Dune driving is one of the purest pleasures of the whole 4WD experience. There are only a handful of coastal destinations dotted around the nation’s fringe that offer legal access to the dunes.
Fowlers is right up there with sand driving meccas like Lancelin and the (formerly accessible) Stockton Beach dunes.
Fowlers Bay is located in Nullarbor country, west of the Eyre Peninsula and 900 odd clicks west of the state capital.
This means Adelaide residents are looking at the best part of a full day’s highway march just to reach their destination, but the upshot is that the tyranny of distance keeps the hordes at bay, and you’ll no doubt manage to carve off your own slice of sandy solitude.
STUFF TO DO
4WDING is all about the fluffy white dunes out here. Seriously, they’re pretty epic. Take the usual dune driving precautions – mount up a sand flag, carry a shovel and set of MAXTRAX and air down your tyres – and you’ll be fine.
FISHING is actually very good out here, so long as you’re happy targeting just the two species. Succulent calamari squid can be caught from the jetty in good numbers using jigs and baits, while droves of Aussie salmon are only too happy to scoff a bait presented in the surf.
LOCATION: 918km west of Adelaide, access is via following National Highway A1 before turning off onto Fowlers Bay Rd.
CAMPING is available at a basic bush campsite right by the water. No facilities are provided, so visitors must carry in drinking water and be self-sustainable. There’s also a caravan park that offers powered sites and other accommodation.
FUEL stops can be spread out around here. Diesel is available in Fowlers Bay itself, but the nearest petrol is available in Nundroo, 32km to the northwest.
MORE INFO is available at www.environment.sa.gov.au