Quagi Beach

At Quagi Beach, off the South Coast Highway west of Esperance, there is a Shire campground. It seemed dusty and busy and didn’t hold a lot of appeal for us.  Being outside the National Park, campers can bring dogs and so makes it an attractive campsite for some.  As well as about 20 dusty sites surrounding a basic amenities block, there were camp sites along the tops of the dunes, but the only beach access was down the slopes by foot – no boat launching and the beach didn’t really grab us.

A drive right out to the headland and along the top of the rocky cliffs reveals stunning views out over the Southern Ocean. Goat tracks provide access down to the various beaches and we ventured on a few to check out the fishing spots.  The coastal track continues through into the National Park and back around to Fanny Cove, but has been fenced off and closed in an attempt to control the spread of dieback.  The fence had been pushed over and 4wd’s had clearly been using the track.  We turned around here and headed back the way we came.

Rocky coast

One of many goat tracks that led to the beach
One of many goat tracks that led to the beach
Rocky coast

Rocky coast

Rocky coast

Rocky coast

View south from west of Quagi Beach

View south from west of Quagi Beach

Earlier that same morning, a hire-car Prado arrived at Fanny Cove filled with tourists.  And so what do tourists do on a remote sandy beach?  Of course, they drive (solo) around to the other side of the cove where the sand is uber soft and boggy.  As we were heading out of the cove for an exploratory 4WD day to Quagi, a last glance at the beach revealed the Prado in the distance – not moving and clearly in trouble.  We backtracked and did the good Samaritan thing.  When we got to where the Prado was, it was obvious they were inexperienced and unprepared.  No shovel, no recovery gear, and basically no idea.  We helped dig them out, loaned them our Max Trax, and made sure they got safely above the high water mark and back around to the safety of the swimming area. This was our second Samaritan-save for the holidays after helping a bunch of young guys who had half buried a Mazda 323 in the sand tracks at Sandy Cape…

Not so Thrifty

Not so Thrifty

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