Drysdale Station – Gibb River Road

50km off the Gibb River Road, Drysdale Station offers a spot to stop over on the way to Mitchell Falls

Km drive 

From Mt Elizabeth Station – 160km


Hot showers

Drinking water

Flushing toilets

Washing machines





Swimming hole

Freshwater crocodiles

Scenic flights


$25 per adult per night

Plus $10 per night for power (they have 6 powered sites located off one pole)

Drysdale has all the facilities but the camping area is pretty much a dust bowl. They have signs saying ‘please use previous fire pits otherwise there would be no grass left’, well there wasn’t much grass there to start with!


The toilet and shower facilities were very clean, ensuite style and the showers were hot. The opportunity to do some washing (that wasn’t by hand) was too good to pass up and the fact that our dirty clothes basket was overflowing meant I couldn’t not do it! The benefits of doing washing up here are, it takes thirty minutes for the wash cycle to finish and then within an hour all your clothes are dry!

While Tayla was having her bucket bath we also had a Little Egret come to visit. Tayla loves birds so loved seeing this Egret come up to her until it obviously got a little too close for comfort. Apparently it has been hanging around for a while and was not afraid of people at all. 

We had dinner at the restaurant that night (what a luxury)! We booked a table and ordered our dinner in the afternoon and then headed over around 6ish (we were told our dinner would be ready at 6:45, there wasn’t any choosing of times), we had a drink before dinner which gave us an opportunity to catch up with fellow travellers we had met along the way and meet new ones. There was a lot of comparing of stories, different campsites and troubles each one had run into. We also met another family with kids very close in age to ours, so we had dinner with them. Once again the kids loved each other’s attention while the adults got some other adult conversation. 


We were only staying at Drysdale one night so our setup was very basic! The trailer remained on the car and as we didn’t have to cook dinner the stove didn’t even come out! The next morning it was our quickest pack up and our earliest time ever for being on the road!!! Mitchell Falls here we come (looking just a bit dusty)!!!


Mt Elizabeth Station – Gibb River Road

Great waterfall and some good fun 4WDing

Km drive 

From Manning – 70km (including 30km off the Gibb River Road)


Hot showers

Drinking water

Flushing toilets

Fire pits




Swimming hole

Freshwater crocodiles


$20 per adult per night


Mt Elizabeth Station is another privately own campsite, it is also an operating station.  When we arrived we found our spot (under the trees with a fire pit and this time close to the showers and toilets). We set up the went for a drive to the swimming hole which had easy access, it ended up being a bit further than expected due to my map reading (or just a poor mud map!). But again it was beautiful, we had the place to ourselves except for a few freshwater crocodiles (there eyes were always watching us as I was always watching them! Well at least the ones I could see!!).

As the campsite is a few km off the road I think less people are inclined to make the trek in so the campsite has a lot less people.

Our first night we lay in bed listening to the dingoes howling through the night, they went all night and there was so many!!! You could also hear the bulls early in the evening.  The next morning we heard that the station owners were kept awake from the howling and said it must either be the start of breeding season or the dingoes had made a big kill and were letting the others know.

The next morning we were woken by the sound of the roosters crowing, until the dingoes howled and it all went silent ver quickly!

When we emerged from the camper we found the resident Wallaby, Chloe outside. She had been hand reared and regularly came by for a feed. We were told she liked weetbix and sweet potato, however I had saved a half eaten apple which I was sure she would love and she did and the kids loved her!

That morning after pancakes for breakfast we headed out to the waterfall.  The track was bumpy to put it nicely but it was great fun.  We were told at the end there was a steep decline and if you wanted you could park your car up the top and walk down.  Well we decided we would give it a go no matter what.  So when we came upon the cars parked up we kept going, then we passed another car parked up so kept on going and after some rough driving we made it to the end of the track, sweaty palms and all!!!

After that it was about a 1km walk to get to the falls, which was a nice walk.  Once at the top there were a couple of ladders placed on the rocks to make the decent easier (which is good given we have one in a back pack and one only just 4!).



The falls were amazing the rocky ledges into the water made it easy to get into the water and just sit there (I could have stayed there all day!!). You could swim under the falls and walk under the falls further up.  About 500m along the gorge there were some Aboriginal art, unfortunately with the kids we weren’t able to keep going to check it out.


