TRAVELLERS UPDATE - TOURING AUSTRALIA - WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Keep a check on road and track closures and conditions by looking at the following websites:

Main Roads WA: https://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Dept of Parks & Wildlife (DPaW):   www.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Survival Guide
The WA Police Bushcraft and Survival Guide, which has been around for a long time and is an excellent source of info, that may just save your life, is now available on the web as a free download. Check out: http://www.vks737.on.net/pdfs/survival.pdf

 

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Trails WA
Trails App WA
Whether you walk, ride, paddle or drive, find the trails that you will like right across WA with the new 'Trails WA' mobile app. Each trail description is packed with information such as how long it will take, directions to the start, best time to try, facilities on site, road access and more.
Download the new app from:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/trails-wa/id1056427684?mt=8
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For more info go to: www.trailswa.com.au.

Cape Arid's Telegraph Track Closed
The western end of the Telegraph Track through the Cape Arid NP has been closed to help prevent the spread of the Phytophthora dieback, which has decimated much of WA's bushland. Access is still possible through the park via the recently opened Pasley Track which leaves the Fisheries Track about 20km east of the junction with the Balladonia Road and strikes south east to meet the eastern end of the Telegraph Track, about 30km west of Point Malcolm.     

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Ningaloo Station Camping Under Threat
Once again Ningaloo Station is under threat from a government takeover .... 'for conservation purposes' or so says the WA Dept of P&W .... so that a 500 bed resort can be built at Winderbandi Point, amongst other development structures. Camping as we have experienced on this fabulous coast for the last 20 or more years will be shut down. Check out the FB page and register your opposition to this: https://www.facebook.com/ningaloostation?fref=ts.
New Landing Barge to Service for Dirk Hartog Island
After 40 years and countless trips across the Shark Bay, Dirk Hartog Island Eco Lodge (www.dirkhartogisland.com) have upgraded their landing barge to a brand new purpose built vessel. The 'Hartog Explorer' can carry a 4WD vehicle and camper trailer up to 10.6m in length in almost any weather conditions, making the island more accessible to more people. Make sure you visit this historic island with its great camping and fishing. 
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Whim Creek Hotel
The famous Whim Creek hotel is again open to the public. Situated about half way between Roeburne and Port Hedland in WA's Pilbara the old pub has been closed to the public since being taken over by a mining company. Operating since the 1880's the iconic pub was a 'must visit' place on many Around Australia itineraries. Today, a joint venture between two local Aboriginal corporations have seen the doors re-open. Check it out next time you pass through the region.  According to their web site plans are underway to re-establish the petrol station at the Whim Creek Hotel, as well as a shopfront showcasing the history and culture of the local Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Aboriginal people is also on the drawing board. You can also check out their web site: http://whimcreek.org.au. They also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Whim-Creek-Hotel-690229777769933/timeline/
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Kidson Track - Nyangumarta Highway - Permit System
