Free camping with caravan in WA

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 18:45
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Does anyone know whether you can camp overnight at Yorkrakine Rock which is between Wyalkatchem and Tammin in the WA wheat belt? Or somewhere else nearby.
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Terry
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Reply By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 19:32

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 19:32
Hi Terry

Not familiar with Yorkrakine Rock but Minnivale is nearby and a great spot.

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 20:31

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 20:31
Terry, I think it would be OK. Looking at a Google search result I see other people's blogs showing them doing that. There is a picnic site there.

You may find alternatives here on my blog about WA's Granite Loop Trail. There is a link to a downloadable map too.

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It will be cold out there though.

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Reply By: brianc - Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 20:37

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 20:37
We called in there a couple of years back for a lunch stop. I don't recall seeing any signs saying you can't. There were quite a few biting midgie things that drove us nuts, but I think they hang around certain spots (like where we were) others there didn't seem to be bothered. Maybe they had repellent on. There's enough room for a van I'd reckon.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 20:57

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 20:57
Hi Terry

Yorkrakine Rock is day area only. Further south you can camp at Kokerbin Rock.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 21:04

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 21:04
Terry,

MH is on the ball with this info, I would bow to her greater knowledge.

Take her advice, not mine.

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Follow Up By: 08crd - Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 22:06

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 22:06
Kokerbin rock is a great camping spot, flushing toilets, nice walks.
Make the most of it, the council is closing it later this year.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 23:00

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 23:00
Kokebin Rock campground will become day area only when the new campground nine kilometres south at the former townsite of Kwolyin is opened.

Yorkrakine Rock is well signed as no camping.

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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 06:53

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 06:53
Can't believe they are closing Kokerbin Rock. Why can't they just leave it alone. To much of this restriction after restriction going on. Whatever happened to free country???? It is all cock and bull.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 08:54

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 08:54
Hi Phil

I recall a few years ago Bruce Rock the word went around that it was to closed but I don't remember the where the pressure came from.Bruce Rock Shire told me they would not close it unless there was alternative free camping in their Shire. It seems they have been working toward this with Kwolyin.

The facilities at Kokerbin were recently upgraded too so I thought there may have been a change in plans, but no, they told me it will close when the alternative is open. They are not shutting us out, and there are still plenty of opportunities for bush camping throughout the wheatbelt. The coastal strip is a different story.

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Follow Up By: 08crd - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 13:10

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 13:10
I was talking to a councilor the other week and it is being changed to day use only.
This is to try to discourage people riding quads and motorbikes all over it.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 13:36

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They blocked off the vehicle access where people use to drive up onto the rock some time ago.

The camping closure was reported about five years ago, and the driving access was closed then or earlier. However the Bruce Rock Shire said they would not close their only free campground until an alternative was in place.Kwolyin became the plan.

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Follow Up By: 08crd - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 14:52

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The old tennis courts at Kwoylin, is to be the new cam ground
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 15:04

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 15:04
Thanks Crd

Do you know what facilities they will be installing?

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Follow Up By: 08crd - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 15:34

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I had a look while we were there and there appears to be scheme water available.
It was while we were walking around the church and tennis courts, the Lady Councilor pulled up and had a chat.
She intimated the facilities would be similar to those existing at Kokebin Rock. She felt it was a shame they were closing Kokebin, but necessary.
However it is expected to happen by christmas.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 15:38

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 15:38
Thanks Crd. We were impressed with the newish upgraded facilities at Kokerbin, and surprised as it was destined to be day area only.

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Reply By: mike g2 - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 12:11

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 12:11
As a comment on the side, I see again some areas limited, closing. Our Oz community should campaign to support the retention of these areas, sites and tracks before there lost.
probably growing legals, costs, and vandals. 4x4 clubs do a good job of attempting to do this by working with CALM and so on- track and site maintenance .
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 17:36

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 17:36
As I've said in the past, I wish they'd get there priorities right. Why is legislation being made that penalises the majority due to the indescrepenicies of a minority. Address the issue by seeking to pull those doing the wrong thing into line. In time everything will be closed and nobody will be allowed to go anywhere. To which case, what is the point of having great places if no one is allowed to go there??? We don't ban the use of cars because there is a minority that are drink drivers.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 18:31

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 18:31
Good point Phil. Closing places to tourists is taking the easy way out when (as seems the case with Kokerbin) its more-or-less locals on bikes and quads doing the damage. The tourists have gone back home when the place is closed down and without forums like this they (the tourists) wouldnt even know of the closure, let alone complain or try to do anything about it. In the meantime the offenders just go and mess up somewhere else. Surely the local powers that be can do better - a whole lot better.

WE had a memorable morning tea at Kockerbin last year, where we met a couple of local women who gave us a wonderful insight into wheat growing in WA. At the time we were impressed with the new toilets too.

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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 08:34

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Hi Val. Thanks for the back up. This is how I feel. However difficult it maybe, and indeed is never going to be the easy option, but authorities need to do the right thing and chase the people breaking the laws etc. not infringing the rights off the law abiding public. Isn't this illegal itself in some way?????
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