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Cheela Plains Station Stay

Nanutarra-Munjina Road Paraburdoo Near, Tom Price, Western Australia 6751 Australia
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Cheela Plains Station is a family owned cattle station located a short 900 metres off the bitumen highway between Karijini National Park and Ningaloo Reef. We offer shady campground sites set around an oasis of lush green, wilderness bush campsites in the Beasley Gorge, rooms, self-drive trails, Red Plains Cafe and Telstra mobile coverage just to name a few. It is the perfect stop between the reef and ranges if looking to just stop and stretch your legs while enjoying a cuppa with our delicious in-house made carrot cake or to stay for one or more nights and discover our 400 million year Geological Time Trail marking the Great Oxidation Event. Team Cheela welcomes guests to connect with the West Australian Pilbara and all the rugged landscape has to offer. Settle in for a magnificent sunset, and while around the campfire witness the Southern Hemisphere night sky come to life. Open seasonally from April 1 – October 31 each year.
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Penny G wrote a review Oct 6
Perth, Australia5 contributions7 helpful votes
Spent the first night at the station camping area after our camper door flew along the Ashburton Downs road and filled the interior with a good centimetre of bulldust - over everything. Les at Cheela Plains couldn't have been more helpful - lending us the use of an industrial compressor to blow out all the dust, then plenty of water at the washdown area (yes you can wash the car and camper for free) to remove all traces. The camp host then had a look at the door to fix the problem. The campground is laid out around a beautiful lawn area with excellent ablution and washing facilities plus a cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Awesome after a long and fraught day on the road. We spent the next two nights at the station's wilderness camp at Mussel Pool - possibly one of our favourite campsites ever! Swimming, hiking, a fire at night and amazing scenery. Then back to the main camping area for a fourth night. Definitely a gem worth visiting with Telstra (and soon Optus) coverage to boot. We'll definitely be back.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from Cheela Plains Station Stay, General Manager at Cheela Plains Station Stay
Responded 2 weeks ago
Good afternoon Penny, Team Cheela thank you for your sincere words. We understand the challenge of a house filled with bulldust! (in a nice way) Luckily the compressor was available to ease your pain and reduce the height of your dusty bed by 1cm. Enjoy your journey and good luck with your beautiful caravan it certainly is a nice one, if not a little dusty.
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Melissa Lymbery wrote a review Sep 2020
Collie, Australia5 contributions2 helpful votes
A few people said they drove past this... DONT!! You must go in. From the first phone call talking to les it was a pleasure. Burger nights got everyone around the camp fire talking. Nothing was a problem. Amenities lovely and clean. Don’t feed fatso the lizard. Self explanatory. Do the Beasley gorge self drive. One of the best gorges we have seen.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Cheela Plains Station Stay, General Manager at Cheela Plains Station Stay
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hey messy3108, Yes heaven should be just like Cheela Plains! We are all very proud of what we have to offer here and love sharing the station with our guests. Fatso enjoys being our Team mascot and parading for guests on the front lawn. Thanks for being a part of the family. Enjoy your journey.
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Deryn wrote a review Sep 2020
Perth, Australia114 contributions34 helpful votes
Like most people we stayed at Cheela Plains after a trip to Karijini as it was on the way to Exmouth. Our accommodation was a donger (the smallest I have ever been in - about half the size of those on mining sites and no veranda). It had aircon and shared (spotless) showers and toilets. With light breakfast (cereal/ yogurt) and a two course dinner (and glass of wine or a beer) it cost $575 for two people for two nights. It is $50 for a campsite. Meals were in a shared dining room and some of the campers joined us, as did the camp site managers who were all lovely. The food was excellent but the dining room is basic and can be hot as it has an unlined tin roof. The camp ground had an area of lawn and the outdoor fireplace was lit on one night (on the second night it was too windy) and provided a place for people to gather. It is very dusty when the wind blows. We were disappointed to find that the station no longer offered guided tours - though we did a self drive one looking at some of the outstanding geological features of the station which came with detailed, written info about the geology. I would have liked the provision of some written information about the flora and fauna in the area. The homestead is many km from the campground and the owners and station staff were completely separate from the camping area staff. We only met or had dealings with the campground staff. Cheela Plains is promoted as a 'station experience' but in reality is a 'campground experience' on a station.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Cheela Plains Station Stay, General Manager at Cheela Plains Station Stay
Responded Sep 12, 2020
Good morning Deryn, thank you for staying with us at Cheela Plains Station and sharing your wealth of knowledge on horticulture. Your insights into plant propagation and management combined with your fastidious detail when writing your documents are a credit to you. We certainly will be using the business contacts which you have so generously provided to assist when we are creating our vegetation buffer for dust suppression. The job of deep ripping prior to planting to maximize water penetration is an excellent idea. We are pleased that you enjoyed the Self Drive Gorge Safari Tour and the Time trail notes, which are an excellent complimentary addition which we are glad you absorbed yourself in. Team Cheela is a close living, close knit little family and we are so proud that the owners of Cheela Plains Station are onsite almost daily ensuring visitors and staff are all well informed on the goings on of an active 500,000 acre cattle station. The stock horses and approx 2000 head of cattle are an impressive sight to see, as they were tracking beside the campground last week whilst they were in "cattle training mode". With Robin, our owner, on her trusty steed and a new staff member assisting on the motorbike the Cheela Plains guests sure got a real Station Treat. Enjoy your travels and thank you again for your review.
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Fitzy C wrote a review Aug 2020
Perth, Australia30 contributions51 helpful votes
We stayed overnight at Cheela Plains and were thoroughly impressed with the place and the service we received from Les and his team. In fact we were so impressed we booked an additional night on our return trip from Karijini!Wednesday night was Burger night and boy were the burgers great on what seemed to be home made buns. We took a walk up to the lookout both at sunset and on the morning. If you looking for a place to stop overnight or even longer then I highly recommend Cheela Plains especially if travelling to Karijini. I hope to be back sometime in the future. People forget the places but the always remember how you made them feel - Thanks to Les, Julie and your amazing team at Cheela Plains.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Robin Richards Pensini, Owner at Cheela Plains Station Stay
Responded Sep 11, 2020
Hello FitzyC_13, Thanks for sharing your experiences at Cheela Plains. We appreciate you spreading the good news! Regards, Robin
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Dreamer44818 wrote a review Aug 2020
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We had an amazing time at Cheela Plains. The hospitality is amazing. The campsites are brilliant and the facilities are just perfect. Lovely touches like horseshoes as hanging pegs in the showers, firepit lit in the late afternoon and meals supplied if you want them cooked on the bbq and kitchen. They have a brilliant cafe that makes excellent coffee and cakes etc. Thank you so much Robin and Evan and Les who checked us in, made us laugh and could not have been more helpful. Jen and Paul Caston Ascot WA
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Cheela Plains Station Stay, General Manager at Cheela Plains Station Stay
Responded Aug 28, 2020
Good morning Jen and Paul, we send a big heartfelt Team Cheela "Thank you" for your review of your stay at Cheela Plains Station. The team here are proud of our "home" and are pleased that you shared some of your time to visit us. Travel well and enjoy your journey.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cheela Plains Station Stay
What are some of the property amenities at Cheela Plains Station Stay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Cheela Plains Station Stay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Cheela Plains Station Stay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cheela Plains Station Stay?
Yes, self serve laundry and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Cheela Plains Station Stay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.