Four Wheel Drive Australia, on behalf of the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation, is now issuing permits for travel through the Nyangumarta native title lands along what was formally called the Kidson Track/Wapet Track – now renamed as the Nyangumarta Highway. The Permits allows access through these native title lands for tourism related activities. The permit fee for this is $55 including GST for each vehicle and associated trailer. Revenue from these fees covers the administration of the permit system and protection of environmental, cultural and heritage values of the Nyangumarta Native Title Lands on behalf of the Traditional Owners. For more details and to obtain your Permit go to: www.anfwdc.asn.au/kidson_track.php.
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Carnarvon Ranges 'Katjarra' Permit System
From our mate Phil Bianchi (author of, 'Work Completed, Canning', http://www.philbianchi.com.au/), he has informed us of the trial opening of the Carnarvon Ranges in WA, now known as Katjarra. Closed for the last few years, during the month of July 2014 Birriliburu Rangers were stationed at their base camp in the area and this enabling visitors to engage directly with traditional owners and the rangers to find out more about their important work and about the impressive values of the surrounding area. 
Permit details - 2015 and beyond
After a trial opening of the Carnarvon Ranges in July 2014, the Birriliburu Traditional Owners and their partners are currently reviewing the outcomes of the trial with the view to making a decision on visitor access for 2015 and beyond.
The review process will include visitor surveys from visitors in July 2014, an audit of infrastructure, information and wayfinding needs and a cost-benefit analysis of this and other visitor access models, including pricing. Until the review is complete, this system will not be able to process permit request for July 2015.
If you wish to travel to the Carnarvon Ranges in July 2015, please email Hamish Morgan (hamishmorgan@centraldesert.org.au) with the dates of your intended travel, number and type of vehicle, and number of people on your trip. Hamish will hold your enquiry as an 'expression of interest'. Once the review is complete, applicants will be advised of the outcome and the plans for 2015 by Hamish. We expect the review to be completed by December 1st.
We can only hope access is allowed on a more permanent basis. For more info visit:  www.carnarvonranges.com.au.
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Paruku (Lake Gregory) IPA
Visitors wishing to access and camp within the Paruku (Lake Gregory) Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) can now purchase their permits on line.  The permit comes with a fantastic visitor information guide that includes a detailed map and handy information on the cultural and environmental values and management of the IPA as well as information on how to get there and things to do.
There is a choice of camps, either at Stretch Lagoon, Yampu, Handover or Sturt Creek (near the Billiluna Community). More information about the Paruku IPA can be found at: www.parukuipa.org.au
Breathtaking Skywalks for Kalbarri (WA)
Not everyone will be wrapped with these developments in the Kalbarri National Park but recently the WA government announced an innovative tourism precinct in the park including two 100 metre-high skywalks at the Inyaka Wookai Watju site, (West Loop), the sealing of the Loop/Z Bend Road and redevelopment of the Z Bend and Meanarra Hill tourist sites.
The skywalks will project 20m and 12m beyond the gorge rim, more than 100m above the Murchison River. For more info go to: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/kalbarri, or https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/connect/kalbarri-skywalks-capture-new-gorge-views.
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Track Care Info
You can find the latest track closure and opening info at Track Care WA's website, www.trackcare.com.au. It's a beauty.
Recently the Lennard Track, which is a popular 4WD route along the Collie River in the SW of the state, needs a bit more help to ensure it stays open for four wheelers to enjoy. While the local 4WD club is doing a lot of work they need some more help - contact Geoff Couper by emailing info@trackcare.com.au if you can help.

