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and dugongs. Further offshore,
near the Mackerel and Montebello
Islands, you’ll add spanish
mackerel, yellowfin tuna, sailfish
and marlin to the catch bag.
22km off the Onslow coast, these
islands are still a hidden gem.
Just north of the Ningaloo reef
system they boast some of the
most amazing, untouched diving
and snorkelling sites in Australia.
There are hundreds of dive sites
still unexplored - underwater
wonderlands of life and colour,
with a staggering diversity of fish,
invertebrates, corals and marine
mammals. Best time to go is from
autumn through to early spring.
A waterhole near Python Pool
Point Samson | About 50km north-east of Karratha, this township is
tucked away from the resource industry and offers travellers a range of
accommodation, from shady caravan parks and B&Bs to a small resort
and self-contained cabins. Famous for its fresh, fresh seafood, while
you’re there, check out the newly built marina and commercial fishery.
Swimming and snorkelling | Head to Point Samson Beach – bordered by
a coral reef, it has calm water for safe swimming and great snorkelling
and diving from the shore. Just around the corner, Honeymoon Cove is a
lovely sheltered cove with four, pocket shell beaches protected from the
wind. They are perfect swimming and picnic spots all year round. Both
have public toilets and barbecues, and are 2WD accessible.
Fish | Keen fishermen should check out Point Samson Beach for flathead,
brim, snapper and squid, while at the tidal Johns Creek the bounty
includes barramundi and prawns, plus blue manna and mud crabs.
Burrup Peninsula | 28 km north-west of Karratha, and known to the local
Yaburara Indigenous people as Murujuga (meaning ‘hip bone sticking
out’), the Burrup Peninsula is internationally renowned as an amazing
archaeological destination, displaying over 500,000 individual Indigenous
art engravings (known as petroglyphs). Etched deep into the rocks, these
petroglyphs are believed to be more than 20,000 years old. Although the
etchings are scattered throughout the Burrup, the best place to view them
is at Deep Gorge where you can wander along the shaded walking trail
through the centre of the gorge to see ancient artifacts.
Hearson Cove | A picturesque shell beach with barbecues and toilets, the
fishing is good, it’s safe swimming and easily accessible by 2WD vehicle.
It’s also the best vantage point for watching the Staircase to the Moon.
4WD | Experienced drivers can head over rocky and unsealed tracks and
over a steep incline called the Jump Up to the Burrup Peninsula.
BURRUP PENINSULA TO POINT SAMSON
Point Samson (Photogrpahy Tourism WA).
The old Cossack Courthouse Museum (Photography Tourism WA)
One of the pools above Python Pool
(Photography Rob Kettels)
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