We packed up camp early to beat the flies and headed off to Steep Point – this is Australia’s most Westerly point and only accessible by either boat or four wheel drive and a few websites advise the sandy tracks can be quite tough.
But the flies came with us…
The tracks were okay and we found them no problem for the Patrol or the Tambo. We were really lucky we called to book and the Rangers wife said that most people book to camp at Steep Point close to 10 months in advance. So we were lucky to get two nights and extended to a third as we loved it and after driving around the peninsula to the point we had time to fish and enjoy the beach. Steep Point is booked out because it is a fishing mecca being located close to the deep Indian Ocean and the beautiful Shark Bay marine park with various ocean currents, warm north and cooler southern current bringing a range of fish it is a reliable and loved fishing spot.
We were excited by the remote location and expected to enjoy secluded beach front camping we weren’t disappointed.
It was an amazing little peninsula with clear blue waters on the protected eastern side of the peninsula where we camped and the picture perfect cliffs with ocean views on the Westerly side. Our camp was within 5 metres of the beach with gentle lapping waves from the bay and the closest nearby camps were 200m away.
Our neighbouring camps which are well spaced out had large groups of men heading off early for fishing expeditions so we had the beach to ourselves. We met WA man named Rod from a neighbouring camp and he offered to bring us over a couple of fresh fillets later in the day. We were thrilled when a lovely man delivered nearly a kilo of freshly filleted red snapper fillets ready for our fry pan! It was superb caught and eaten in the same day…doesn’t get better or fresher than that and I didn’t have to fillet it – even better. Love the generosity and friendly Australian way.
We drove to the Western Point on the second day and other than one vehicle we past and a Kangaroo and joey we saw we didn’t see anyone else.
The point is a rocky out crop with cliffs and vast ocean views. It was the first of the geographic points for our trip and a landmark that due to its locations few Australian’s would get the chance to visit. Very cool. They have a photo pole for taking selfies…clearly many arrive and want to somehow photograph all members of the team at the point. This location was remote, secluded and beautiful and for a fisherman bountiful too. We loved it.
As we were leaving Steep Point we visited the Blow Holes and they were spectacular…huge fountains of water sprayed out of two holes in the limestone cliffs. The come from underground tunnels worn through the limestone rock. They were quite a spectacle the girls were initially terrified of the sound and sudden rush of water but Aaron loved getting sprayed. The are an amazing example of the power of the ocean.