WA Ghost Towns
If you want to explore the many old ghost towns of WA, and want heaps of information and history recorded about them, then check out the following website: http://www.wanowandthen.com/ghost_towns.html
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4WD trips out of Perth
The popular guide, 4WD Weekends out of Perth, has been released in its updated third edition and features a couple of new routes along with older favourites. Now with 14 great treks you’ll find the book at 4wd stores, map shops and newsagents. You can also check out the web site of Western 4 Wheel Driver Magazine, who publishes this and other great guides for WA: http://www.western4wdriver.com.au/

New Campground at Logue Brook, Dwellingup State Forest, South West
A new campground and upgraded facilities have been opened at popular, Logue Brook, 130km south of Perth. Set in jarrah forest on the shores of Lake Brockman, there's waterskiing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, camping, picnicking and bike riding to enjoy. The boat ramp and trailer parking area have also been upgraded. For more information go to:
https://parkstay.dpaw.wa.gov.au/camp-finder/viewproperty/logue-brook/129/.

Beach Camp Improvements, Jurien Bay
Campsites south of Jurien Bay, WA, will be cleaner, easier to find and access, with Cliff Head, Sandy Cape, Halfway Bay, Lucky Bay and Milligan Island undergoing refurbishments as the state vies for the tourist dollar. Improvements include track and road upgrades, interpretative signage, shower and toilet amenities, and picnic and tables and fencing. Overall, the initiatives will deliver eight new campgrounds, expansion/upgrade of at least nine campgrounds and at least 450 new camping and caravan sites, plus lots more.
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Holland Track Meander
You couldn’t get a much better time than now to head out along the Holland Track, which runs 350km between Hyden and Coolgardie in the SW of WA. A book on the track is available from good mapshops, or just Google, ‘Holland Track’ and you’ll end up with a heap of info. You'll also find more information on the Australia's Golden Outback web site:
http://www.australiasgoldenoutback.com/outback-australia-drive-routes/
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Explore the Holland Track and Cave Hill Woodlines - Guide book
A new edition of the Holland Track guide has just been released by Westate Publishers. Titled, Explore the Holland Track and Cave Hill Woodlines, the new edition is packed full of good info, GPS points and track notes. The routes covered include the Holland Track southwest of Coolgardie to Hyden, as well as the John Holland Way which leads to Broomehill, north of Albany. For your copy search the web and you find various outlets that have the book for sale: http://www.exploroz.com/Shop/
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Big Rocks & Good Camps - Victoria Rocks
South of Coolgardie and just north of where the Holland Track begins (or ends depending on which way you travel it) Victoria Rocks offers a top spot to bush camp with some basic facilities. These rock hills, of varying size, are scattered through the forest throughout the Western Australian goldfields and nearly all make excellent spots to camp. Check them out when you get a chance!

 

Drive the Granite Way
This trip can start or end at Kwolyin Camp in the wheat belt of WA, east of Perth, which has been set-up with toilets and camp kitchen along with tent and caravan sites. From here you can set out on a pleasant 60km drive through some impressive granite rocks and peaks that that dot this region of WA including Kokerbin Rock and Mt Stirling along with Caroline Gap and the small hamlet of Shackleton. 
For more details, check out Australia's Golden Outback web site: http://www.australiasgoldenoutback.com/outback-australia-drive-routes/
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Also check out the Granite Loop Wildflower Trail which will help you plan your journey along the trail.
http://www.australiasgoldenoutback.com/outback-australia-drive-routes/
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Lane Poole Reserve
The Old Baden Powell campground in the Lane Poole Reserve has now been closed and is no longer available for camping. The site is being harvested by the Forest Commission and will be redeveloped as a day use area. Alternative locations for camping within the reserve include Nanga Mill and Nanga town site campgrounds. Sites at Charlie’s Flat, Tony’s Bend, Yarrigal, Chuditch and new Baden Powell can be booked online at the Park Stay website http://parkstay.dpaw.wa.gov.au/.
http://parkstay.dpaw.wa.gov.au/camp-finder/
search/town/lane-poole-reserve?lang=en

Nambung Station
Located in the pleasant rural countryside two hours north of Perth, Nambung Station is a working farm and offers wild-flowers, native birds, bushwalking, photography, star gazing or just plain relaxing. There are spacious unpowered camp sites with on-site ablution as well as B&B homestead accommodation. Locals attractions nearby include:

  • The Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre in the Nambung National Park
  • Cervantes – wind surfing, kite surfing, swimming , fishing , dining., helicopter flights, shopping, cafes
  • Jurien Bay – swimming, dining, fishing, sky diving, shopping, cafes.
  • Mt Lesueur National Park –wildflowers
  • Stock Yard Gully National Park
  • Hangover Bay
  • Badgingarra – Vern Westbrook wildflower walk

To find out more ph: (08) 9652 4048, or visit: http://www.nambungstation.com.au. You can also check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nambungstation.

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Mining Hall of Fame
When you are next in Kalgoorlie take the time to visit the well set-up Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame. Established at what was the original Hannans North mining lease, which was worked from 1893 to 1952, there’s a great tour underground as well as interactive museum galleries and art works. The Garden of Remembrance is a beauty. Check ou:t http://www.mininghalloffame.com.au/

4WD ideas for Southern WA - Bushtrax
You'll find some great ideas for trips in southern WA at http://www.bushtrax.com. Here you'll find a collection of data and pics covering a number of tracks throughout the goldfields, the midwest, the south west coast and the southern coast. You can also download the files in a variety of formats, suitable for your own GPS unit.

