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Old 09-12-2011, 10:50 PM   #1
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Israelite Bay - South / Western Australia

Hi, there has been some great RR on the Israelite Bay area by "A", DAVE WARD, DANNOJ, MARKWRICH and WILMO and make great reading. I have been through there a few times now and thought of covering just the area from Esperance, Israelite Bay, Bilbunya Dunes in a bit more detail for other riders who might want to head down that way.
Coming from Albany, WA, I will be starting from Esperance and working east, Condingup is the last place for fuel and supplies for aprox. 400 kms till you reach either Balladonia or Caiguna, 400 km is taking the most direct route, factor in 30l to 35l of fuel depending sight seeing detours ( Point Culver Cliffs, having a play in the Bilbunya Dunes etc).



Esperance has some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in Australia and is well worth having a look around.


From Esperance you have a choice of going along Fisheries Road to Condingup or if you have a little extra time up your
sleeves take the coastal way via Cape LeGrand and enjoy some stunning views. Thanks to Google Earth.


Looking from Wylie Head to Cape Le Grand, the beach is hard and an easy ride.


End of the first beach section, start of Cape Le Grand National Park.


From the start off Cape Le Grand you go past Frenchmans Peak, Lucky Bay, back onto another Beach that the first 1/3rd is very soft, this was not the soft bit.


Over a headland and part way along another beach section, then onto gravel roads to Condingup


Condingup, time to fuel up and have a drink at the Tavern if wanted.

The next post will cover the different options to Israelite Bay any comments, ammendments welcome.
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:14 AM   #2
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Condingup To Israelite Bay

From Condingup there is still another 67 km to the start of the 4WD section of the track, the track has some sandy sections but overall the track conditions are good, that is if hasn't rained, it then becomes slippery.
Here are some distances from Condingup:
Condingup to Parmango Rd (Turn North) - 5km
Condingup to Balladonia Rd (Turn North) - 52 km
Condingup to Poison Creek Rd (Turn South) - 62 km
Condingup to Track Intersection (North to Mt Ragged and South To Pt Malcom) - 114 km
Condingup to Israelite Bay via Fisheries Track - 130 km
Condingup to Israelite Bay via Pt Malcom - 160 km


The track to Point Malcom via Poison Creek Rd is closed at different times and a call to DEC in Esperance is needed to check if open.


Start off the track proper, there is a section of soft sand not too far in, but only goes for a km or 2. ( Update: April 2012 - the first 2km and last 10km of track before Israelite Bay are now very sandy, following very heavy vechile usage. )


Pine trees on farmers boundary.


Just after the sandy section, the track opens up.


The track varies between this and sandy sections.


At aprox 114 km from Condingup you come to a intersection of sorts, North is to Mt Ragged and the Balladonia Rd and South takes you to Pt Malcom. Straight ahead is the most direct way to Israelite Bay, the picture above is taken from Pt Malcom looking to Israeliete Bay.


If you head down to Pt Malcom, which has a very nice sheltered camping area, you come to some ruins of a pioneers farm.


another couple of km's you come to a sheltered bay.




Up over the sand hill or around by the waters edge will bring you to Pt Malcom.
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:56 AM   #3
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Great start Dennis. Keep it coming!
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:38 AM   #4
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Top stuff, Dennis. Fantastic photos so far but it looks like you've run up against one of Flickr's limits, as some of your photos are "unavailable". I did the same but ended up paying for the Pro account - works a treat now and I don't hessitate uploading to it (which makes me want to do Ride Reports more often now). Anyway, really looking forward to the nitty gritty details you can provide for this journey.
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Top stuff, Dennis. Fantastic photos so far but it looks like you've run up against one of Flickr's limits, as some of your photos are "unavailable". I did the same but ended up paying for the Pro account - works a treat now and I don't hessitate uploading to it (which makes me want to do Ride Reports more often now). Anyway, really looking forward to the nitty gritty details you can provide for this journey.
Thanks Richard for the heads up on Flickr, how many did not display, it is just that they are all showing when I look at the post.
After spending quite a few hours trying to sort out this multiple pic posting , I thought I had it sorted, is there any reason they are not displaying.
Thanks for that
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:44 PM   #6
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:23 PM   #7
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Point Malcom to Israelite Bay


From Pt Malcom it is aprox. 24 km to Israelite Bay, if you backtrack to past the ruins you can take the track that runs between Lake Daringdella and the sea. If feeling a bit more adventurous you can travel along the beach, tackling the seaweed, motorbike and low tide only. There is about 8 km of seaweed, before you come onto a nice open beach until Israelite Bay.




One of the tricks in travelling on seaweed / beaches is to let your mates go first and if they disappear, you know there is a deep pocket of seaweed there.


