Rudall River National Park:
If you would like to visit Rudall River National Park
(now known as Karlamilyi National Park) and would like to discuss your plans with a “local”, please contact Richard Taylor, who is located at Parngurr on email firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Sandy Desert:
Consequent to a number of Native Title Determinations, including the one that resulted in a Permit becoming necessary to travel the Canning Stock Route
between Wells 5 and 40, recent decisions on transit permit requests have shown that many previously accessible areas of the Great Sandy Desert are currently not able to be accessed. For example, access to the Warri Site
and Ngarinarri Claypan, Veevers Meteorite Crater
, Patience Well
, the Callawa Route, the Gwenneth and Percival Lakes areas and numerous other native wells, rock holes and soaks is currently not being granted.
Inquiries have been made to the appropriate parties with respect to the Great Sandy Desert, and the moment answers become available, the updated information will be made available to all of those organisations who reproduce this material on their websites.
If you wish to check on the current status of issues with the Great Sandy Desert please telephone or email the compiler of this information at the address shown in the very last section of this pdf.
Steep Point:Steep Point
, the westernmost point on mainland Australia
was, up to about 2 years ago, located on private property. However, the Government in WA recently purchased the whole area, so Steep Point
, (including Crayfish Point and False Entrance
), is now being managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) as a National Park.
This means that the normal charges applicable within many National Parks in WA for entry to the Park and overnight camping now apply. (See below under “Entry and Camping Fees in National Parks”). Western Australian All Parks and/or Holiday Park Passes are able to be used for entry to Steep Point
The previous Rangers, (Paul and Pam) have been appointed as Rangers by the Department of Environment and Conservation and continue to reside in the Ranger’s residence.
As at August, 2010, there was no mention on the DEC website (www.naturebase.net) regarding Steep Point
, however, the DEC Office at Denham
) have recently included very comprehensive information about Steep Point
together with a camping permit request document on the Shark Bay
website. Go to www.sharkbay.org.au then click on “Visitor Guide & Interactive Maps” and then “Steep Point
& Edel Land”. If you require any information not available on the website, the Denham
Office of DEC can be contacted on (08) 9948 1208.
The very limited numbers of camp sites are always in huge demand, so you MUST book well ahead utilising the on-line booking form available on the Steep Point
part of the Shark Bay
website. (Be prepared to book up to 12 months ahead for some periods of the year). Camping is also available at False Entrance
, but again, you MUST use the booking form available on the website. Entry fees also apply at False Entrance
and Crayfish Bay
, and to access the Blowholes
at Thunder Bay.
DEC have retained the requirement that you MUST lower your tyre pressures to 20 psi when you come to the first sand dunes, so make sure you have an operating air compressor to re-inflate your tyres once you leave. And, consistent with travel in any remote location, you should also have an operating UHF radio
, or alternately a satphone or VHF radio, or EPIRB
Day trips are of course still able to be undertaken, and the appropriate Park entry fee will apply. A trip from Hamelin Pool
Caravan Park and Telegraph Station ((08) 9942 5905) to Steep Point
and return can easily be completed in a day. As long as you get an early start you will have ample time to savour the views, take photos, and perhaps return via the Zuytdorp Cliffs.