Then we made our way back along the bumpy road to the campsite to have a relaxing afternoon.

Another night was spent listening to the dingoes, then an early morning pack up and off we went to Drysdale Station.

For further information see their website http://www.mountelizabethstation.com

Manning Gorge – Gibb River Road

Great gorge and swimming hole close to the campsite!

Km drive 

From Silent Grove – 115km


Hot showers

Flushing toilets

No drinking water


Waterfall with swimming


Swimming waterhole at camp area


$20 per person first night

$12 person every night after that


The camp area at Manning Gorge was different to the previous two we had been to. This was the first privately owned and run campsite we had been to on the Gibb. We paid our fees at the Mt Barnett Roadhouse, which is one of two roadhouses for fuel. It’s a good spot to pick up a few essentials and if you do stop it’s absolutely essential you get a burger with the lot and a coffee, they are soooo good!!!! They also have a pay phone and wifi available, we used the wifi to let everyone know we were still alive 😊

Again we picked a spot under the trees so we didn’t have to set up the awning, unfortunately they don’t have fire pits but you can make your own fire with a few rocks and wood (we didn’t bother).


At Manning Gorge campsite there are two swimming areas so no need to walk.  The main one is where the boat is located that you pull yourself across the river as part of the gorge walk.  It has some sand and is a great little spot to swim and also chat with other travellers. It was very social down there, perfect to get tips from travellers heading in the opposite direction about the places we were planing to go.


The next morning we set off for our walk to Manning Gorge. We headed off about 9 am, the signs around the place said it takes at least and hour and half each way to get to the gorge and the signs clearly say do not head off after one pm (which people still don’t listen to!).  We had heard the track was pretty rough so we were prepared for a slow walk. We had a packed lunch, a few snacks and 3 ½ litres of water for the four of us.  We’ve been using the camel packs and filling the up the day before and putting them in the freezer, they have been working fantastically and the kids love drinking from them.  They have also been staying frozen till the end of the walk! 


Ky did really well climbing up and down large rocks, there were some steep sections he complained a little about but I was pretty impressed with his efforts.  When we got to the falls it was beautiful, you come down this steep decent to an amazing oasis! There are freshwater crocodiles but they disappear when you start making noise (apparently). There is a nice sandy area to swim in and small rapids to the left you can sit in.  To the right if you climb up over the rocks you can go around the corner to the waterfall.  You can also swim out into the middle to get a good view (which is what I did and then scared myself thinking of the crocodiles!).  




We had a slow walk back and Warrick at several stages had Tayla (the one year old) on his back and Ky (the four year) in his arms.  There was no way I could climb rocks and carry kids, I just didn’t trust my balance or his, I didn’t watch and focused on where to put my feet.  

When we got back to camp we had planned on going back down to the water for a swim but in the end a comfy seat and a cold drink where just too much to resist!

Power at the site is provided by generator so the generator is turned on at 6am and off and 8pm, very roughly! When we were there only some of the camp area had been opened up as as still needed to clear out the other areas so we were all very close to each other, especially on the first night as it was pretty busy.

Silent Grove (Bell Gorge) – Gibb River Road

Km drive 

From Windjana- 125km


Hot showers

Drinking water

Flushing toilets

Fire pits with cooking plates


Waterfall with swimming



$12 entry fee per vehicle 

$12 per night per adult

After Windjana we set off for Bell Gorge. The drive was amazing with windy roads through mountainous ranges. It didn’t feel like we were driving in Australia, I’ve never seen an Australian countryside like it. There were sections of the road that was bituminised which I didn’t expect, in fact the road was in very good condition.  


Road Between Windjana Gorge and Silent Grove


Road Between Windjana Gorge and Silent Grove


Road Between Windjana Gorge and Silent Grove – One Of The Water Crossings


We arrived at Silent Grove campsite and set up under a tree for shade so we wouldn’t have to set up the awning again. We also set up one of our tables in the middle of our mat for the kids to play around. It’s amazing how a simple change can provide so much entertainment, they loved it and so did I as it kept them entertained for ages.

