• Alex McArthur

BUSH ESCAPES EPISODE FOUR: D'ENTRECASTEUX NATIONAL PARK


In the fourth episode of Bush Escapes we take a look at D'Entrecasteaux National Park. All the places we visit throughout the series are accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles, so there's no excuses to not see these amazing sights! Below are some more details about the places we've visited throughout this episode. At the bottom of the page is a GoogleMap of this episodes journey along with all the main places we've visited and the route we travelled plotted on it.


Video Credits

writer/director/producer/editor/camera - Alex McArthur

camera - Miguel DeNobrega

executive producers - Alexkorp Films & Miguel DeNobrega

Music sourced from Artlist.io


Music Tracks

Rainy Day - Young Rich Pixies

Sideshow - Young Rich Pixies

Hero - Matteo Manfredi

Bluerise - Oliver Michael

Epicness - Young Rich Pixies

Laurels - Nick Poss


D'ENTRECASTEAUX NATIONAL PARK

ENTRY - $13(FULL), $7(CONCESSION) PER VEHICLE

D'ENTRECASTEAUX NATIONAL PARK STRETCHES FROM THE TOWN OF AUGUSTA 130KM EAST TO THE TOWN OF WALPOLE. THE WESTERN END OF THE PARK IS 330KM SOUTH OF PERTH AND THERE ARE FANTASTIC SIGHTS INCLUDING BEACHES, LAKES, CLIFFTOPS AND FASCINATING ROCK FORMATIONS LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE PARK. SOME OF THE BEACHES IN THE PARK TRULY ARE SOME OF THE BEST IN THE SOUTHWEST AND THE MAGNIFICENT LIMESTONE CLIFFS OF D'ENTRECASTEAUX ARE A SIGHT TO BEHOLD. QUITE A FEW OF THE SITES THROUGHOUT THE PARK ARE FOR 4WD VEHICLES ONLY, INCLUDING LAKE JASPER AND BLACK POINT (FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE) BUT THERE ARE STILL MANY PLAES TO VISIT THAT ARE ACCESSIBLE BY 2WD. THREE CAMPGROUNDS ACCESSIBLE BY 2WD ARE SPREAD ACROSS THE PARK, WITH ALL THREE CLOSE TO THE COAST. NO BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE FOR THE CAMPGROUNDS IN D'ENTRECASTEAUX NATIONAL PARK AND ACCESS TO THE PARK IS $13 PER VEHICLE AND $7 FOR CONCESSION HOLDERS.


NEARBY TOWNS TO D'ENTRECATEAUX NATIONAL PARK

THE TOWN OF PEMBERTON IS THE CLOSEST TOWN TO THE WESTERN END OF THE PARK AND IS 30KM NORTH OF THE LEANING MARRI CAMPGROUND. TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF THE PARK, 30km NORTH OF WINDY HARBOUR IS THE TOWN OF NORTHCLIFFE AND AT THE EASTERN END OF THE PARK, 20KM EAST OF THE CRYSTAL SPRINGS CAMPGROUND IS THE TOWN OF WALPOLE. ALL THREE TOWNS HAVE YOU COVERED FOR ALL YOUR FUEL AND SUPPLY NEEDS, ALTHOUGH PEMBERTON AND WALPOLE HAVE MORE RANGE IN TERMS OF SUPPLIES.


FIRES IN D'ENTRECASTEAUX NATIONAL PARK

FIRES ARE PERMITTED IN THE FIRE PITS PROVIDED AT THE CAMPGROUNDS BETWEEN APRIL 15 AND NOVEMBER 30.


NO DOGS IN D'ENTRECASTEAUX NATIONAL PARK

No dogs are allowed in the campgrounds or any of the major landmarks within the park. DPAW conducts baiting with 1080 poison as part of its Western Shield animal conservation program in D'Entrecasteaux National Park. 1080 poison is lethal to dogs, so its probably best to leave the pooch at home if you're going to this park . To see all the locations of the Western Shield Animal Conservation program click here


NO RUBBISH BINS

Most of the sites throughout D'entrecasteaux National Park do not have rubbish bins however there are bins at the windy harbour campground.




D'ENTRECASTEAUX NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS

LEANING MARRI

The Leaning Marri campground is nestled in a pocket of native marri trees next to Lake Yeagerup off the back of Warren Beach. The campground is located on the western side of the park, 340km south of Perth and 25km south of Pemberton. The campground is a lovely spot for a camp and with only six campsites its generally pretty quiet. The sites are spread out nicely and there are trees and shrubs separating the camp sites from one another. Lake Yeagerup is just a short walk away and if you have a 4WD you can cross the 4WD track through the sand dunes to warren beach. There are picnic table and fire pits at all the campsites with shared toilet facilities. As there are only six camp sites and no booking facilities, if you are going down during the peak seasons its best to get there early and have a back-up plan in place.

