Sunday 27 April was a great day for Western Australian outdoor enthusiasts, as the restrictions on camping, fishing and picnicking were eased. Keeping the interstate travel restrictions in mind, Perth peeps in need of an adventure are now able to explore the Perth and Peel regions.
While we can’t get to our favourite spots up north and in the south-west, now is the perfect time to escape to some closer yet equally beautiful campgrounds near Perth.
Pack your tents, torches and BBQ gear and head to one of the best camping spots in the Perth and Peel regions. Just don’t forget to follow those social distancing rules while camping.
Walyunga Campground covers 1,800 hectares of the Darling Range, and is positioned right on the Swan River making it the perfect spot for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Walyunga contains one of the largest known Aboriginal campsites around Perth and its name roughly translates to ‘happy place’—once you get amongst the stunning woodland scenery, it’s’ likely to become your happy place too.
Henry White Oval
Henry White Oval at Yanchep National Park is a lovely purpose-built campground which is perfect for families or larger groups (of less than 10 people, of course). Pitch your tent on one of their grass sites, then set off on a walk on one of the many trails scattered throughout the park. If you’re lucky, you might even cross paths with a friendly kangaroo.
Lane Poole Reserve
Just over 100 kilometres from Perth is the enchanting and picturesque Lane Poole Reserve. Make sure you bring your kayaks and canoes so you can paddle the waters of the Murray River—just remember as winter brings along wilder weather, it’s recommended that only experienced kayakers and canoeists attempt this. All year round, Lane Poole makes for a popular bushwalking spot, with walks of varying length within the reserve (including sections of the 1000km Bibbulmun Track).
Nanga Brook Campground
If you’re a more experienced camper with the equipment to show for it, you should head to Nanga Brook's campground. Its 29 sites have been designed for large campervans, caravans and camper trailers, and they’re drive-in, drive-out so no reversing is required. The Nanga brook itself flows through the campground, so bring your bathers if you’re a keen swimmer. Furry friends are also welcome here, so it’s the perfect place to bring the whole family.
Pinjarrah Holiday Park
Take in the beauty of a country campground at Pinjarrah Holiday Park, just an hour away from Perth. There’s plenty to do here—the huge open spaces are perfect for group activities, and the four kilometres of river frontage makes for a relaxing walk. Get your timing right and you’ll be treated to the most stunning sunset views.
Want more? Check out the best road trips to take in the Perth and Peel regions.
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