D'Entrecasteaux NP - Western Section

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesNorthcliffe
FinishBlack Point
DifficultyDifficulty 4/5
Suitable for4WD 
Distance259.73 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed35.82 km/hr
Driving Time7 hrs 15 mins
Article By: Member - John Baas (WA)
Page Updated: 7 Sep 2015

Description

Virtually all of this trek lies within the western D’Entrecasteaux National Park national park which stretches along the coast from Black Point in the west to near Walpole in the east with Windy Harbour providing a convenient coastal ‘centre’.

The trek can be divided into two separate sections: the centre and eastern section comprising the Yeagarup and Callcup dunes with magnificent karri roads accesses including the Carey Brook camping and Beedelup Falls areas; and the western section encompassing the very scenic Lake Jasper, Jasper Beach and Black Point.

The access track to the Jasper/Black Point area requires normal careful coastal driving through mainly peppermint woodland with some bullich, but tyres should be deflated to about 20psi. The Yeagarup and Callcup dunes definitely require tyre deflation and at Callcup, if proceeding up the dunes, pressures as low as 10-12psi will be required.

It may be possible to beach drive the entire stretch between Donnelly River and the Summertime Track near Windy Harbour, but more often than not the Warren River crossing will be impassable, as might be the Meerup River. Swell and tides play a part here.

Depending on where you enter the beach, you might be forced to exit up the Callcup dunes. Note that this section is the most challenging of the trek and really demands some previous dune driving experience.

Most the destinations marked on the trek have good camping with DEC fire rings for the most part (no camping at Beedelup Falls). The Carey Brook camping area is lovely, set as it is in tall karri with adjacent access to the perennial brook.

An excellent reference for this area is the draft management plan for Shannon and D’Entrecasteaux National Parks which is available atwww.dec.wa.gov.au.

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Environment

The climate is characterised by cool temperate with most rainfall in winter but frequent morning drizzle even in summer. Summer temperatures are usually moderate but occasional short hot spells occur.

D’Entrecasteaux National Park contains huge areas of pristine or largely untouched beaches, coast structures including magnificent dune systems and long beaches, as well as major wet and sedgelands providing for a large diversity of fauna and flora.

It lies wholly within the Warren bioregion which is characterised by dissected (rivers and streams) undulating country supporting karri on the loams, paperbark and sedge swamps in the extensive depressions and predominantly peppermint woodland and scrub progressively near the coast.

The coastal belt extends the entire length of the Park with widths between half a kilometre near Windy Harbour to up to nine kms towards the west and east. Black basalt cliffs occur at Black Point but the coast access for the rest of this trek is pure beach. The major river and creek systems are the those of the Warren and Meerup rivers.

The expansive Yeagarup and Callcupo dunes approximate 4000 hectares in extent. Lake Jasper is the largest lake in the southwest and holds a large body of fresh water overlaying clean white sands – it is known as a ‘white lake’ due to the lack of tannins encountered in other waterbodies of the Park.

The flora of the Park is extremely diverse which holds up to 1000 species, with major families including orchids, sedges, pea groups and melaleucas (paperbarks). Away from the coast the area is dominated by impressive tall karri forest.

The main coastal tracks between are dominated by peppermints and the usual south coastal plant communities with occasional stands of bullich. Mammals and birds are well represented in D’Entrecasteaux National Park withat least 21 species of the former and 123 of birds. Reptiles, in contrast are relatively poorly represented.

History

D’Entrecasteaux National Park was formed progressively over the period 1970-90 via the amalgamation of private purchases, existing conservation reserves, forestry reserves, pastoral leases and local government reserves; resulting from recognition by the Conservation through Reserves Committee (1974) that the State lacked a large single south coastal area preserved from human development.

Archeological evidence indicates continuing Aboriginal usage of the D’Entrecasteaux National Park area for at least 10,000 years with current custodians mainly from the Murram branch of the Noongar Nation. Lake Jasper holds major significance to custodians and many archaeological artifacts have been discovered at the site.

Non indigenous history commences with early Dutch voyages from at least 1627. Captain Vancouver in the Chatham undertook the first hydrographic survey of the south coast in 1791. A year later French Admiral Bruny D’Entrecasteaux National Park led a large scientific expedition which included the ships Researche and Esperance, and which named Point D’Entrecasteaux.

Little interest followed these voyages with activity mostly restricted to sealing and whaling. However, following settlement in 1831 terrestrial and further coastal exploration accelerated with farming being established to the north of the Park in the 1850s. Pastoral leases were prominent in the (now) Park in the 1880s with grazing continuing to the 1980s. These pastoralists built a number of coastal huts for summertime grazing (cattlemen huts), most of which are long gone.

More recently, D’Entrecasteaux National Park contains scatters of recreational squatters huts at scenic locations. These have been rationalized and are in the process of termination of permits following which rehabilitation of sites will take place.

The Park is highly valued by local communities such as those of Northcliffe, Pemberton and Nannup and surrounding towns and areas, but is also increasingly used by Perth metropolitan visitors who can easily access the Park within a six hour drive.

Preparation

Preparation for this route should be as for any other 4WD track, including carrying sufficient fuel, water, food, supplies, communications gear, safety equipment and first aid, along with emergency backup supplies.

You will encounter other vehicles in the summer months. However, you might have to wait for a day or so for assistance in the shoulder or winter months.

