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2 weeks at Steep Point and Denham

We’ve just returned from 9 nights out at Steep Point, and 6 in Denham itself. Organising the trip was a fair bit of work to ensure we had enough fuel, water, food and firewood and that the 3 trailers made it out there without any damage, but the effort was well and truly rewarded. Here’s what we got up to:

Shark Bay World Heritage Area by 4WD

After fueling up at the Overlander, we entered the Shark Bay World Heritage Area

Hamelin Station Stay with 4WDing Australia

First nights stop; Hamelin Station Stay. After an uneventful 9 hour drive from Perth we were happy to have arrived

Deflating tyres on Useless Loop Road

Heading out to Steep Point the following morning on Useless Loop Road

Fan belt replacement on 80 Series Land Cruiser

The first of a few issues with vehicles; replacing fan belts on the 80 series.

Steep Point trawling for Mackerel

After setting up camp, we headed out in the tinny for a quick troll. An hour later we had a Shark Mackerel and Spaniard.

Sunrise at Shelter Bay at Steep Point

The next mornings sunrise. We caught plenty of these due to young Oliver waking early. We left both boats in the water each night.

Ocean views from our Camper Trailer at Steep Point

Our camper trailer and Land Cruiser set up with Ocean views. The solar panels did very well again.

Stars at Steep Point in WA

Lots of amazing stars when you are away from the light pollution

Fires at Steep Point must be self contained

Relaxing around the fire. We had enough wood for a fire every night, except the first

80 Series Land Cruiser rear drawers

The back of our 80 Series Land Cruiser

Camping at Steep Point

Living the camping dream

Wellard Camping Steep Point

Our Camp site at Shelter Bay. The largest site, furthest west and called Wellard

Tinny trawling at Steep Point

Trolling the back of Dirk Hartog Island in our Tinny

Shelter Bay Spanish Mackerel

Two Spanish Mackerel I picked up just out of Shelter Bay

Stars and Ford Ranger at Steep Point

Kyle’s Ford Ranger soaking up the stars

80 Series Land Cruiser fan belts turning upside down

Fan belts flicked off and turned upside down on the Land Cruiser

Shelter Bay camping in August

A cold and misty morning at Shelter Bay

Relaxing around the fire at Steep Point

Another evening spent around the fire

Steep Point 2017 with 4WDing Australia

After many failed attempts at a long exposure we landed a couple of great shots

Trawling for Cobia at Steep Point

Clayton’s 17kg Cobia from trolling

Gold Halco Lure results with a Cobia

A stonker fish caught on a Gold Halco lure

Trawling at Steep Point

1420mm long; trolling is full of highs and lows!

Oliver at Steep Point

Early morning walks with Oliver

Steep Point boat trailer towing

My custom 4WD boat trailer used for getting access to places like Steep Point

Steep Point with 4WDing Australia

The Western most point of Australia

Snakes at Steep Point

A little snake that struck Sarah’s ugg boot. Any idea what it is?

Steep Point fishing

The Oven, Steep Point

Smoked Mackerel fish at Steep Point

Smoking some Mackerel. The most delicious way to eat fish

Shelter Bay at Steep Point Sharks

We saw heaps of Sharks just a few hundred metres from Shelter Bay

Sharks at Steep Point

Some were about the same size as our boat (3.75m)

Steep Point Sunrise

Another morning in paradise

80 Series Land Cruiser wheel bearing failure

On the way out the front left wheel bearing failed spectacularly and destroyed the spindle

Shark Bay Mechanical Tow service

With no way of limping it into town a tow truck was called

Denham foreshore in WA

Checking out the Denham foreshore

Eagle Bluff Denham

Eagle Bluff, 19km from Denham

Eagle Bluff walk

Eagle Bluff boardwalk

Welcome Sparrows in the Gasgoyne

Lots of little Welcome Swallows

Shark Bay Aquarium

We called in for a visit to the Shark Bay Aquarium

Coral Trout at Denham

A Coral trout that has turned black in captivity

Stonefish at the Shark Bay Aquarium

A Stonefish. Step on this and you will be in a world of pain. You need to be very careful of these

Day trip to Francois Peron National Park

Heading out to Francois Peron National Park for the day

Salt pan at Francois Peron

Crossing the salt pan

Marine life at Skip jack point

Skip jack point. It was blowing a gale, otherwise this is a great spot to see marine life

Sand at Francois Peron National Park

The most incredible orange sand

Shock absorber bushes flogged out

Daniel replacing some flogged shock absorber bushes

Granddad shoulder ride with Oliver

Oliver having a shoulder ride from Granddad

Skip Jack point lookout in Francois Peron National Park

Skip jack point lookout

Oliver walking at Francois Peron National Park

Oliver learning to walk

Cape Peron at Denham

Cape Peron. There are worse places to spend an afternoon!

Emu and chicks at Denham

An Emu with 4 chicks

Artesian hot springs at Denham

The Artesian hot springs that were extremely hot!

Denham birds

A little Hawk on the way back into Denham

Denham sunset

One final sunset at Denham

We live in the most amazing country in the world; with so much to see you’ve just got to plan it and go. I’ll put up more posts in the future covering each location, but I’d love to hear from you below.


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7 comments… add one
  • Ziggy August 9, 2017, 10:57 AM

    Great spots Aaron.
    The Skipjack lookout pic is a beaut.
    Peron NP is on my to-do list.
    BTW the little Hawk looks like a Nankeen Kestrel to me.

  • TrevM August 9, 2017, 8:42 PM

    Awesome Job & Great Photography; Shark Bay is truly a world heritage area. We are so lucky to have it on our back door step.
    I was in this area for 10 nights last month.

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia August 9, 2017, 10:54 PM

    Cheers Ziggy,

    You’ll love the National Park – so amazing and easy to get to as well. Thanks for the tip on the bird. I was going to put bird of prey, but figured that would look silly


  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia August 9, 2017, 10:55 PM

    Thanks Trev,

    Awesome to hear and yep, a truly magnificent spot. We will be back!


  • Ziggy August 11, 2017, 5:08 AM

    Um, 4000 kms for me 🙁

  • WAExplorer September 2, 2017, 7:30 AM

    We really are lucky, there can’t be too many places in the world where you can enjoy this kind of lifestyle. Little Oliver looks pretty happy too. Love the night photography (and the underwater shots too).

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia September 2, 2017, 7:10 PM

    Yep, totally agree. Such an amazing country.


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