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Bob’s Track

Bob’s Track is a small four wheel drive 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.

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?

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. My suggestion is to go north on Caves road to a place called Conto’s.

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!

6 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!


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