Lake Jasper to Windy Harbour
Enormous, rugged and remote, D’Entrecasteaux National Park is one of the last bastions for off-road travellers on Western Australia’s windswept southwest fringe. This remarkable coastal wilderness that stretches for 130km from Black Point near Augusta, west to Walpole, protects deserted beaches, limestone cliffs, tannin-hued lakes and giant shifting sand dunes that extend up to 20km inland.
Lured by the roar of the Southern Ocean, sandy tracks tempt you over the dunes towards remote fishing beaches that are famous for their big salmon runs, and to chilly, translucent lakes perfect for paddling, translucent rivers, historic huts and a huge choice of scenic, waterfront camping areas.
Pronounced don-truh-cast-oh, the park has sealed roads to some of its highlights, namely the shipwreck beach at Mandalay, a plush camp at Windy Harbour and the vertiginous clifftop walking trails around Point D’Entrecasteaux. For just about everywhere else you’ll want to go in the park, you’ll need your trusty 4WD. If you are towing a sturdy off-road camper trailer, you can reach plenty of base camps and quite a few tracks are easy on your rig. A couple of spots – namely Black Point and Lake Jasper – are so remote and compact that they only permit vehicles and tents, so it’s back to basics on this national park adventure.
Full article in October’15 issue of On The road magazine.