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Steep Point  -  Shark Bay

 

 Western Australia
 

Steep Point is the most westerly point of mainland Australia and is reputed to be one of our planets finest land-based game fishing locations. It is around 185kms off the North West Coastal Highway at the Overlander Roadhouse, and approx. 875kms from Perth. Steep Point is only accessible by 4 Wheel Drive vehicle. An Access Permit is required to enter Steep Point and can be downloaded from SteepPoint.com.au. The permit must be completed and either faxed, emailed or posted to the Ranger at Steep Point prior to your arrival. Steep Point is a part of Carrarang Station and salt mining country. The peninsular has the magnificent Zuytdorp Cliffs, which rise to some 170 metres above sea level. Steep Point visitors should carry their own EVERYTHING, including a mobile phone. From Steep Point to the nearest town of Denham is 201kms, with 115kms of this being dirt and sand on the Useless Loop road with some very slow going. Photos taken over several trips to Steep Point.

 

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Image sourced from http://maps.google.com.au/

 

 

Image sourced from http://maps.google.com.au/

 

Vehicle access to Steep Point can be difficult and a high clearance 4WD is required.

It is approximately 185km by road from the Northwest Coastal Highway to Steep Point; the first 41km is sealed,

followed by 114km of a formed but unsealed road and then the last 30km of the trip is over very soft sand.

 

 

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The first staging area at 'The Causeway' to reduce your tyre pressures (required by law), but don't go too low as there is some

rocky sections still to come. These waters are evaporation ponds for the Useless Loop salt works.

 

    

 

 

     

 


 

The corrugations are really bad and need to be taken very slow or at speeds of 60-80kmh. Look out for people as stupid as you are!

There are many blind corners, so watch out as fatal head-on crashes have happened on these sections.

Below is the second stagging area to reduce your tyre pressures - the real soft stuff starts from here.

No heavy boats or on-road caravans will get past this point.

    

Good spot to camp overnight to tackle the tricky bit in daylight - you wouldn't want to miss the scenery either!

    

 

 

Very bad roads and soft sand take there toll.  Image above sourced from  http://fishwrecked.com/forum/

 

    

 

 

  

 

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Private home just before the Rangers Station.

 

 

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NOTE: The phone box has been removed as Telstra has improved mobile coverage of the area.

Below - The Ranger's Station and the bay behind the house.

    

 

Sheltered Bay has many separate camping spots, but prior booking is required and the park is patrolled daily.

Camp fees are cheap, but there is NO water, electricity, food, shop, fuel, shade... etc, and toilets are few and smelly.

     

 

 

 

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Small bays along the track to Steep Point itself.

 

As far west as you can go without a paddle. Dirk Hartog Island can be seen in the background.

 

    

 

     

 

 

 

    

Gauge perspective in the above photo by the 4x4 in the top-right.           Ball of fish at the Steep Point fishing area.

    

The camping area on Steep Point - no beach frontage and you must book site beforehand.

 

    

 

    

 

    

 

 

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Notice the lights set up for night fishing. A running-gaff (line-gaff) is essential to haul the catch up the cliff.

Many rod holders have been cemented in over the years.

    

 

See more great fishing photos here - courtesy of SteepPoint.com.au

 

 

 

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A whale plays in the channel between Steep Point and Dirk Hartog Island.

    

 

There are many isolated bays along the west coast of Dirk Hartog Island.

Looking east across the Useless Loop peninsula into Shark Bay from Dirk Hartog Island.  Denham is some 40kms due east.

 

The car ferry to Dirk Hartog Island leaves from the beach at Sheltered Bay (by prior arrangement only).

 

 

 

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Camp site of August 2005 for Graham and me (Max).

 

    

 

The August 2007 campsite at Sheltered Bay, Steep Point area, Shark Bay, Western Australia.

 

    

 

 

 

    

 

    

 

    

 

    

 

    

 

    

 

 

The 'CREW' of August 2007 - Russel, Steve (Tonka), Graeme, Max, Mike, Jake & Paul.

 

 

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In August 2005, my brother Graham and I (Max) spent a few days checking out Steep Point for a later trip with all the guys.

The August 2007 trip fishing photos below. We found that the water temperature had not warmed yet after the winter, and the fishing

was very poor as a result. This meant that a lot more beer was drunk as there is a direct relation between beers downed and fish caught!

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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