Hammersly Inlet ..... Fitzgerald Nat Park (WA) has anyone been there lately

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 22:51
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Just "asking" if anyone has been to Hammersly Inlet at Fitzgerald Nat Park in the last few years and is the access still open via the "dunes" and what are the camping sites like ......... used to be just simple "bush" camping so i hope it is still the same ... do you need permits or anything now ????
Cheers all
Joe n kids .... (oh and Mel)
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Reply By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 23:08

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 23:08
Joe and the Kids, (and Mel)

Hammersley has two campsites aptly named A and B.

A is run by DEC and B by the Ravensthorpe shire.

As far as I know you dont need a permit, but camping fees apply, at both.
The facilities are basic but OK, from memory no caravans are allowed.

Anywhere down along that part of the coastline is great for camping.


Barry H
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 23:27

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 23:27
Was through that way early December; the road into Quoin Head and Hammersley Inlet was closed. AFIK, it's been closed for the last couple of years. And current access to the main road there was only from the main highway - the section from Hopetoun past E. Mt Barren was closed for roadworks.

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Reply By: The Yeti - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 00:37

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 00:37
We were there 2 weeks ago. Still can get to the beach and mouth of inlet via dunes, need to enter from south hwy or via Muirs track from Ravensthorpe due to roadworks between inlet and Hopetoun Still a great spot but due to lack of rain the inlet is very salty which has left a lot of dead fish which were all around the inlet. Not good but not enough to spoil the camping on the sand bar between inlet and ocean. Supposed to pay a fee to enter the park and camping fees if you stay at the official campsite. Ranger was happy for us to camp fee free on the sandbar as long as you leave it as you find it (or better) Enjoy!
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 13:12

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 13:12
Thanks guys, we have been there probally 6 times but years ago and sounds like things have not changes much, we used to turn left before the inlet and go into the dunes and camp about halfway along the beach back in the scrub, awsome beach fishing with tailor and salmon, we got some tailor about 10 pounds about 15 years ago, just on dusk is the best time, halfway along the beach by the rocky section in the middle ......
Looking at doing a trip in July, best time there .....
Thanks again guys...
If we do may make a "trip" out of it if anyone interested. will post here ..
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Follow Up By: wendys - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 13:44

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at 13:44
aren't you going to stick around Doom for the next "terrorist" season?
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 at 19:51

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 at 19:51
yeh ..... it is just for Holidays, family is over there also ...............
We have one thing against us for taking hols, we cant get out in the wet when it is quite so we have no choice other than go in the dry ............... plus that is the best time to be around that part of the coastline ....
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Follow Up By: wendys - Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 at 21:35

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 at 21:35
Right......We worked (rather briefly!) at the school there, several years back, so know about getting confined by the Wet, though we left before it set in.
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Reply By: Derek Jones - Sunday, Jan 30, 2011 at 10:25

Sunday, Jan 30, 2011 at 10:25
Spent last week in the Fitz and you are still able to camp at Hamersley Inlet. Hamerlsey Drive between Hopetoun and Hamersley Inlet camping is currently closed as DEC/WA Govt upgrade it in response to Ravensthorpe Mine closure three years ago.

Can come to Hamersley Inlet from Hopetoun via Moir Track which takes you around the back of the East Mt Barren.

Moir track and tracks into Quoin Head and Whalebone Beach are closed when wet in an attempt to minimise risk of Dieback spread in the park. I expect these tracks will be closed at the moment with recent rains on the south coast.

Camping at Quoin Head closed in 2007 when much of the park was burnt out when a lightning strike caused a large wildfire there.

Park has come back pretty well and is looking pretty good. Best to call Paul Corrie (Ranger) before you go. He is very obliging and helpful.
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