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Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park

Approximately 60km offshore from Kalbarri, the Houtman Abrolhos is a chain of 122 islands and associated coral reefs. It is the southern most true coral reef in the Indian Ocean and one of the highest altitude reef systems in the world.

It is one of the world's most important seabird breeding sites and is the centre of Western Australia's largest single species fishery - the Western Rock Lobster fishery. It has a small seasonal population of fishermen and a limited number of tourists are permitted for day trips, however most of the area is off limits as a conservation habitat. It is well known as the site of numerous shipwrecks, the most famous being the Batavia, wrecked in 1629 on Morning Reef this ended in a tragic mutiny.

Flights are available from Kalbarri to land on the island of East Wallabi, giving you the opportunity to swim & snorkel in the pristine waters.

 

Warribanno Chimney

Located off the main road on the northern entrance to Kalbarri, an unsealed road takes you to the site of the original lead smelter for Geraldine mine. One of the first to be built in WA and despite having laid dormant for over 150 years, the mine is still rich with history. The mine operated in the 1850's & 60's after Augustus Gregory discovered lead while exploring for pastoral development. It still retains solid stone work and foundations from it's working days.     

Today these sites are adorned with wildflowers in season and a great spot to visit if you have time. 4 wheel drive is recommended only if continuing to the mine itself.

 

Horrocks Beach

Horrocks Beach is located on the coast 25 km west of Northampton or 85 km south of Kalbarri. The town site is a small coastal settlement used mainly for holiday and recreation. It is also home to the fishing families, which use the protected waters for a haven from the prevailing winds.

Horrocks offers a relaxing holiday for all the family with fishing and swimming topping the list of things to do. There is a general store, fuel station, fish and chip shop, public telephone and a fantastic foreshore, playground and jetty to keep the kids entertained.

 

Northampton

Northampton a town of approximately 750 people is located 50km north of Geraldton. The surrounding wheat and pastoral farms use Northampton as a base. Visitors will find a rich history of both Aboriginal and European activity. Copper and lead were discovered in the district in 1849 and Northampton grew as a mining town supporting Geraldine Lead Mining Company, the first lead producer in Australia. Northampton has retained many of its original buildings and was declared an historic town in 1993.

The Heritage Railway Line, Gwala cemetery & church ruins, give visitors a real life history lesson, while the Botanic Line has a beautiful wildflower display in season. History buffs should not miss this small town gem.

 

Lucky Bay Camp Ground

Enquiries to 08 9937 1140

CAMPING FEES APPLY AT A RATE OF $15 PER VEHICLE PER NIGHT - EFTPOS FACILITIES AVAILABLE (no cash out)


1) This is a Nature Based camping area run by Parks and Wildlife, no potable water provided or available. Must have own adequate water supply.

2) If you do not have a portable chemical toilet you must camp in areas where ablutions are provided.

3) Observe conditions of use of ablutions.

4) No medical services are available.

5) Drive Slowly – 40km/hr on main access roads, 10km/hr within camping areas.

6) Maximum stay is 28 consecutive days unless otherwise approved by the Council. 

7) Use of mobile power generators external to the vehicle permitted.

8) Dogs to be on leash at all times.

9) Fish offal to be placed in a sealed bag/container and placed in refuse bins or disposed of out to sea. Do not bury or dispose of within camping areas.

10) Clearing or removal of vegetation for any purpose is strictly prohibited.

11) Please place all rubbish in bins provided.

12) Parks and Wildlife accepts no liability for personal damage or loss to any vehicle, caravan and/or campervan.

13) Must let tyres down to at least 20psi, must have own portable air-compressor as no such services available.

14) Campfires are allowed from 6.00pm to 7.00am, to be fully extinguished at all other times and subject to the following:

* Fire must be within a portable self contained fire pit/vessel
* Fires in natural sand pits or on ground are prohibited
* Camp fires are NOT permitted during very high, extreme or catastrophic fire conditions.

15) Shelters provided are for general public use, not for individual or private use.

DUMP POINT – a waste dump pointed is located on access road to Lucky Bay near camping areas, note dump point washings water is non-potable, do not use.

 

Pink Lake

It's official name of Hutt Lagoon was given by explorer George Grey who camped on its edge in 1839.

Hutt Lagoon is a salt lake with a pink hue due to the presence of the carotenoid producing algae, Dunaliella salina, which is a source of beta-carotene, used as a food-colouring agent and source of Vit A. in cosmetics and supplements. The lagoon contains the worlds largest microalgae production plant.