WESTERN AUSTRALIA PART 1
FUEL & SUPPLIES
Fuel is available in Albany and Denmark, it is also available in Mt Barker
For all dirt roads start at 28PSI, but when you hit the sand at West Cape Howe you’ll need to go lower around 18psi
PERMITS AND FEES
Both areas are Western Australia National Parks so Fees are required for camping and access. Lookout for the pay stations at the entry points
Stirling Range National Park encloses the only major mountain range with in the southern half of Western Australia. The rugged peaks, which rise to more than 1000 metres above sea level, feature stark cliff faces, sheltered gullies, magnificent views and a rich diversity of unique and colourful wildflowers. The park is one of the world’s most important areas for flora with 1500 species, many of which grow nowhere else, packed within its boundaries.
The Stirling Range is renowned for its unusual, and sometimes spectacular cloud formations. The Aboriginal name for the range, Koi Kyenunu-ruff, means ‘mist rolling around the mountains’ – a frequently seen occurrence. The range is also one of few places in Western Australia where snow occasionally falls.
The Stirling Range Drive winds through the heart of the park and offers ever-changing views of rugged peaks, each with its unique character. This 42km drive, on mostly unsealed roads graded for two-wheel drive, stretches from the Western Lookout near Red Gum Spring to the Eastern Lookout below Bluff Knoll. Take a break in the drive to enjoy sweeping vistas from Central Lookout or a picnic in shady woodlands at White Gum Flat.
WEST CAPE HOWE
West Cape Howe National Park lies on the southern coast between Albany and Denmark.
Granite-bounded Shelley Beach is the easiest site to visit and offers good fishing and a low-key campground. If you have a high-clearance four-wheel drive, the soaring cliffs and crashing surf at West Cape Howe should not be missed, and Dunsky Beach and Torbay Head (the southernmost point of Western Australia) also warrant visits.
Few facilities are provided in this wild area yet it attracts campers, bushwalkers and keen fishers. Shelley Beach Lookout is a prime launching site for hang-gliders and offers bushwalking on a short boardwalk. The Bibbulmun Track crosses the park. Golden Gates Beach has a renowned surf break.
Four-wheel drive tracks are only suitable for high clearance vehicles. The tracks are narrow with encroaching vegetation. Please drive slowly and be aware of oncoming traffic.
Two-wheel drive vehicles can reach Shelley Beach and the nearby lookout, but other sites within the park require high clearance four-wheel drive (make sure you have a tyre pressure gauge and a tyre pump). Park features can also be reached by bushwalking along the sandy four-wheel drive tracks.