We headed off for a day of exploring Francois Peron National Park, and we were not disappointed! So many amazing spots to see. It took us approximately 5 hours on the way in to reach the furthest point being Skipjack Point. This included stopping at all the sites on the way there, stopping for lunch as well. It took us about an hour and a half on the way out as the the track is sandy and slow.
Our first stop was a place called Big Lagoon and although the photo is beautiful, it does not come close to capturing the colours, the size or the magic of this place. There were people kayaking and fishing, and it would be a beautiful spot to swim.
There was a fairly new campground next to Big Lagoon and the facilities were great. We were intrigued by these though. We did work out that they are platforms for setting up your tent on, but we were confused for a while.
Our next stop was at a beautiful beach called Cattle Well.
For those that like collecting shells on beaches, this was a goldmine. I found these in a matter or minutes. I don’t like taking them but I do like finding them.
We continued our drive through the National Park and stopped for some photos along the way. The track was quite deep and sandy and we had to lower our tyre pressure to prevent getting bogged. I drove part of the way out and it is surprising the concentration required to drive this type of track and the arm fatigue. You have to fight the car the entire way to stay on the track. I enjoyed the challenge but was impressed that Col had driven most of it. Way more draining than driving on a bitumen road.
We stopped at Cape Peron and Col tried a bit of fishing from the rocks. It was an amazing spot but no luck with the fish that day.
Cape Peron is the point where two major currents meet, the Leeuwin Current and West Australian Current. You can actually see the line from the shore going out to see where they collide. The other thing that was amazing at this lookout was the contrast of the red sand, white sand and blue ocean.
Our next stop was Skipjack Point and I think this was my favourite spot in the park, if I had to pick one. From here you could walk along a boardwalk looking out over the ocean and you can see Stingrays and Sharks swimming below. I could have spent hours here just sitting and watching, but unfortunately we had to start heading back.
It took us about an hour and a half to drive back out. There is a station to deflate and inflate your tyres in this park too, which I thought was a great idea. There is also a hot tub that you can use, but we ran out of time. Looked good in the brochure though and might be worth a visit if you plan to come here.