With 8 days of annual leave and 16 days away from work, we packed up and headed north in search of great 4WDing, fishing and camping destinations. We purchased a little tinny a few weeks prior to leaving, and I modified the trailer to take a beating off road.
We stayed at
Carrarang Station first (about 70km from Steep Point), then Murchison House Station at Kalbarri and finally Horrocks. It was a fantastic trip, and we wish it had of been longer. For now though, here’s some photo’s. Let me know what you think at the bottom of the post!
After a couple of mechanical issues we stopped at Jurien Bay for a quick bite to eat
Heading out to Carrarang Station. The road was pretty good, but extremely dusty
We were met at Carrarang by the resident horse, who had no issues checking our cars and boat out
Some little Mackeral caught trolling not far from camp at Carrarang
Some bigger baits caught a couple of nice size sharks, which were released
A day trip out to the northern most peninsula at Carrarang Station
Fishing near Useless Loop. Amazing fish and even better sunset
A few of the Mulloway and Pink Snapper caught that evening
A quick visit to False Entrance, not far from Steep Point
We spent a few hours fishing and diving here
Not a bad place to watch the world go by
Up early for a day trip to Steep Point
Launching the boat at Shelter Bay. Possibly the most beautiful beach we’ve been to!
A nice Coronation trout and cray, along with plenty of other seafood
Our camp site at Carrarang Station. You wouldn’t complain, would you?!
Heading out in the boat for one last time, on a glassy evening
Living the dream at Carrarang Station
What more do you need?!
The life boat wreck at East Landing
Plenty of these little lizards running around the place
Exploring some dunes at Murchison House Station in Kalbarri
Trust us to find the softest sand on the station. Suffice to say we had to lower our pressures even further.
A spring at the station, used for the goats
Daniel’s poor choice of line cost him a recovery
Amazing little lizards
One of the rocky steps along the coast
Relaxing around a great fire
The view from our camp site, along the Murchison River
With no one for miles, you couldn’t ask for a better spot
Our camp site at House Station
Looking down the Murchison River to Kalbarri from Castle Rock
So much scenery to enjoy
Fishing from the beach north of the Kalbarri River Mouth
We spent a day driving inland, along the Murchison River
With 350,000 acres to explore, you will never run out of something to do
The change in scenery is nothing short of stunning
There’s hundreds of Kangaroo’s that live on the property
Sometimes they stop to have a chat to the goats
Another brilliant evening spent at House Station
You’ve got to love looking at the stars!
Leaving Kalbarri, and onto Horrocks
I’ve seen a few people wanting to drive from Kalbarri to Steep Point. The short of it, is you can’t. It has been done years ago, but these days you need permits to travel through the different private properties, and a vehicle you don’t mind getting the paint removed from as the tracks are tight and scratchy.
The only way to get from Kalbarri to Steep Point is to drive out along the main road.
Watching the sun go down over Little Bay at Horrocks
Another truly beautiful place to spend a few days
Not sure if we have enough fishing gear though…
For $15 per vehicle per night, you aren’t going to complain!
A nice size cobia we managed to get from near a big shark
Our camp site from on top of the (very) steep dune nearby
Launching the tinny on the last day
Overall, it was an amazing trip. We had a number of things go wrong (which I will go into in later posts), but I guess that’s to be expected. Steep Point blew us away, and we will most certainly be back. Stay tuned for more information on these spectacular spots!
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Thanks a lot. The awning on my 80 series is a Powerful 4×4 one. It’s actually broken – I’m not sure if you can see in the photos, but the zip snapped a while back and I haven’t had it repaired. It’s not the best quality awning, but does the job.
The big blue one that we cook under is an Oztrail. Again, not top quality, but it seems to work ok. You just need to be very mindful of the wind!
So nice! May I ask, what brand of awning do you used? Greetings from Sabah, Borneo