I have been up the Coral Coast a few times now, and I have never actually visited Warroora Station until my most recent trip. Honestly, I don’t know how I’ve missed out on this beautiful place for so long! After one visit, it has easily become one of my favourite spots on the Coral Coast.
Also, it’s pronounced “warra”.
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How to get to Warroora?
Warroora Station is located 12 hrs from Perth or 1 hour south of Coral Bay. If you are travelling from Perth, follow Minilya-Exmouth Rd until you reach the Lyndon River West rest area. Roughly 500m past this rest stop, there is the Warroora Station turn off to the left. If you are travelling from Coral Bay you can either access Warroora by the Northern entrance, Warroora Northern Rd, or by the other turn off.
You do not need a 4WD to access Warroora Station. However, during the wetter months of the year, I would recommend only taking a 4WD down these roads. There were several parts that you could see would get muddy during wet conditions. You will need a 4WD to access the beaches along the Warroora coast.
You can either stay at the Station, or at one of the many campsites along the Warroora coast. If you choose to camp, you will need to be fully self-contained as none of the campsites have bathrooms or power.
- Camping: There are many campsites available at the station. There is no power at any of these campsites. There are basic camp facilities such as bathrooms and a basic camp kitchen.
- Homestead: The homestead offers historic charm and comfortable accommodation. Sleeping up to 10 people, it is ideal for families or large groups. The homestead includes a living area, 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and BBQ area. There is no air conditioning in this accommodation (or at Warroora Station).
- The Cottage: This is where I stayed on my most recent trip. The cottage is fully self-contained, has 2 separate bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living room and kitchen. It also has heaps of fans which were a plus. It has two outdoor areas, one is enclosed and the other is not.
- Stockmen’s Rooms: This is a great option for backpackers. There are 7 rooms with a queen bed OR 2 single beds. The rooms are private, however the dining room, kitchen and amenities are communal.
- Charlies: This self-contained accommodation offers a kitchen, small living room and two bedrooms. You will have to use the shared ablution block with this accommodation option.
- Dudley Hill Ocean View Villa: This is a modern home that overlooks the Ningaloo Reef. It sleeps up to 8 people, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It has a fully equipped kitchen, open plan living and a comfortable outdoor area. There are ceiling fans in this accommodation.
There are way too many campsites to list along this coastline. They’re pretty much is a campsite at every beach. These campsites are DPAW campgrounds and should be booked through the DPAW website. The best campsite I came across was Sandy Point, so if you are looking to stay at these cheap campgrounds, try to get into Sandy Point.
Things to do
What’s there to do a Warroora? Swimming, snorkelling, boating, fishing and camping! It’s all water activities so if you are not a fan of the ocean, I probably wouldn’t recommend coming to Warroora. I visited every beach along this stretch of coastline and have made a list of my favourite places. If you have the time, I do recommend exploring every inch of what Warroora has to offer. There are so many hidden gems!
Located only 3km from the station, this is the best beach to come to if you are looking for a quick dip. The track down to Stevens is sandy in some places, so it’s recommended that you let your tyres down. This beach is a beautiful bay, great for swimming and paddleboarding in calm conditions. It is also an amazing spot to watch the sunset.
Named after the Australian model, Elle Macpherson, who visited here twice with her family. This beach was a bit of a miss for me but I have put it on this list as it is usually a fan favourite. This is where you see all the rockpool photos from Warroora Station. However, these are only accessible (and safe to access) during low tide. I found the swells and currents on this beach to be very strong, which didn’t feel safe for swimming. There were also a lot nicer beaches along this coastline. It might have been a bad time I visited, but I wasn’t too impressed. Nevertheless, it’s one to check out for yourself. You can also camp here for a small cost.
A short drive from Elle’s Beach, and one of my favourites! There are two places at Maggie’s I recommend you visit. The first is the bay which you will see as soon as you get down to Maggies. This is fairly protected and has an amazing beach, perfect for lazing around in the sun. The second part is down the track leading south. Here you can drive your car right on top of the cliffs, metres from the water. It’s then only a 10-metre walk to a private beach. I’m not sure if this is a campsite or not, but it would be beautiful to stay for a night! You can camp at Maggies for a small price, you must be fully self-contained.
Shovel Nose Shark and Turtle Nursery
Beautiful snorkelling and plenty of marine life. There are that many sharks in this nursery, you don’t even need to snorkel to see them. They come are bury themselves right on the shoreline. Don’t worry they are harmless. Here you can also spot turtles and stingrays. The water clarity was a bit cloudy when I visited, but it was still beautiful. There is no camping allowed at this beach.
Probably the best beach on this strip of coastline and definitely the best camping. Sandy Point has a beautiful shallow bay which is great for swimming and snorkelling. There is a small boat launch at the campgrounds and the protected waters would make for a great day out on the boat. You are allowed to fish in certain parts of this bay, just make sure you stay out of the sanctuary zones.
This is located south of the station and is probably the only reason I’d recommend travelling this way. The Lagoon is a beachfront campground that comprises 20 sites. You will need a 4WD to access these sites and to be fully self-contained. There are some good fishing opportunities in the Lagoon, as smaller baitfish usually find shelter in the calm waters. This means bigger fish like Trevally or Mackerel will most likely come into the area.
Warroora Station outdoor shower
This one is a special mention because it is my favourite outdoor shower I’ve come across on my travels. This shower is located in the campgrounds of the station and it’s just magical. It had a better flow than the cottage I was staying in, and I mean who doesn’t love an outdoor shower? Make sure to try this one out even if you are staying in accommodation.
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