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Hut Stay in D’Entrecasteaux NP
A great new hut … a pretty fancy one at that … with a couple of rooms, large verandah, tables, toilet, paved area and outdoor fireplace is now available for hire in the D’entrecasteaux NP in south-west WA.
To make a booking contact the DEC, Pemberton, ph: (08) 9776 1207
, or for more information on the park check out the Dept of Environment & Conservation website: http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/

Tozers Bush Camp, Bremer Bay
Approx 20km from Bremer Bay on the WA south coast is Tozers Camp, surrounded by 340ha of native bush and close to some magnificent beaches.
There are a number of camping sites and a first-class camp kitchen and good facilities. It's also pet friendly.
For more details contact Rob Tozer, ph: (0428) 371 015 or email: tozersbushcamp@gmail.com.
Visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/
Tozers-Bush-Camp/523067784473012

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Camping Around Esperance
The Shire of Esperance and the WA Department of Environment and Conservation manage a number of public campsites situated along WA's magnificent southern coast. They have been established as low-key campsites suitable for one or two-day stopovers. Facilities at these campsites are basic.
For details visit: www.visitesperance.com/pages/camping-in-the-shire-of-esperance

Driving the beach at Israelite Bay.

Beach Track Info
If you are heading to a beach in WA check out the website, http://www.bushtrax.com/. It has a lot of info, pics and GPS plots, all linked with Google Earth maps to highlight points of interest, camping areas and more.

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Malleefowl Visitor Centre
The Yongergnow Australian Mallefowl Visitor Centre is located in Ongerup, about 150km north of Albany in the south west of WA. Created to support the continual existence of the malleefowl the centre offers interpretive displays, conference facilities, bushwalking trails as well as a well established malleefowl aviary. For more details, ph: (08) 9828 2325 or check out: www.yongergnow.com.au.
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Indian Ocean Drive - Geraldton to Perth
WA’s new coastal road has opened, and with it new beaches, natural wonders, fun, adventures and new places to visit. Explore the coastline you’ve never been able to reach before. Experience the wealth of flowers and wildlife you haven’t been able to get near. Or simply hop in the car for a leisurely drive and enjoy the hospitality of the towns along the way like Lancelin, Seabird, Guilderton,Ledge Point, Cervantes and Jurien Bay.
It’s the perfect day trip, the ideal weekend getaway or the route to a brilliant holiday.
For all the deatils check out the web site: http://www.indianoceandrive.com.au/
Camping on the Murchison District
 
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Murchison House Station
Murchison House Station (only 14km from Kalbarri in WA) has recently opened up 4WD camping on the northern side of the Murchison River. Access and camping fees apply.
For details check out: http://www.murchisonhousestation.com.au/

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Wooleen Station
Wooleen station is owned by Helen and Brett Pollock and covers half a million acres of picturesque rangeland in the dramatic Murchison district of WA. They offer a range of accommodation and camping on the property along with tours and walking trails.
For more info go to: http://wooleen.com.au.

Gabyon Station Stay Miners Pathways camping sheep station

Gabyon Station Stay
Gabyon Station is a working sheep station located in striking red earth country of the Murchison district, WA. Adjacent to the ‘Miners’ Pathways’. Guests can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the outback, wildflowers, birdlife and historic relics, as well as the self-drive tracks on the property. Accommodation options include rustic shearers’ quarters, homestead rooms and caravan and camping sites.
For more details, ph: 08 9963 7993 or check out: www.australiasgoldenoutback.com/Listing/Gabyon_Station_Stay, also check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GabyonStationStay