Be well prepared with a GPS, Epirb or HF radio or Satellite phone. We advise that you refer to the latest information and advice about outback communications in the Communications Topic.

Make sure you have adequate recovery gear and tyre repair kits. A compressor is essential! Travelers should read the 4WDriving Topic for related articles and checklists for vehicle setup and driver awareness

Permits

The permit cost for entry into D’Entrecasteaux National Park is $10.00. Annual Local All Parks Pass costs $20.00 per vehicle for up to 8 legally seated people. This pass provides unlimited entry to one park (or a group of local parks) for 12 months. Once entering the D‘Entrecasteaux National Park, to visit beaches, you will also need the National Park entry pass.

Camp fees apply at most designated campsites and you will therefore need a camping permit if you wish to camp near Black Point. Visitors can obtain information about applicable fees at self registration points found in camping areas. For more information regarding entry and camping permits and fees, please contact:

DEC Pemberton

Donnelly District (Pemberton)
Address: Kennedy Street, PEMBERTON, WA 6260
Phone: (08) 9776 1207
Fax: (08) 9776 1410
Email: donnelly.district@dec.wa.gov.au

ExplorOz also stocks Department of Environment and Conservation entry permits to Western Australian national parks. These are: Annual All Parks Pass, Annual Local Park Pass, Holiday Park Pass, and Gold Star Park Pass. These permits are also listed in the recommended reading section at the bottom of the web page.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel SymbolNorthcliffe (note – there are no facilities at Windy Harbour), Nannup.
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 36 litres4cyl 42 litres4cyl 52 litres
6cyl 40 litres6cyl 47 litres6cyl 46 litres
8cyl 40 litres8cyl 43 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Pemberton
Distance from Trek Mid Point 21.23km NE
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C26.226.424.521.218.215.915.015.516.718.821.323.9
Mean Min. °C13.213.612.710.99.48.17.27.07.68.610.311.9
Mean Rain mm21.819.136.675.0151.0191.1209.6168.3128.990.061.834.7
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Northcliffe to Wheatley Coast Rd & Chesapeake Rd6.2 kmS192° 5 min
Wheatley Coast Rd & Chesapeake Rd to Windy Harbour Rd & Summertime Rd4.19 kmS202° 3 min
Windy Harbour Rd & Summertime Rd to Lake Samuel3.76 kmSW241° 8 min
Lake Samuel to Meerup River (Southern Beach Section)19.63 kmNW295° 41 min
Meerup River (Southern Beach Section) to Lake Samuel19.63 kmSE115° 41 min
Lake Samuel to Windy Harbour Rd & Summertime Rd3.76 kmNE61° 8 min
Windy Harbour Rd & Summertime Rd to Wheatley Coast Rd & Chesapeake Rd4.19 kmN22° 3 min
Wheatley Coast Rd & Chesapeake Rd to Northcliffe6.2 kmN12° 5 min
Northcliffe to View of Callcup Dunes30.26 kmW272° 38 min
View of Callcup Dunes to Warren Beach3.22 kmSW208° 6 min
Warren Beach to Meerup River (Northern Beach Section)2.73 kmSE140° 3 min
Meerup River (Northern Beach Section) to Warren Beach2.73 kmNW320° 3 min
Warren Beach to View of Callcup Dunes3.22 kmNE28° 6 min
View of Callcup Dunes to Dombakup Brook, Malimup Tk15.09 kmNE61° 25 min
Dombakup Brook, Malimup Tk to Warren River Ford16.47 kmNW312° 24 min
Warren River Ford to Yeagarup Lake3.89 kmSW223° 7 min
Yeagarup Lake to Old Growth Swamp Banksia4.71 kmSW213° 13 min
Old Growth Swamp Banksia to Yeagarup Dunes to Warren River3.91 kmSW245° 16 min
Yeagarup Dunes to Warren River to Warren River (Northern Beach Section)4.68 kmS171° 9 min
Warren River (Northern Beach Section) to Yeagarup Dunes to Warren River4.68 kmN351° 9 min
Yeagarup Dunes to Warren River to Old Growth Swamp Banksia3.91 kmNE65° 16 min
Old Growth Swamp Banksia to Yeagarup Lake4.71 kmNE33° 13 min
Yeagarup Lake to Vasse Hwy & Ritter Rd12.09 kmNE30° 12 min
Vasse Hwy & Ritter Rd to Beedelup Falls8.3 kmNW312° 8 min
Beedelup Falls to Carey Brook Campground13.44 kmW255° 13 min
Carey Brook Campground to Donnelly Boat Landing3.46 kmSW231° 4 min
Donnelly Boat Landing to Carey Brook Campground3.46 kmNE51° 4 min
Carey Brook Campground to Lake Smith15.94 kmW278° 26 min
Lake Smith to Lake Wilson0.75 kmW288° 2 min
Lake Wilson to Lake Jasper (Eastern Edge)4.88 kmW286° 14 min
Lake Jasper (Eastern Edge) to Black Point Rd & Wapet Tk23.66 kmW277° 1 hr 8 min
Black Point Rd & Wapet Tk to Camping Area (before Black Point)1.15 kmSW209° 3 min
Camping Area (before Black Point) to Seal Cove Campground0.58 kmW252° 1 min
Seal Cove Campground to Black Point0.24 kmSW209° 1 min
Northcliffe to Black Point259.73 km  7 hr 15 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.

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