Both the D'Entrecasteaux and Shannon National Parks surround one of Western
Australia's largest inlets. Broke Inlet is a large, shallow estuary that is
linked to the ocean by a narrow channel that passes through high ridges of
wind blown sand dunes. The channel only opens seasonally.
There are some isolated beach camp sites and a camping area with barbecues,
picnic tables, and toilets at Lake Jasper, Black Point, Moore's Hut, and Crystal
Springs. Toilets and barbecues are also provided at Salmon Beach.
Harbour, Salmon Beach, and Broke Inlet are the only coastal areas of this park
which are accessible by a two wheel drive vehicle. Most other areas are
only accessible by 4WD vehicle.
Here you can see the limestone cliffs and find
good swimming, fishing and surf beaches. Windy Harbour has a camp ground and
boat ramp, but take care, the Southern Ocean is not a place for the
inexperienced. A series of
four-wheel-drive tracks lead to other coastal fishing and camping spots. Some
areas such as the mouth of the Donnelly River can only be reached by small boat.
Significant areas are completely closed to vehicles and accessible by only those
willing to walk. Before traveling into this park it is best to check with CALM
in regards to seasonal road and track closures.
- Remember all vehicles entering the park must be fully licensed for the
road. The park is not an off road vehicle area.
- Deflate your tyres when driving on soft sand. If you wish to enter the
park this is a must. Tyre pressures required depend on the sand conditions,
your tyres and the weight of your vehicle. If you do not deflate your tyres
you will get bogged, chop up the track and raise the ire of other users and
the local ranger!
- Select the correct gear. Low third will keep you moving at a comfortable
pace and has enough power not to stall when the going gets heavier.
- Keep to the track. Drive on existing tracks only; don't create new ones
or drive on the scrub.
- For more information about 4x4 driving pick up a Going To The Coast
brochure from the local CALM office in Pemberton
Source: NatureBase, Department of Conservation and Land Management
- now the Department
of Environment and Conservation (DEC)
Visitors to the region are advised to contact the local
DEC office in
Pemberton for additional information and guidelines. To help preserve the pristine nature of the park, visitors are asked to
obey the guidelines and to take all rubbish out with them.