Kids Play Table


Camp Set Up


The spot we picked also had a fire pit right next to it and we had collected some fire wood on the way in so we were looking forward to having the fire going.  The fire also provided entertainment for Ky as the last to use it hadn’t completely put the fire out so with a few small twigs and a couple of puffs it came alight much to his amazement.  We also used the opportunity to cook up some bread in the camp oven!

Not really watching the time but just going off the sun we cooked dinner (it was great, shallow fried tempura Spanish Mackerel (caught in Coral Bay) with potatoes and sweet potato cooked on the fire) then checked the time 4:30pm!!! It was pitch black before 6pm and both kids were in bed by 6:30pm again!!! And we weren’t far behind, I’m not even sure if we made it to 8pm!

While we were up we could here some noises in the bushes not far from us, so we shone our torches and saw two eyes looking back at us! Out came the high powered torch to reveal a wild dog!! It completely freaked me out (I think we freaked him out too!).

The next morning we woke to the sound of birds, there were so many!! From finches to cocky’s, hawks, crows, all sorts. It was very different to Windjana Gorge. It also wasn’t nearly as cold. Again the facilities were great, flushing toilets, hot showers, drinking water and fire pits. 

We headed off to Bell Gorge at about 9:30, we didn’t want to head down too early as you could swim at the top and bottom of the waterfall. It’s about a 7km drive from the campsite to the gorge. There were quite a few cars and tour buses in the car park when we arrived, but we didn’t see too many on the walk down. The walk was quite rocky which unsettled Ky a bit and there were a couple of little creek crossings before you got to the waterfall but otherwise it wasn’t too bad. 

Creek Crossing On The Way To Bell Gorge

Walking To Bell Gorge

The waterfall was beautiful there was a fair amount of water going over and cascading down. There were quite few people there when we arrived and a few tour guides, which was handy because they had the good tips (eg. Get in the water on the right hand side as it’s less slippery). We had a lovely swim while we were there. The water was very cold but nicely refreshing.  We didn’t venture to the bottom of the waterfall as you had to cross the creek and we were told the track down was pretty steep (but we did add it to the list for next time!).

Swimming At The Top Of Bell Gorge


Bell Gorge Waterfall


Swimming Hole At The Top Of The Bell Gorge Waterfall

We arrived back at the campsite quite early and got the fire going again.  Time for a roast leg of lamb with roast veggies, all cooked up over the fire in the camp oven 😀.

We had also met another family a couple of times on our travels and had a lovely evening with them.  The kids watched a dvd on the laptop while the adults got some adult time 😀.

The next morning we packed up and headed to Manning Gorge. 

Windjana Gorge – Gibb River Road

Km drive

From Derby – 140km


Hot showers

Drinking water

Flushing toilets

Fire pits with cooking plates



Freshwater crocodiles


$12 entry fee per vehicle

$12 per night per adult

We left Derby at about 1pm and got into Windjana at about 2:30pm. They the campsites are separated into generator and non-generator and also tour operators.  We of course went generator, as we need the generator to make coffee in the morning!! (It’s travelling with young kids you just can’t live without it!!).

We set up camp behind beautiful big tree and decided we didn’t need the awning as the tree gave great shade, it’s the first time we’ve set up without it.  Within the camping area there are flush toilets, showers, water taps and fire pits.  We noticed straight away the mosquitoes were very where. So on went the aerogard and mosquito coils.

We cooked the kids dinner and had them in bed by about 6:30!!  It was pitch black by 6:45pm we had eaten dinner and were star watching. There were so many shooting stars it was great. We watched the small bats swoop down hunting for insects. It was freezing that night! I had thick tracksuit pants and a big jumper on, I even brought out the ugh boots and it was still cold!!!

The next morning after a cooked breakfast we headed into the gorge.  We had Tayla (the one year old) in a Phil and Teds Explorer backpack with the camel pack inside full and an additional camel pack for water. We packed lunch and headed off.

To get into the gorge you cross a small bridge and then go through a tunnel, that’s where the excitement begins!  After entering the gorge you can see the freshwater crocodiles lying in the banks. A bit further on and they were on our side of the bank. You could within meters of some of them, others would slink off into the water. To get to this main part of the gorge it was about a 1km walk. The total walk was about 3.5km (7km return).  We continued on and made it all the way to the end of the trail, where the sign said stop! I was expecting a little bit more than just a sign at the end!

