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Bob’s Track

Bob’s Track is a small 4WD track to the beach off Caves road in Karridale (just north of Hamelin Bay). It is well worth doing for the fun of it, or you can pack your fishing gear and wet a line. If you want more of tracks like this, check out Margaret River 4WD Tracks.

Bob's Track entrance

The start of Bob’s Track

Finding Bob’s Track

Bob’s Track starts approximately 600 metres north of Bushby road, on the west side of Caves road. It is marked with a sign that says Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park, and has a decent sized entrance. You won’t miss it.

4wd track near Hamelin Bay

A puddle after plenty of rain

How difficult is the track?

EDIT: I’m told this track has deteriorated considerably over the years, and would now recommend you don’t attempt it without a second vehicle, or a fairly capable 4WD with your own recovery gear and bash plates if you have any lower hanging bits on your vehicle!

For most of the year the track isn’t too difficult at all. There are a few rocky sections and if you lack clearance these could be an issue. When it’s rained a fair bit there are puddles (I was there when it was very wet, and the deepest puddle was around 40cm) and the washouts are much worse. There was a handmade sign a few metres into the track when I was there that said ‘Caution; very rough track’. It can be rough in a few places, but take your time and you won’t have a problem.

Rocks on Bob's Track

One of the worse rocky sections

I would suggest most vehicles let their tyres down to around 25PSI. For the beach you will need to lower them even more. The whole track takes around an hour return, but if you don’t spend more than an hour on the beach you are missing out!

Having a splash on Bob's Track

Nothing beats a bit of a splash!

What’s the beach like?

The beach is absolutely gorgeous. The water is bright blue and crystal clear. It’s clean, and there is enough room even at high tide to drive up and down a large part of it. The whole south west just seems to have some incredible beaches, and this is one of them.

Enjoying the beach near Hamelin Bay

The beach looking south

I drove as far south as I could, but eventually got to a section which had too much of a side angle near the water, so I stopped and turned around. The sand is very soft closer to the water; lower your pressures accordingly. I didn’t drive too far north, but it looks like you can drive a decent distance. Getting back onto the track isn’t too hard providing you have the right tyre pressures.

I must admit that I was a bit lazy with my pressures when I got onto the beach, and as a result had a hard time getting out of a soft section near the water. I ended up dropping the pressures right down to 12PSI anyway. Moral of the story – don’t be lazy with your pressures and you won’t have to keep getting out and lowering them!

Stuck on Hamelin Bay beach

This is what happens when you don’t deflate properly

Fishing on the beach

The fishing from here is nothing short of spectacular, with plenty of good herring, tailor and skippy regularly biting. The salmon run each year makes it a popular destination too.

4wd track near Hamelin Bay

I wish I had my fishing gear

Can you camp here?

As it is within 8km of the Hamelin Bay Caravan Park you aren’t allowed to camp on the beach. It is a shame, being such a gorgeous place. You can stay at Conto’s, or head to another amazing place known as Jarrahdene; amazing bush camping in Margaret River.

Looking down Bob's Track

The view from on top of the hill

If you haven’t done Bob’s Track, I’d highly recommend it. I will most certainly be back!

What a beach!

What a beach!

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18 comments… add one
  • Mitch November 14, 2016, 10:57 AM

    Note: It’s possible to drive all the way to the Hamelin bay caravan park at the Southern end of the beach, but there is a locked gate to prevent 4WD access from the caravan park onto the beach (4WDing is prohibited on the Southern end, unbeknownst to us at the time!), and the staff at the park don’t have the key to let you off! We were told that there was a sign on the beach to prevent 4WDs coming that far South but it had obviously blown away. We were planning on entering the beach from Bob’s track and exiting via the caravan park but were forced to backtrack up the beach and onto bob’s track.

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia November 14, 2016, 4:12 PM

    Hey Mitch,

    Cheers for that information. The signs often get covered, or moved. We saw a similar situation in Kalbarri, but eventually found the sign buried under a mound of sand!

  • Gone_west April 23, 2017, 8:20 PM

    Tried track today, very rough, rutted and rocky in places……a good challenge though, and family lived it.

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia April 25, 2017, 8:53 PM

    Awesome to hear. It’s fun, and pretty picturesque too!

  • Brad September 28, 2018, 10:04 PM

    We drove this a few days ago and the rain has uncovered a lot of rock. I drove it quite ok in my stock Pajero but it was quite challenging in parts and best to have a spotter for path selection. Beach was soft and boggy but magic. With tyres right and MaxTrax we got through no worries. Great track and amazing beach.

  • Aaron Schubert September 29, 2018, 1:39 PM

    Thanks for the update Brad.

    Such a magic part of the world!

    Aaron

  • Ash February 27, 2019, 3:07 PM

    I hadn’t done Bob’s track for at least three to four years until we tackled it as part of a Campfire Escapes weekend away. To say the track had deteriorated was an understatement. We had some cars getting hung up and bash plates tested. A spotter would greatly assist!

  • Aaron Schubert February 27, 2019, 3:18 PM

    Hey Ash,

    Cheers for the update. We haven’t done it in a long time either. Interesting to know. I guess it never gets any maintenance either

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Ash February 27, 2019, 3:20 PM

    Even Nick Underwood said it has gone from being a good “beginners” track to one requiring a bit of experience. We still enjoyed the challenge. My stock tyres on a Trailblazer didnt enjoy it much..happy to say those babies have been upgraded now.

  • Aaron Schubert February 27, 2019, 4:46 PM

    Hey Ash,

    Fair enough! Amazing part of the coastline, isn’t it?!

    Aaron

  • Ash February 28, 2019, 8:21 AM

    IT sure is. Pity there aren’t more like it for “newbies”

    I’m heading down there this weekend…albeit not much 4×4 action though.

  • Joe Bruford March 17, 2019, 9:18 AM

    Not sure what the beach is like at the moment but if you can make it all the way north from Bobs track how’s the exit up near North Point and back through Boranup?

  • Aaron Schubert March 17, 2019, 12:16 PM

    Hey Joe,

    I haven’t done this track for some time, so can’t comment. Perhaps some others here have though

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Ash March 18, 2019, 7:54 AM

    Hi Joe, I’ve not seen anyone go out that way in years. My son is a regular user of that track and says one way in, one way out now.

  • Joe March 18, 2019, 8:08 AM

    Thanks Ash, handy to know. Do you know what other good beaches between the capes have access these days? Cheers Joe

  • Ash March 18, 2019, 11:57 AM

    Not many that are as nice to get down onto like Boranup (Bob’s Track). I’m struggling to think of any actually. Plenty of good tracks still, just none with the big beach access like this one. Head to the south coast 🙂

  • Kirill April 12, 2019, 10:06 PM

    Hey guys, for those who are curious about the beach access gate at Hamelin bay. It’s not for public use, unless there is an emergency, so don’t bother with trying to drive out off the beach via this gate as it is used by the commercial fisherman at Hamelin Bay and you will see a couple of land cruisers during the annual Salmon run down there

  • Aaron Schubert April 14, 2019, 12:50 PM

    Hey Kirill,

    Thanks for the information – I did see an unmarked 4WD down there a while back and wondered.

    Take care
    Aaron

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