Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park
Eighty Mile Beach, Australia
(08) 9176 5941
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Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park Reviews
Apr 29, 2007
It's a long way from Port Hedland to Broome (north of 600km pretty much any way you cut it), but a really pleasant way to break up the journey is an overnight stop at Eighty Mile Beach (which basically consists only of a caravan park and a long, long stretch of beach). After 200km of the super boring Great Northern Highway highway and 10km on a dusty red road that's little different from any other in western Australia, you drive up over a small hill and the first glimpse of the campground looks pretty much like paradise: green grass and palm trees in the foreground, and nothing but aqua blue water in the distance.
The sites themselves are spacious and shady, and the facilities are campground-standard (nothing spectacular), but the location itself made it one of the coolest places we stayed on our 2-week Perth-Broome campervan odyssey. The beach is just over the dunes: at low tide you can walk several hundred meters across the tidal flats out to the water, inspecting the zillions of shells, crabs and snails along the way; at high tide, there's great surf fishing, including threadfin salmon (which are really tasty), sharks, rays and other fish. Swimming is possible if you're brave enough to risk the rumoured sharks and crocs (few people are), but the staff won't condone it (although they also won't tell you not to - they quite carefully ride the fence). With a 4WD you can drive onto and up and down the beach, and at least in theory test out the validity of the 80-mile name.
There's a small shop selling food & fishing gear attached to reception, but no booze, so make sure you come well-stocked, because there isn't much else to do at night.
A campsite for 3 people was AUD 32.
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