The southern coastline of West Oz is for sure home to some of the most photogenic landscapes you’re likely to lock eyes upon. Big name spots like Cape Le Grand and Lucky Bay look like a Tourism Board executive’s overly ambitious Photoshop projects.
If you’re looking for a more low-key spot that boasts bucketloads of southern charm, have a geez at the Fitzgerald River National Park. This little slice of sandy perfection is wedged midway between Albany and Esperance, 460km southwest of Perth.
It’s around five hours drive for metro residents – long enough to keep the daytrippers at bay, but perfect for a long weekend adventure. The park is girt by pristine beachfront, so you won’t be lacking opportunities to have a cast, surf or solitary swim.
STUFF TO DO
4WDING: Quiss Road and Hamersley Drive are unsealed roads that offer pretty gentle driving conditions, but make up for it with scenery. Those looking to get some sand between their tread should head to the recreation sites in the southeastern section of the park around Four Mile Beach and Barren Beach.
FISHING: The fishing is pretty good year round down here, with big schools of Aussie salmon prevalent through the cooler months. Summer is the perfect time to lob out a big bait from the beach to tempt one of the big mulloway that patrol behind the breakers.
LOCATION: 465km southeast of Perth, and 200km east of Albany. Access from Perth is via the Graham Farmer Freeway and the Albany Highway.
CAMPING is available at St Mary Inlet and Point Ann on the eastern side of the park and Four Mile Campground on the west side. Fees of $11 per adult and $3 per child per night apply.
FUEL is available Bremer Bay.
MORE INFO is available at www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au