Warren River WA Crossing

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 20:05
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Hi all, we're thinking of doing a trip to the Yeagerup Dunes and beaches etc later this month. Has anyone any feedback on the crossing pls?

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Reply By: AlanTH - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 20:49

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 20:49
If that's the crossing I'm thinking of John, be very careful as although not deep the bottom can be very soft.
You'll also find it's very smelly if you have to attach a tow to get you out!
Alan.
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Reply By: Member - Kevin B1 (WA) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 20:55

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 20:55
John,,I lived in the area for many years and have visited those beaches many times. The Warren river is sometimes a bit tricky to cross and you would need to be very careful how you tackle it. Depending on the rainfall it is sometimes quite deep with a swift flow, I myself once started to get spun around crossing it. It is a matter of having a good close look at it and walking your best route through then make a informed decision on whether you go for it or opt out, if it looks dodgy don't attempt it as once committed there is no turning back. At the other end of the Warren beach is the Meerup river, this one is a bit easier although still needs to be respected. Again walk the route first marking the opposite bank for your exit. Don't try to cross back from the beach as the wet sand has no bottom and you will more than likely go down. Make your crossing as close to the waves as possible right at the mouth, sit back and wait for a lull in the waves then go for it you will find the sand is quite firm there. This approach can apply to the Warren also but not always, the water may be deeper there but the sand is firm at the mouth. Have a great trip down there it is a great part of the coastline. PS. If you cross the Meerup you can drive all the way up to Marlimup and then out along Summertime track to the Windy Harbour road.
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Follow Up By: Cruiser - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 00:29

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 00:29
Have just got back today from 5 days in Northcliffe. Tried to cross the Warren both on Tuesday and Wednesday but no luck.....

The mouth was the only part that was even worth considering but the waves coming up into the river had created quite a soft and deep bottom, and when walking it sunk up to my knees with no effort at all....

Decided against crossing it, although have done so many times before when the river has been thinner much futher up stream.

The Meerup was easy to cross and could be crossed in a number of places with ease.






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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 02:44

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 02:44
Thks all, I was following the trek note for this trip which cautions:

"The Warren River mouth can only be crossed during the drier months of the year from around November to May. Even during these months carry out a careful inspection of the crossing as ocean conditions and tide levels can make it impassable"

As we will be travelling 'single vehicle'; following your responses, I'm going to give it a miss unless condits are extremely favourable.

Great feedback.


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Reply By: get outmore - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 06:55

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 06:55
havnt actually crossed it although been there a few times.

from walking around it there are some really soft spots where you go down to your knees but as said these dont seem to be near the mouth

Give me a yell when your going down i might see you down there - its definitly one heck oyeagerup beachf a spot
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 06:57

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 06:57
sorry muffed the link to a trip report its between the 0 and F a spot
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 12:21

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 12:21
Great photos - will let you know.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 21:01

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 21:01
Probably leave Aus Day. You be around Dave?

Btw, tried to email you today - it bounced???

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 21:10

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 21:10
no heading back on monday

you didnt try an old work eamil addy of mine did you? make sure it is the same as the most recent time you contacted me the company has changed names
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Reply By: V64Runner - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 10:14

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 10:14
We have been down that part of the world every Anzac Day long weekend for the past four years, and have to report that as the mouth of the river was closed, it was a doddle to cruise along the beach to the turn off to the Calcutt
dunes. Going along the beach and down the yeagerup dunes was a breeze, but getting up ther Calcutt dunes was another story. Yet last year we were there at the end of May and no way known could you cross the mouth of the Warren River. We stopped about 100 yards on the firm sand and then walked the rest of the way. The closer we got to the mouth , the softer the sand became until I was up to my calves. So had to turn round and go back up the Yeagerup dunes. We spoke two die hard fishermen who said that a Patrol/Cruiser ???? ( dont really remember to be precise ) had come to grief trying to cross the Warren River and required several vehicles with winches to get the stranded vehicle out. Will probably be down ther again in April early May - depending on when the rains come
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Reply By: Member - Kevin B1 (WA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 11:14

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 11:14
I suppose you know you can get on to the beach from Calcup hill (Warren hill) access is from the Pemberton-Northcliffe road? This access brings you out onto the beach the other side of the Warren river.
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 12:23

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 12:23
Thanks Kev, but I assume this means getting back up the hill?

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 13:36

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 13:36
John come down Calcup and then head south and come out along the Summertime Track near Windy Harbour. Great drive.
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 16:27

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 16:27
Hi Dunc. if it's your Warren to Windy plot file posted under Duncan51 on GPS Aust I'm following, thks.

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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 16:44

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 16:44
Hi John, yep that's my Plot File. Glad you could use it.
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