Shark Bay - Gascoyne trip

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 11:24
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Hi all,

Planning a 2 week trip from Perth up around Shark bay and gascoyne in July (2 people, no pets, 4wd and camper trailer).

Having not been their before I would appreciate feedback on:

- Must see and do
- Things to avoid
- Good camping areas
- anything out of the ordinary I shoud take

As a side issue was thinking of including Exmouth but not sure of time scale
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 13:18

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 13:18
Hi Nolian,
There are some great camping spots in the Francois Peron National Park which is just past Denham.There are small camping fees per night but but there are quite a few nice spots on the west side some of which you can launch a small boat.If you want to be more secluded you could try the beach off Tamala station which is on the Useless Loop rd.To get access there you have to visit the homestead for the key after paying a small camping fee.If you intend fishing remember there are very strict limits on the snapper fishing which has had a great effect on the number of people visitng the area.Hope this helps.
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Reply By: Member - sparra - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 19:05

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 19:05
g'day nolian,as rambler said there is good secluded beachside camping on tamala station, kerry and ian at the homestead will point you in the right direction.the burabugata area of tamala offers more choices of sites,the gate is about 10klms or so west of the homestead turnoff. just pick any spot all the way to giraud point and around the west side there is more spots. i live at useless loop which is just up the road,we spend a lot of time on tamala on our days off. carrarang station also has bush/beachside camping[tony and lorraine 99483997. while your in the area check out steep point [ranger paul and pam 99483993. if camping at steep point you will need a pre arranged permit, which is no drama. if you are into fishing there are plenty of bluebone around tamala,very nice eating. hope this helps a little,have a good trip, cheers sparra.
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Reply By: SmithyWA - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 19:12

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 19:12
Hi Nolian

I did this area last year on the end of a Pilbara trip. There are some great things to see.

Firstly, if you do the inland Gasgoyne areas first you can wash the dust off with some coastal relief at the end of the trip.

I would go up the GNHwy first and go through to Mt Augustus via the Meeka to Ashburton Downs road, taking in Mt Gould lockup. Then across to Kennedy range. Then come down through Gasgoyne junction and through the station country bringing you out around Wooramel roadhouse. Then down the NWCHwy to Overlander and in to Shark Bay. Camp up at Peron for a few nights, visit Monkey Mia and maybe even out to Steep Point for a bit of an adventure. Would fill 2 weeks nicely. Could maybe fit a night or 2 in Kalbarri on the way home.


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Reply By: nolian - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 20:15

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 20:15
hi Rambler, sparra and Smithy
This is great info, the boss and I will get the map out and follow what you've shared with us, and will probably have more questions
The secluded beaches and fishing sounds great. may have to spend a few days their going each way.
I think the planning is half the fun.

I have only sign up tp this forum today and this was my first post,
thanks again
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Reply By: Member- Rox (WA) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 23:44

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 23:44
nolian, how about Step point Then Tamila Stn as previously said then Ningaloo Reef /Station not Coral Bay (crowded) Bush camp is better. Then Mt Augustus & Landor on the way home.
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Reply By: Member- Rox (WA) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 23:47

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 23:47
Forgot to mention Frances Peron Nat Pk. You can Hire a boat from Denham. Also a hot tub out there. From artesian Water.
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Reply By: nolian - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 21:03

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 21:03
Hi Rox

Thanks for the additional info Rox. Will take this all on board before we travel up.

Can't wait to go. There's just so much to see and not enough time.



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