Join our happy campers along the riverbank and experience THE WONDER'S OF WOORAMEL.
A unique station campground nestled under the majestic gum trees on the bank of the Wooramel River.
Relax in the naturally heated therapeutic artesian bore baths from the Birdrong aquifer; enjoy the space; abundant bird and wildlife; private camp fires; amazing night skies and the friendly outback atmosphere.
120 kms south of Carnarvon, 2 kms off the North West Coastal Highway on Western Australia's Coral Coast.
- New family, queen and singles rooms with en-suite and air conditioning.
- Accessible self contained chalet.
- Eco Cabin tents with private fire pits.
- Riverside caravan, big rigs and camp sites (no Power).
- Naturally heated artesian bore baths.
- Sundowners area to watch the sun set and milky way come to life.
- Big, clean hot shower rooms.
- Pets welcome.
- Excellent Telstra phone reception.
- Bush walking and bird watching track.
- Historical station tip exploration.
- Wednesday Night Camp Oven Dinner.
Wooramel Station is a family owned working cattle, sheep, goat and outback station stay. The property occupies an area of 1430 square kilometres with 60 kilometres of coastline frontage to the Indian Ocean, backing onto the Shark Bay World Heritage area.
The Wooramel River is an upside down river running on the surface only 2-3 times a year for a couple of weeks at a time, after good inland rains. The river cuts through the property providing well grassed flood plains. The 60 kms of coastal plains also provide good grazing on native salt and blue bush pastures, while the remaining land system is covered with Wanyu and Acacia bushland.
The pastoral lease was established in the early 1800's but it was not until the Hall family purchased the station in the 1920's that drilling commenced for artesian water. Three bores with a few hundred kilometres of open bore drains were established, opening up previously unused country to stock.
The artesian (via natural) pressure sends water 240 m to the surface. It maintains a constant temperature of approximately 33 degrees with a high mineral content (iron, salt and magnesium) reputed to have soothing effects on tired muscles.
The Steadman family purchased the lease in 1987 migrating closer to the coast from Dalgety Downs an inland station near Gascoyne Junction. They established an international goat trade to capitalise on the feral goat numbers at the time on the property and started a regenerative process to the rangelands. They moved from merino sheep to a meat bread (Damara/Dorper) which is still one of their main stays for the business. The introduction of Droughtmaster/ Angus cattle has also helped to regenerate fragile country while still achieving economic sustainability. Their newest venture into nature based tourism offers visitors the opportunity to see and be a part of the Australian outback and also experience the ancient waters of the birdrong aquifer.
Use your time to experience a bit of station life. We have lots of activities to keep you busy.
WARM ARTESIAN BATHS
One of the highlights at Wooramel River Retreat is definitely experiencing the naturally heated therapeutic artesian bore baths.
Waters from the Birdrong aquifer travel from a depth 240m below the ground to the surface under its own pressure and is then piped into free flowing pools for you to sit down and relax.
The water is approximately 33 degrees with a high mineral (especially magnesium) content that is reputed to have soothing effects on tired muscles.
RIVER WALKING TRAIL
Spend a morning wandering along the riverbank, meandering through the gum trees, listening to the sounds of nature and watching the wildlife and landscape unfold. The Wooramel River walk is around 6 kms on a dirt track with sandy patches.
Please remember to take water and to slip slop & slap as even in winter the sun can be warm in the Coral Coast.
SELF DRIVE 4WD STATION TOUR
Get a taste of station life on our 70km self-drive 4WD Station Tour. The track takes you out to the coastline where you can see the mouth of the river our 100-year-old shearing shed than crosses over the highway and heads east along a windmill track before meandering back to the homestead along the river. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day in the bush. There is a $10 charge per vehicle
One person's trash is another person's treasure or so the saying goes. In the bush it was and often still is impossible to throw anything away, as you just don’t know when it may come in handy. The early pastoralists simply choose a section of land not too far from the homestead and dumped everything they no longer needed.
EXPLORING THE HISTORICAL TIP
Explore through the discarded detritus of 4 generations - from wool carts to pumps, bottles to cars and washing machines.
Sturdy shoes and adult supervision are a must. The only thing we ask - please do not remove any of our treasures, they are part our history.
The wildlife is abundant and bird watchers in particular will appreciate the variety of species of birds that are either permanent residents or visitors to the station. Grab your binoculars, and between dusk and dawn you will see some of the Gascoyne's most spectacular birds.
CAMP OVEN NIGHT
Join us for a traditional Australian camp oven dinner, slow cooked on the fire.
Pre-dinner drinks are at 5 O’clock, enjoy the sun set over the Wooramel river and have a yarn with your fellow travelers. Dinner served around 6.30pm.
A hearty meat and a vegetarian dish served with rice or damper for $20 per head and $10 for kids 12 years and under.
BYO drinks, cutlery and plate.
An entertaining night out under the stars
$20 per child for a stretcher bed or swag
Queen sized bed, quality linen and towels, solar lights, bedside and luggage tables, camp chairs, lantern and own private campfire. Bathrooms are located within 40 m. Price quoted is for 2 adults, camp beds can be placed in the tents for children for an extra cost of $20 per bed (maximum of 2 beds) or Swag outside. No wood is provided but can be purchased.
Queen Room: $135
Family Room: $180
Self Contained Unit: $230
The 4 Quarters accommodation has been designed to replicate the traditional single man's quarters. The newly appointed accommodation has been decorated to retain the feel and history of working on an outback station. The rooms have comfortable beds with linen, ensuite and air -conditioning. The 9-room complex has 2 communal fully equipped kitchens with dining areas outside each room where guest can sit back and enjoy the spectacular views of the Wooramel River.
Off the wide veranda is a grass area leading to a communal fire pit to star gaze at night. The quarters are on 24 hr power with access to potable water and are a 50-m walk to the spa and communal fire pit areas. Pets are welcome if they are kept on a lead and remain outside of rooms.
- Single Rooms
- Queen Rooms
- Family Room
- Self Contained Unit
$6 per child (aged 5- 12 years)
Special: Stay for 4 Pay for 3 days
TAWK members children free for the first 2 nights
Check in (Campsites): 10am to 6pm
Check out: 10am
Bookings cancelled by you after acceptance by Wooramel River Retreat and payment are subject to cancellation fees as follows: If you fail to arrive or terminate your booking less than 48hrs prior to your stay then no refund will be issued. If you terminate your booking less than 7 days prior to your arrival date than 50% refund will be issued. If 7 days’ notice is given a 20% Booking Deposit is non-refundable but is transferable to another date within the same property.