STOKES INLET NATIONAL PARK

 

HEMA map reference 75/G12

 

Stokes Inlet - Western Australia

 

GPS 33 49 32 S 121 08 27 E

 

 

 

 

Entry fee and / or camping fee charged Toilets available Tables and / or seats and / or shelters provided Fire places or BBQs available Tent camping sites Caravan access possible Big rig access possible Pets prohibited Boat launching possible Swimming allowed Fishing allowed (some sites may require a freshwater license.) Sight seeing area Walk trails Ranger or caretaker on site Showers available

 

 

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This national park is located 81 kilometres west of Esperance on Stokes Inlet Road. The park boundary is 4Km off the main highway and the campsite (the closest campsite in this area to the main road.) is 3km further on. The road in is unsealed but in fairly good condition.

The campsite area has been redevelioped and now has 14 sites with site sizes to suit any type of vehicle. Campsites are all secluded but there is little shade.

It is a nice location near the inlet. There are two camp kitchens and two toilet blocks. Boats can be launched at the campsite or from the day use area 3km south of the campsite.

The total park area is 10,667 Ha.

The Young and the Lort Rivers flow into the upper end of the estuary which in turn empties out into Dunster Castle Bay. Most of the time a sand bar blocks the flow of water into the sea and it is only breached during times of very high rainfall in the area. The estuary is the largest of its kind in the area and is the only one with reasonably deep water, up to 10 metres. Care should be taken when boating as water levels can vary and there are hidden underwater obstacles in some places.

When the bar an the estuary mouth is breached by sea water it allows the entry of various species of marine fish but as the estuary becomes too saline during times of low rainfall most of the fish that enter die off. The one exception to this is the black bream which has successfully colonised the estuary waters.

Mullett are common in the estuary but can only usually be caught in nets.

Australian shelduck, grey teal, little black cormorants, black swans, chestnut teal, sandpiper, red-capped plover, Australasian grebes, Australian pelicans, little pied cormorants, white-faced herons, great egrets and pied oystercatchers are among the 29 species of birds known to live around or to visit the estuary.

Stokes Inlet and the Lort River were named after John Lort Stokes by John Roe in 1848.

There is a 4 kilometre heritage walk trail from the campsite to the day use area.

 



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