Coastal Route South of Broome
Drive south of Broome on the Great Northern Highway, and find your own slice of paradise on some of the most secluded stretches of pristine white sand on the Indian Ocean coast. Here, on the fringes of the Great Sandy Desert, you can experience the luxury of glamping or set up your own coastal camp under a blanket of stars.
Start/End: Broome to Port Hedland/Port Hedland to Broome
Best time: May to September
Duration: 1 to 5 days, depending on the number of stops.
Distance: 616km (allow extra distances for access roads)
Accommodation: camping, cabin and glamping options
Vehicle: 2WD or 4WD, though 4WD is recommended for some tracks in Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve and Pardoo Tourist Park.
Highlights: Broome, Eighty Mile Beach, Port Hedland
Broome to Eco Beach Wilderness Resort
133km | 1h30m driving time
Fuel: Broome, Roebuck Roadhouse 35km from Broome
Your first overnight option is the multi-award winning wilderness resort, Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat. Enjoy the little luxuries and comforts of ‘glamping’ in their Eco Safari Tents and stunning villas, with restaurant and swimming pool on site. Spend some time on the beach, and take a tour with the traditional landowners to discover the ancient culture and traditions of the Yardoogarra people. A visitor favourite is the “Mud & Bubbles” experience, where the therapeutic powers of the rich mangrove mud from Jack's Creek are combined with the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean and a cheeky glass of bubbles for a beauty treatment with a difference.
Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat to Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park
213KM | 3 hr driving time
Fuel: Sandfire Roadhouse, 213km from Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, 54km from Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park
From Eco Beach head further south to the peace and tranquillity of Eighty Mile Beach.
Located right on the beachfront, Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park is about halfway between Broome and Port Hedland. Offering plenty of campsites as well as self-contained cabins, the caravan park is the perfect place to base yourself for some back-to-nature time, and it’s famous for its fishing and shell-collecting opportunities. During peak season (May-September) the on-site shop offers freshly baked bread and fresh scones – perfect for morning tea on the verandah with jam, cream and freshly brewed coffee and tea.
Eighty Mile Beach is the longest uninterrupted stretch of beach on Western Australia’s coast – perfect for strolling at sunrise or sunset. It’s also one of the most pristine beaches, and is a rich food source for over half a million migratory shorebirds, making it a must-see for birdwatchers. Visit between October and February and you might catch a glimpse of the flatback turtles that come to nest at Eighty Mile Beach. But be sure to abide by the Turtle Watchers Code of Conduct.
Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park to Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve
111km | 1hr 15min
Nestled towards the southern end of Eighty Mile Beach, the Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve offers a different experience of this famous beach. Here, instead of sweeping stretches of open beach you’ll find tidal creeks, rocky shores and seagrass meadows. Open to both day visitors and campers (with a maximum 28 day stay), popular activities here include fishing, crabbing and beach walking.
Cape Keraudren was the northernmost point of the Rabbit Proof Fence, and some remnants of fence posts can still be seen, as well as a sign marking the approximate location.
Campers should be fully self-contained, as no electricity or potable water is available on-site; toilets and fish-cleaning stations are provided. Other amenities including boat launching ramps, and picnic tables with WiFi hotspots.
Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve to Pardoo Tourist Park
53km | 40 min
Fuel: The Pardoo Roadhouse at the junction of the North West Coastal Highway and the Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve is currently not open due to damage from Cyclone Ilsa in April 2023. Travellers are recommended to carry enough fuel to travel from Port Hedland to Sandfire Roadhouse (286km).
Further south from Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve, Pardoo Tourist Park is located on Pardoo Station, home of a development to establish a world-class West Australian Wagyu beef industry in the Pilbara.
The Tourist Park is based at the property’s historic homestead and includes include a large campground and caravan park, swimming pool, shared amenities blocks, laundry, barbeque area and fire pit. The Station store opens daily, and offers chef cooked buffet meals in addition to food staples, fishing year, ice and more.
Explore the station’s 4WD tracks to three magnificent tidal creeks and more than 16 kilometres of fishable coastline, or spend some time spotting the more than 100 native bird species that have been spotted - bird watchers will be spoilt for choice!
Pardoo Tourist Park to Port Hedland
130km | 1hr 30m
Fuel: Port Hedland
Head back to the North West Coastal Highway for the last stretch of your journey to Port Hedland.
This Pilbara town is rightly famous for its massive resource industry featuring the world’s largest export tonnage port, but it also has more to share with visitors. Explore Port Hedland’s natural surrounds along its foreshore and tidal creeks and at the right time of year observe turtles nesting on Cemetery Beach. Learn about Marapikurrinya Port Hedland’s Aboriginal heritage and culture, and its European stories. Visit art centres and galleries featuring critically acclaimed contemporary Aboriginal art, and local and regional emerging and established artists.
Read about our top 5 things to do in Port Hedland here.
From Port Hedland you can continue south, joining the Warlu Way interpretive trail to follow the Dreamtime story of the mystical sea serpent and discover the treasures of the Pilbara coast and outback – from the marine life-rich Dampier Archipelago to the magnificent ancient gorges of Karijini National Park.