-6 individual campsites

-1 group site

-$8(Adults), $6(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-No bookings for the leaning marri campground

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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WINDY HARBOUR

The Windy Harbour campground is located in a small settlement on crown reserve land that is surrounded by D'Entrecasteaux National Park. The settlement was established in the early 1900's as an inexpensive holiday spot for local timber workers and now has over 200 cottages located on the isolated coastline. The campground is run by the shire of Manjimup and is the only campground in D'entrecasteaux that has accessibility for larger vehicles and campervans. The campground is similar to a commercial caravan park, with excellent facilities including powered sites, hot showers, laundry, kitchen and drinking water facilities. The campground is well laid out and is pretty open with a large stretch of open grass at the front of the campground for larger vehicles and smaller slightly more secluded sites up the back for tents and smaller set ups. The sites themselves are simply an area to set up in, with the fantastic amenities shared among all patrons.The camp kitchen is great with hotplates, stoves and sinks to take care of any food preparation you might want to do. You can have a fire at your campsite as long as you have your own off-ground fire pit and set it up more than 5m from bushland. The campground even provides the firewood for free! Windy Harbour campground is in the middle of the park and is 370km south of Perth and 60km south of Pemberton. Bookings for the campground can be made by calling the campground directly and if you are going down in peak season bookings are essential as the campground is pretty popular. For even more info on windy harbour campground check out their pamphlet here


-6 powered campsites ($7 extra per night)

-30+ individual campsites

-$13.50(Adults), $10(Concession), $6.50(Children) PER NIGHT

-For bookings call (08)9776 8398

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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CRYSTAL SPRINGS

The Crystal Springs campground is located on the eastern side of the park, 400km south of Perth and 20km west of Walpole. Crystal Springs used to be a stop on an old stockmans route and is now this picturesque campground nestled amongst a thick grove of peppermint trees which spread out to create a canopy over the entire campground. The tranquil campground is a short drive from mandalay beach and you can hear the waves crashing in the distance as you relax in the peppermint grove. The area is large but there is not much separation between the camp sites so if it was full it may not be so peaceful. We were there in the off-peak and we nearly had the campground to ourselves. The campground has picnic table and fire pits at most of the sites and shared toilet facilites. There is also an untreated rain water tap, good for cleaning but it would need to be boiled before it could be consumed or used in food preparation. The campground is suitable for smaller set-ups.

-20+ individual campsites

-$8(Adults), $6(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-No bookings for Crystal Springs campground

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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D'ENTRECASTEAUX NATIONAL PARK SIGHTS

YEAGARUP LAKE

Yeagarup Lake is located a short walk from the Leaning Marri campground and is a lovely spot to enjoy a picnic. There is a 30m boardwalk that leads out into the middle of the lake offering fantastic views of the lake and surrounds. There is an undercover picnic area just off the shore, with a couple of picnic tables under some trees as well. From Yeagarup lake there is a 4WD track that leads into the Yeagarup sand dunes and out onto warren beach. The 4wd track can also be taken by foot to the beach, but if you're planning to do the trek to Warren beach take plenty of water and look out for vehicles! For directions to Yeagarup Lake click here


MOUNT CHUDALUP

Mount Chudalup is located in the middle of D'Entrecasteaux National Park and is 10km north of Windy Harbour. The giant granite rock is the highest point for kilometres and offers a fantastic 360 Degree view of the park. The walk to the summit is a relatively easy one, with pathways and boardwalks taking you most of the way up. At the end of the boardwalks you have to walk over the rock face to reach the summit to take in the spectacular views. Decent footwear is recommended for the walk because the rock face can get slippery when its wet. The walk is rated a class 3, the path is well set out and is a leisurely one hour walk. For directions to Mount Chudalup click here


SALMON BEACH

Salmon beach is one of the most spectacular beaches this part of Australia has to offer. The beach is framed on either side by limestone cliffs and interesting limestone rock formations can be found on the shore at either end of the beach. In between the cliffs is a pristine beachfront with sparkling white sand and crystal blue water. The power of nature is not lost on the south facing beach, which bears the brunt of wind and swells from the southern ocean. The unpatrolled beach offers good surf but caution must be taken as conditions are unpredictable and can change quickly. It's also a great spot to take in the sights, enjoy a picnic or try your hand at a bit of fishing. The beach is a few kilometres out from Windy Harbour in the centre of the park. For directions to Salmon Beach click here


POINT D'ENTRECASTEAUX

Point D'entrecasteaux was named after french navigator Antoine De Bruni D'Entrecasteaux who sighted the point in 1792 on his way to cape leeuwin. The spectacular limestone clifftops offer a unique view of the coastline, with the sheer cliffs carved out of the rock by wind and sea. There are several different walks you can take while you're there, all offering fantastic views of the coastline. The pupalong walk trail is an easy 400m loop walk of the clifftops. The windows lookout is another short walk trail that leads to the windows lookout, a hole carved out of the limestone that gives you a great view of the ocean below. If you brought your walking shoes there is the clifftop walk which takes you from the nearby Tookalup lookout to point D'Entrecasteaux along the clifftops. The walk is an easy class 2 one-way 1.3km walk that takes around an hour. There is also the coastal survivors walk, a 2.8km one-way walk that takes you from Point D'Entrecasteaux to Windy Harbour. It is an easy class 2 walk that takes you along the clifftops and through the coastal sand dunes back to the settlement. For directions to Point D'Entrecasteux click here


MANDALAY BEACH

Mandalay beach is another stunning beach this part of Australia has to offer. it is located on the eastern side of the park, 6kms south of the crystal springs campground and is one of the must see beaches in Western Australia. A wooden boardwalk leads you down on to the beach and there are several elevated viewing platforms to observe migrating whales at the right time of year. The beach is named after the 'Mandalay', a norwegian barge that wrecked there in 1911 and is still visible on the shore when tides are low. For a more detailed history of the 'Mandalay' click here. Like many of the beaches in the region the conditions are volatile and can change quickly so swimming is not recommended but don't let that put you off seeing one of the best beaches in the region. For directions to Mandalay Beach click here


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