MANARI CREEK & BEYOND
THE Dampier Peninsula is high on most people’s itinerary when visiting the Kimberley, and for good reason. There’s some great fishing, the coastline is spectacular, the birdlife is fantastic, whales can be seen for much of the winter months, and there is a rich aboriginal culture for everyone to experience, explore and enjoy.
However, there is very little bush camping. In fact, no camping is allowed at all along the Cape Leveque Road, while bush camping at Quondong Point is popular and often crowded with longtermers. Still, with a bit of exploring you can find some good bush camps around Willie Creek and Barred Creek, south of Quondong. If these are still too busy for your liking, head north along the Manari Road past James Price Point (another good but popular bush camp) to Coulomb Point.
Here you can wind along the edge of a shallow creek to the beach for a long beach drive north (take care, as it starts to get remote) or a shorter one south where there are a couple of good camps right on the beach near an un-named rocky headland.
The track degenerates north of Coulomb Point and, once at the Manari Creek Crossing just a couple of kilometres later, it can be very challenging. You’ll find a campsite near the mouth of Manari Creek and another beach access point.
Rest assured that you’ll have the camp to yourself – apart from the occasional local who’ll be even more cheesed off than you!
You’ll have the camp to yourself – apart from the occasional local who’ll be even more cheesed off than you
This is why you need to pack recovery gear in these remote parts!
of James Price Coast just north for the day. Point – nice spot