• Alex McArthur

BUSH ESCAPES EPISODE ONE: LANE POOLE RESERVE & WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK


In the first episode of Bush Escapes we take a look at Lane Poole Reserve and Wellington National Park. 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

Time off - Wildlife

Safari - Wildlife

Five Spiral - Wildlife

Caught Up - Eric Andrew Taylor Drifting - This Patch of Sky

Illuminate - Ethan Rank

Stay With Me - Be Still The Earth



LANE POOLE RESERVE

ENTRY - $13(FULL), $7(CONCESSION) PER VEHICLE

LANE POOLE RESERVE IS LOCATED 110KM SOUTH OF PERTH AND THE CLOSEST TOWN IS DWELLINGUP, WHICH IS 10KM NORTH OF THE RESERVE. THE PARK IS AN EASY HOUR AND A HALF DRIVE SOUTH FROM PERTH AND COVERS OVER 50,000 HECTARES. ONCE INSIDE THE PARK MOST OF THE ROADS ARE UNSEALED GRAVEL ROADS, BUT ARE FINE FOR TWO-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES AS LONG AS YOU TAKE CAUTION AND LOOK OUT FOR POTHOLES. THE PARK IS A GREAT SPOT TO MAKE A QUICK GETAWAY FROM THE CITY AS IT'S CLOSE ENOUGH TO GO THERE FOR A DAY TRIP BUT FAR ENOUGH AWAY TO FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN THE BUSH. MOST OF THE CAMPGROUNDS ARE NESTLED ALONG THE PICTURESQUE BANKS OF THE MURRAY RIVER AND IT IS A FANTASTIC PARK FOR CANOES AND KAYAKS. LANE POOLE RESERVE HAS NINE DIFFERENT CAMPGROUNDS IN TOTAL AND ALL THE CAMPGROUNDS ARE WITHIN A COUPLE OF KILOMETRES OF EACH OTHER. BOOKINGS FOR SOME CAMPGROUNDS CAN BE MADE ON THE DPAW PARKSTAY WEBSITE AND IF YOU PLAN ON GOING DOWN ON SCHOOL HOLIDAYS OR WEEKENDS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND MAY ITS BEST TO BOOK AHEAD AS THE CAMPGROUNDS ARE QUITE POPULAR AT THOSE TIMES OF THE YEAR. ENTRY TO THE PARK IS $13 PER VEHICLE OR $7 FOR CONCESSION HOLDERS.FOR DIRECTIONS ON GOOGLE TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE PARK CLICK HERE.


NEARBY TOWNS TO LANE POOLE RESERVE

THE TOWN OF DWELLINGUP IS THE CLOSEST TOWN TO LANE POOLE RESERVE AND HAS YOU COVERED FOR ALL YOUR FUEL AND SUPPLY NEEDS. THE TOWN IS 10KM NORTH OF LANE POOLE RESERVE.


FIRES IN LANE POOLE RESERVE

FIRES ARE PERMITTED IN THE FIRE PITS PROVIDED AT THE CAMPGROUNDS BETWEEN APRIL 15 AND NOVEMBER 30 (FIRES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE CHUDDITCH CAMPGROUND).


BARBECUES IN LANE POOLE RESERVE

There are barbecues at the Baden Powell, Nanga Brook and Chudditch campgrounds, along with some of the day use areas in the park. 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 LANE POOLE RESERVE

DOGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE RECREATION AREAS OF THE PARK BUT MUST BE KEPT ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES. DPAW conducts baiting with 1080 poison as part of its Western Shield animal conservation program in Lane Poole Reserve. 1080 poison is lethal to dogs so it is recommended that dogs are not taken outside of the designated campsites or recreation area.


RUBBISH BINS

THERE ARE BINS THROUGHOUT THE PARK TO DISPOSE OF ANY RUBBISH YOU MAY HAVE.


CANOES AND KAYAKS

THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT LAUNCH AREAS IN THE PARK FOR CANOES AND KAYAKS AND THE MURRAY RIVER IS GREAT SPOT FOR THESE SORT OF ACTIVITIES. THE MAIN LAUNCHING AREA IS THE ISLAND POOL DAY USE AREA, ALTHOUGH THERE IS A LAUNCHING AREA AT THE STRINGERS CAMPGROUND AS WELL. DURING THE WINTER MONTHS THE RIVER FLOWS FAST AND LEVELS CAN RISE QUICKLY AFTER RAIN SO EXERCISING CAUTION AND WEARING SAFETY EQUIPMENT IS A MUST.


