Guidelines and rules at Gnaraloo are necessary to protect the environment, ensure a safe experience for all and future enjoyment of this area by everyone.
Site access by third parties for official business, operational or research purposes +
All third-party visitors to Gnaraloo, who have the intention to conduct official business, operational or research purposes, require appropriate authorization before they are allowed on the Gnaraloo site. This includes (but is not exclusive to):
- Television and Filmmakers,
- Government Agencies
- Sports and Event Activities
Our Commitment to your safety
Gnaraloo is committed to promoting your safety, the safety of others and to protecting the environment and areas of indigenous heritage value. To do this, we request information about your visit to ensure you are aware of, understand and comply with all site and environmental policies, procedures and rules. To help you comply, we aim to have appropriate staff member(s) available to provide any assistance that you may require while onsite.
Please be aware that all persons enter Gnaraloo at their own risk.
Request for Appropriate Authorization
14 days prior to your intended site access, contact lease-holder Paul Richardson (see contact us) and provide the following information:
- the proposed date(s) for access;
- the name of your Agency/Company/Organisation and the name and position of the person(s) that will conduct the planned site work and activities;
- an outline of the planned site work and activities (include the operational purpose and scope of work);
- confirmation that all required insurances are in place regarding the planned site work and activities;
- whether there is a requirement for assistance by a Gnaraloo staff member while onsite; and
- any other relevant information.
Submitting a request for authorization DOES NOT guarantee its approval. Each request is assessed for its potential impact on Gnaraloo’s environment and sustainable use of resources.
You will be notified via email or phone of the final decision.
On site expectations…
By coming onsite, you agree to abide by Gnaraloo’s site and environmental policies, procedures and rules and any directions given by
Road access north including to Farquhar +
Gnaraloo’s property North of the 6 Mile gate has been closed to public use, by Government Gazetted Order, given its poor state and unsafe condition. In order to comply with duty of care requirements, the gate has been locked for safety and operational reasons.
In addition, the Ningaloo Coast Regional Strategy (August 2004) identifies this area as an ‘Area of Environmental Management Priority’ with high conservation value that should be managed to a high status of protection, by the Ningaloo Coast Regional Strategy (August 2004).
Anyone found in the area north of the locked 6 Mile gate on Gnaraloo will be prosecuted for trespassing on which conviction carries a criminal record.
Access to Station use only tracks +
Certain Tracks on Gnaraloo are signposted “Station use only”. These tracks are strictly for the use of station staff only. These tracks lead to stock watering points and use by members of the public will not only be detrimental to stock watering but also will pose a risk to station staff carrying out their work duties. Any guests found on these tracks will be asked to leave the property.
Dune and beach driving +
The dunes and beaches are not just sand, they are living ecosystems, full of life. Protecting them ensures Gnaraloo does not turn into a dust bowl with significant loss of biodiversity.
Negative impacts of driving on the dunes include:
- Disruption of sea turtle rookeries that nest in the beaches along the Gnaraloo coast - adjacent to the Ningaloo Marine Park. Read more information on the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program → link to 5.1 GTCP.
- Damage to vegetation that stabilizes dunes and prevents ‘blow outs’ (strong winds that remove sediment and completely cover everything in its path with sand).
- Elimination of macrobenthic invertebrate organisms (such as sea-snails and shrimp) that live in the sand. Resource: 'Beach driving crushes critters’, Catalyst, ABCTV (Australia).
- Destruction of archaeological, paleontological and heritage artifacts - both known and in unexcavated areas - which hold valuable information for scientists to properly date historical fragments. Resource: ‘Death of the Mega beasts’ by Franco Di Chiera, 2009, DVD.
Help Protect Gnaraloo’s Environment
You can help protect the Gnaraloo environment by driving only on the main, marked roads.
Enjoy exploring the saznd dunes on foot, and report any visitors driving on the dunes to a Gnaraloo staff member.
Code of conduct for turtle watchers +
To behave responsibly near sea turtles and avoid causing unintended problems, please adhere to the following two key guidelines:
• No Glow, Move Slow and Stay Low
Photography and torches must not be used as these discourage turtles from emerging on the beach, make nesting turtles return to the water and disorientate hatchlings. Turtle watchers should move slowly and crouch low to the ground when near turtles to avoid disturbing the nesting.
• Stop, Drop and Become a Rock
When near a turtle, stop (where you are), drop (slowly to the ground) and become a rock (stay still like a rock). If you follow these guidelines, you will not jeopardize the egg laying and hatching processes.
Details follow of current best practice for turtle observation in Western Australia, by which you are expected to abide when observing the Gnaraloo turtles:
• Walk along the beach just below the high tide mark, near the water (so the tide will wash foot prints away) looking for tracks in the wet sand or for turtles. Do not approach turtles that are leaving the water, moving up the beach, or in the early stages of nesting.
