D'Entrecasteaux National Park
Located right below Pemberton in WA’s south west is the D’Entrecasteaux National Park. We had seen and heard great things about this park and it was definitely on our bucket list from the beginning of the trip.
WE ARE HERE
We headed south west from Pemberton down towards Yeagarup Lake and Leaning Marri Camp Ground. Being only 20k’s out of town and a perfect dirt road we thought there might be a few campers, however, not a soul in sight. Perhaps due to a cold patch turning everyone north or the oversize tree houses attracting too much attention.
One of the main attractions at Yeagarup Lake is the dunes, as well as beach access, and surf fishing. We arrived early afternoon, paid our National Park camping fees and dropped off the Tvan, time for a sunset drive down to the beach! The track is sandy and requires a drop in tyre pressure right from the camp ground. It’s about 15km down to the beach, a mix of driving across the top of the dunes and sandy tracks through the scrub. A couple of km’s from the beach you emerge from the scrub and drive down a long sand descent to the beach. The beach is a proper surf beach with hundreds of metres of flat sand above the high water mark, soft but lots of fun in the Jeep. Down the beach there were a few others fishing and enjoying this rugged coastline, but we’d just came for a look so a quick blast and back up into the dunes to be home before dark. This is definitely some fun sand driving and great camp ground and facilities, we left wanting more.
Another 20km north west up the park is Lake Jasper, this lake is beautiful fresh water and a great place for swimming. Lake Jasper is definitely 4WD access only, which limits its popularity and the sandy tracks will scare some away. There is a camping area as well, but we were too busy enjoying a shower… I mean swim! We then continued along the sand out to Jasper Beach. This was sandy and slow with the Tvan in tow, but no problems at all. A great camping spot with beach access only a small walk away.
The next morning we continued onto Black point, not far away, however one long hill had some punishment for us. Deep ruts from previous adventures meant some track building and a winch before we continued on our way. There was a lot to see at Black Point, we’d planned on moving on but the campsite was so protected and well maintained that we lit up a fire and enjoyed. Once again we had the whole campsite to ourselves with fire wood provided! Most people we spoke to had left their vans out of the park and just day tripped in.
In the morning we continued north along the coast to exit the park out to Milyeannup and onto the Brockman Highway. This 4WDing journey through the park was one of our highlights from the southwest. The prestige freshness of Lake Jasper, the rugged surf and deep sand of Jasper Beach, and the perfect campsite of Black Point all joined by entertaining sandy singe tracks. And don’t forget, you pretty much have this paradise all to yourself!
Our next blog will be from: WA's Turquoise Coast
Until our next update - see you on / off the road 😉
Cassie and Micky