Pardoo Station

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 15, 2007 at 19:04
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Heard that Pardoo Station (north of Port Hedland) is open to the public again for camping.Hope that this is true as it is a great spot to stop for a break.Anyone been there recently?
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Reply By: Member - Phillip S (WA) - Sunday, Apr 15, 2007 at 23:07

Sunday, Apr 15, 2007 at 23:07
Hi rambler....heard similar news a little while back...about the middle of last year, but I have yet to hear if it's true...coming back that way in June..will ask at the roadhouse just before the turnoff if I remember........cheers Phil
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Follow Up By: Russ n Sue - Sunday, Apr 15, 2007 at 23:23

Sunday, Apr 15, 2007 at 23:23
G'day Rambler,

We'll be interested to hear this as well. Our camping guides all indicate that Pardoo is closed to the public so we have planned to stay at Cape Keraudren and Barn Hill on our way north.

If Pardoo is open again we'd like to pop in and have a look.


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Follow Up By: Go-N-Grey (WA) - Sunday, Apr 29, 2007 at 20:56

Sunday, Apr 29, 2007 at 20:56
Stayed at Cape Keraudren last Thursday and Friday, (4 long term campers only, so had the choice of camp sites - and very green) and spoke to the ranger. Said Pardoo Station is open, someone has a 10 year sub-lease on the caravan park there now.

There was a sign on the entrance road also advising of caravan park.

We are in Broome at the moment, and will be calling in at the homestead and staying a day of so on the way back to Perth in a week or so.
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Reply By: Twintrail(W.A.) - Monday, Apr 16, 2007 at 00:04

Monday, Apr 16, 2007 at 00:04
Arwe going in there .Regards ywintrail
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Reply By: Go-N-Grey (WA) - Monday, Apr 16, 2007 at 11:46

Monday, Apr 16, 2007 at 11:46
Yes, I agree, Pardoo is a great place.

I grew up there as a skinny kid in the early 60's in the days of School of the Air, governesses, jackeroos, silver service dinners with the governor on his annual visit, and fortnightly mail services from MMA DC3's. The bitumen finished north of Northhampton and there were no mining towns, and iron ore was a resticted export due to limited reserves.

The fishing was then incredible with virtually unlimited threadfin salmon in Pardoo Creek, gropers at Mt Blaze, Trevally by the hundred at Benangarra, pearling (with real wild pearls) at Cape Keraudren. Even saw some whales from the lighthouse that was at Benangarra.

The aboriginals who lived there (100+) were very traditional and I often went fishing, collecting bush tucker, and visiting many sacred sites of which there are many. Unfortunately all the old timers are now dead and these places long forgotten. I still reckon the boomerangs, spears and shields hidden up at these places would still be there.

Some sites where we and the aboriginals collected pearls and cooked large conch shells on the fire for breakfast at Cape Keraudren (I have pictures) are now registered sites.

Last time I was there (1992) I was appalled at how run down the homestead area had become

Heading up there next week for a few weeks.
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