Spec­tac­u­lar scenic spots to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day

Pilbara News - - Australia Day Special - Ali­cia Per­era

For all the events on Aus­tralia Day, the Pil­bara’s nat­u­ral beauty en­sures there are also plenty of scenic lo­ca­tions where you can get away from it all.

Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre man­ager Jane Knapp said favourite lo­cal spots were still win­ners for Aus­tralia Day, es­pe­cially if they were close to wa­ter.

“I would say places like Hear­son’s Cove or the Dampier Palms,” she said.

“Hear­son’s Cove has shaded ar­eas and . . . it’s ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful along the whole coast.

“And Dampier Palms would be good for fam­i­lies be­cause you’ve got the grassed ar­eas, shaded ar­eas, and it’s good in all tides.”

She also rec­om­mended Wick­ham’s Port Wal­cott and Point Sam­son’s Hon­ey­moon Cove for easy ve­hi­cle ac­cess to the beach and lots of room for chil­dren to play, as well as Mia­ree Pool, Hard­ing River Dam, Mill­stream-Chich­ester Na­tional Park, and Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park for their se­cluded spots and nat­u­ral beauty.

Dis­cov­ery Cruis­ing skip­per Brad Beau­mont said the Dampier ar­chi­pel­ago is­lands were a good op­tion if you hap­pened to know any­one who owned a shack. Other- wise, he will also be op­er­at­ing his an­nual Aus­tralia Day trip to Sam’s Is­land from noon.

“We bring boom boxes, gui­tars, and we have the flag fly­ing,” he said.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful is­land so we get as many as we can over there. It turns out to be a great day over and it’s not too far from shore.”

For Ex­mouth res­i­dents or those dream­ing of an es­cape there, Ex­mouth Vis­i­tor Cen­tre mem­ber­ship and com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor Ben Knaggs rec­om­mended Cape Range Na­tional Park’s Osprey Bay as one of the best camp­ing sites, thanks to re­cently up­graded camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ac­cess to good snorkelling and fish­ing.

“Take ad­van­tage of low vis­i­tor num­bers at this time of year to have plenty of room to your­self while en­joy­ing the long week­end cool­ing down by the shores of the World Her­itage-listed Nin­ga­loo Reef,” he said.

Mr Knaggs also sug­gested a bare­boat sail­ing char­ter with new tour op­er­a­tor Cruise Nin­ga­loo — which al­lows any­one with a cur­rent WA skip­per’s ticket to hire and drive a lux­ury sail­ing cata­ma­ran — or lo­cal bar­be­cue and beach cricket spot Town Beach for a great day out.

Pic­ture: Ex­mouth Vis­i­tor Cen­tre

Take a bare­boat sail­ing char­ter with Cruise Nin­ga­loo this Aus­tralia Day.

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