This is a basic 4WDing trip with no special preparation needed. If you manage to do this trip without seeing another vehicle, consider yourself blessed. If camping at Lake Indoon, basic supplies are available only ~10 kms from the Lake at Eneabba or full supplies from Jurien Bay, some ~50km south west. If travelling in the warmer months, ensure you have supplies of water on board.
The Cockleshell Gully Road entrance is a well-maintained gravel road that is capable of being traversed by any vehicle. The short 4Wdriving section to actually reach the caves is basically a sandy track with outcrops of limestone. It can be soft in the drier months but I have never had to reduce tyre pressures to get through. Soft roader vehicles without low range will easily be able to complete this trek.Stockyard Gully
Caves can be approached from two ends. The "southern" approach is from Cockleshell Gully Road and is typically the way out if one has camped overnight at Lake Indoon. The "northern" end is approached from Eneabba/Coolimba Road, off which Lake Indoon is located.
No permits are needed for the Stockyard Gully
trek. Camping fees apply at Lake Indoon
- costs are $5 per person per night (½ price for kids), collected by rangers in the morning.
Fuel Supplies & UsageBP Service Station (East of Muchea)
.Fuel is also available at Cataby (which is just off the Brand Highway around 32kms north of the Moore River bridge) and Eneabba (about 12kms east of Lake Indoon).
|4cyl 43 litres||4cyl 49 litres||4cyl 61 litres|
|6cyl 47 litres||6cyl 55 litres||6cyl 53 litres|
|8cyl 47 litres||8cyl 50 litres|
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.
Best Time To Visit
All year round – Summer for water activities at Lake Indoon.
Closest Climatic Station
Distance from Trek Mid Point 33.09km SW
Best time to travel Ok time to travel Travel NOT recommended
|Mean Max. °C||29.1||29.9||28.5||25.5||22.7||20.2||19.2||19.3||20.5||22.5||24.8||27.3|
|Mean Min. °C||17.6||18.1||16.7||14.5||12.5||10.8||9.9||9.9||10.5||11.9||14.1||16.2|
|Mean Rain mm||8.8||12.3||14.3||30.6||83.5||121.0||121.1||90.8||56.0||28.9||21.3||8.4|
Services & Supplies
The following locations have various services And supplies:BP Service Station (East of Muchea)
There are also some limited supplies at Eneabba
(about 12kms east of Lake Indoon