The Stockyard Gully
Caves are one of Western Australia
's best kept secrets. The main cave
has a sandy bottom and is some 300m long from entrance to entrance. There are two shorter caves that are accessible for the more adventurous before reaching the "final" cave
, which has no exit.
The caves can be approached from the Northern end via Lake Indoon
or the southern end from Cockleshell Gully Road. 4WD is only required for the sandy tracks and is suitable for towing off-road trailers/vans. Any 4WD is appropriate, as the larger rocky limestone outcrops on the track have been flattened off by CALM.
Although this trek can be completed in one day (mostly driving), it is a great weekend away with overnight campout at nearby Lake Indoon
is a large, freshwater lake, which covers 130 hectares, with a depth varying from approximately 1.5m - 5m depending on the seasons and rainfall. It is approximately 4.5kms around the lake. The Lake Indoon
facilities include camping grounds around the lake, an ablution block with hot water showers, and a tank for drinking water. The Carnamah Shire runs the campground at Lake Indoon
with campsites available on a first-in first served basis. A new gas BBQ and picnic area is available near the boat ramp on the north side of the Lake. Costs are $5 per person per night (½ price for kids), collected by rangers in the morning. Click www.carnamah.wa.gov.au
to view the Shire of Carnamah website providing further details on Lake Indoon
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The erosion from a creek fed upstream from the surrounding plains formed the caves. Further erosion over the years has resulted in roof cave
-ins, leaving natural entrances to the caves. These caves are a natural water course and the creek flows in the wetter months. There are warnings not to enter the caves in severe rainstorms as the cave
can flood! One can see the levels that were reached in the local flood of 1999.