Port Smith is located about 140km south of Broome, with 23km of unsealed road to reach the coastline. This fabulous secluded getaway boasts gorgeous coastal views, lagoon swimming and magnificent fishing from the lagoon, beach, cliffs and offshore.
The Port Smith Lagoon Caravan Park is very spacious, shady and inviting. Kangaroos inhabit the park and surrounding bush land and are very friendly, some even opting for a scratch from the guests. Dogs are permitted here but strictly on leads due to the native wildlife. The park has excellent amenities and facilities include a camp kitchen, barbeques, fish and boat cleaning areas, bush style golf course, fuel supplies and store selling fishing tackle, bait, ice, basic food items and gas bottle refills.
The Lagoon is located just 600m from the caravan park and is a great spot for swimming and fishing at high tide. Apparently stingers or crocodiles have never been come across here and locals and tourists alike are enjoying a dip in the lagoon at own risk (we are close to croc country here and they have been spotted further south on rare occasion so please be aware all the same). We visited the lagoon at low tide and found the surface to be extremely soft, thus letting our tyres down immediately and shovelling sand. Be very cautious in this area as the tidal movement is about 9 metres and moves quickly. If fishing and exploring the lagoon area in your vehicle you’re advised to move out 2 hours after low tide, no later. Take heed as the towing fees are pretty steep.
Access to the stunning coastal cliffs is opposite the caravan park and the track is about 8km. The views are superb at both low and high tides. On low tide much of the beach is exposed and you can see all the rock “bombies” where fish like to hang out. Markers on the cliffs identify these areas during high tide when the bombies can’t be seen.
At high tide
the water gushes right up to the cliffs and sprays over the top in some areas.
We fished for hours from the cliff tops at high tide, taking in the views and spotting many fish in the ocean below. Admittedly we got quite a few hook ups and attempts on hard lures but lost a few fish. The only catch of the day was a Longtom and what a fight he put up.
Port Smith is known for its fantastic fishing. It’s just a pity we couldn’t stay longer to keep it up and reap the rewards of persistence.
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Destinations in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
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