VOLUNTEER DOWN THE WA COAST
WA to the Nullabor
Broome to Perth
Broome to Perth, following the National Highway #1 all the way down the coast of Western Australia.
There are many Cattle Stations, mainly serving the Beef industry, with family Host Farms offering accommodation and food in return for work. Tasks can include assisting around the vegetable garden, helping with cattle mustering and all the maintenance that goes along with running a large cattle station.
There are some stations as large as over 1 million acres, with many of them practicing organic cattle breeding and processing.
As the climate is still quite tropical in nature, having the Wet and Dry season, there is an abundance of fruit orchards, organic and biodynamic.
They grow Mango trees, Avocado’s, chillies, beans and a plethora of other tropical fruits and vegetables. Usually smaller farms, these homesteads are usually family run, with tasks including harvesting, planting, weeding and packaging their produce for markets.
Eighty Mile Beach
So you start off at Broome, and head south, coming to the first camping area called Eighty Mile Beach. This is a wonderful place to camp, with a fully serviced caravan park right on the beach, surrounded by beautiful white sand dunes. Only by visiting the area can you appreciate the beauty.
Keep in mind, every sunset along the West Australian coast, is setting over the Indian Ocean, so you’ll experience many gorgeous sunsets sitting on the beach.
The fishing off the beach is amazing and if you’re into surfing, keep your eyes out for when the waves are pounding in from the Indian Ocean.
After Eighty Mile Beach, you’ll arrive in Port Hedland. A busy industrial port servicing the onshore and offshore mining industries.
All along the coast are opportunities to go fishing, take ocean cruises to view the marine wildlife, go snorkelling on the off-shore reefs and potentially get volunteer work in the tourism industry. They’re always looking for extra volunteer staff to support the incoming tourist trade.
The pearling industry is in full swing from Broome down the coast. A very unusual industry that has existed here since the late 1800s. Again, there may be opportunities to gain volunteer or paid work on the many fishing boats that operate along the entire West Coast of Australia.
If you manage to get out on the water, you’ll be amazed at the turtles and water snakes that inhabit the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Just a few hundred meters off the coast will expose you to huge turtles, just swimming lazily by. A real sight to remember.
All down the coast of WA, you will be able to find small isolated beaches with aqua clear water. There are many secluded camping spots along the coast. You just need to take your time, checkout all the small roads that head towards the coast from the main road.
At many of these camping spots, you’ll be the only person there, with the entire landscape to yourself. You can look seaward and enjoy the gorgeous sunsets, or you can climb some rocky outcrops and gaze over the never ending vast inland desert and waterways that make up this part of Australia.
Again, the main industry here is fishing, pearling, tourism and large farming operations. So there’s plenty of opportunities to find some volunteer or paid work. There would even be some WWOOF Australia Host Farms along the way, so get your WWOOF Mobile App out and start saving them to your Favourites.
Many ideal camping spots are where the rivers open up to the Indian Ocean. Usually a bit treacherous with lots of sandy dry river banks etc, so take care, take your time and remember, always leave the camp site cleaner than when you arrived. Or at least “leave no trace”.
Hutt River & Oakley Homestead
Western Australia is famous for it’s old settler homesteads and townships. History has been preserved here because of the lack of industrial and commercial development along this vast coastline.
You’ll find homesteads that you can stay at overnight, full of old car bodies from the 40s and 50s, old stone clad buildings built in the 1800s when white settlers first discovered gold and other minerals in the area.
It’s a treasure trove of Australian Colonial History, and again, because of the tourist nature of the area, there is always seasonal volunteer and paid work to be found during the Dry season (May to November).
The sand and beaches continue down the coast, providing tourism opportunities for those interested in expanding their knowledge or work experience in this field.
Don’t forget to get the WWOOF Mobile App out and check what Host Farms are slightly inland from here as well. They grow sub-tropical fruits through this area.
The interesting thing you’ll notice on the final stretches before you arrive in Perth, is the white sand beaches and dunes. They go for miles and miles and you can walk as far as your leg muscles will allow you.
Some of the dunes are huge and great to play on with the kids. Tumbling down sandunes is a fond childhood memory for many of us.