South Western Australian National Parks

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Pete and I have travelled (from NSW) to WA so many times over the past 8 years but always in winter and the weather in the S.W Aust. has been diabolical! We are fairly strenuous 4x4 drivers but yet we have never spent much time there.
So we have decided this Year to head to the South West area (basically between Esperance and Albany) in Feb/March and would love some input re. the best beaches and National Parks you all know of.
We may make it up to Margaret River, but have been there a number of times before, this trip is more about experiencing the remote NPs on our way.
Noels and Pete
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 20:53

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at 20:53
We were last there in 2012 and spent a while exploring along the coast from Albany to Cape Arid. Our blogs from that part of the trip start here and may give you a few bits of info - though we do 4WD as a means to an end rather than an end in itself.
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Val.
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Follow Up By: noelene/peter b - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 17:33

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 17:33
John and Val
What an impressive blog! Thank you so much, it has helped us a great deal and I'm a bit of a native plant freak as well. Only one question, was it actually December when you traveled, surprised at the orchids etc...as we find late winter WA is stunning for the flora, I wonder how Feb/March will be.
Thank you anyway, we hope to get back around to Israelite Bay then up to Belladonia. That's the cunning plan!
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 18:39

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 18:39
Hi Noelene and Peter,

Glad the blog was of some use. We were there in September, the blog was written after we got home hence the confusion over dates. Not sure what you will find in the way of wildflowers in late summer - have heard that there are always some flowers out but my guess would be that they might be a bit thin on the ground. Hope you have a great trip anyway.

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Val
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Reply By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 02:41

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 02:41
There are some great 4wd tracks around Cheynes Beach, and also in West Cape Howe NP.

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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 11:27

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The track to Israelite Bay is a 60km odd sand track. There is an old Telegraph Station ruins there that are worth a look. Also Cape Arid is a good look.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 18:11

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Coming from the east, Noels and Peter could go south from Balladonia and onto the mount Ragged track to Cape Arid.

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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 09:01

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 09:01
If experiencing S/W beaches, please, please, please be aware that the Great White shares these beaches as well.

If you're crossing through SA via the Nullarbor, Give Yalata beaches ago, Coombra Beach in fact. Pristine, great on shore big game fishing and in the middle of know where and extremely hot in those months, approx 30 km's of sand track off the hwy where the GAB starts in SA, then you'll hit the Minni Sahara dunes then the beach.
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Follow Up By: noelene/peter b - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 17:41

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All taken on board, how hard are the dunes?
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 at 06:54

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 at 06:54
Most is easy, just pick the right path. Beware of tide surges when on the beach.
It is Aboriginal land so you may need a day pass. There is also a few other things to do in the area, deep under ground caves for example.

Below is a link that gives all information about the area.

http://www.yalata.org/

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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 09:32

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 09:32
Hi Noels and Pete

In 2005 I purchased the book 4WD Days in the South Coast of WA from the EO bookshop. If they still have it, it is worth a look. East of Cape Arid and perhaps the West Cape Howe NP are probably the ones you would get the remote feel from.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 09:41

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I meant to type booklet; it is only small. It is one of a series of similar booklets for south of WA regions.

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Follow Up By: noelene/peter b - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 17:39

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 17:39
Thank you Motherhen I believe we have it. May I say that today I was also researching loo additives and what a hilarious forum that is!!
Noted your name and now am chatting you (we're going the Napisan!)
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 18:09

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Great :) Noels. In 2005 an early stop as we headed towards the south coast was at Mount Frankland near Walpole. Another person in the car park said "There's this new book - you MUST get it" and went to show me his copy. I showed him I also had the booklet.

Good ringside view of bun-fights in some of those threads. For all about toilets go no further than My Blog here, which is linked to the regularly updated information about the best brands to buy for 34% Sodium Percarbonate.
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Follow Up By: noelene/peter b - Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 at 22:01

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Off to Aldi tomorrow for 2 months supply.
May I say Pot. Percarbonate is a great product for clothes stains as well and we love to get 'down and dirty' l!!
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