Anyway we stopped and had a bite to eat, emptied our shoes of all the sand then retraced our steps! On the way back we met a family who had decided not to go to the end but to stop in a lovely opening and have lunch there (a much better idea then going all the way to the end).

Ky (just turned four) walk pretty much the whole way. The gorge walk was categorised as a class 3 trail but if he can do it with minimal winging then it’s not too hard, mind you his backside did turn a nice colour of orange as he found sliding some steep bits easier the walking (I don’t think those pants will ever be the same!!!).


We had a lovely relaxing afternoon back at the camper trailer.  We cooked up some popcorn for afternoon tea and just enjoyed the scenery. Once again the kids were in bed by 6:30pm and it was pitch black. By 7:30pm it felt like it was 9pm!!

The next day we waited until we warmed up a bit then started a pack up to head for Silent Grove (Bell Gorge).

Ningaloo Station

After leaving Hamelin Station Stay we thought we were making good time getting to Ningaloo Station.  We hit the Ningaloo Station road at about 3:30pm, the sign said the station was 32km from the main road.


After checking in with the Station Manager, getting the gate key and directions to our site, we finally made it to our camp site at about 5:30pm.  The road in was very corrugated and after travelling 32km along the main track to the homestead, we then had to head about 15km north along a smaller track, it was very slow going.



As we hit the beach at Winderabandi Point, we recognised some friends who were already camping on the beach, they were from Wickham (no matter how big WA is your always bound to bump into someone you know!!), unfortunately they were heading off the next day after spending the last two weeks camped on the beach.


Well we set up in fading light in the most amazing position, we had camp number 2, which meant we were second from the point, there weren’t many others out the end (well except two backpackers who couldn’t keep their hands off each other 😳).  After dinner and putting the kids to bed we sat back and thought ‘how great it this!’  That didn’t last long, at 3am the winds picked up and there was a bit of a crash bang outside. On inspection, half of our awning had blown over!! So there was some renovations to be done then back to bed.


In the morning the weather wasn’t great but it wasn’t too bad either. With the wind mainly coming from the North East we were able to go around the point and find a nice calm spot for a swim. The water was shallow and calm, sitting back relaxing in beautiful blue waters with a cold beer really is hard to take 😀.


The next day the winds weren’t too strong but it just drizzled all day. Ky had been desperate to do some fishing so that’s what we did. There were heaps of small snapper, gardies and other little fish right on the shore which made fishing for him lots of fun.


Ky caught a few small fish then he hooked a good size gardie. 

Each night we were visited by the beach crabs, they made interesting entertainment.


The next day the weather had deteriorated further and we couldn’t really do anything, so we jumped in the car to do so exploring. We went for a drive into the Riffle Range (yes you can go in there, it’s Commonwealth Land and hopefully you would be told not to enter if there was any live firing). We followed the track up along the coast for some time but it wasn’t all that exciting. It might be a good way to get to a few different fishing spots but that’s about all.  Each camping area has a locked gate so you can’t really go exploring the other campsites.

Ningaloo Station is defiantly one place we will be coming back to. If we had half reasonable weather it would be paradise. There are also four other camping spots on the station and although I would like to check them out I don’t think I could go past going back to Winderabandi Point as it was really amazing. 


If you are thinking about visiting Ningaloo Station I recommend doing it soon. The State Government is trying to take the first two kilometres inland from the high water mark off the station managers.  If the Government does get control, current access and facilities are likely to change. 

Hamelin Station Stay

I wanted try out this place as a stop over point for future trips from Perth to Coral Bay.  


It is a very basic camp site.  While we were here there were apparently 30 Uni students studying Geology from Curtain University (if they were in fact there they were the quietest Uni students I’ve ever known! (certainly nothing like my Uni camps!!!)).  


They have communal kitchens, clean toilets and showers, laundry facilities as well as accommodation. The cost was $11 per adult per night, our kids are under 5 so they were free.  Again the flies couldn’t been avoided!!!!!


Small Communal Kitchen


Toilets And Laundry

While we were here we drove into Shark Bay to see the dolphin feeding. The feeding occurs in a state park, so you have to pay to enter the park ($17 for a family).  As we arrived at the gate we were informed that they had just had the last feed for the day, we certainly have a way with timing! They do three feedings a day and the timing is determined by what time the dolphins come in to feed. They recommend we come back the next day around 7:30am, unfortunately we couldn’t. 

