Sandy Cape Recreational Park
Sandy Cape Recreational Park just north of Jurien Bay (223 kms north of Perth) was a spot that farmers often camped at and the land was used by squatters. In the 1920’s they erected makeshift shacks but in 2002 the shacks were removed and Sandy Cape became a Recreational Camping Area opening in December 2004. It is now a very popular camping area and we often spend time camping here.
Beach shacks can still be found along the coast at Wedge Island and Grey and they have no electricity or running water. Going into these areas is like stepping into another world.
Sandy Cape is a great spot to camp by the beach, swim, snorkel, sandboard or do some beach fishing. Take a walk through the sand dunes to a board walk lookout. The view is breathtaking looking at the crystal clear turquoise water. The water is so clear as there are no rivers bringing silt into the ocean.
While on the beach we spotted dolphins and seals swimming around. I had just read that Great White sharks are often found near seal colonies so while I was doing some swimming training for Swim to Rotto my knuckles were almost dragging on the ocean floor!
North Head at Jurien Bay
Taking the 4wd track from Sandy Cape we headed to North Head and found a magical bay that we had all to ourselves and the water was crystal clear. We spotted a sting ray swimming close to the shore and it seemed very curious and glided in close to have a look at us.
During the drive we came across WWII radar installations shelters and Bartles memorial, built to commemorate a man taken by a shark in 1967.
Lake Indoon is a fresh water lake that is located 19 kms east of Leeman on the Eneabba-Coolimba road. The lake covers 130 hectares which has a boat ramp and is popular for water skiing. There are signs that state if the water is over 24C that Amoenic Meningitis may be present so I would not risk swimming there.
Camping at Lake Indoon is free and the facilities include toilets, showers, gas BBQ’s and a tank for drinking water.
There is lots of bird life on the lake, kangaroos and emus also use the lake as a watering ground and they are best seen at dusk.
Sandy Bay is a great little spot to camp and you can read more about the camp ground here.
Do you like to camp? Do you usually holiday at the same spot?
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Oh my goodness….every time one of your posts pops into my inbox it makes me want to pack everything up and drive across the country to one of these spectacular looking spots. The clearness of the water in your photos is just amazing! Can’t wait to get there.
The colour of the water was stunning and the best bit was we had the whole beach to ourselves!
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Even better….love it when that happens.
This sounds magical. Sadly, we don’t camp. My other half just refuses to. 5-star hotels are nice but I think we miss out on a lot.
It is good to do a bit of both and mix it up, camping is good fun and it is great to get back to nature.
Sandy cape is indeed an awesome place! Was going to go there for this weekend but got discouraged a bit by the storm.
That is a shame, hopefully you will get back there soon
Wow, this place looks so, so, beautiful! Such an amazing experience to be the only one at a beach, right?
Having the beach to yourself is magical!
Looks lovely. I haven’t been to Australia yet (well, just a business trip to Sydney & Melbourne years ago and I didn’t get to see much) but it is certainly on the list…(Suzanne)
Hopefully you make it to oz, it really is a wonderful place.
[…] It was a great little spot to base ourselves and explore the area. There are plenty of 4wd tracks to explore along the coast and also inland to Stockyard Gully Cave. We followed the sandy riverbed through the dark limestone cave for 300 metres. Once we finished exploring we took the Pearson Track to Lake Indoon. […]