• Alex McArthur

BUSH ESCAPES EPISODE THREE: BLACKWOOD RIVER NATIONAL PARK & BIG BROOK STATE FOREST


In the third episode of Bush Escapes we take a look at the Blackwood River National Park and the Big Brook State Forest. All the places we visit throughout the series are accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles, so there's no excuses to not see these amazing sights! Below are some more details about the places we've visited throughout this episode. At the bottom of the page is a GoogleMap of this episodes journey along with all the main places we've visited and the route we travelled plotted on it.


Video Credits

writer/director/producer/editor/camera - Alex McArthur

camera - Miguel DeNobrega

executive producers - Alexkorp Films & Miguel DeNobrega

Music sourced from Artlist.io


Music Tracks

Rainy Day - Young Rich Pixies

Rusted Brass - 40 Years Ago

Clowns - Trickster

Clowns - Jester


BLACKWOOD RIVER NATIONAL PARK

THE BLACKWOOD RIVER NATIONAL PARK IS LOCATED 260KM SOUTH OF PERTH AND IS AN EASY THREE HOUR DRIVE. THERE ARE TWO CAMPGROUNDS IN THE PARK, CHAPMAN POOL/WARNER GLEN ON THE WESTERN SIDE AND SUES BRIDGE ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE PARK. BOTH CAMPGROUNDS HAVE FANTASTIC ACCESS TO THE BLACKWOOD RIVER, WHICH IS A GREAT STRETCH OF RIVER FOR SWIMMING, CANOEING, KAYAKING AND OTHER WATER ACTIVITIES. BOTH CAMPGROUNDS HAVE CANOE/KAYAK LAUNCHING AREAS. NO BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE FOR THE CAMPGROUNDS AND IF YOU PLAN ON GOING DOWN ON SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IT'S BEST TO GET THERE EARLY AS THE CAMPGROUNDS ARE QUITE POPULAR AT THOSE TIMES OF THE YEAR. ENTRY TO THE PARK IS FREE.


NEARBY TOWNS TO BLACKWOOD RIVER NATIONAL PARK

For simple supplies, the town of Nillup is the closest, located just outside the park and there is a general store in the town. The town is a 10km drive south from the Chapman Pool campground. Margaret River is the closest major town, 25km north of the park and has you covered for all fuel and supply needs.


FIRES IN BLACKWOOD RIVER NATIONAL PARK

FIRES ARE PERMITTED IN THE FIRE PITS PROVIDED AT THE CAMPGROUNDS BETWEEN APRIL 15 AND NOVEMBER 30.


BARBECUES IN BLACKWOOD RIVER NATIONAL PARK

There are barbecues at the Sues Bridge and Chapman Pool campgrounds. If you intend on using the barbecues it is a good idea to take some long matches or a long handle lighter as they can be difficult to start without them.


DOGS IN BLACKWOOD RIVER NATIONAL PARK

Dogs are allowed at both the Chapman Pool/Warner Glen and Sues bridge campgrounds.


CANOES AND KAYAKS

There are several different launch areas for canoes and kayaks and the Blackwood River is a great spot for these sort of activities. The main launching areas are at the sues bridge and chapman pool campgrounds, but there are many spots off the banks of the river that you could launch from. During the winter months the river flows fast and the water levels can rise quickly after rain so exercising caution and wearing safety equipment is a must.


RUBBISH BINS

There are bins throughout the park to dispose of any rubbish you may have.




BLACKWOOD RIVER NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS

CHAPMAN POOL/ WARNER GLEN

The Chapman Pool/Warner Glen campground is one of two campgrounds in Blackwood River National Park and is located on the western side of the park. The campground is 300km south of Perth and is 25km southeast of Margaret River. The campground itself is a lovely secluded area right on the banks of chapman pool and the Blackwood River. The campground is just up from a boardwalk lookout which gives you a great view of both the River and Chapman Pool. There are picnic tables down by the river, which makes for a great picnic spot and it is also a great spot to launch canoes and kayaks. The campsites are well spread out with trees and bush separating the sites from one another and with only nine sites available it's usually a pretty quiet spot.

