Ideas for West Coast on where to stay and do

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 20:25
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Hi All
Currently in Broome (raining ) any ideas for the trip south staying on the coast. Family travelling.
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Reply By: 08crd - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 23:39

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 23:39
Depends how far you want to travel, how much time you have. It is a very general question.
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Reply By: Member - kym111 (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 23:54

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 23:54
Hi Rich
depending on how long you are travelling, how far south you wish to go, and how long you want to stay in one spot (and do you want isolated, or towns?)....

Karratha is a good spot to stock up and recharge - was $50/night for a powered site at the Aspen Park Holiday Village (Rosemary Road), great pool and playground for the kids, bbq facilities. Groceries are a bit expensive, but there's a decent shopping centre. Good day trips to Point Sampson, Cossack, Roebourne, Harding Dam and Dampier (or even Python Pool and Millstream if so inclined).

Exmouth or Coral Bay - very touristy spots. Haven't been there for a while so don't know the costs or facilities etc.

Carnarvon - I tend to keep going, but I'm sure some of the others on this site have nice things to say about it.

Kalbarri - great little town for relaxing and doing very little. I haven't stayed in the parks but they are many. Heaps of holiday homes, a few little boutique stores scattered about the main part of town.

Geraldton - Regional centre, main CBD, 2 main shopping centres, great foreshore facility for the kids, 4 or 5 caravan parks, plenty of touristy things to see and do.

Dongara/Denison - A bit like Kalbarri but south of Geraldton...

If you're looking for more isolated camp spots, there are plenty dotted about the coast as you come down this way.

I hope this helps. Not very specific, but it's a start.

Kym (Geraldton Local)
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 07:05

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 07:05
There is also a short term stay park in Dampier itself. Well worth a day or so to have a look out on the Peninsular at the LN Gas plant and the visitors centre. If you are lucky enough to find a guide they will give you a good run down on the workings and may even show you the aboriginal rock paintings. Bob.
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Follow Up By: 410 - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 09:36

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 09:36
Hi Kym
Thank you for the tips. We have time, but the price will depend on how long we stay and how many places we see.
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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 15:25

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 15:25
Kalbarri has a lot to look at. There are all the gorges to the East of the town, some amazing coastal scenery to the south, plenty of fishing.

Carnarvon - fair bit of history there. Plenty of plantations to visit, and to the north of the town is the Blowholes and further to Quobba and Red Bluff. Out towards Gascoyne Junction there is a great waterhole (forgotten the name offhand), and Chinamans Pool in town itself.

Dongara - inland from Dongara is Coalseam National Park which is a nice little spot to have a look at.

Shark Bay/ Denham/Monkey Mia …… well worth the detour in off the main road.

Onslow is a lovely little spot if you are into fishing I believe.


You're in WA, there is tons of stuff everywhere.
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Follow Up By: 410 - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 15:34

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 15:34
Hi Laurie
Thank you for the info.
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Reply By: Derek Jones - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 10:20

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 10:20
Kym's provided a great run down of the towns.

You can throw in Barn Hill, 80 Mile Beach, Cape Keraudren (sp?), Pardoo Station between Broome and Hedland. Many people overnight at the De Grey River if you are looking to break your journey and then there are a couple of 24 hour stops closer to Broome.

Got no idea what you want to do, what you are towing, how self sufficient you etc so some (all) of these ideas may miss the mark.

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Follow Up By: 410 - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 10:44

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 10:44
Hi Derek
We are towing a large van and set up to free camp, i had De Grey River marked to shorten the trip from a very wet Broome. This rain has even put the locals and fellow seasoned travellers out.
Thank you
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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 11:23

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 11:23
Don't forget to go into Karijini. Not a town but an excellent destination for a few days or weeks. About half way between Newman and Tom Price. Dales Gorge has a NP camp area. There is a commercial caravan park the western end of the park if you choose.
Personally I prefer the inland route from Port Hedland to Perth. Lots to see and depending on time heaps of wild flowers.

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Reply By: happytravelers - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 11:28

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 11:28
We're also in Broome and fed up of the rain, 139mm last night. Forecast is clearing Fri. We'll head East, hope the Gibb hasn't had too much rain.
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Follow Up By: 410 - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 12:09

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 12:09
Yes very wet, about 8 inches so far apparently. I heard the Gibb River road maybe shut and the road to Port Hedland near Sandflies is shut ?
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Reply By: Carolyn R2 - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 16:08

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 16:08
We are also in broome! Weather is truly rotten. Our plan is to head to eighty mile beach, then on to millstream, then karajini sand then south to kalgoorlie. Would love suggestions on where to stop between 80 mile and millstream, keraudren seems a bit early in the journey. Also any highlights between karajini and kal? We need to be back in Melbourne in 4 weeks so can't deviate too much. Towing an off road camper trailer and travelling with young kids. Rank scenery and interesting destinations above facilities.
Thanks, and good luck to fellow broome-types!
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Follow Up By: Member - Munji - Friday, Jun 07, 2013 at 14:19

Friday, Jun 07, 2013 at 14:19
Cape Keraudren is about 16 kms off the road near Pardoo Roadhouse. A far better place to stop and camp, fishing, swimming and a nice beach.
It's also the start of the old vermin fence, if you go down to the rock area at the point you can see the remnants of the fence - concrete wall.
De Grey will disappoint if you have children. Safe travel.
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