Camping @ Boat Harbour & Parrys Beach

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Boat Harbour & Parrys Beach

  1. Boat Harbour rd is 41km east of Walpole and a further 8km in from the highway. The tracks in the area are black sugar sand. Recent improvements made to the Rope Hill track has made access easier.
  2. Contact: DPaW Albany 9842 4500Caravans at Parrys Beach4wd Only
  3. Nearest service: Denmark or Walpole FuelAccomadation
  4. Distance from Perth:Parrys Beach Caravan Park 450km
  5. Track Length:225km
  6. tides for fishing Windy Harbor
  7. StreetSmart®Travellers Atlas 9th Edition Map: Map: 3 Grid Ref: A 2
  8. Roads and Tracks Western Australia 2005 Map:1a Grid Ref: F 2

The tracks around Boat Harbour beach provide you with access to the headland area only. Generally the headland is rock sloping to the ocean is dangerous. There are grassed camping areas (BH06) on either flank of the harbour. The toilet area is near the beginning of the Rope Hill track. Beach access is easy.

BH06, -35.031740, 117.074720 Good campsite in right hand corner
Looking across
BH06, -35.031740, 117.074720 Grassed campsite on other side
Grassed area on other side
BH11, -35.031346, 117.068828 Track improvements
Track improvements

The Rope Hill track has been rehabilitated with the help of the Denmark Boating & Angling Club and the Walpole Work Camp. The track has rubber matting at the more difficult hill climbs now. It is prudent to park your car at BH12 if want to access the cliff at BH13 due to the confined turning area.

BH13, -35.033310, 117.064707 Walking access
Walking access PB13*
BH18, -35.030230, 117.065520 Looking back at PB13
Looking back at PB13
BH22, -35.025220, 117.036408 Sheltered campsite in the right hand corner
BH22

To get to Little Quarram Beach from the Boatharbour you have to go back to BH04. At this point you keep driving straight. There is a sandy hill climb along here, though there is a detour track around it. Turning left at BH20 will take you to the sheltered campsite (BH22). The track is quite good along here and has railway sleepers at one difficult section.
The dune area has a fenced path through it and is generally flat. Sometimes due to the action of the wind, a soft white powder can be deposited at the crest of the sandy hill near BH24. There is quite easy access to the beach at BH27 and the track does travel in a southerly direction along a rocky shoreline.

BH24, -35.015238, 117.038856 Defined track thru dunes
Defined track thru dunes BH24
Can be quite soft at the crest
Can be quite soft at the crest BH24
BH29, -35.030220, 117.013132 Quarram Rocks
Quarram Rocks & Beach
BH27, -35.029770, 117.022300 Easy access to beach
Easy access to beach BH27
BH29, -35.030220, 117.013132 Onto Little Quarram Beach
Onto Little Quarram Beach BH29

The actual coastal track behind Parrys Beach runs parallel to a steep escarpment. The track can be quite steep and on a nerve wracking angle at times. The track approaching the escarpment is black sugar sand again. Beware there are some steep descents around here. The track in is quite soft in spots and reducing your tyre pressures makes the drive a lot easier. The first junction (PB12) will take you down a steep track that is in good condition. There is a small beach at the end of this track (PB19)

PB05, -35.039111, 117.160279 Parrys Beach access
Parrys Beach access PB05
PB17, -35.041350, 117.119690 Easy descent here
Easy descent here PB17
PB19, -35.042395, 117.119112 At the end of the desent
End of the desent PB19

Leaving the small beach behind the next junction will be PB13. Here you veer to the right to avoid any oncoming traffic. Eventually you come to the steep descent at PB14. Vehicles with low ground clearance may incur damage during the descent. At the bottom you have to turn a hard right to traverse the bottom track. Once have tackled the descent the track will take along the coast till you reach the small beach at PB20.

PB16, -35.040560, 117.113830 Looking across the little point
Looking across the little point PB16
PB14, -35.040120, 117.114921 Very rough descent
Very rough descent PB14
PB16, -35.040560, 117.113830 Typical coastal terrain
Typical coastal terrain PB16
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2012-06-7