JURIEN BAY, WA

Jurien Bay sea lions. Pic: Suzanne Long, parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

This little spot’s criminally overlooked by intrepid offroaders with sights set farther afield. Just 200 clicks north of Perth, the little seaside hamlet is just past Cervantes and can be reached in just a couple of hours from the state capital.

Jurien is unbeatable if you’re hanging out for a straight up beach getaway. Camping in the dunes, belting along the blindingly white beach run, casting a line behind the breakers or going for a dip in the surf. Seriously, what more could you ask for in a springtime weekender?

The campground here is bare bones, but that’s the way we like it (keeps the snobs away). Be aware that the word is getting out about this spot, and the little campground can sometimes pack out during the busy holiday season.

STUFF TO DO

4WDING is on offer on the endless beach runs as well as a network of narrow sandy tracks that lead to a couple of alternate 4WD access only campsites.

FISHING is possible from the beach right out front of the campground. Aussie salmon are a staple catch out here, and whiting turn up in better numbers during summer.

IMPORTANT INFO

LOCATION: 240km north of Perth, access is via National Route 1.

CAMPING can be at a premium during busy holiday times and long weekends. Plan to arrive early to secure your spot. A small fee is payable daily via honesty box or otherwise the caretaker comes around to collect fees each morning.

FUEL is available in Perth.

MORE INFO is available at www.visitpinnaclescountry.com.au