Middle Lagoon, Dampier peninsular

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 16:05
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Has any one recently towed a van into here for a couple of nights stop. Latest I could find on this site was 2013. Also any other recomended stops (with a van) in the area.

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John.
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Reply By: Notso - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 16:27

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 16:27
You might find this worth looking at!
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Follow Up By: Member - johntoyo - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 17:39

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 17:39
Yes thanks Notso, saw that and wanted others experiences of getting in there with a van in tow.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 22:25

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 22:25
Maybe a call to that mob might be useful. I was there years back and it was extra rough. Didn't take the van in.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 23:52

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 23:52




Lots of others tackle it but not sure of the definition of "a van". Don't drive one myself (a "van") but track appeared pretty easy..only suggestion ..drive to the conditions.

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Greg
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Reply By: My Aussie Travel Guide - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 21:00

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 21:00
We don't travel with our van up there, but have seen many during our travels. It can be a little sandy in places once you head onto the Middle Lagoon access track, but nothing too serious. If you can book ahead, you might like to book a cliff top site, the views up there are sensational!
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Follow Up By: outback epicurean - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 21:42

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 21:42
Can be quite windy and then the clifftop is a disaster. We had to pack up and leave as wind and sand blasting made site unbearable
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 22:54

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 22:54
Don't worry about the wind/sand - watch out for the crabs!!



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Reply By: Member - peterdre - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 21:29

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 21:29
Hi John,
Last year we went down the side road to the Middle Lagoon turn off, but kept going west to a camp called Gnylmarung (?) which is on the western side of the peninsula. The location was sensational. Run by Alphonse, relation of the middle lagoon managers. The road was sandy in places, use 4WD, be careful, but no real hassles. We were towing a medium size hybrid van and had a great time...great fishing and location. Refer Wikicamps
Pedro
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Reply By: 464 - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 23:52

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 23:52
I have stayed at Middle Lagoon a number of times. Have seen vans (off-road) there each time. Depending on the time of year the access road can be challenging as quite undulating ... Tyre pressure and driving to the conditions will get you there without a problem !
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Follow Up By: Member - johntoyo - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 00:48

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 at 00:48
Thanks 464. Yes goes without saying with tyres etc. We expect it to be early May before we are there.

John.
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Reply By: osters - Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 08:26

Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 08:26
Offroad van fine. Lower tyre pressures, leave Broome early before the tourist buses etc are on the road, and stop and check your van inside and out . If the road is open you just need to take it slowly. There is a halfway pullover on the dirt road. 90km dirt to bituman then 30km dirt to Middlelagoon. Pays to book. Be aware that there will be no powered sites there this year!!! The ridge is fine if you have a skirt on your van,, the wind comes from the east May to August.
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Follow Up By: Member - johntoyo - Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 10:34

Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 10:34
Thanks mate. From what this forum has provided I don't see a problem if driven to the conditions.

Van is full offroad and will be at its full 3500kg.

John.
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Follow Up By: Member - johntoyo - Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 15:54

Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 15:54
Osters, how wide is that 30km track into Middle Lagoon as you say there is a passing spot about half way along ?

John.
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Follow Up By: osters - Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 17:40

Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 17:40
Sorry about that. You have 90km dirt on the cape Leveque road. There is a pull over half way along that road. You then hit the bitumen for about 20km, then you turn off on the Middlelagoon road which is 30 km sand/dirt. The first 10km is usually corrogated, the road is narrow in sections, that is why it is best to get an early start and miss the outgoing traffic. There is also a halfway spot on that road if you are following slow traffic!!! Plenty of big vans make the trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - johntoyo - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 01:46

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 01:46
Thanks Osters.

Also found out an Aboriginal Lands permit is required for Middle Lagoon and even the Cape road itself. Easily done instantly online and free.

I obtained three permits last year for Aboriginal lands, two for the GCR and one for the Merinee loop. No one asked to see any.

Rhanks
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Follow Up By: osters - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 07:43

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 07:43
We have been staying up there for the last 5 years and that is the first time I have heard that!!!! Think you will find that you need permits if you want to use the back roads which you wouldn't be doing!!!!!! That is if you are only going to the Dampier peninsula.
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Follow Up By: Member - johntoyo - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 10:59

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 at 10:59
Yes thought that might have been the case with no mention at all during this topic that permits were needed.

This is the web site that is provided in the Hema Kimberly atlas that I have.
www.daa.wa.gov.au/land/entry-permits There are about 8-10 that cover the Kimberly area.
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