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Murchison House Station

Murchison House Station - Extended Easter Trip

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Murchison House Station - Extended Easter Trip
Murchison House Station - Extended Easter Trip

Time & Location

28 Mar 2024, 7:00 am AWST – 05 Apr 2024, 12:10 pm AWST

Murchison House Station, 5618 Ajana-Kalbarri Rd, Kalbarri WA 6536, Australia

Guests

About the Event

The Isuzu 4x4 Club of WA Inc. will be traveling up north to the Murchison House Station during the Easter long weekend. 

This event has a limit of 30 vehicles!  refer to the below itinerary for further information! 

This trip is available for officially paid Isuzu Club Members only.

If you are not a member yet now is a great time to join so you can come along!

Please note Guests are able to attend as a temporary members -  for $60.00 per person.

Sign up and become member and take advantage of 12 months worth of events - Single and Family membership is $120.00 per year. Join Now!

Please note whilst we will be close to Kalbarri this trip is categorized as a "Reomote Touring Trip".

There is specific vehicle & equipment requirements that you must meet to be able to register for this event. 

If you do not have some of this equipment you must have it before the trip.

Details of requirements are listed.

We will be bush camping at one of the Homestead Campgrounds.

Camping is on the northern side of the Murchison River out on the Station. Perfect for escaping the crowds and experiencing true camping. All vehicles must check in and register at office which is located at the Homestead before accessing this area.  

This station is 350 000 acres and is strictly 4WD access only. 

This option requires you to be 4WD capable, properly equipped and experienced in off-grid camping. 

You must be completely self-contained as there are no facilities. 

Please note, showers and toilets at the Homestead campground are for the use of Homestead campers only! 

Water is available at the homestead to top up tanks if required

Murchison House Station is located just 12 kilometers east of Kalbarri. The station sprawls a total of 350,000 acres, so there will be no shortage of things to look at. Murchison House Station is a 150-year-old + working station.

The station has over 60 km of rugged Indian Ocean shoreline and over 30 km of Murchison river flood plains. Because of the plentiful supply of water, with many permanent soaks and springs, wildlife and bird life are abundant. 

The terrain is rugged, spectacular, and varied, with land systems ranging from coastal sand plains and dunes to river gorge country featuring the stunning red Tumblagooda sandstone that is known to the area.  

Murchison House Station is where the outback meets the ocean, which makes exploring your 4WD whilst camping here an interesting and challenging prospect. The pristine wilderness of the Station, and the Murchison River is there to be appreciated and is less than one day's drive from Perth.

For further information see below -

Itinerary:

  • Trip Name: Murchison House Station - Extended Easter Trip (Members Only)
  • Trip Type: Extended Trip (8 nights/9 days) Thursday 28th March - 5th April 2024
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Vehicle Suitability: Must have All Terrain Tyres & 4WD and Low-Range.
  • Minimum Requirements:  

Air Compressor

Tire Deflator

Recovery Points or Recovery Hitch Reciever as minimum

UHF Radio fitted to your vehicle

UHF Hand Held Radio minumu 3 watts recomended - 5 watts

All Terrain Tires minimum

Upgraded Suspension minimum 30mm increase from factory.

Shovel - recommended long handle 

Camp Shower

Portable Chemical Toilet

Rated Bow Shackles - minimum of two

Snatch Strap - x1 recommended to also have a equalizer strap if you have rated front recovery points fitted to your vehicle.

Damper Blanket

Insect Repellent 

Spare Air Filter

Spare Fan / Engine Belt

Spare Fuses

Tools

Recomended Extra Equipment:

Spare CV Assembled Shaft. Spare Circlips to suit CV being changed if the kit does not contain.

Zip Ties - Handy for camp setups and emergency repairs recomend purchase of variety of different sizes

Tools to suit your needs

Sand Flag (Available for purchase at our meetings)

Self Sufficent for camping & cooking - (for more information please visit our FAQ regarding our requirements click here

  • Maximum Vehicles:  

Limited to 30 vehicles. Once all RSVP spots are taken you can RSVP to the waitlist for any cancellations. Murchison House is also reserving any cancellations for our club so extra spaces may become available even at short notice. We are hoping to have new members attend.  ***please note only 28 places are available 2 are taken by the trip leaders of this trip ***

  • National Park Pass Required: 

Yes - required to visit Kalbarri National Park. 