Shark Bay, Monkey Mia

So we didn’t see any Dolphins but we did have a swim and hired a kayak to go and “look” for the dolphins.  The resort there has changed since last time is was there, I could have quite easily sat back in one of the lounge chairs with a cocktail in hand and not moved for the rest of the day.  I think if I was to come to Shark Bay again I would stay out here. I don’t know what the pricing is like but it looked very nice and I think I would have a better chance of seeing some dolphins 😊.

Last time we were up this way I remember going and seeing a pond with great big pink snapper in it.  It was a great memory and I was happy to find the place still existed. It’s called the Ocean Aquarium Park located off the main road on your way into Denham.  There were more tanks and ponds then I remember, although their major project which was in construction last time was still in construction. We had seen their sign earlier in the day which said they had a café as well, so we chanced it and decided to have lunch there. I am so glad we did because the food was sensational the beer was cold and the view was amazing (and we were inside away from the flies!!!).  


Baby Turtles at Ocean Aquarium Pak


Watching The Sharks


Shark Feeding, happens on every tour


Ocean Aquarium Restaurant with Views


Shark and Cobia


Snapper In The Smaller Pond


Overall, Hamelin Station Stay was nice and in the middle of no where so a good stop over point, not sure if I’ll be back though.


Well we left Perth and it was raining, it rained pretty much till we hit Geraldton. We could see blue skies, at last!!!  We got into Kalbarri a little later then planned as the rain had slowed down our packing process considerably, but we were finally here.  As we drove along the main road we knew we were going to be in trouble, the ‘Great Australian Wave’ was ever so present and then we saw them, those people wearing fly nets!  They were everywhere!!!!

We were staying in the Anchorage Caravan Park, we checked in and headed to our site, we got a great spot right on the end (less people for us to annoy with a screaming one year old).  Then we got out of the car………the flies!!!! I hate flies 😭 and to add insult to injury we also had to set up the camper with a great wind blowing and two young kids that had been stuck in a car for the last 6 hours. 


Our first morning we woke to grey skies, not to be put off we headed off on foot to watch the Pelicans being fed, volunteers feed them everyday at 8:45am. Well we got wet on the way there but it really just added to the adventure 😊.  We had one pelican there waiting to be fed, apparently due to the river running there had been lots of fish in the river so the Pelicans were quite well fed and not interested in turning up.


The Anchorage Caravan Park, was great, they had a pool, communal cooking facilities, clean toilets and showers, they even had a babies room (more suited to very young ones), gas refills and could book tours if you wanted.  They are located right on the river which was great because hubby dropped a couple of crab nets and brought home the goods, now this is the type of camping I had dreamed of 😄.
While we were there I was lucky enough to have a very good friend form Northamton come and catch up with us.  We took the kids to the Rainbow Jungle, a bird park.  It was fantastic, they have a huge range of parrots and a massive walk-in enclosure with so many parrots and finches flying around, there were nests everywhere and birds eating out of a variety of feeders, the kids loved it (and so did I, the coffee was even good😃). 


The weather really wasn’t on our side while we were here. We decided to check out a couple of the sites along the coast. As we had been quiet busy it didn’t take long for both kids to fall asleep in the car, this meant the lookouts had to be looked at from the car! 


It was our last night and the weather was on our side so we headed out to check out natures window, apparently best viewed at sunset.  It was fantastic we got there right on sunset, the colours were amazing and the view was sensational. One tip we learnt in this trip was to let our four year old eat an Easter egg on the way out there, the sugar kicked in at the perfect time and walked out there and back so quickly I was very impressed, minus the flies!!!


If you love your fishing, exploring and beaches then Kalbarri is certainly a great place to visit.  With the decline in local fisheries the town now feels like it’s a tourist town, but hey that’s what that what we are 😀.


Grassed area

An hour north of Perth is a small town of Seabird, once a fish-processing town now a    quaint little holiday town.

We spent our last New Years Eve staying at the Seabird Caravan Park. It is a bit different to most parks as each plot is privately owned. As each plot within the caravan park is privately owned there is a lot of variation in the quality of accommodation available for rent. They range from camp sites to quite run down on-site caravans to new on-site 3 bedroom homes.

