Million Dollar Views
11.04.2017 - 15.04.2017 36 °C
Warroora Station is situated on the Ningaloo Coast between Carnarvon and Exmouth. It offers self sufficient camping at a number of camps along the coast within its boundaries. You can’t pre-book sites here so we just drove in and hoped to get a site. It was school holidays and there were a lot of campers here so choice of camp site was limited. We wanted to get a camp site at Sandy Point but the only one available was behind the dunes with no view and no easy access to the beach so we chose the only site left at 14 Mile Camp which was a wide narrow site not suitable for caravans but fine for us. We were just a few metres from the beach with great views of the outer reef and a nice sandy swimming beach inside the lagoon.
The first couple of days the weather was very hot (around 40C) with little wind and very calm water so we swam a lot and took it easy reading and chatting to our very friendly neighbours who were from Mandurah south of Perth and staying for three weeks. There are a lot of retirees who stay here for months at a time and some of their setups are quite elaborate with shade cloth walled compounds around their vans and boats down by the water.
The third and fourth days here were windy in the afternoons so we spent some time behind our neighbours gazebos down near the water which had mesh walls which blocked the wind. On one of the windy days we had to take a long trip into Exmouth to buy another solar panel as our existing 140w solar panel couldn’t keep the batteries charged enough to keep the fridge running in the extreme heat.
Another day we drove around the station visiting all the camps and checking out the coastline. Pelican Point is part of a sanctuary zone within the station and has a nice sandy point to walk around in a protected bay. There was nobody else there and we had a lovely walk and swim in the clear warm water. We checked the water temperature back at camp and it was 29C so very pleasant for long swims. We stopped for lunch at Maggies Camp which was busy but would have been a nice place to camp with a small bay protected by a small headland and a nice swimming beach. The other nice campground was The Lagoon which was a large camp area fronting a beautiful sandy beach with a steep beach and waves. The southern corner of the beach had a large rocky headland which gave protection for campers and also provided shelter to moor boats. The only down side to The Lagoon was the flies which were bad here, this was strange because there were none at our camp at !4 Mile.
You need a chemical toilet to camp here which can be emptied at a dump point at the rubbish tip. The cost is $10 per person/night or $50 a week. We had intended to stay 3 nights but stayed 5 and really enjoyed our time here. The view from camp was stunning, the people we met here were very friendly and welcoming and we had lots of laughs each evening over a few drinks. The other great thing was that we seemed to have left the fly plague behind and could enjoy this stunning coastline without looking at it through fly veils.