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Duke Of Orleans Bay

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semi-overcast 25 °C

Duke of Orleans Bay is located between Cape Arid and Cape Le Grand and the only camping is in the caravan park which sits beside the bay and is protected from the wind by a large rocky hill at the back. The park is large and has quite a few permanent residences as well as powered and unpowered camp sites. The powered sites are large and grassy amongst large trees, with the unpowered section having a dirt base. There were plenty of sites to choose from as the park was not busy so we chose a powered site which cost $39 a night. The park was quiet and had a nice atmosphere with lots of birds and the odd kangaroo, we really liked it.

The weather was overcast most of the time we were here and cooler than we had encountered so far, but also very humid. For the 2 nights we stayed here we had thunderstorms in the evening but very little rain. On our first afternoon we drove along Wharton beach, another stunning white sand aqua blue water beach, to the end and then drove along a track through the dunes to Victoria Harbour. The sand was quite firm to drive on and we didn’t need to let down our tyres to drive this section. However we only had a hand drawn map given to us at the caravan park and when we reached Victoria Harbour we thought we were only at Cawrie beach which is in between the two so drove to the end of what was actually Victoria Harbour and found a sandy track up over the dunes.

We had to let the tyres down to get up this sandy track which was very narrow with banksias either side creating some serious pin striping down each side of the car. The track got very sketchy when we came to a rocky area and then eventually came to a dead end with the only way to turn around being to drive up the bank and reverse down and up the other side and then back through the paint destroying foliage. We later realised we had driven the track labelled Scratchy 4wd track on the map which the caravan park manager had said not to go down.

After getting back from the beach driving it was time for some squid fishing off the rocks near camp and it wasn’t long before a large squid took the jig and became that night’s calamari dinner. We stayed here just the 2 nights as we wanted to get to Cape Le Grand before the weekend as it is a popular spot and hard to get a camp site, however we would have stayed longer otherwise.

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Posted by OzJourney 22:55 Archived in Australia

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