi and are exempt from the 1 person per 2 square metre rule.
How long does it take to get to Yardie Creek from the Exmouth Townsite?
We estimate that you allow at least 90 minutes to drive from the townsite of Exmouth to the carpark at Yardie Creek. The Yardie Creek Jetty is just a short stroll to the left of the carpark once you arrive at Yardie Creek (Please use the pathways provided to get to the jetty, as walking down by the creek bed can be slippery & uneven and we are trying to protect the limestone). It is really important that visitors abide by the speed limits once you enter the Cape Range National Park (CRNP), as there is usually plenty of wildlife (eg. kangaroos, bungarras, bush turkeys, echidnas, wedgetail eagles etc) that may be close to the road.
How long is the boat tour of Yardie Creek?
The boat tour takes one (1) hour – this allows you plenty of time to do other things on the NW Cape! Why not do the boat tour, then have a picnic lunch at Sandy Bay and after a rest & relax, do a swim/snorkel at Oyster Stacks or Turquoise Bay? In the winter months (when it’s cooler) you could do a hike at Mandu Mandu gorge, then on the way home you can call into the Lighthouse and watch the sunset…how’s that for a magical day in Exmouth!
Can we take photos whilst on the boat tour?
Absolutely! Your boat tour guide will ensure you have plenty of opportunities to take photos whilst on the boat tour of Yardie Creek – if you have any special requests please just ask your guide on the day. We would also love you to share them with us on Facebook or Instagram (#YCBTs or #yardiecreekboattours)
Do we have to be quiet when on the boat tour?
We encourage our clients on the boat tour to be conscious of level noise they make, to ensure they don’t scare off the black-footed wallabies or bird life – the normal noise level of person to person conversation is fine, however we don’t have music on board or encourage loud voices (eg. shouting or yelling out etc).
Do you have any merchandise we can buy to remind us of our boat trip to Yardie Creek?
Yes we do! You can purchase some unique YCBT fridge magnets (for $5 each) or stubby/drink holders (for $8 each) or beautiful locally made soaps (for $5 each) or a beautiful turquoise blue parasol (created by Sunbella for YCBT for $50 each) – just ask your boat tour guide or contact Mandy on 0499 202 920.
If we are staying at Coral Bay can we drive up the back road and cross Yardie Creek to do the boat tour?
For the last few years (from 2013), Yardie Creek has been open to the ocean so crossing the creek has become very reliant on tides and sometimes it’s just not passable at all – please consider your personal safety at all times. Our advice recently is just to avoid this situation entirely by driving the “long way” ie. via the highway to Exmouth and then coming down Yardie Road to get to the Creek. Unless you are very experienced with 4WD driving and it’s safe to do so, we wouldn’t recommend crossing the creek by car as you may end up like some of the photos on our Facebook page…
Should we feed the wildlife in the Cape Range National Park?
That’s a definite NO! We do not feed the wildlife or marine life on our tours as we do not want to interfere with them in their natural habitats. Giving wildlife human foods can impact their well-being; may lead to unwanted habits and an unhealthy reliance on humans. We strive to observe the wildlife in their natural environment, whilst minimising our impact during our encounters.
Can we use a “drone” in the Cape Range National Park?
The use of drones has increased dramatically in the last 6-12 months throughout Australia and the world and the policies & procedures in managing their correct use is important in any natural environment with wildlife. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) have very strict protocols for the use of drones in the CRNP and you can only do so if you have a permit from them prior to accessing the Park. Most importantly, drones are not permitted to be flown close to any wildlife in Yardie Creek, particularly around the black-footed rock wallabies in the gorges; the ospreys in the nests or any other birdlife – to do so, has been proven to disturb them in their natural habitat. So if you have a drone, please only use with the appropriate permits from DBCA and always be mindful on NOT disturbing wildlife in their natural environment and also being respectful of other peoples right to privacy.
Are there any other motorised boats allowed in Yardie Creek?
YCBT are the only licenced operators to do daily boat tours on Yardie Creek (as per our operating schedule). There is another operator (Ningaloo Safari Tours) who are only able to do a boat tour in conjunction with their safari tour, but other than that no one else is authorised to take a motorised vessel up Yardie Creek. We regularly need to remind people of this, but DBCA have posted a sign on the jetty at Yardie Creek and they also monitor the area on a regular basis (via their Rangers). It’s all about protecting the eco-system at Yardie Creek, controlling the noise levels and most importantly not disturbing the wildlife in their natural habitats.