Featuring one of the most picturesque estuaries along WA’s southern coast, Stokes National Park is a great place for fishing, camping, bushwalking and birdwatching. The inlet features long beaches and rocky headlands backed by sand dunes with dense bush and shady paperbark trees fringing the water’s edge. Stokes Inlet is the largest of a number of estuaries near Esperance and the only one with reasonably deep water.
The main entrance is from Stokes Inlet Road, which is gravel and provides easy access for two-wheel drive vehicles and large caravans. The remainder of the park is four-wheel drive only.
The campground at Benwenerup has excellent facilities and is suitable for two-wheel drive. It has two camp kitchens with gas barbeques, a dishwashing sink, food preparation surfaces and picnic tables and benches. The camp kitchen and toilets have been designed for wheelchair access.
There are 11 individual campgrounds, six of which are big enough for large campervans and camper trailers. All 11 can accommodate regular size caravans, camper trailers, large campervans and tents.
There are three further areas that are large enough for three or four large caravans or camper trailers camping together.
Campsites are not bookable and operate on a first come first served basis. Rates are: adult $10, concession $6.60 and child (6-15yrs) $2.20 per night. You must bring enough drinking water for your needs as there is none available in the park.
A park entry fee of $12 ($6 concession) per vehicle applies at many of the popular national parks in WA including Stokes National Park. Many visitors appreciate the savings and convenience of purchasing either a four week Holiday Pass or Annual All Parks Pass online at Shop.dpaw.wa.gov.au/ before their trip.
More information is available at parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/stokes and parkstay.dpaw.wa.gov.au/.
Visitors with four-wheel drive can enjoy day trips to Skippy Rock, Shoal Cape, the Moir Homestead Ruins and Fanny Cove.
Abundant bird life frequents the inlet, its shores and associated lakes.
You can walk to the ocean at the estuary mouth if water levels allow.
The inlet is popular for canoeing and fishing. It is possible to launch small boats from campgrounds although while the area of water is large there are extensive areas of shallows and rocks. Species caught include black bream, Australian salmon, King George whiting and mullet. Normal fisheries regulations apply in the park.
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