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Stokes National Park

Featuring one of the most picturesque estuaries along WA’s southern coast, Stokes Inlet National Park is a great place for fishing, camping, bushwalking and birdwatching.

Details

  • Park Entry Fees:Yes
  • Feature:Toilet,Boat Ramp,Barbecue,Lookout / Deck,Info Shelter
  • Activity:Bush Walking,Canoeing / Kayaking,Fishing,Snorkelling,Surfing,Swimming,Diving

Description

The 14km inlet features long beaches and rocky headlands backed by sand dunes. Dense bush and shady paperbark trees fringe the water’s edge. Stokes Inlet is the largest of a number of estuaries around Esperance, and the only one with reasonably deep water.

Wild places, quiet places

Day visitors and bushwalkers can enjoy Stokes Inlet, Skippy Rock, Shoal Cape, the Moir Homestead Ruins and Fanny Cove. You can walk to the Estuary Mouth if water levels allow. Abundant bird life frequents the inlet, its shores and associated lakes.

Breaming’ with fish

The inlet is also popular for fishing and canoeing, and it is possible to launch small boats from the campsites. Be aware, however, that although the area of water looks large there are extensive areas of shallows and rocks. Normal fisheries regulations apply in national parks. Species caught include black bream, Australian salmon, King George whiting and mullet.

Tips for campers

Visitors can camp at Benwenerup (suitable for two-wheel drive), Skippy Rock and Fanny Cove (four-wheel drive only). You must bring enough drinking water for your needs as there is none available in the park. All rubbish must be carried out as there are no bins.

Playing safe

  • Please leave pets at home. Fox baits are routinely laid in the area. You may not light fires at any time of the year.

Tiger snakes are often found in areas fringing the estuary.

The main entrance is from Stokes Inlet Road, which is gravel and provides easy access for two-wheel drive vehicles and large caravans. The remainder of the park is four-wheel drive only.

This information was provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions: dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Young River
Torradup Inlet
Stokes Inlet
Stokes Information Bay
Stokes Estuary Mouth
Skippy Rock Campground - Stokes
Shoal Cape Campground
Moir Homestead Ruins
Margaret Cove
Heritage Walk Trail
Fanny Cove Campground
Benwenerup Campground

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