4wd/Camping/Fishing ideas close to home

Me and a mate have a 2 or 3 night trip planned in mid April and were originally going to Contos south of Margaret River. Problem is, my family has decided they want to go camping for a couple of nights the week after, which is great, but being on a single income and driving a GQ patrol, money becomes a factor on these trips away. So can anyone recommend some spots within a couple of hours from Perth where you can camp (preferably free), has 4wd access only and could catch a fish or 3? Saltwater or freshwater.
Was going to look around the back reaches of the Collie River as a start, then Dwellingup could be an option, but my fishing has been average there to say the least. And nothing too challenging as we'll only be in one car so Collie's Goat Rd, or similar tracks, can wait another day. Just wanting a spot where a bunch of families and their Commodores can't go!


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hi mate try down preston/

Mon, 2014-03-24 22:45

hi mate try down preston/ whitehills not to bad little areas to camp up and some good fish to be had, got some decent tailor there the other week (lures only)

otherwise i would head up cervantes and hit up Black peak 4wd only couple dunes to climb over but nothing the gq cant handle. and GOOD fishing to be had there too i spent many a wk end there with the family when i was little caught my first kg whiting there and my first long tom, not to mention sharks mullaway big tailor and some decent skippy



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Cheers mate, will check them

Tue, 2014-03-25 00:24

Cheers mate, will check them out. Looking at a few different options and we might just end up pulling something out of a hat. Did ponder heading past Cervantes to Sandy Cape at Jurien but that could get a bit busy on a weekend being 2wd access and I'm a bit of a hermit when it comes to camping! Will definitely have a look at that Black Peak

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Mate dont discount sandy

Tue, 2014-03-25 12:09

Mate dont discount sandy cape, there are spots just south of the main bit that are 4wd. Downside is you still are supposed to pay and considering you get Nothing for your money except maybe the use of a bin on the way out, it seems expensive.

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Yeah I went up there about 8

Tue, 2014-03-25 18:20

Yeah I went up there about 8 months ago with my kids for a couple of nights, but we went north of the main campground and stopped at that little bay with the trees pretty much right on the waters edge. If the weather was a bit better, I'd imagine they would've had fun. But I didn't get a chance to explore south of Sandy Cape, which I would like to do. Going to catch up with my mate over the weekend and throw about 10 spots in front of him and say pick one

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Thu, 2014-04-24 13:40

Did leeman this time last year just north of town theres tea tree bay pretty good spot , bout 3 hours away so more fuel , but no camping fees and only about 10min from town


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