A vehicle day pass for up to 12 occupants is $15.00. We recommend all of our members purchase an annual National Parks Pass for $120.00 per year for non-RAC members. $75.00 per year for concession holders. If you are a RAC member you can purchase a pass for half price $60.00

  • Camping suitability: Swags, tents & camper trailers
  • Toilets: Long Drop: No - BYO 

You are required to bring your own porta loo. It is very unpleasant to see toilet paper blowing around in the wind!!  

The Homestead ablutions can only cater for the Homestead campers.

There is a dump point located in Kalbarri. DO NOT empty waste into the homestead toilets!

Toilets can be bought from different camping shops refer below for some useful links

  • Showers: No - BYO

Please arrive with full water tanks / Jerry Cans. 

Fresh water is available at the Homestead if you require extra water for drinking and showers

Motorbikes, Quadbikes and ATV's are not permitted on the station.

Flying of UAV's ( DRONES ) is not permitted on the station. - **We have applied for special permission for use for our magazine content - waiting on conformation**

Firearms and Bowhunting are strictly prohibited.

  • Camping Costs & Booking Details: 

$50.00 per vehicle station entry fee 

$12.50 per adult/children 16 years & under free 

Total duration is 8 nights @ $100.00 per person $200.00 per couple

Total cost Single - $150.00

Total cost Couple - $250.00

Payment for bookings is to made directly to MHS  - 

Murchsion House Station

BSB - 086 554

ACC - 2524 677 58

Payment is due MHS when you RSVP to this event.

MHS Cancellation Policy -

Cancellations up to 1 week prior to arrival will be refunded. A $30 cancellation fee will apply

Cancellations up to 24hrs prior to arrival will be charged a $30 cancellation fee and be refunded 50% of the balance of payment

or

Credit for payment made can be transferred to future bookings within 12months subject to availability

Cancellations within 24hrs will not be refunded or credited. No refund or credit will be provided for late arrivals, early departure or if fewer campers than booked occupy the camp site

Changes or cancellations by us

We retain the right to close any/all of the property without notice for management reasons or unforeseen circumstances. In the event of weather extremes, emergency reasons or any other circumstances beyond our control we offer a full credit valid for 2 years. If you are unable to transfer your booking to another time, we will refund payment however a $30.00 administrative fee will apply

By confirming your booking, you acknowledge that you agree to the above conditions and understand that there are inherent risks associated with off-road driving and bush camping. As the person making the booking you acknowledge the you are responsible to ensure all members of your booking are aware of these conditions and that you are adequately prepared to safely camp in the bush and agree that the owners and management of Murchison House Station will not be held liable for loss or damage to property or person

When making your payment to MHS please use your full name and arrival date as the reference e.g. BuggsBunny2803

Please email a record of your payment to mhsbookings@outlook.com and cc info@isuzu4x4clubwa.com.au so we can mark you off as paid.

Please also include in your email - 

Full Names of all persons and ages 

Vehicle Make / Model

Vehicle Registration Number

Confirm that your vehicle is a 4WD with Low Range

If your Towing a Camper Trailer or Camping including details of its size i.e. 6x4 Camper Trailer, Roof Top Tent, Swag, 6 Man Tent etc.

Once payment has been received MHS will email you with some additonal information along with your booking conformation.

If you would like to use a map whilst on the station they are available from MHS $20.00 deposit is required & refunded once returned to MHS (Office Hours)

  • Weather: be prepared for cold/ hot – dry/wet conditions. - Fly Nets are recommended the flys can get bad in some areas we will be visiting.
  • Water: Minimum 5 Litres per day per adult we also recommend carrying the same amount per child as a safety measure.
  • Fuel: All attendees must have a full tank of fuel before the safety briefing. 

Fuel is available in Kalbarri 12 kilometers west of Murchison House Station. All attendees are required to fill their fuel tanks up when you arrive to Kalbarri so you have a full tank of fuel ready for the next day.

  • Muster Point: 

Ginger's Roadhouse - 6069/1383 Great Northern Hwy, Upper Swan WA 6069

Trip Convoy Briefing will begin at 0700 hrs Sharp!  The Convoy will be on the Road by 0715 hrs. 

Please ensure you arrive 15 minutes early to Fuel up so your ready for the Convoy Briefing. Muster Point: click Here

  • UHF Radio Information

We will be operating on UHF Channel 10 unless directed differently by a Trip Leader.

All attendees must have a UHF Radio fitted to their vehicle. Trip Leaders will always perform a Radio Check with vehicle before departing. 