Lancelin Defence Training Area Closed
The Defence of Dept has previously allowed people to travel through the Lancelin Defence Training Area to access Wedge and Cervantes but this is now closed. A sealed alternative, Indian Ocean Drive, now provides access and the Training Area will be policed to prevent unauthorised entry.
Legitimate users, such as bee keepers and the Yued people,  will not be affected by this closure.
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Gascoyne Junction Roadhouse & Conservation Park - New Tourism Precinct
Fuel is again readily available at Gascoyne Junction in WA, after the devastating floods of a few of years ago, which near washed the whole town away. The new Tourism Precinct  is completed, providing the community and travellers with fresh social and retail infrastructure complete with a tavern, caravan park, childrens playgrounds, swimming pool and camping grounds, 24 hour fuel facility and a roadhouse / cafe including a convenience store.
For more information on facilities, etc, in the Shire of Upper Gascoyne, visit their web site: http://www.uppergascoyne.wa.gov.au/

Enjoy Nalbarra Station - Great Northern Highway south of Mt Magnet
Nalbarra Station is a 161,000 hectare property and a great holiday destination for those travelling the Great Northern Highway in WA.
 John & Karen's working sheep station is approximately 70km north of Paynes Find, 17km off the highway on a well graded dirt road, or 80km south of Mount Magnet.
There is plenty to do with some great drives through amazing breakaway country, birdwatching or bushwalks. Accommodation is available in the renovated shearers quarter, while an outside BBQ area is located with the tent and caravan sites. For more info visit: www.nalbarra.com.au.

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Hamelin Station Stay
Next time you are travelling to Shark Bay, stop off and check out the camping at the Hamelin Station Say, next door to the famour stromatolites. It's a good spot to set up a base for exploring and visiting the Shark Bay world Heritage Area, Monkey Mia and Steep Point. It some great birdwatching,wetlands, wildlife and pastroal animals. You'll find a modern abultion block, and a fabulous communal kitchen - check it out!!.
Web:
http://www.hamelinstationstay.com.au/index.php

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Tamala Station, Nanga, Shark Bay
Tamala Station is in the southern part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and forms part of the limestone dominated landscape between Steep Point and Kalbarri. One of the attractions is the low lying coastline and adjacent waters of Henri Freycinet Harbour.
Tamala is an active pastoral station with a lot of history back to the late 1800′s. The limestone homestead was constructed in 1896.
Small numbers of people spend time here campingfishing and exploring the prongs and peninsulas which jut out into the bay. It's a very popular spot, so best to book ahead.
Web:
http://www.tamala.com.au/
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Dirk Hartog Island camping - National Park
Now that Dirk Hartog Island (DHI) in WA’s Shark Bay is a national park, camping is still allowed in a number of designated spots on the island. It’s a great place to visit with awesome fishing, diving and surfing along with a heap of history.
Camping fees – for both land based and boat based camping – must be paid for at the DEC Denham office, Ph: (08) 9948 1208.

People wanting to take their own vehicle across to the island need to contact the DHI Eco Lodge, Ph: (08) 9948 1211, to get a lift in their barge. And if you don’t want to camp, you can always stay at the Eco Lodge beachside lodge, which is a beauty, see: www.dirkhartogisland.com.

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New Landing Barge to Service for Dirk Hartog Island
After 40 years and countless trips across the Shark Bay, Dirk Hartog Island Eco Lodge (www.dirkhartogisland.com) have upgraded their landing barge to a brand new purpose built vessel. The 'Hartog Explorer' can carry a 4WD vehicle and camper trailer up to 10.6m in length in almost any weather conditions, making the island more accessible to more people. Make sure you visit this historic island with its great camping and fishing. 

