Sandy Cape is one of our favourite camp spots close to home. There’s usually a quiet place to set up and you can be right on the water’s edge.
Having recently adopted a 6.5 year old blue heeler from a young family in WA’s south west, we decided to take him on a camping trip to see how he went. We wanted The Dog to get familiar with our camper and travelling in the car with us.
Despite it being the middle of winter, fine weather was forecast and we made a quick dash up the coast for a long weekend. Arriving on Thursday afternoon, we chose a lovely sheltered spot tucked into a cove and sheltered from any wind. Within half an hour were all set up with the campfire going. The Driver made lamb shanks in the camp oven and we settled in for the night.
Friday was a gorgeous day. I was up just before sunrise to take some photos – it’s such a lovely time of the day. For most of the day we just relaxed by fire, took some leisurely walks along the beach and spent plenty of time playing with The Dog.
Unfortunately, our Friday evening was disturbed by a big group of campers who arrived around 7pm and spent two hours setting up right next to us. The whole stretch of coast was pretty much deserted but they chose our spot to camp in – amazing…! Their entire set up time was spent with their 6.5L Brunswick diesel Nissan Patrol idling away so they could have their headlights on to see what they were doing. We just couldn’t believe it. Ahhh the serenity…
During the course of the night, more and more of them arrived. By Saturday lunch time there were about 12 adults, 10 kids, 8 cars, loud music and complete disregard for us. How disappointing that people would behave in such an inconsiderate way. This particular camp spot is quite large, and could easily accommodate more than one group if there were no other options, but we assumed they must have prearranged to meet all their mates at this spot and they had no intention of changing their plans because we were there first.
We have since called this camp site “Point Taken” and vowed never to camp there again in case others come and camp on top of us once more. In future, we’ll be back to our other favourites where there really is only room for one set up.
Nonetheless, we enjoyed the weekend and loved getting to spend time with The Dog.