This is a vast coastal wilderness with plenty of walks, a summit climb and swimming beaches. If time was short, you could skip Bremer Bay and head straight for Fitzgerald River National Park, stopping in at Ravensthorpe visitor center to pick up a map of the park.
the photogenic collection of historical items in the Bremer Bay Café
and enjoy good coffee and healthy food while you're there. You can also access
a large sand dune system from here.
Bremer Bay Cafe.
STOP 2: Bremer Bay Beaches
Get the sea breeze in your hair and sand between your toes
at some of these beaches. The water is ice cold but as clear as you'll get anywhere in the world!
dog Beach and Blossom Beach to
the east of Bremer Bay face west making them great for watching sunsets. They
are backed by dunes. There are rips so don’t swim here.
Boat Harbour faces north and is protected by Henry Point.This is usually a calm beach.
Beach is to the south of Bremer Bay facing east and is sheltered by a rocky
Beach at Bremer Bay Boat Harbour faces north and is sheltered by a breakwater.
This is the calmest beach in which to swim.
Diving at Bremer Bay. Photo: _claire_ross via IG
Dolphins at Bremer Bay. Photo: saltwaterlifestyleimages via IG
Bremer Bay. Photo: emmawaade via IG
STOP 3: Fitzgerald River National Park
The Fitzgerald River National Park is divided into two
halves, the north end and the south end. The south end can be accessed from
Bremer Bay and includes West Mount Barren, Ann Point and St Mary’s Inlet
Campground. The north end has more
attractions and two campgrounds and is accessed from Hopetoun.
Rejoin the Pacific Highway and travel east to Ravensthorpe
and drop into the Fitzgerald Coast
visitor centre to grab maps of the Fitzgerald National Park. Continue down
to Hopetoun to enter Fitzgerald River National Park. FRNP is one of the largest
national parks in Australia and it protects some stunning coastlines and
diverse landscapes. During winter, southern right whales swim close to shore,
making it a great whale watching spot.
Local wallaby. Photo: asturner95 via IG
Getting our vitamin SEA at FRNP. Photo: chiaraplk via IG
The northern coastal part of the national park has a sealed
road – Hamersley Drive – that will take you from Hopetoun to all the highlights
in this corner of the park. These include:
- Four Mile
Beach and Campground. There is a picnic ground with sheltered tables
overlooking the white sand beach and blue waters of the southern ocean.
Beach is a sheltered swimming beach nestled between dunes and a quartzite
headland. It is an information hub and is a must see on your trip to Fitzgerald
River National Park.
Lookout is a short walk from the car park through a natural rock garden and
coastal heathland dotted with wildflowers in spring.
Mylies has a walking trail over a small bridge and down to the beach that
is 600 m return.
beach has a picnic site nestled in the dunes and a creek-side walk to the
beach. The limestone cliffs here are unusual in that most of the cliffs in
Fitzgerald River National Park are of ancient quartzite and schist rock that is
400 million years old. At a mere 2 million years old, these limestone cliffs
are young by comparison.
Point is a 600 m walk from the car park that is suitable for wheelchairs.
The colourful jagged rock at Cave Point is 4 million year old schist rock that
was once sediment on the seabed before it was pushed up. From Cave Point you
have a great view of East Mount Barren. Its jagged outline resembles a sleeping
- Cave Point connects with the 20 km Hakea Trail. Enjoy part of the trail,
if you have time, by taking the 1.6 k m return trip to scenic West Beach.
- At West
Beach the schist rocks have been sculpted by the ocean into beautiful
shapes that reveal bands of colours including glittering mica and pink garnets.
There’s a lookout seat on the path is a
great spot to enjoy the ocean and spot whales (in winter)
Inlet and Campground is a fantastic bird watching spot due to year round
fresh water. The place is a chorus of song birds. You’ll also see black swans
and other water birds. A path follows the inlet from the picnic ground to the
Snorkeling at Barrens Beach. Photo: sonyahennesyphotography via IG
Banded Stilts at FRNP. Photo: georgina_steytler via IG
The sculpted rocks of West Beach. Photo: laziafra via IG
Inlet can be explored via a path from the picnic area to the beach, It’s
2.2 km return.
Point has a 1.6 km return walk to West Beach along the Hakea Trail (see
- Climb to the summit of East Mount Barren. On a clear day you’ll see the peaks of the
Barrens Range all along the coast and the Doubtful Islands near Bremer Bay. If
you don’t fancy tackling the hike to the summit, rest assured that the
trailhead car park itself has some of the best views in the park.
- The Hakea
Trail is a 20km trail from Cave Point to Quoin Beach.
Walks of FRNP. Photo: jarradseng via IG
Mount Barren summit. Photo: bingcoastalife via IG
Camping Fitzgerald River National Park
- Hamersely’s Inlet is located on the inlet near the beach amongst forest. Facilities include toilets and BBQs.
RATES: call 0427 264 377
- Four Mile Campground is the first campground you come to from Hopetoun and is close to the beach. Facilities include toilets, picnic tables and gas BBQs.
RATES: $11 per adult. $7 concession. $3 child.
- St Mary’s Campground in the south end of the park is near the beach. There is no mention of facilities.
RATES: $8 adults. $6 concession. $3 children.
Four Mile Beach Campground gas BBQs.
Bremer Bay Caravan Parks
- Bremer Bay Caravan Park is located on the inlet and a 15 minute walk of the general store. Facilities include showers, toilets, camp kitchen, BBQs, tennis and basketball courts, playground, dump point, store.
RATES: $33 - $44 for two adults. Additional adults $15 - $21 each. Additional child $9 - $12.
- Bremer Bay Beaches Resort and Tourist Park is located south of Bremer Bay in bushland within easy reach (by car) of the beaches. Facilities include bathrooms, laundry, camp kitchen, BBQs, pool, tennis courts and café.
RATES: 2 people - powered campsite $40 - $70. Unpowered $35 - $45. Additional adults $10.
- Tozer’s Bush Camp gets rave reviews. They don’t have a website but you can email them at tozersbushcamp at gmail dot com or call them on 0428 371 015. The campsite is surrounded by natural heathland and wildflowers and they cook wood fired pizzas on Saturday nights. There’s a big communal table in the camp kitchen and it has a friendly vibe.
Map of the Perth to Adelaide Drive
Look for the purple tags to locate the highlights mentioned in this article.