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steep point shark bay camping

shark bay steep point camping fishingFabulous Shark Bay
Shark Bay offers some of the best 4WDriving in WA with the sandy tracks within Francois Peron National Park and out to Steep Point being extremely soft and challenging. Then there is the fabulous camping and fishing.
For more information on current conditions contact the DEC office in Denham, ph: (08) 9948 1208, or visit: www.sharkbay.org.
Steep Point Access
If you want to head for Steep Point - the most westerly point on the Australian mainland - and camp, the area is booked out till the end of May.
When camping you need to book a campsite and submit a completed access permit before entering the area. Campsites are often full, so submit a permit ASAP.
For more details go to: www.steeppoint.com.au.
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Northwest Events
The fantastic Northwest region of WA (inlcuding the Pilbara& Kimbelrey regions) has a range of terrific events happening during the year. For all the information on dates and events, check out the excellent web site of 'Australia's Northwest' and look up the events links: www.australiasnorthwest.com.

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Ningaloo Turtle Centre
As part of the programme to save turtles on the west coast of Australia the Jurabi Turtle Centre has now been opened. Situated 13km from Exmouth township it is situated between a couple of pleasant beaches and close to popular rookery for three threatened turtle species. Amongst other things they run a guided trip to view the turtles.
For more details check out: www.ningalooturtles.org.au.

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Ningaloo Station Camping Under Threat
Once again Ningaloo Station is under threat from a government takeover .... 'for conservation purposes' or so says the WA Dept of P&W .... so that a 500 bed resort can be built at Winderbandi Point, amongst other development structures. Camping as we have experienced on this fabulous coast for the last 20 or more years will be shut down. Check out the FB page and register your opposition to this: https://www.facebook.com/ningaloostation?fref=ts.
Warlu Way
Warlu Way
Taking in most of the tourist highlights between Coral Bay in the south through the rugged red range country of the Pilbara to Karratha and then along the coast to Broome is the newly proclaimed Warlu Way.
Beginning on the shores of the world’s largest fringing reef, Ningaloo, the Warlu Way leads you 2,480 kilometres from sapphire seas to the lush oases, soaring gorges, rugged ranges and ancient Aboriginal art of North West Australia’s Pilbara and Kimberley regions. Interpretive signage along the drive opens your eyes to the secrets of this country and its historical, cultural and natural wonders.
For more details check out: http://www.australiasnorthwest.com/Destinations/
The_Pilbara/The_Warlu_Way
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Veterans Retreat In Pilbara
A Veterans Retreat is being established on the old Meentheena cattle run east of Port Hedland. It has the Nullagine River passing through it and fairly good roads to and from the proposed camping area, although it is a good three hours drive from Port Hedland.
The setting up of the camp has begun in earnest and any body who is passing that way is more than welcome to drop in and crack a tinny with fellow ex servicemen and women.
For more details contact Norm Whitburn on nwhitburn@bigpond.com.
For more details on Veterans Retreats in WA, check out their web site: http://veteransretreatsofwesternaustralia.org.au/retreats.html

Murujuga National Park

Murujuga National Park
A new national park was recently proclaimed in WA's Pilbara. The park covers 4,913 hectares of the Burrup Peninsula, near Dampier and hosts the largest concentration of ancient rock art in the world, dating back over 30,000 years. The new park is the first Aboriginal freehold land to be leased back to the State and jointly managed as a national park. A tough 4WD track gives access to the heart of the park but otherwise its easy boat access from Withnell Bay, or vehicle access to nearby Hearson Cove.
For some extra details read about it at: http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/murujuga.

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Canning Stock Route Permits
CSR canning stock routeDue to changes in the management arrangements amongst the various Native Title owners, Four Wheel Drive Australia can now only issue permits for the Canning Stock Route to cover wells 16 –39 on behalf of the Martu people’s, Western Desert Aboriginal Lands Corporation.
The permit fee for this is $100 for individual travellers.
For more info and an application go to: http://www.anfwdc.asn.au/canning_stock_route.php