Some serious piles of seaweed


There is this big dome of rock between the open beach and the sheltered bay of Israelite Bay, in the picture, we looking back down the beach to Pt Malcom


Same rock, looking back to Pt Malcom, nice spot for a swim or fish.


Israelite Bay, great spot to camp, plenty of sheltered spots and if travelling in Summer you pick the Easterly's after they are cooled coming across the ocean.

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Old 09-13-2011, 10:52 PM   #8
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Israelite Bay

A few pictures and notes on Israelite Bay itself, you could easily spend a couple or days or more having a look around.


Probably the most noted feature for the area is the old telegraph station.




Next would be the jetty.




Looking from the jetty to the dome of rock.




One of the original buildings from the days of the Telegraph Station.


There is 2 separate grave sites, one near Lake Daringella and the other towards the jetty area

Next, heading to Point Culver and the Bilbunya Dunes, conditions permitting along a beach almost 100 km long or along the old telegraph line.
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That last photo is awesome (but then so are all the others as well) - obviously a tide critical section. How wide is the rideable surface on the beach - it looks great but I remember reading a report here where the riders got caught doing something similar (I think it was in Africa) due to the tide being very high and coming right to the base of the dunes. Is that a reasonable possibility here, or something that would only happen during really high, storm driven surges?
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That last photo is awesome (but then so are all the others as well) - obviously a tide critical section. How wide is the rideable surface on the beach - it looks great but I remember reading a report here where the riders got caught doing something similar (I think it was in Africa) due to the tide being very high and coming right to the base of the dunes. Is that a reasonable possibility here, or something that would only happen during really high, storm driven surges?
Hi, the first time we came out here you could have driven your 2WD family car the whole way along the beach it was that hard. Next time, high tide and a storm, with plenty of seaweed and soft sand there was no way of getting around, so we went via the track following the old telegraph line which is brilliant ride in itself.
You are not locked into going via the beach and if you didn't want too, you do not need to ride on the beach at all, plus there is a couple of tracks that run from the beach to telegraph track. To go along the beach or not is a decision that you make on the day, coastal conditions change quite quickly, a hard wide beach can be eaten out over the course of a couple of days with a storm.
Will post some more info on the section between Israelite and Pt Culver on the weekend.
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:32 PM   #11
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Great report 59!

this ones in the 'ride' research' folder for future reference...

wish i'd known that first sandy section was only 2 kms long when i turnd around a couple of years ago!

thanks again for the effort!!


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Bilbunya Dunes

Covering the section between Israelite Bay and Bibunya Dunes can be done by riding along the coast (conditions permitting) or the Old Telegraph Line track, or even doing a section of the coast and a section of the track.
Here are some distances taken from the Telegraph station ruins going along the Telegraph track:
Israelite bay to beach access 1 - 8 km
Israelite bay to beach access 2 - 54 km
Israelite bay to track that leads to Balbinya - 63 km ( Pioneer farm buildings aprox 60 Km's in from coast)
Israelite bay to beach access 3 - 65 km
Israelite bay to beach access 4 - 72 km
Israelite bay to beach access 5 - 108 km - 8 km from beach access 5 to Point Culver




The following few photo's show the Telegraph Track conditions.







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Bilbunya Dunes

Travelling along the coast is something that can be determined when there, the beach can be rock hard or impassable during high tides and storms. It pays to check when low tide is and travel the beach at that time, it is an experience travelling on a beach nearly 100 km long and once you a bit past 1/2 way watching the mountains of white sand growing on the horizon. If you like coastal riding this place takes a lot of beating,




A few pic's from along the coast and Point Culver.









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Nearly There

Sorry for a long winded post ,but hopefully it will give you an idea of the country as well as possible side trips. I have included a few more pictures and notes on a few of the options if you want to head back to Esperance via Balladonia Road.


Booanya is great spot to camp.


Heading from Booanya to Balbinya, this is 1st - 2nd - 1st gear track most of the way, with plenty of sharp dead branches along the edge of the track or you can take Balladonia Rd to the turn off to Balbinya.


Balbinya restored pioneer farm houses


Deralinya restored pioneer farm house.


Deralinya shed.


Pine Hill graves, Balladonia Road


Mount Ragged


Mount Ragged

That's it, from Mount Ragged you follow Balladonia Road to Fisheries Road and home, the last section of balladonia road would be pretty close to impassable in winter for 4WD, these are the deepest ruts I have seen in any so called road, just something to keep in mind.
Safe riding,
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:03 AM   #15
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Awesome, Dennis. This is going to become invaluable for future riders. Thankyou so much for these track details and brilliant pictures. It really is still one of those frontier rides that few people would have attempted or considered.
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