GROUP CAMPING

THE NANGA MILL AND NANGA TOWNSITE CAMPGROUNDS ARE GROUP CAMPING AREAS SUITED FOR LARGER GROUPS. THESE ARE THE ONLY CAMPGROUNDS IN LANE POOLE RESERVE THAT CANNOT BE BOOKED AND ARE OPERATED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.




LANE POOL RESERVE CAMPGROUNDS


BADEN POWELL

The baden powell campground is one of the largest in lane poole reserve and has fantastic undercover camp kitchen facilities. The campground is in the bush but the Murray river is only a short walk away. The campsites are quite close together (although there is a bit of bush separating them) and is a good campground for larger groups. There are a range of campsites to suit large vehicles through to tents and swags.

-42 individual campsites

-$11(Adults), $8(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-Bookings on the DPAW BADEN POWELL BOOKING PAGE

-For directions to the campground click HERE

AMENITIES:





NANGA BROOK

Nanga brook is another one of the larger campgrounds on offer at lane poole reserve and the campsites are in a block of rows. The campground is very open with not much at all separating you from the next campsite along and is suited to larger groups. There are some barbecues and large group fire pits at the end of the campground. The campground has a range of campsites to suit large vehicles through to tents and swags.

-37 individual campsites

-$11(Adults), $8(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-Bookings on the dpaw nanga brook booking page

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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CHUDDITCH

Chudditch is slightly smaller than the previous two campgrounds and the campsites are a bit more private with more space and trees between each site. The campground has a fantastic undercover camp kitchen for food preparation and the campground has a range of sites to suit large vehicles through to tents and swags. The campground is a short walk from the banks of the murray river. There are no fires permitted in the chudditch campground.

-24 individual campsites

-$11(Adults), $8(Concession), $3(Children) PER NIGHT

-Bookings on the dpaw chudditch booking page

-For directions to the campground click HERE

-No fires

AMENITIES:




TONYS BEND

Tonys bend is one of four smaller campground is lane poole reserve that are suited for smaller set ups such as tents and swags. The campground is nestled on the banks of the Murray river and is a much more private camping experience than the previous three campgrounds. All the sites have their own picnic table and fire pit facilities.

-13 individual campsites

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

-Bookings on the dpaw tonys bend booking page

-For directions to the campground click HERE

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CHARLIES FLAT

Charlies flat is very similar to the previous campground, tonys bend. The campground is suited to smaller set ups and is right along the banks of the Murray River. The sites are nicely spaced and separated by trees. All the sites have their own picnic table and fire pit amenities.

-16 individual campsites

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

-Bookings on the dpaw charlies flat booking page

-For directions to the campground click HERE

AMENITIES:




STRINGERS

Stringers is probably my favourite campground in the park. With only six campsites it is the second smallest campground in lane poole reserve. Located right on the banks of the river, the campground even has its own canoe launching area! The campground is a fair way away from any of the others and is on the other side of the park to the main entrance so it is usually pretty quiet out there. All the campsites have their own picnic table and fire pit amenities and the campground suits smaller set ups such as tents and swags.

-6 Individual campsites

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

-Bookings on the dpaw stringers booking page

-For directions to the campground click HERE

-Canoe launching area

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YARRAGIL

Another personal favourite of mine, the yarragil campground is the smallest in the park with only two campsites! The campground is perched besides the Murray River and with only one potential neighbour you can rest assured knowing you will get some peace a quiet. Both campsites have picnic table and fire pit amenities and the campground suits smaller set ups such as tents and swags.

-2 individual campsites

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

-Bookings on the dpaw yarragil booking page

-For directions to the campground click HERE

AMENITIES:




NANGA MILL

Nanga Mill is one of two designated group camping areas that cannot be booked. It is the largest campground in the park and is located right along the murray river. There are a variety of campsites all with picnic tables and fire pit dotted throughout the grounds.