An extra permit is now required for travel on the CSR.
This permit covers Wells 5 to 15 - representing the Birriliburu native title holders (NTOs); Wells 40 to 49 (Ngurrara NTOs); and Wells 50 to 51 (Tjurabalan NTOs).
This permit is available on-line from the CSR automated permit system website (www.permits.canningstockroute.net.au) or by phone, (ph: (08) 9425 2099), but you’ll pay an extra surcharge of $22 for the privilege of talking to someone.
A permit will only be issued once it has been paid for. It is valid for the vehicle, number of persons, period and any conditions indicated on the permit. The standard permit fee for a commercial permit is $125.00 and a non-commercial (private) is $50.00 for the sections covered by this system. There is an additional fee of $25.00 for trailers for these sections of the CSR
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CSR with Track Care WA
Last April, Track Care WA were back on the Canning Stock Route, building a toilet, info shelter, an interpretive walking trail, a barrier fence, and a campground at historic Windich Springs. This is thanks to a grant from WA Rangelands NRM Inc. There will also be an information shelter erected at Weld Springs. This is to add to what they have already constructed; toilets are now at Wells 3, 6, 12, Durba Springs, Georgia Bore, and Well 26. These are being serviced by a couple of tag along companies and also the Local Indigenous Ranger Groups for the area. Well done guys!
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Durba Springs Request
Track Care WA have requested that people do not wash down their vehicles at Durba Springs on the CSR. This beautiful camping spot is in danger of being ruined by travellers washing down their vehicles with water from the spring after coming through Savory Creek. The water in Savory Creek is like brine and the salt laden mud from the creek is being transported & deposited at Durba. This will pollute the spring and eventually kill the delightful vegetation and trees. Also please keep showers well away from the springs as soap is already polluting the water supply.
Track Care WA web site: www.trackcare.com.au/

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Dingo Springs Camp, Newry Fossicking Area
This remote bush camping spot is situated in the recently proclaimed Newry Fossicking Area and is located 1.1km south of the Victoria Highway and about 12km east of the NT/WA border. Please note that there are no facilities on site and you must contact Newry Station, ph: (08) 91678823, before heading out there.
For more info on the camp and the fossicking area visit: www.nt.gov.au/d/fossicking/newry.cfm

 
KIMBERLEY
 
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Roebuck Bay Fishing to get Better
Broome’s famed Roebuck Bay is set to become a jewel in the crown for recreational fishing in the Kimberley, with a decision to remove commercial gillnetting.
Department of Fisheries Deputy Director General, Heather Brayford said, “This move will boost the potential barramundi stocks available for fishers in the area and ensure a quality local fishing experience for threadfin salmon in the bay.”
Roebuck Bay Marine Park is one of five marine parks the WA government has committed to as part of the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy. A Code of Conduct for Recreational Fishing in the Kimberley is available from the Department of Fisheries’ website, www.fish.wa.gov.au.
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Kimberley IPA's
There's been a huge increase in the amount of Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) in the Kimberley in the past year.
In addition to the 90,000ha Bardi Jawi IPA  area north of Broome, there is the Balanggarra IPA (2.4m ha) north-west of Wyndham, the Dambimangari IPA (2.6m ha) north of Derby and the Wilinggin IPA (2.7m ha) in the central Kimberley.
As well, north of Kununurra and east of the Ord River to the NT border, six smaller conservation reserves have been declared, covering another 155,000ha.
All these reserves and IPA's will be managed by local Aboriginal groups with Land and Sea rangers patrolling the areas.
For more details go to:
http://www.environment.gov.au/indigenous/ipa/index.html
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mt hart wilderness lodge kimberley king leopold range conservation park
Mt Hart Camping
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge in the King Leopold Range CP in the Kimberley has been taken over by APT/Kimberley Wilderness Adventures, who operate a number of lodges and private camps in the Kimberley and elsewhere.
Even though their website indicates that camping is no longer an option at Mt Hart, we've been advised that you can still do so, although any more details are not known at this stage. The lodge opens between April to September for the tourist season.
http://www.kimberleywilderness.com.au/
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Bungle Bungle Permit

Bungled Camping!
Camping in national parks is becoming more difficult with the requirement of more and more to advance book your site. Cape York has gone to on-line bookings only, while the Bungles (Purnululu) has 48 hour in advance bookings by phone or on the web (pic & info by Des Scherman). What's wrong with self-registration stations in campgrounds?? Or is that just more work for rangers? What, help the public!

