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Station stays

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Station stays

While recently holidaying in a motorhome we camped at 2 station properties and would highly recommend this to other travellers

The first was Giralia station on the road from the NW Coastal Hwy to the Exmouth road. We had driven from Karajini NP and did not want to push on to Exmouth that day. There was nothing else available so we decided to give it a go. For $20 we joined about 6 other caravanners parked in a red sandy paddock behind the homestead. There were a number of shade trees which were also used by the 2 horses sharing the paddock. There were flushing toilets, showers and a washing machine (which we were really in need of at this stage of our holiday) The water is bore water, hence the toilets and sinks are stained( not dirty) , and the toilet block is a tin shed. The views from the camp are over low saltbush to the sun setting on the horizon. Campers gather around campfires to chat about their travels.If you are used to camping, you will appreciate this balance between bush camping and the provision of some (basic) amenities. We will stop here again.

Wooramel on the NW coastal Hwy 140km S of Carnarvon was a great place to stop on the run from Coral Bay to Monkey Mia. They have just set it up as a campground and have done a great job. For $12 each you can choose a site from a huge number located under big white gum trees along the bank of a wide sandy river. They have put crushed white dirt down over the typical red dirt (what a blessing!) The trees are home to galahs and a variety of other birds. 2 unisex shower/toilets built in half water tanks use water from an underground bore. The

hosts have also installed 2 outdoor spas, again with ready warmed bore water. For more information check their website. Again we would return and highly recommend this station stay.

Based on these 2 stays, we would rather support these land owners, than pay 3 times the price that is being asked in most caravan parks!

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Totally agree with you, newby50, station stays are great. We just returned from a 10 week trip through the Kimberley, down the west coast and inland to Karigini with our off road caravan. Along the Gibb River Road we stayed at Ellenbrae Station and Drysdale River Station- both were great, hot showers, flushing toilets and even a laundry at Drysdale. Drysdale lets you leave your vans for free if you are heading up to Mitchell Falls or beyond. We took small tents and camped at Mitchell Falls so it worked out really well. The lady at Ellenbrae bakes scones and does Devonshire teas- a bit of a luxury considering you are on the Gibb and in the middle of nowhere.

We were intending to stay in caravan parks at Coral Bay, Denham and Kalbarri but hadn't factored in the WA school hols so everywhere was booked out. I rang the stations as we started to head their way and we had no problems staying there instead. Actually, I think you have a better experience as you are staying on a working station and are always made to feel welcome like you would in someone's home- which in fact, you are! Everyone gathers round the campfire and shares stories and usually there are farm animals wandering around- a true Aussie outback experience.

We stayed at Bullara, which is just past Giralia, nearer to the Exmouth turnoff. We had come from Karigini that day and were welcomed so warmly by Tim and Edwina and their staff. There were showers, toilets and laundry there and a great campfire as well- some lovely horses and sheep wandering around too. $14 each a night is a bargain for this time of the year and it was a great base to explore Exmouth, Coral Bay and surrounds. You can buy their meat off them and it was delicious- bought porterhouse and sausages.

For Monkey Mia, Denham area we stayed at Hamelin Station which had all that the others have but is really a 5 star experience for $14 each a night. The amenities block was like brand new and better than any caravan park we stayed in on the trip. There is a camp kitchen, dining room and indoor /outdoor area for everyone's use- it's actually like a house that you have free run of. They give you a designated site here, which has been covered with those crushed up shells like the ones from Shell Beach so it is very clean underfoot. Not as rustic (charming) as some of the other stations but highly recommend it as a base for to explore the Shark Bay Area.

For Kalbarri, we stayed at Murchison River Homestead which was only $11 each per night. Lovely camping spots along the Murchison River and goats and llamas around too. Facilities were more basic and a bit of a walk from the camp area but you are on a working farm. You can hire kayaks off them and paddle up the river and for an extra fee, you can go 4wd through the rest of the property on the other side of the river and camp if you want.

Before we left home, the only station I knew of was El Questro (it was nice, but expensive and a bit over-rated) but there are so many stations out there and they are all great and supplementing their income by letting people stay on them. Staying with them is helping out local farmers and giving yourself a worthwhile experience at the same time.

Just to add, WikiCamps (my new bible) is the easiest way to find where they are and any details about them.

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Thanks for adding all those details. I'll save them up for our next trip and have a look at Wikicamps.

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Just realised I forgot to mention one of my favourite station stays- Barn Hill Station ( 100km? south of Broome). Stay in the unpowered section which is along the cliffs with awesome views to the beach below. There's showers and toilets and they do pizzas and bbqs on certain nights of the week. I didn't use the showers, as we have our own and were stocked up with water on leaving Broome, but apparently the hot water runs out early. The beach here reminded me of Cape Leveque with those red cliffs, white sand and aqua blue water except we almost had it all to ourselves. We were even swimming in the beach as the sun set- a truly magical place. We all agreed this was our favourite beach out of all the amazing WA beaches we went to.

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