-LARGE GROUP CAMPING AREAs

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

-No bookings are available for Nanga Mill

-For directions to the campground click HERE

amenities:




NANGA TOWNSITE

Nanga townsite is the second designated group camping area and also cannot be booked. the campground is just off nanga road and to access it you do not have to go in through the main park entrance, just keep going down nanga road. It's an open campground with picnic table and fire pit amenities dotted around the ground. You get a bit of noise being just off the road and it doesn't quite have the isolated feel of the other campgrounds, but it is easily accessible and if your coming past at night its a good one for a quick stop over.

-LARGE GROUP CAMPING AREA

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

-No bookings available for Nanga Townsite

-For directions to the campground click HERE

amenities:





ISLAND POOL DAY USE AREA

Island Pool is a day use only area and is a great place to spend the day in the park. The spot has fantastic access to the murray river and is the main spot to launch canoes and kayaks. Island Pool has picnic table facilities and there are several bushwalk tracks that start at the location. No camping is allowed at the island pool day use area. For directions to island pool click here


BLACK DIAMOND LAKE

BLACK DIAMOND LAKE IS LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE THE TOWN OF COLLIE AND IS 200KM SOUTH OF PERTH. THE LAKE IS NOT IN A NATIONAL PARK AND IS RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MINES. THE LAKE IS ACTUALLY A DECOMMISSIONED COAL MINE THAT WAS USED IN THE 1940's AND 50's. IT HAS NOW BEEN FILLED WITH WATER TO CREATE THE AZURE BLUE WATERS THAT WE SEE TODAY. THERE ARE A FEW SAFETY ISSUES TO BE AWARE OF REGARDING THE LAKE WITH UNSTABLE CLIFFS AROUND CERTAIN EDGES OF THE LAKE AND RISKS TO DO WATER QUALITY WHICH ARE NON-DANGEROUS BUT COULD BE IN THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES (FOR MORE INFORMATION VIA THE COLLIE MAIL CLICK HERE). THAT GIVEN AND WITH THE RIGHT PRECAUTIONS TAKEN BLACK DIAMOND LAKE IS A SPECTACULAR PLACE TO SPEND THE DAY IN THE STUNNING BLUE WATERS. THERE ARE NO FACILITIES AT THE LAKE SO TAKE EVERYTHING YOU WILL NEED WITH YOU. FOR DIRECTIONS ON GOOGLE TO BLACK DIAMOND LAKE CLICK HERE.

WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK

WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK IS LOCATED 180KM SOUTH OF PERTH AND THE CLOSEST TOWN IS COLLIE, WHICH IS 20KM EAST OF THE PARK. THE PARK IS AN EASY TWO HOUR DRIVE SOUTH FROM PERTH AND IS ANOTHER GREAT SPOT FOR A QUICK GETAWAY FROM THE CITY. THE PARK HAS SOME LOVELY TRANQUIL CAMPGROUNDS NESTLED ALONG THE COLLIE RIVER AND SOME SPECTACULAR SIGHTS IN THE WELLINGTON DAM AND QUARRY AREAS. THE COLLIE RIVER AND WELLINGTON DAM ARE GREAT PLACES FOR A RANGE OF WATER ACTIVITIES INCLUDING SWIMMING AND CANOEING. BOOKINGS FOR THE CAMPSITES CAN BE MADE ON THE DPAW PARKSTAY WEBSITE AND IF YOU PLAN ON GOING DOWN ON SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ITS BEST TO BOOK AHEAD AS THE CAMPGROUNDS ARE QUITE POPULAR AT THOSE TIMES OF THE YEAR. THERE ARE NO ENTRY FEES FOR WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK.FOR DIRECTIONS ON GOOGLE TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE PARK CLICK HERE.


NEARBY TOWNS TO WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK

THE TOWN OF COLLIE IS THE CLOSEST TOWN TO WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK AND HAS YOU COVERED FOR ALL YOUR FUEL AND SUPPLY NEEDS. THE TOWN IS 20KM EAST OF WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK.


FIRES IN WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK

FIRES ARE PERMITTED IN THE FIRE PITS PROVIDED AT THE CAMPGROUNDS BETWEEN APRIL 15 AND NOVEMBER 30 (FIRES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE STONES BROOK CAMPGROUND).