• Walk in a single file along the beach (rather than abreast of each other) in order to minimize visual impacts and distress caused to turtles emerging from the sea.
• Do not use any form of lighting in any circumstances (including ‘white’ or ‘red’ torch light). Some turtle species found in WA, including Hawksbills, are highly sensitive to light, noise and human presence and will abandon a nesting attempt at the slightest disturbance. Repeated disturbances can cause a turtle to release her eggs in the water. As these are critically endangered species, it is important that you comply with these guidelines, even if they seem extreme. While you may find…
Bookings and cancellations +
To reserve a property a deposit of 20% is required (if your numbers are unconfirmed then 20% of the minimum charge for the property for the duration of the stay applies). The remainder of the charge is payable 30 days before arrival. School holiday periods require 50% deposit and remainder of the charge is payable 60 days before arrival. A reminder will be sent by email if an email address is provided, otherwise a charge of $5 will be deducted from the deposit if Gnaraloo has to chase your payment by phone. Additional guests can pay on a day by day basis but this must be in advance, not arrears. Anyone found unpaid onsite will be subject to double surcharge.
Cancellations and changes:
Over 60 days notice: 90% of deposit refunded.
60 - 30 days notice: 70% of deposit refunded.
Less than 30 days notice: Full payment expected or booking will not be held - NO REFUND for changes or cancellations.
For bookings during School holiday periods no refunds will be given
If you shorten your booking (less than 30 days before arrival), arrive late or leave early: the payment for the cancelled nights will not be refunded. It can be offset against payment for additional guests or deposit for future bookings Any credits owed due to changes in bookings are only valid for 12 months. This credit facility does not apply to
Illegal camping +
A $400 fine per person will apply to anyone found camping outside of either 3Mile Camp or Gnaraloo Homestead. If details cannot be obtained from each person involved, the responsibility will rest with the owner of the vehicles recorded at the infringement.
A first will attract a Misconduct restraining Order which will prevent access to Gnaraloo for any reason for a period of 12 months. Any subsequent offences will be dealt with by Trespass which if found guilty will include a criminal record.
Gnaraloo does not allow the burning of Snakewood, A. xiphophyll for firewood; whether collected on Gnaraloo property or not.
Snake wood - whether standing or fallen - fulfils critical ecological functions including habitat, vegetative and soil disturbances and destruction. Its removal here, and in other areas of Australia, is considered a ‘threatened ecological processes’, as human removal of the wood has contributed to loss of biodiversity.
Negative impacts from repeated removal of local wood include:
- Loss of habitat and food source for invertebrate, vertebrate and microbial species that live off decay and recycle nutrients back into the soil.
- Loss of invertebrate, vertebrate and microbial species that are a food source for ground-dwelling mammals, snakes, goannas, frogs, beetles, bats, birds, etc.
- Loss of wood decay that contributes to regeneration of associated plant communities.
- Loss of a natural wind barrier that protects plant cover and the soil microclimate.
Help Protect Gnaraloo’s Environment
You can help protect the Gnaraloo environment by bringing your own pre-chopped and pre-bagged wood. Alternatively, you can buy dry jarrah at the 3Mile Camp shop ($15 per bag), or heatbeads/firelighters are also available.
Rubbish fines +
Gnaraloo is a wilderness tourism destination and is not a rubbish tip. WE are happy to accept your camp rubbish but we do not want to have to process hard rubbish. Please do not leave items such as broken surf boards, broken deck chairs on site. Take them home with you or please take them to the rubbish tip in Carnarvon. A fine of $50 will apply for each item of hard rubbish left behind.
Dog regulations +
Nearly all caravan parks and National Parks prohibit bringing your family pet on their sites. Gnaraloo has decided to permit guests to bring their dogs on site and, in order to maintain this policy and to minimize the risk of the authorities preventing us from doing so, we ask that you abide by the following guidelines. This will ensure we continue to have a strong argument for allowing dogs on site.
You may be evicted without a refund, if any of the following are not adhered too.
- Your dog must be on a lead at all times and secured at night.
- You must clean up after your dog.
- Dogs to be kept under control. Campers, wildlife or stock being harassed by your dog will result in immediate eviction.
Please be advised that 1080 baits have been laid as part of the Gnaraloo Feral Animal Control Program → link to 5.2 Gnaraloo Feral Animal Control Program and therefore can be a threat to your dog.
Fishing in marine sanctuary zones +
Sanctuary zones provide total protection for marine life. They allow visitors to observe marine life in its natural state. No extractive activities are permitted in these zones, which means no recreation or commercial fishing is allowed.
See detailed map and info on Ningaloo Marine Park sanctuary zones