Great Camping spots to checkout traveling along the Grt Northern Hwy to and from Broome in September 2016
Approx 387kms, 4 1/2 hrs from Perth, Ninghan Station just 6km off the the Grt Northern Hwy. The sign lists all the prices here. It has toilets and showers next to the Homestead as well as some isolated bush camp sites further on to visit like a huge rock called Wardaga and Mt singleton that has great views.
Nalbarra Station (a working sheep station) Approx 522 kms, 6 1/2 hrs from Perth and 17kms West off the Grt Norther Hwy (sign Posted). With a warm welcome John and Pam will direct you to some good camping spots or some old fashion Shearers quarters. Our camping spot only cost $20 for the night with plenty of space to find your own quite space but within easy reach of the shower and toilet.
Bilyuin Pool camp site on the Murchinson River is sign posted with the Ashburton Downs Road 74kms North of Meekatharra. Travel approx 16kms West on a gravel road and then turn left just left after the river crossing. This Camping spot is a favourite of mine because large pools and bird life have always been present. It is very picturesque, has plenty of shade, and lots of space to find your own camping spot on the banks of the Murchinson river. There are no facilities here and no one takes responsibility for this charming area, so please take in your own firewood and take your rubbish out with you when leaving!
Gascoyne River South (Middle Branch) 181kms North of Meekatharra. It is clearly sign posted as an official rest area on the Grt Northern Hwy has no facilities but it has easy to find campsites to the west on the North side of the bridge so you to bunker down quickly if you are becoming weary from driving too far in one day.
The Albert Tognolini Lookout in Munjina Gorge has a spectacular view of the Gorge and has camp sites available. It is 177kms north west of Newman, 17kms south of Auski Road. It is not far from the entrance to the spectacular Karijini NP to the south. It is worth noting that north of the Auski Roadhouse whether heading to Broome or Perth many camping spots can be found on either side of the Grt Northern Hwy for a quick overnight stop to refresh oneself, especially if wanting a view of the majestic Hammersley Ranges before the sunsets. Bea Bea Rest Area is one of those camping spots 44 Kms north of Auski Roadhouse on the western side of the Highway.
DeGrey River Rest Area is 81 kms east of Port Hedland and is on the Broome side of the river. Access is via a good gravel road on the southern side of the bridge. A picturesque spot, very popular with most people traveling to Broome, wanting a quick overnight stay. It usually consists of large pools of water in a very wide, sandy river bed in the dry season.
2nd January 2016
We travel to our first overnight campsite at Overshot Hill reserve on the edge of Newdegate/Ravensthorpe road. A free campsite with lots of shade with some outdoor table/chairs available. A 5hr journey via Arthur, Wagin, and lake King and only 2 hours from Esperance.
We head for the Esperance Seafront Caravan park to meet up with all our friends in the convoy and plan our trip for the following day. We also made a last purchases including bait and fishing gear. (more…)
First stop Ninghan Station, 360 kms N.NE of Perth on the Great Northern Hwy. Definitely a place to find your first isolated camping spot near the granite outcrop of Wardaga or explore further out. Most Stations mentioned here have different types of accommodation available, Cottages, Units, Shearers Quarters, Camping and Caravan sites, all in close proximity to the Homestead if wanting to take advantage of the hospitality, showers, toilets, kitchen facilities, and fireplaces. Each Station or camping spot had their own unique features to talk about. For example the view from Mt Singleton was definitely worth the visit! (more…)
Karijini is probably the most stunning National Park in Western Australia with easy access by car with a combination of sealed roads and well graded gravel roads. It is situated in the Hamersley Range between the townships of Tom Price and Newman and is approximately 1400 Km’s from Perth along the Great Northern Highway.
Karijini is a photographer’s paradise and a trekker’s dream. You will need at least 3-4 nights to experience the landscape and explore the gorges. Be sure to take the mandatory trip to Oxer lookout that overlooks the junction of Handcock, Joffre and Weano gorge.
Dale gorge has three major attractions: Fortescue Falls, the Circular Pool and Fern Pool are prefect for a day’s trip. The Dales (Fortescue) camp ground is close by. Savanah campsite is the most civilized campsite with showers, toilets and a tavern. From the campsite you can trek down to the bottom of Joffre gorge to be amazed by the shear size and unique beauty of Joffre falls. The trek is well marked but make sure you take a backpack, camera, towel, drinking water, food, and an inflatable mattress that can be used to paddle rather than swim in the freezing cold water.
Head in the opposite direction to the falls and use your air mattress to get to the other side of a long rock pool to take in the peace and tranquility of this magnificent Gorge.
This will surely be a time to remember as it has been for me over the years when I took people through this area as a tour guide. If time permits checkout Kalamina and Knox Gorge, you won’t be disappointed.
It wont be long before you see why I regard this remote area as one of the natural wonders of Western Australia. Check it out!
Northeast of Balingup, turn left onto Grimwade road heading south, just .6 Km’s North of Balingup. Travel approx 11.5 Km’s, turn left. Not sign posted.
Whether it be checking out the remains of the old log cabins or identifying the various trees planted many years ago. Balingup is on the South Western Hwy and is a bustling tourist town. Here you can checkout out a fabulous antique shop or have a great meal and coffee at the many restaurants and cafés. Take a short drive to the nearby historic township of Greenbushes to see the huge open pit tin mine, now abandoned. Then have a beer with the locals at the adjacent Exchange Hotel where the new Publican Julian is only too happy to show you around.
I highly recommend this camping spot and the general area for it’s many attractions. No camping fees apply.