Free camps near Shark Bay

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Can anyone advise me on the 4 listed free camps near Shark Bay.

The camps book lists 4
Goulet Bluff
Whalebone Bay
Fowlers Camp and Eagle Bluff

The 5th is listed as a day rest area, Shell Beach but do people camp there?

Which of the listed above is the best place to camp with a caravan overnight.
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Reply By: Witi Repartee - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 21:52

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 21:52
Hi..we stayed at Eagle Bluff and Goulet Bluff last winter. Eagle Bluff was good as it has a viewing platform and walkway looking over the bay...we followed the track around a bit furthur and camped on bluffs overlooking the ocean...it was lovely but became very windy late at night...so windy we moved the van at 2am...luckily we had remained hitched up. Goulet was nice...more sheltered and had a sandy spit..but the flies weren't good around the end of july early august. Visited Shell beach...again flies were b***dy awful...and no sign of any overnight camping.
Cheers Witi.
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Reply By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 22:02

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 22:02
Whalebone Bay was our fav..!! in 2008
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 22:05

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 22:05
Last year we stayed a night at Eagle Bluff ( without a booking cos we didnt know how the system worked) and another night at a different spot within the Eagle Bluff area, this time with a booking.

Apparently you are supposed to contact the shire office to make a booking - there is no fee to camp - and the shire allocates you to an area, and also limits the number of campers at each spot. There is a ranger who comes around and polices this arrangement.

The first place we stayed required 4WD to get to the campsite down a fairly steep bank. The second place would have been OK for a van. We saw vans at Whalebone too.

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Val
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Reply By: carlsp - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 09:52

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 09:52
thank you this is most helpful
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Follow Up By: Kiwis Ross & Cushla- Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 21:56

Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 21:56
Just a warning,make sure you book ahead if that is what you have to do......here is why.......we did not, after ringing the shire and advised to just ring when we get there.....they know there is no cell phone coverage in the camp areas,but we stayed anyway to be woken up at 6.30am with a ranger writing out a fine,he was very understanding and said,you can get coverage up the road away !!!!! It seems there is one individual in the booking system who wants all the camping areas closed down.We went and saw him and got no where talking to him directly,we were not the only ones caught like this,there was around 4 groups caught in the rangers blitz.So be warned,do as the signs say ,if you are not booked in dont stay.The individuals comment to us is basically we were a lot of freeloaders and should pay for a camp like everyone else.It left a very bad taste in our mouths and spoilt our stay in this area.We did get off the fine in the end when we said we would take it to court,good luck.
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