Serious Austrackers with a reliable 4×4 rig planning a Kimberley escapade to land a ‘personal best’ barramundi catch might consider a stay at the Honeymoon Bay Beach Camp. Here’s everything you need to know about Honeymoon Bay Beach Camp, including the amenities available for those that visit.
How to get there
From the Gibb River Road, take the Kalumburu Road turnoff. The 270 km drive north to Kalumburu is an adventure by itself. Then follow the signs to the campground.
The camping area stretches from the top of a low hill down to the bay. There are hot showers, flushing toilets, wi-fi and a kiosk that serves snacks. A covered space invites communal dining.
There are no camp sites as such, only natural bushland, but there is no shortage of level ground. There is no power, no water, no sullage drains for campers. Everything is basic, no frills. The campground appeals to adventurers seeking a raw experience rather than luxury extras. Some guests come back year after year.
There is no shortage of spots to cast a line. Anglers at all levels of experience can enjoy sand, flat, rock, reef, river estuary, lure and fly fishing opportunities in the bay and surrounding areas.
The most targeted species is, of course, barramundi. Other species include blue bone, golden snapper, black spotted tusk fish, finger mark, queenfish and coral trout. The camp can arrange for local guides to accompany guests to assist them with their fishing adventure of a lifetime.
There’s also a sandy beach at the head of Honeymoon Bay for easy shore fishing. Many campers bring their trailer tinnies, which they launch from the beach. Watch out though; locals regularly see two crocodiles swimming off the beach, patrolling their territory!
Camp operates during the season only
Even though the indigenous owners/managers live on-site all year round, the camp only operates during the dry season, April to November.
The camp charges a camping fee and a fishing fee. The camping fee is nominal at $20/night for adults and $10/night for children. But make sure you ask about the fishing fee because it can bite if you come unprepared!