MANARI CREEK & BE­YOND

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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

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