BARBECUES IN WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK

There are barbecues at the Stones Brook and Potters Gorge campgrounds, along with some at the Honeymoon Pool 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.


NO DOGS IN WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK

DPAW conducts baiting with 1080 poison as part of its Western Shield animal conservation program in Wellington National Park. 1080 poison is lethal to dogs so its best to leave the pooch at home. To see all the locations of the Western Shield Animal Conservation program click here


CANOES AND KAYAKS

CANOES AND KAYAKS CAN BE LAUNCHED AT THE HONEYMOON POOL DAY USE AREA AND FROM THE BANKS OF THE DAM AT POTTERS GORGE. THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER DAY USE AREAS THAT CAN ALSO BE USED FOR LAUNCHING KAYAKS AS WELL. 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.



WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS


HONEYMOON POOL

The honeymoon pool campground is located on the banks of the collie river and is a fantastic spot to camp. The popular campground has a day use area next to it with a spectacular boardwalk along the river. The day use area also has a couple of barbecues to prepare food on and is a great place to launch canoes and kayaks. There isn't much separation between the campsites at honeymoon pool so if you are after something a bit more secluded I would look at the Stones Brook campground.

-20 individual campsites

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

-Bookings on the dpaw honeymoon pool booking page

-For directions to the campground click HERE

AMENITIES:




STONES BROOK

The stones brook campground is right next to the honeymoon pool campground but offers a slightly more secluded camping spot. The campground is nestled on the banks of the collie river and the campsites are spaced out and separated by trees to offer a bit more privacy. There are no campfires permitted in the stones brook campground, however there is a fantastic undercover camp kitchen with hot plates and barbecues to cook dinner on.

-17 Individual campsites

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

-Bookings on the dpaw stones brook booking page

-For directions to the campground click HERE

-No fires

AMENITIES:




GELCOAT

The gelcoat campground is located a few hundred metres from honeymoon pool with roads and walking paths leading to both the stones brook campground and honeymoon pool. like the previous two this small campground is also on the banks of the collie river. The campground is open with several picnic table and fires pits dotted around. It is an ideal campground for small groups and is separated from the other two campgrounds in the area.

-7 individual campsites

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

-Bookings on the dpaw gelcoat booking page

-For directions to the campground click HERE

AMENITIES:




POTTERS GORGE

The potters gorge campground is the largest campground in wellington national park. It has three fantastic camp kitchens dotted throughout the campgrounds which are disability accessible. The campground is located towards the middle of the park on the banks of wellington dam, with the shores of the dam a 100m walk away. There are a range of campsites available to suit large vehicles through to tents and swags. The campsites are pretty close together with not much separation so it is a good spot to go if you are in a larger group. Potters Gorge is a five minute drive east of the Honeymoon Pool campground.

-54 individual campsites

-4 group camp sites (6-12 people)

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

-Bookings on the dpaw potters gorge booking page

-For directions to the campground click HERE

AMENITIES:






WELLINGTON NATIONAL PARK SIGHTS

HONEYMOON POOL DAY USE AREA

The honeymoon pool day use area is located in between the honeymoon pool campground and the stones brook campground on the collie river. There is a boardwalk that goes right up to the river and barbecue and picnic tables facilities, making it a great spot to spend the day with family and friends. Its also a great spot to go for a swim or launch canoes and kayaks down the collie river. For directions to honeymoon pool click here


WELLINGTON DAM

Wellington Dam is the largest dam in the southwest region and is the second largest dam in Western Australia. The dam was built in 1933 and has been improved over the years. There is a great lookout point over the dam that has a lot of historical information about the construction and improvements laid out on informative displays. The lookout point has great vantage of the dam and overlooks the stunning Collie River gorge. For directions to the dam click here


QUARRY PICNIC AREA

Right behind the dam is the quarry picnic area. The granite quarry was a centre of industrial activity during the construction and improvements on wellington dam and nowadays it provides a spectacular backdrop to the popular picnic area. The site has picnic tables and barbecue amenities. The quarry wall is also used for rock climbing and abseiling that can be arranged by bookings only. Contact DPAW Wellington district office for bookings, permits and fee payments PH(08) 9735-1988



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