Please ensure when returning to your vehicle after the safety briefing you turn your Radio on to the Radio Channel advised and reply to the Radio check when your called on the Radio.

 portable UHF Radio for bushwalking away from our campsite so you can keep in contact with the campsite in case of an emergency.

  • Trip Safety: 

All attendees are required to have the following - 

Enclosed Footwear

Fire Extinguisher

Torch - preferrable rechargable

Water bottles 1 per person if you plan to go bush walking. *It is recommended to carry a snake bite kit with you*

Insect Repellant. 

Fully functional Jack and tools.

Fully functional Spare Tyre. 

Up to date Personal Details Form completed for each person travelling in your vehicle. 

Forms must be kept in the glove box or center console - click Here for the form.- this is in case of emergencies please ensure you fill out all details it could save your life or a family members life travelling with you in the event of a medical emergency.

All medications you are required to take.

  • (Please ensure you arrive ready with a full tank of fuel prior to muster start time)
  • Lunch / Refuel / Rest stop: 

We will be stopping somewhere near or in Geraldton for a short lunch break with an opportunity to grab lunch & top up your fuel tank before leaving for Kalbarri. Before we enter the final leg to Murchison House Station we will be stopping in Kalbarri to top our tanks up ready for the next couple of days. 

  • Food Details: BYO all meals - Shops are available in Kalbarri to restock.
  • Fire Wood: 

2 Bags of Firewood per vehicle will ensure we have enough firewood to have a campfire each night.

You are required to bring your own wood or you can purchase bags of pre-cut wood from the office. Cash only $25. STRICTLY NO CHAINSAWS ARE PERMITTED ON THE STATION.

Please do not collect wood or kindling from around the camp ground areas as they become bare of important ground cover and lose habitat. "Dead Fall" provides an important habitat for plants, lizards and wildlife and helps prevent erosion 

Trip Overview - 

The Isuzu 4x4 Club of WA Inc. is heading up to Kalbarri for an extended trip during Easter.

Kalabarri is approximately 6.5 Hours drive north of Perth located in WA's Mid West Region.

This Trip will be aimed to be a Family orientated trip and of course single members and members without kids can come as well.

Dogs are permitted on this trip as long as they are well behaved.

If you bring your dog along for the trip you must ensure that you keep your dog away from other members when they are eating.

Please note dogs are not allowed to exit your vehicle when within the Murchsion House Station Homestead, there is working dogs as MHS is a working farm and they specifically request that all dogs must stay in the vehicles near the homestead.

Please also note MHS uses 1080 Baits on there farm so you will need to keep your dog on a leash or very close if they are trained not to need a leash when we are on the property away from the main camping areas. It is advised that if you bring your dog with you that when we arrive to the MHS to check in, that you get a map and MHS can advise you where they have laid baits on the map. As an extra precaution you can muzzle your dog when we are in these areas to protect your pouch. 

Pack your Bathers, Fishing Rods, Your Sand Boards, Skim Boards, Surf Boards, Boogy Boards, Spear Guns & if you have a Tiny feel free to bring that with you.

This trip is going to be about 4wdriving, Fishing, Swiming, Surfing if there is a swell!

The Itinerary below is a rough guide to the trip only and Trip Leaders will make and changes on some plans on the go. 

The days listed below maybe be done in different order depending on weather etc. 

The Club will be Bush Camping on Murchison House Station (MHS) so you will need to be fully self sufficient.

Day 1 - 

Leaving from Gingers Roadhouse we will be driving inland via the Brand Highway making towards Dongara and stopping for lunch somewhere in Geraldton arriving at approximately 1130 - 1200hrs.  Lunch will be 45mins to 1 hour leaving Geraldton at approximately 1300hrs.

We will then proceed to make our way to Kalbarri to refuel arriving at approximately 1500hrs before entering MHS. We will need to check in at the Homestead.

Once we arrive to the homestead and checkin we will be deflating our tires down to 20 PSI. For those towing Camper Trailers you must also deflate the Trailers Tires down to 20 PSI.

Once we have aried down will proceed to enter MHS - There is no dedicated reserve area for us to camp in so we will head towards an area near the river. Once we arrive to an area suitable for the vehicles to pull over the group will take a short break whilst the Trip Leaders perform a short Recon to find a suitable camping area for the group. Once the Trip Leaders return the group will proceed to the area chosen are to setup camp.

