A unique outback experience between Karijini National Park and Ningaloo Reef on the Nanutarra-Munjina Road offering powered & unpowered campsites, single, double and family rooms, ablutions, laundry, fire pit, camp, pet friendly, Telstra coverage. Also serving meals, cuppa & cake, 4 X 4 gorge safaris and star tours.
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Cheela Plains Station Stay is a quiet, scenic stay with full amenities ideally located on the Nanutarra-Munjina Road between the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and Karjini National Park. It is the perfect interlude amid the outback ocean and rugged ranges in the heart of the spectacular Pilbara. Offering campsites and accommodation all of which utilise shared ablutions, shower and laundry facilities, guided and unguided safaris, star tours, meals and Telstra mobile coverage just to name a few. A total of 21 single rooms and 3 double rooms are available along with 25 campsites. The grounds are situated 900 metres south of the highway and are accessible by a two-wheel drive vehicle.
Team Cheela welcomes you to stop in for one or more nights to connect with the West Australian Pilbara and all the rugged landscape has to offer. Settle in for a magnificent sunset, and while in front of our campfire find the Southern Cross and witness the night sky come to life.
'Cuppa & Cake' available seasonally in the Red Plains Cafe from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. If you can't stay the night, stop in and let us tempt you with a hot cup of tea or coffee and a selection of scrumptious homemade cakes.
Cheela Plains Station is a family owned and managed working cattle station located in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara in Western Australia. Along with the grazing enterprise, Evan and Robin Pensini also manage a contracting business and station stay accommodation.
The pastoral lease now known as Cheela Plains Station was part of Wyloo Station, owned by the Pensini Family, until 2001 when Evan and Robin Pensini established it as its own individual station with a vision to be industry leaders in sustainable and renewable pastoral practices, with proven results and to be sure in the knowledge of keeping the pastoral rangeland in excellent condition for future generations.
Cheela Plains is in a very fragile land system and experiences extremely variable rainfall with an annual average of 289 mm. With the aim of improving the Cheela Plain and reducing overheads Evan and Robin implemented a rest-based grazing management system. An encouraging indicator supporting improvement in the rangelands was the government land survey conducted in 2008 which reported 11% of the property to be in poor condition as opposed to 66% in poor condition in the 1978 survey. Further evidence of the positive benefits of rest-based grazing is the re-colonisation of perennial grasses and shrubs never seen in Evan’s 40 year history on the property.
Unfortunately, due to continuous below average rainfall seasons, Cheela Plains was completely destocked in 2010. While it was an extremely difficult decision to implement, the benefits for the environment have been huge. In 2012 stock were re-introduced in the less fragile areas of the property. The year 2012 also saw the introduction of the Station Stay and Contracting enterprises.
Cheela Plains is confident grass is an extremely beneficial tool in sequestering carbon and developing a carbon offset enterprise. Improving degraded lands such as the rangelands provides a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on sequestered carbon. As part of the Carbon Capture Project completed in 2010 by the Department of Agriculture and Food conducted over a three year period, carbon levels on Cheela Plains were measured and recorded providing a benchmark.
Evan and Robin are passionate about preserving the Australian Outback for their children and grandchildren to enjoy for many years to come.
Welcome to the heart of the Pilbara!