The coastline in the north west of WA is simply stunning. From some of the world’s best beaches through to incredible snorkeling and fishing there is more enough reason to plan a visit. Warroora Station is a prime example of what WA has to offer (as you can see from the photos!) and is one of the many places I’d recommend checking out.
In a sentence, Waroorra Station is a working farm located on the coastline of the Ningaloo Reef which has been set up for camping and day trips. In many ways it is a cross between Wagoe and Coral Bay, meaning it is truly an awesome place for a visit.
How do you pronounce it?
Warroora Station is actually prounounced Warra Station.
Where is Warroora Station?
The station is located half way in between Carnarvon and Exmouth (190km each way). This puts it only 60 km south of Coral Bay – the perfect day trip. There is a 23km drive off the bitumen hwy (on gravel) to get to the station. You can find Warroora Station on google maps here.
Camping at Warroora Station
Camping at Warroora Station is available at 5 different locations, all equally as beautiful as each other. The camp grounds are known as 14 Mile, The Lagoon, Black Moon Cliff, Elles Beach and Steven’s Surf Break. Only the 14 Mile camp grounds is accessible for 2wd vehicles.
There are a number of conditions if you want to camp at Warroora, in order to conserve the environment. These range from being fully self sufficient through to owning a chemical toilet, bringing your own wood, water restrictions and public phones.
If you are after something a little more luxurious, you can stay at the Old Homestead or the Cottage. The Old Homestead sleeps 12, has 3 ensuites and is fully equipped. The Cottage sleeps 8, has one bathroom and is also fully equipped. You can also stay at the Shearer’s and Stockmen’s Quarters which are twin share rooms with a communal kitchen and ablutions.
If ever you wanted to swim in warm, crystal clear water that is full of incredible marine life, Ningaloo Reef is the place to go. You can access it Warroora Station , Gnaraloo Station, Ningaloo Station, Coral Bay and Exmouth (as it spans the whole length). It is not uncommon to see Manta Rays, Whales, Dolphins, Whale Sharks, Turtles, reef sharks, a spectacular array of bird life along with plenty of other marine life.
Costs for Warroora Station
To visit Warroora Station, there is a fee for day visits and for camping (anyone under 16 is free). The day visit is $7.50 per person and the camping fee is $37.50 per person, per week.
Boating at Warroora Station
Smaller boats are permitted at the station, and as long as the weather is kind there is every reason to bring your boat along. Larger boats are not suitable for launching at Warroora Station.
Fishing at Warroora Station
Coral Bay and Exmouth have incredible fishing, and it would be fair to say that less people have impacted Warroora Station. Some areas are marine zones, however there is a considerable area to fish in, both off a small boat and off the beach. I didn’t do a whole lot of fishing when I visited, but I would be very surprised if you couldn’t get a good feed with little effort.
Other things to know about Warroora Station
- A 4wd is recommended as 99% of the coastal access require it
- Sand boarding on the dunes is not permitted
- Motorbikes, ATV’s and firearms are not permitted
- Dogs are allowed providing you get permission from the home stead (and certain requirements are met)
- Campfires are permitted, but only with your own wood
- Fishing rules apply to the Ningaloo Marine Park (see the office for a brochure)
- Chemical Toilets are a must for camping
- Warroora strives for sustainable tourism – please obey the signs and respect the environment.
- Surfing is popular at Warroora, with 3 good breaks
- Emu’s, kangaroos and other wildlife are abundant and easy to see
- Wildflowers are
Unfortunately I only had time to spend a day at Warroora Station, but it is certainly a place I would like to visit and stay at for many more. There is plenty of room for camping, and it is well set up. I’d definitely recommend a trip to Warroora.
If you have been there before, please let me know if there is anything I have missed, your favourite camp sites and anything else you would like to comment on!