As we will be staying on MHS for 8 days & 9 nights the Trip Leaders may decide to pack up the first camp site and relocate to alternative campsites for different experiences. Trip Leaders will advise this after arriving at MHS remember MHS is a huge 350,000 acres there is a lot to see and do on the property alone.

Day 2 -

Casual morning, after a long drive up to Kalbarri along with setting up camp, the group will have plenty of time to cook breakfast and ease into the day.

After the breakfast / morning is done and dusted the group will be heading out to explore some tracks on the property. You will need to bring a packed lunch and your snacks as we will be stopping for lunch away from camp. We will be heading back to Camp at some point of the late afternoon.

Day 3 -

Will see us leaving camp and heading to Lucky Bay / Wagoe for the day this will be a great day of 4wdriving, swimming fishing etc. If the fish are on the bite in 

the afternoon members can either stay to continue fishing or make their way back to camp at their own leisure.

Day 4 -  

Exploring MHS - More detail coming soon!

Day 5 -

TBA - Details coming soon!

Day 6 - 

Exploring MHS - Details coming soon!

Day 7 - 

Final day before departing camp on 

We will be visting Natures window and also many other points of interest around Kalbarri such as  - Blue Holes, Red Bluff, Mushroom Rock, Rainbow Valley,Pot Alley, Eagle Gorge, Island Rock Lookout, Natural Bridge. There will be an optional go to Dinner Event at Finlays click here for the menu if you are planning to come out for dinner please ensure you select going to dinner in the RSVP options, we will be making a booking reservation to ensure we can get a group sitting.

Day 8 -

Members have the option to leave camp at their own leiasure prior to the checkout time from MHS feel free to get a sleep in and a cooked breakfast before you pack up and leave :)

As we will be camping during Easter we will be planning to do an Easter Egg Hunt for kids attending this event.

Our Trip Leaders will be in touch to advise more details regarding this once RSVPS occur.

(Please ensure you arrive ready with a full tank of fuel 15mins prior to muster start time) ***If your running late you must inform the Trip Leader. A lot of timing is based on our trips and if you're running too late we may need to leave without you. Depending on the type of trip it may be possible to organize an alternate meeting point with the Trip Leader i.e. meet at a campsite etc. Please also note that for some types of trips, this is not always possible and if you run too late you run the risk of being unable to go on the trip.

Useful links:

Attendees are advised to please ensure safety/event requirements are followed

  • Follow instructions given by the trip leader, trip leader 2IC / Charlie.
  • Carefully follow all directions given by the trip leader, trip leader 2IC / Charlie.
  • Make sure you arrive early prior to the safety/trip briefing
  • If you are not sure about something or you need assistance please radio call the Trip Leaders or Charlie for assistance
  • To ensure you are familiar with our General Rules & Convoy Procedures  click here

Disclosure -

I acknowledge that different obstacles with varying degrees of difficulty may be present at the event I have registered for.

I understand that there are usually multiple different difficulty options providing the choice of driving the least difficulty, medium difficulty, hard difficulty to the hardest difficulty.

I understand that I am responsible for my own choice of difficulty and I am responsible for ensuring that I only attempt to navigate an obstacle that I believe I have the suitable skill level to do so and that I personally feel comfortable in doing.

I understand that the Isuzu 4x4 Club of WA Inc. is supportive of members' decisions but is not responsible for the decisions chosen by members when it comes to their independent choice of track difficulty.

I understand that I must make the most appropriate choice at my own discretion and must understand that I do so at my own risk of any vehicle damage that may occur as a result.

I understand that Trip Leaders and other members of the Association will provide the best possible information & guidance assistance with navigating obstacles of choice.

I understand by registering for this event I do so at my own risk of vehicle damage and understand that I am responsible for any damage that may occur because of participating in events.

I understand that I am responsible for ensuring that I have appropriate Insurance coverage for my vehicle and if damage occurs from participating in the event, I will need to either fix the damage to my vehicle at my own expense or lodge an insurance claim with my respective insurance provider.

I understand that my vehicle may get scratched by vegetation whilst navigating tracks at events.

I acknowledge & understand that I am registering for an event that may cause damage to my vehicle and understand that by participating in this event I make no claim for damages to my vehicle and accept that I am personally accountable for any damages that may occur.

If you require further information please email info@isuzu4x4clubwa.com.au

This event has a group. You’re welcome to join the group once you register for the event.

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