Purnululu National Park
The fabulous Purnululu NP will be reopening in April but ranger staff are based at the Park all year round.
When it does open, remember, all roads are only open to 4WD vehicles; 2WD vehicles will be refused admission, and only single axle high clearance trailers are permitted in the park. Travelling times from the highway to the Visitor Centre is approximately two hours. For further information visit: http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/purnululu.
Kimberley wilderness parks
New Wilderness Parks in Kimberley
As part of the proposed Kimberley Wilderness Parks, the Prince Regent reserve will be upgraded to a national park, a number of marine parks will be proclaimed and a conservation reserve corridor will link the Prince Regent NP to the Drysdale River NP. First on the list is a marine park around Camden Sound to protect a humpback whale nursery.
To find out more go to: http://www2.dec.wa.gov.au/component/
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Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp fitzroy river
Fitzroy wilderness camp
Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp is situated on the southern bank of the mighty Fitzroy River in far northwest of WA, about 60km east of the main highway. The camp offers not only some excellent accommodation in upmarket safari tents, but also some unique tours where you’ll be guided by local Aboriginal guides and hear the stories told by the traditional owners of the land.
For more info, ph: (08) 9191 7020; www.uptuyu.com.au.
chile creek camping

Chile Creek Community Stay
Chile Creek Community Stay is located -2-3 hours drive from Broome on the Dampier Peninsular and is just one of a growing number of camping and accommodation options you can have on the peninsula.

For the self sufficient traveller they have non-powered camping grounds and basic bush style shelters. Chile Creek abounds with coral and sea life making it perfect for snorkelling and diving, or you can throw a line off one of the many isolated beaches and estuaries, head out on a boat for a spot of bottom fishing or troll for an elusive game fish. Other tours are available on request.
For more details visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/
Chile-Creek-Community-Stay/620520124642475
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or ph: (08) 9192 4141.

marion downs station australian wildlife conservancy
Marion Downs Station
The remote Marion Downs station in the central Kimberley has been sold to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (www.australianwildlife.org). This 289,000ha property adjoins the AWC’s Mornington station making a private conservation reserve of 640,000ha – one of the worlds biggest. While you can visit and stay at Mornington at their Wilderness Camp, which is a beauty, we can only hope that a similar camp will be established on the Marion property for keen four wheelers to visit.

Tyre & Mechanical Repairs on the Gibb River Road
Sadly the only place you can now really get any mechanical repairs while travelling the Gibb River Road through the Kimberley is the Over The Range Tyre and Mechanical Repairs now located about 28km south of Mt Barnett. They have an impressive range of spare tyres - new and second hand - including 19-inch tyres for Land Rovers and Rangies, as well as shock absorbers, batteries, trailer parts and more. Still, don't expect any computer analysis equipment - there's a recovery service they can contact if you have a major computer malfunction! To contact Neville or Leonie ph: (08) 9191 7887. 

Imintji Store & Campground (WA)
The Imintji Store on the Gibb River Road has opened again. There's limited supplies including fresh fruit and vegetables but only diesel fuel is available. Just a couple of hundred metres away is the all-new campground with toilets and showers and even green grass to entice passing travellers.
The Imintji Store on the Gibb River Road has opened again. There's limited supplies including fresh fruit and vegetables but only diesel fuel is available. Just a couple of hundred metres away is the all-new campground with toilets and showers and even green grass to entice passing travellers.
The Imintji Art Centre has a range of local arts and craft produce by local artists. Inquire at the store.

For more details check out www.imintji.com.au, or ph: (08) 9191 7699.

 
 

 

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