There are so many things to see and do on Edel Land. The “Zuytdorp
cliffs”, Blow holes, Beaches, Reefs & Great Fishing.
In order to get to all these places you will need a 4 wheel drive. This means
it's not accessible to most people and there will very rarely be any
crowds at any of these locations.
The entire western side of Edel Land apart from two bays (False entrance and
Cray Fish bay) is bordered by the mighty Zuytdorp cliffs which in some areas
reach over 170m in height.
Every part of this coastline has different and
spectacular views, every stop offers something different
Zuytdorp cliff at Steep Point.
To get an idea of the height see the 4WD on top of the cliff left
side of photo.
Point really gives the feeling of remoteness as there is very little or no phone
coverage and it is far away from civilization.
Travellers and campers must be self-sufficient when visiting Edel Land as there
are no facilities or drinking water available.
to do at Edel Land/Steep Point:
by 4WD only, some of the best coastline Australia has to offer
Sightseeing: Zuytdorp Cliffs and marine life
Explore the blow holes at Thunder Bay, False Entrance, Crayfish Bay and other blow
holes along the coast
Relax on the beach
westernmost point of Australia is a 40 km drive on soft sand from
Useless Loop Road, 4wd is required the entire way with 20 psi tyre pressure at
the most (this is clearly stated at the access point to the 4WD only area and
the ranger will let you know when you book). 20 psi will reduce wear and tear on
the 4x4 and sand tracks.
Camping used to be allowed at Steep Point but is no longer allowed, however there are
other areas where camping is allowed (see False Entrance or Shelter Bay for
camping) and these camping areas are 5 - 40km from Steep Point.
When you arrive at Steep Point on your 4x4 adventure there is a sign stating
that you’re at the westernmost point of the country, from here you can clearly see Dirk Island.
Sign at Steep Point.
The southernmost bay on Edel Land is False Entrance; it's a
beautiful bay with reefs the entire way along the shore.
Swimming is not
recommended at False Entrance due to the reef and potential dangerous swell.
Beach camping and cliff camping is allowed at False Entrance. Be very careful
when setting up tents as the wind changes on most days and can be very strong.
If windy conditions are forecast during your visit I highly recommend using
The Steep Point ranger requires campers to bring their own fire pits, something
like a 44 gallon drum cut in half or an internal steel barrel from an old
washing machine or drier will make an excellent fire pit.
Check for total
fire-bans before planning your camping trip and 4x4 adventure.
Sunset at False Entrance rock cliff fishing.
Fishing at Steep Point.
Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50.000
kilometers and Steep Point is one of the best fishing spots in the country.
at False Entrance is best done from the 2-10m cliffs. Fishing
straight from the beach is possible however if chasing bigger fish it's best
from those cliffs.
For your own safety: If fishing from the cliff tie yourself to your car with a rope to avoid being
washed into the water, it is a good precaution in case there is a big wave hitting the cliff or you slide on the ground.
Driving along the beach at False Entrance is easy when using the right psi (16
psi seemed to work for us).
For more info on False Entrance cliffs and blow holes click
The next bay north of False Entrance is Crayfish bay, half
of the bay is covered in large flat rocks and the other half is just beach sand.
entire shoreline is reef just like False Entrance, so swimming is not
Crayfish Bay waves.
If you are keen for a
fun challenge, the drive from the northern end of Crayfish Bay to False Entrance
along the sand dune track is a lot fun, this stretch of 4 wheel driving requires low
range gearing the entire way.
The track snakes behind a dune dividing the beach from
the mainland and exits at the northern tip of False Entrance beach. From there
drive along the beach
until you reach the end where you can exit the beach
between some rocks and sand dunes (see GPS waypoints for details).
As far as we are aware there is no camping allowed at Crayfish Bay.
Sunset at False Entrance.
Swimming in the shallow waters is fine along
this stretch of the north east coastline as
there are no reefs or cliffs along the entire shoreline.
Camping is also allowed
here and it is less than 5 km away from Steep Point and only 3 km from the ranger’s
This area is sheltered from the wind at most times and this is the reason it's called Sheltered Bay.
If pitching up tents Shelter Bay would be the
best option for camping on your 4x4 adventure.
to bring on your 4x4 adventure:
camping gear, 10 liters of water per person per day, extra fuel, fishing
gear, rated recovery gear, spare parts including vehicle fluids, tools,
protection, insect repellent, fire pit & wood (unless fire ban is in place),
lots of food, a well-supplied first aid kit & an emergency GPS locator.
Basically campers at Steep Point must be self-sufficient and should have at
least basic camping experience.
your 4x4 adventure to Steep Point, visitors must contact the ranger and book a
camping spot at either False Entrance or Sheltered Bay.
It is advised that bookings are made well in advance of your 4x4 adventure especially if it's in peak season.
A form must be completed and emailed or faxed to the ranger, followed by a
phone call to prepay the camping fees.
Link to camping application forms:
Steep Point Camping Permit.
Steep Point Ranger contact details:
Ph: (08) 99483993
Fax: (08) 99483963
Steep Point Ranger Radio channels: