Free 24 hour Overnight Camping NW WA.

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Information source, There are 16 available between Kalbarri in the south to Kununurrra in the north along the North West Coastal Hwy. Has anyone got opinions on these sites please.
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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 15:19

Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 15:19
We stayed at Mary Pool 180 km east of Fitzroy crossing twice plenty of shade very popular and seems to have its own resident fresh water croc, also stayed at the Leycesters rest - Ord River plenty of shade. Is that what you were after?
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Follow Up By: Farmboywa - Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 22:43

Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 22:43
Thanks Graham, the mainroads info doesn't give any descriptions of the sites.
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Reply By: DoubleJ - Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 16:01

Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 16:01
Most sites are fine for an overnighter. Some are bigger than others eg Galena, track/ground conditions vary with the seasons, some noisier than others if they're right on the highway but the one point common to them all: get there early to get the best possie. We usually try to pull in no later than 4pm.
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Reply By: Polaris - Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 16:55

Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 at 16:55
here is a link to our travel diary from 2008 - we used many roadside rest areas down the west coast.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 00:41

Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 00:41
Hi Farmboy

Some are way too close to the highway for overnight, and some are set well back and ideal, eg Galena Bridge on the Murchison. We found this an ideal distance for a first night when heading north on the coastal highway.

The brochure on the Main Roads site shows which have pit toilet, and which also have dump points, but they are being improved and you may find more with dump points than are listed.

Galena Bridge, Nerren Nerren (both north of the Kalbarri turnoff) and Peawah River (nearer to Port Hedland) rest areas are described on my listing at:

Free and low cost WA

The one at Robe River may be OK, but we have not stopped there.

Other good ones we stopped at were not on the Coastal Highway.

I have made notes on some of the others as we passed if you have any specific areas you may want to stop in.


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Follow Up By: Farmboywa - Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 11:02

Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 11:02
Thankyou to all contributors, the picture is much clearer for me and no doubt others who are about to travel north for the winter sun for the first time or for the first time in a long time.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 17:08

Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 17:08
There is a real good book and it is available from this site.

Priceless Campsites & Rest Areas in the Nth of WA.
Author Jan Holland

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