Dwellingup Camp Sites | Camping Locations in Lane Poole Reserve
We remember the Dwellingup area since well before it became the Mecca for suburbanites with all wheel drives and the misguided belief that camping experiences should be able to be reserved online and be within an hour of the metro area.
Everyone has to start somewhere, in which case Dwellingup is a great spot for dipping your toe in the water when it comes to camping in Western Australia. Furthermore, there’s some excellent locations that aren’t on this list, but we’re sure you’ll find them on your own once you’ve had a good sniff around the area and declared yourself worthy by stumbling across them on your own. In the meantime, here’s a list of all the usuals, and they are a good place to start while you build up the appetite for exploration.
If you’re brand new to camping, Dwellingup is an excellent location because it’s a very manageable distance from Perth and you will have safety in numbers. Do yourself a favour though, once you’re comfortable with camping, explore a little, even in the same area and you’ll find that this activity can be so much more rewarding.
Lane Pool Reserve Campsites
Lane Pool Reserve is the National Park that all the approved DBCA campsites are located in.
Baden Powell Camp Grounds
Named after the fella that believed in over-preparation and therefore a lack of resourcefulness, who also though that young boys would look better in scarves, we have Baden Powell campsite in Lane Poole Reserve.
Baden Powell campsite has 42 sites which can be booked up to six months in advance. Gone, it seems, are the days of having to pack up and leave really early to get to a spot first. Leave a comment below on whether you think this is a good or a bad change to how people camp these days.
There are barbeques and camp cooking facilities, though in peak season you may have to contend with 41 families for their use, so it would be wise to bring your own.
Dogs are allowed at Baden Powell, but don’t be the asshole that brings an unfriendly dog to an area where children are playing and sleeping.
This site is on the Murray River, so depending on the season you may opt to bring a kayak, stand up paddle or just some options for casually floating around on.
There are good walk trails in the area and camp fires are usually permitted between April and November, risk-rating dependent.
Charlies Flat Camp Sites
Charlies Flat is a bit of a worry, only in terms of seemingly missing apostrophes in the name.
Substantially smaller than Baden Powell, incorporating 16 sites, Charlies Flat offers a slightly quieter experience and isn’t suitable for groups. You’ll likely find this is more of a family oriented location.
Amenities and allowable activities are virtually the same as Baden Powell with bush walking, swimming, kayaking etc and fishing.
Chuditch has 24 sites that are only suitable for tents and swags, meaning no camper trailers or caravans. Just on that note, I have personally witnessed more families camping than most people (as we’re a tour company) and I have realised that there’s no standard levels of amenities that kids expect or need. They simply mirror the expectations or lamentations of their parents. Basically, you don’t need to worry about taking them camping with only the basic essentials, providing that neither parent isn’t complaining about the lack of facilities. There’s no better match in nature than kids and camping, providing they’re given just a little encouragement. We’ve witnessed what seems like miracles of behaviour changes that only required an iPad charger to be “lost”. On our tours, we can lend a pre-damaged charger as a prop to parents in need.
Chuditch offers the same basic facilities and activities as the other campgrounds, though it’s a bit of a trek to the river.
Nanga Mill camp grounds is the biggest in Lane Poole Reserve with the space to accommodate 55 large sites, though there are no defined sites. Nanga Mill is the option for camper trailers, caravans, large tents and groups.
There are no bookings at Nanga Mill and it is not located on the river. Rather, it serves as a good base for groups or people with bulky camp set-ups who can then venture to other locations during the day.
Naga townsite is the location of the town that served the original timber mill.
The camp sites are large enough to cater to families, but are not suitable (or allowed) for camper trailers or caravans.
Nanga Townsite does not allow for advanced bookings.
Not being on the river, activities include bush walking and mountain bike riding.
Stringers is the small, private option, with six camp sites only. These sites which are suitable for tents and swags only, require booking online.
Being on the Murray River, it’s a good location for swimming and kayaking.
Tony’s Bend is another small campground on the river suitable for tents and swags only.
Yarragil is the smallest and most private camping area in Lane Poole Reserve with only two camp sites available. Suitable for swags and tents only, these need to be booked in advance.
Nanga Brook is what the DBCA refer to as a medium-sized campground. Meaning they’ve dumped enough gravel next to a bitumen road for 29 camp sites.
With a dump point for chemical toilets, it’s likely to attract caravans. Nanga Brook has a variety of booking only and first come, first serve camp sites available.
Despite having “brook” in the name, it is not on the river.