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.
writer/director/producer/editor/camera - Alex McArthur
camera - Miguel DeNobrega
executive producers - Alexkorp Films & Miguel DeNobrega
Music sourced from Artlist.io
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
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
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