Each caravan/campsite has its own toilet/laundry facilities. The one we had was well maintained and clean. It consisted of a shower, toilet, vanity sink and bench, a laundry trough and access to power and water. The hot water was extremely hot!! And the water pressure was great, best shower I’ve had in a long time, obviously no water saving showerhead there ☺.


The caravan park is situated right on the beach. It is perched high up over looking the beautiful beach. The grounds of the caravan park are well maintained, with a lovely grassed area over looking the beach. This is where the pool and kids playground is situated and there are gazebos with free gas BBQ’s, which are kept in perfect condition.


This caravan park is very family friendly and perfect for kids of all ages. While we were there kids were everywhere and all of them were having a ball.

Happy Camper

We took our camper trailer up and stayed in one of camping spots, which are limited. They have a rule that you are not allowed to use tent pegs in the ground. Obviously the reticulation was punctured on too many times. This lead to us using water bottles to keep our guy ropes out, which worked well enough although they did keep creeping in. Every now and again they had to pushed back out so our annex wasn’t so droopy.

Droopy Setup

Every afternoon we gathered in the gazebos over looking the ocean for drinks, dinner, laughter and amazing sunsets. The gazebos are very popular so you need to get in quick to reserve one, or you can just set up on the grass. The gazebos have the added benefit of being equipped with plastic sheeting to block some of the sea breeze.

As each plot is privately owned there is a mix of people that stay in the park, from visitors like us to the owners of the sites who are obviously regulars (why wouldn’t you be!!). The owners that we saw were well equipped for living life to the max up there. They were set up with little 4X4 run motorbikes to take their gear to the beach, go fishing and just getting around.

To book at Seabird Caravan Park you can approach the owners directly, or you can go through a coordinator (0407 951 514). She is a little eccentric but it all worked out in the end.

The town itself consists of a pub and a small general store, which is great to have a walk around.

Sandy Cape

About two and half hours north of Perth is a wonderful beachside campsite, which is just fantastic for the whole family. It stretches along a lovely piece of the coastline that is relatively protected from the sea breeze.
Heading north from Perth along the Indian Ocean Road you turn off at Sand Cape Road. It is about 10km north of Jurien Bay and well sign posted. On your way into the campsite there is an information stand, which I recommend you stop at. There you can get your envelope for payment of camp fees ($15 per night) and find out what you need to do on your arrival. We drove past this stop (we were meeting friends so who’s needs information!!??). As a result we were told off for camping in the wrong spot and not collecting the envelope. Luckily the caretaker does have a good sense of humour and we were able to stay where we had set up camp (it was on someone else’s’ allotted space but they were fine with us camping there). It is a very popular little campsite. We stayed three nights and saw people coming and going. It’s about halfway from Perth to Geraldton so there were a combination of locals from both Perth and Geraldton camping there. We were camping with a mixed bunch, ranging from season campers in a soft top camper trailer, season caravaners, newbie camper trailers (us), newbie caravaners and even a couple of tenters. The camping ground allowed us to all camp in close proximity of each other for a great group trip.
The beach is accessed by a very short stroll or you can drive your car onto the beach (great for when it feels like your taking the whole campsite to the beach). The beach is very protected and provides a great spot for fishing, swimming and snorkelling. There is a good sized sand dune right there as well. It provided a lot of entertainment for the kids (yes they came back looking like crumbed sausages) and also provides protection from the seabreeze. Standard rules apply for the campsite with noise restricted from 9pm (although it wasn’t strictly enforced) and no generators before 8am (coffee had to wait!!). The site facilities are limited with only drop toilets provided so you need to be equipped with your own water and shower (or you just go without). No bookings are required as it works on a first come first serve basis. There are foxes around and we were warned to put our rubbish away over night otherwise we will have a mess to clean up in the morning. I though our rubbish was ‘well enough’ away when we went to bed the first night, needless to say in the middle of the night I sent my husband out (J) to put the rubbish bag in the car as I could hear to the fox trying to get into it (loved my home cooked chicken baby food apparently!!). The Sandy Cape camping ground is managed by the Shire of Dandaragan and more information can be found here: http://www.dandaragan.wa.gov.au/camping-information.aspx.