-9 individual campsites

-$11(Adults), $7(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-no bookings can be made for chapman pool

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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SUES BRIDGE

Sues bridge is the second campground in Blackwood River National Park and is located on the eastern side of the park. The campground is 270km south of Perth and is 50km southeast of Margaret River. Much like the Chapman Pool Campground, Sues Bridge is nestled along the Blackwood River and has excellent access to the River for swimming, Kayaking, Canoeing and other water activities. The campground is the larger of the two and has a variety of campsites catering for larger vehicles through to tents and swags. The campground also has an excellent undercover camp kitchen with barbecues, rain water taps and food preparation surfaces. Much like Chapman Pool the campsites are well spread out with bush and trees separating the sites from one another.

-25 individual campsites

-$11(Adults), $7(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-No bookings for the Sues Bridge campground

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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BIG BROOK STATE FOREST

THE BIG BROOK STATE FOREST IS A SMALL FOREST THAT IS LOCATED 10KM NORTH OF THE TOWN OF PEMBERTON. THE FOREST IS A COMFORTABLE 320KM, 4 HOUR DRIVE SOUTH OF PERTH. THE FOREST IS A REGROWTH KARRI FOREST THAT WAS GROWN AFTER LOGGING IN THE 1920'S AND A WILDFIRE FROM A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE IN 1930 CLEARED THE AREA. THE FOREST IS HOME TO THE BIG BROOK ARBORETUM, THE BIG BROOK ARBORETUM CAMPGROUND AND THE BIG BROOK DAM. BOOKINGS CAN NOT BE MADE FOR THE CAMPGROUND AND ENTRY TO THE PARK IS FREE. For directions to the park click here


NEARBY TOWNS TO THE BIG BROOK STATE FOREST

The town of Pemberton is on the edge of the forest and has you covered for all your fuel and supply needs. It is a beautiful country town and has some fantastic spots to grab a bite to eat.


FIRES IN BIG BROOK STATE FOREST

FIRES ARE PERMITTED IN THE FIRE PITS PROVIDED AT THE CAMPGROUND BETWEEN APRIL 15 AND NOVEMBER 30.


BARBECUES IN BIG BROOK STATE FOREST

There are barbecues at the Big Brook Dam day use area. If you intend on using the barbecues it is a good idea to take some long matches or a long handle lighter as they can be difficult to start without them.


DOGS IN BIG BROOK STATE FOREST

Dogs are allowed at both the Big Brook Dam and the Big Brook Arboretum.


RUBBISH BINS

There are bins throughout the park to dispose of any rubbish you may have.




BIG BROOK STATE FOREST CAMPGROUND

BIG BROOK ARBORETUM

The Big Brook Arboretum campground is the only campground in the Big Brook State Forest and is located 320km south of Perth. The closest town is Pemberton which is 10km south of the campground. The Big Brook Arboretum campground is quite small and is tucked away in a little pocket of the big brook forest a couple of kms off the back of Big Brook Dam. The campground is run by friendly volunteers who will allocate a site to you. The campground has a variety of sites to suit larger vehicles through to tents and swags. It has basic amenities with shared picnic table, toilet and fire pit facilities. The campground is pretty open with little separation in both space and bush between the sites. A short walk from the campground is the Big Brook Arboretum.

-15 individual campsites

-$8(Adults), $6(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-No bookings for the big brook campground

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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BIG BROOK STATE FOREST SIGHTS

BIG BROOK DAM

The Big Brook Dam was built in 1986 to supplement the Pemberton town and trout hatchery water supply. Its banks offer a lovely spot for a picnic or a swim, with picnic table facilities on the banks and undercover shelter and barbecue areas on the grass just behind the banks. Around the dam and through the surrounding forest is the Big Brook Dam track, a 4km track that follows the banks of the dam and is a great place for a leisurely stroll or bike ride. For directions to the dam click here


BIG BROOK ARBORETUM

The Big Brook Arboretum is located a short walk from the Big Brook Arboretum campground and offers a fascinating walk through trees from around the world. The arboretum was established in 1929 to see which trees would flourish in the natural environment. On the walk through this 'tree museum' you will see trees such as Montezuma Cyprus, California redwoods, Spotted Redgums and many others from around Australia and abroad . The walk is only a few hundred metres but it is worth a look if you're in the area. For directions to the arboretum click here

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