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Cape

Sandy Cape is a great spot for the whole family, either as a day trip or to camp. From Jurien Bay, head north on Indian Ocean Drive for 10km to the turnoff to Sandy Cape Road. There is 5km of sealed road and a further 2km of unsealed but well compacted gravel.

There are 78 x 2WD accessible campsites in the main camping area with toilet facilities, BBQ and picnic areas, a caravan dump point and a non-potable water source. There is no power or drinking water available onsite so please bring your own supplies.

You can 4WD north and south from the main campsite to find a camp but there are no facilities in these areas so please ensure you are fully self contained with a portable chemical toilet, grey water waste tank and fresh drinking water. Camp fees apply to Land Reserve #19062, which covers the main campsite and the 4WD-only accessible areas north and south from there.

Camp fees can be paid at the honesty box at the information bay on Sandy Cape Road, to the on-site caretaker or to the visiting Shire Ranger. You will be provided with a receipt. Camp fees are $20.00 per campsite per night for up to 2 adults and 2 children, with additional adults $3.00 each per night and additional children (3-16 years) $2.00 peach er night.

There are no bookings available for Sandy Cape, sites are allocated on a first come, first served basis. For a site map click here.

National Park

Discover the Lesueur National Park located 20km north-east of Jurien Bay, covering 26,987 hectares and recognised for its outstanding conservation, landscape and recreational importance.

The park is home to over 900 plant species – 10 per cent of Western Australia’s known flora. There are many different orchids, such as pink enamel, purple enamel, cowslip, blue lady, white spider and donkey orchids. In spring several varieties of kangaroo paw are predominant. Birds and reptiles are abundant in the park. There are 122 species of native bird found in the park and 52 reptile species. As with plants and birds, many of the reptiles in the park found here are at the southern or northern limits of their range.

Although spring is an amazing time to visit the park there are different varieties of flora in season all year round.

The park is 26.7km from Jurien Bay and is accessible by 2wd vehicles. There are a number of bushwalks in the park, picnic areas, interpretive signage and public toilets.

For additional information from Parks and Wildlife Service on the facilities at the park click here. Please note: no pets in national parks.

​Entry fees do apply for Lesueur National Park. For additional information on Parks and Wildlife National Park entry fees click here.

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The Pinnacles are located in Nambung National Park and are accessed via Pinnacles Drive, off Indian Ocean Drive south of Cervantes.

There is a 4km one-way loop drive through the Pinnacles and a 1.2km signed walk. Along the way there are lookouts and lay-bys to stop off and enjoy the unique landscape views. Also, don’t miss the interpretive hall and gift shop, open 9.30am-4.30pm daily.

The park is very popular with photographers, particularly at sunrise, sunset or at night. The park is open 24-hours a day and fees are payable for entry at all times.

Apart from the Pinnacles, Nambung National Park also includes the amazing coastal stops of Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay. Access to these beaches are signed from Indian Ocean Drive.

There is no accommodation or camping areas in the Nambung National Park however there is a range of accommodation close by in Cervantes or Jurien Bay.

For additional information from Parks and Wildlife Service on the facilities at the park click here. Please note: no pets in national parks.

Entry fees do apply for Lesueur National Park. For additional information on Parks and Wildlife National Park entry fees click here.

Gully Caves

Named after the stockmen who used the deep and cool gullies as a natural holding pen for their cattle on the way from Geraldton to Perth for market during the 1950’s.

To get to the cave follow Cockleshell Gully Road north (accessible via Jurien East Road or Coorow-Green Head Road). The road is a graded gravel road up until the farmlands end and the 5km 4WD-only access road begins. This is not recommended for all-wheel drive or low vehicles due to the sharp rocky ground, soft sand and height restrictions required to pass.

Stockyard Gully National Park is accessible year round, with winter and spring being the most vibrant time of the year to visit. Take caution after heavy rain as tracks may be washed out and flooding may occur.

The droving days are gone and what remains is an oasis of lush vegetation along a sandy river bed and an inviting tunnel. From the upstream picnic area, follow the sandy creek bed into the cave. The cave is 300m long and is completely dark at its centre so be sure to bring a torch. The cave is self-guided with a wide, mostly flat and sandy floor.

The cave and surrounding bush areas are home to native flora and fauna species, including bees and bats, but please be respectful and do not touch , remove or shine your torch at any animals.

Pearson’s Track connects north from the cave to Coolimba-Eneabba Road but it is a more narrow and risky 4WD track and not recommended. Drivers use this track at their own risk. For a map to the cave click here.

Entry fees do apply for Lesueur National Park. For additional information on Parks and Wildlife National Park entry fees click here.

flowers

Our region is well-known for it’s amazing variety and proliferation of wildflowers. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit there is always something blooming on the Turquoise Coast.

Peak wildflower season is during the spring period between August and October, depending on seasonal variations and winter weather patterns.

Not to be missed is the Lesueur National Park, Nambung National Park (the Pinnacles and surrounds), the Ian Wilson Nature Trail in Badgingarra National Park, Vern Westbrook Walk in Badgingarra and the golden fields of canola around Dandaragan.

​For wildflower tours, visit Hi Vallee Farm 36km north of Badgingarra, Western Flora Caravan Park near Eneabba or Westerns Wildflowers near Moora.

The Turquoise Coast originated as a string of small fishing villages with families living in beach shacks. The region has been known ever since for its beach and offshore fishing.

You are welcome to fish in most of the marine park (outside sanctuary and scientific reference zones – see map and brochure) but first check the latest bag limits, minimum sizes and licences (fish.wa.gov.au).

The area is famous for dhufish and Western Australian rock lobster (crayfish) but there are many varieties available in these waters. Whether you have your own boat, want to join a fishing charter or prefer to fish off the beaches or jetties the choice is yours.

And don’t forget to tag us on social media when you catch a big one #turquoisecoastwa

Australian

These curious ‘puppies of the sea’ live on the islands in the Jurien Bay Marine Park and will entertain you for hours. Watch as they play and dance in the turquoise waters and on the sandy beaches.

The Australian sea lions reside here and the males migrate annually from the south for mating. You will quite often spot pups playing around on the islands and once they spot you they will come out to the boat to say g’day.

There are a number of great companies along the coast who run sea lion tours so you too can see these extraordinary mammals playing around.

Skydive

Jump the beach at the world’s most beautiful beach skydive. The multi-award winning Skydive Jurien Bay runs single, tandem and sports skydiving 7 days a week.

For non-jumpers pack a picnic and find out from the skydive office where the daily drop zone is to watch the jumpers land right on the beach.

If you’ve ever considered skydiving, you have to do it with Trip Advisor’s best reviewed skydive!A great spot for catching up with family and friends.

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