Stokes NP & Munglinup CP

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 01:00

Member - LG__ (WA)

Taking South Coast Highway and then Stokes Inlet Road, we travel out to Stokes National Park and check out Benwenerup Campground. The sunny weather had brought out the snakes and we dodged quite a few along the gravel roads.

Camp hosts met us at the entrance and gave us permission to look around. What a lovely place it is too!

One thing we learnt was be careful when exiting the toilets or you may need to walk right back in there to empty your undies after coming face-to-face with a Bungarra in the doorway!

The campsites were all nice and tidy and reasonably sized.

Having ticked Benwenerup as a place we would return to, we pushed on. We turned onto Torradup Rd with the intention of visiting Skippy Rock and Margaret Cove, but the wet weather had played havoc with the tracks. It was getting a bit late to travel all the way to Hopetoun by now, so we went on to Springdale Rd headed for Munglinup Beach instead. Many more snakes were evident along this reasonable crushed limestone track, obviously chasing the dry warmth.

Munglinup Beach Community Campground proved to be completely occupied. The sites seemed to be quite small and barely a foot or two between vans and tents. In true BCF advert fashion, blokes in untidy clothes and surrounded by eskies glared at us as we drove through. At only $10/night it was our preferred option but we decided to back track to the caravan park we had passed just a few kilometre from the beach.

Munglinup Beach Tourist park... has brand new owners - Robyn, Mick, Wendy and Paul.

They had taken over just 6 days earlier and were still trying to get themselves sorted. They were doing a good job of keeping things neat and tidy and had plenty of information about the local area to pass on having been visitors to the caravan park many times over the years. We shared some photos we took so in the future they could compare their 'then and now' memories. You may be able to see them on something called wikicamps (?)

Although we thought the fees were a little bit over the top ($30 for a tent site when the beach only charges $10), especially since there are plenty of other camping areas nearby (as long as you have 4WD), we decided to stop the night and help them out a bit with their start up fees.

We chose one of the units which had a queen bed and bunk beds in it, along with table, chairs and small kitchenette. At $70 for a night I was a bit unimpressed at having to make my own bed. We also left our food in the Waeco since the fridge wasn't turned on and would probably take too long to get cold.

They have a steep learning curve to climb but I look forward to visiting again in a year or so to see how they have coped. Some of their plans for improvements sounded quite impressive.

The next day we continued on towards Hopetoun and Fitzgerald National Park (West)

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