Dolphins @ West Cape Howe

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West Cape Howe & Bornholm

  1. West Cape Howe & Bornholm

  2. Access to Shelley Beach is on a good gravel rd. West Cape Howe itself is hilly terrain.Woop-de-doos are common and damage could be done to low running boards etc on some vehicles.The track out to Dunksy Beach requires a soft sand hill climb with a "jump-up" at the top. Low clearance vehicles may have trouble (Jan 16)

    The track into Bornholm is not for the inexperienced. Very low tyre pressures (12lb psi) may be required as the sand is very soft. The area is very steep and the track has consistent woop de doos. When descending keep to the left hand track, as the track has little or no scope to allow two vehicles to pass each other. In a nutshell when you start the descent you may have to go all the way to the bottom enabling you to safely turn around.
  3. Contact: DEC Albany (08) 9842 4500 4wd Only Campsites@ Shelley Beach FishingCoast Risk area
  4. Nearest service: Albany Fuel Caravans Accomadation
  5. Distance from Perth: West Cape Howe(WCH01) 437km
  6. Track Length: West Cape Howe 12km Bornholm 11km
  7. tides for fishing Albany
  8. StreetSmart®Travellers Atlas 9th Edition Map: 4 Grid Ref: B / 3
  9. Roads and Tracks Western Australia 2005

Turning into Pikadon rd off the Lower Denmark rd will eventually bring you the intersection of Shelley Beach rd.  Here it is a short trek along a gravel rd to Shelley Beach and the lookout. Shelley Beach is a small stretch of beach laying at the base of some very steep hills which sometimes attracts hang gliders that launch from the lookout above. Also a popular camping spot.

JAN 16, The actual West Cape Howe track system has become very soft sugar sand. The conveyor belt matting in some spots has come loose. The main track on the western side is reasonable but you will have to drop your tyre pressures very low. In some cases the heavier vechicles could be as low as 18lbs. The eastern tracks out Dunsky Beach involve climbing soft hills with "jump ups" at the top. Tyre pressures could be as low as 14lbs over that side. We helped a VW ute out, it was just a case of lowering tyre pressures till it got out.


WCH22, -35.108810, 117.629420 Shelley Beach
Shelley Beach

WCH17, -35.124260, 117.639370 Parking on rocks
Looking back at Shelley Beach

WCH13, -35.123230, 117.609380 Rocky shoreline.

A short walk from the carpark.
A short walk from the carpark WCH14

WCH18, -35.129530, 117.638020 High Point
High Point WCH18

The western side of West Cape Howe has the best access to view the surrounding coastline. The coastline is extremely dangerous with regards to fishing. The eastern side of the park is where the fun is. Dunsky Beach has a camping area just back from the beach, with excellent shelter from the wind etc. The high point at WCH18 offers some spectacular views.


WCH16, -35.124770, 117.635590 Dunsky Beach
General track conditions

General track conditions.
General track conditions

There are two access roads into Bornholm Beach namely, Shepherds Lagoon rd which is the most direct route, with the best access. Bornholm South rd ends at private property. You will find the entry point hidden behind the overhanging trees on the left. From here you will travel through a heavily wooded section and then over a series of hilly/sandy tracks. Both rds are clearly sign posted on the Lower Denmark Rd.

The beach is a favourite with fisherman chasing salmon. At the bottom there is a track that will take you onto the beach allowing you access in either direction. A word of warning this place can stop you in your tracks due to the incline of the hill climb, very soft sand with a few woop de doos thrown in to top off. If you get stuck the only way out is to walk back to the road and find the local guy who owns a tractor (this will cost you).


BHM12, -35.095000, 117.578990 Parking for 1 car.
Taken part way down*

BHM13, -35.095260, 117.576490 Soft tyres required
Non stop all the way.

BHM13, -35.095260, 117.576490 Parking area is in the foreground
Looking towards West cape Howe.

12lbs psi
You may have let the air out of your thongs to.
 

Short walk from the parking area

Look hard and see the rock climbers

Dolphins in the surf at Golden Gate (wch07)
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2013-02-14