Camping ground around two hours from the city? Check. Sites surrounded by beautiful national park? Check. Bushwalking, 4 wheel driving, photo opportunities and scenic locations to explore? A big check!
We decided to get away for the WA Day long weekend and were looking for a location suitable for enjoying temperate winter days and fresh nights. I had heard a lot about Honeymoon Pool through various camping review sites and once we knew fires were permitted, it was a no-brainer to pack up the Landy for another camping adventure.
Located in Wellington National Park, Honeymoon Pool is an easy 2 hours drive from Perth, making it a popular camping destination for city-dwellers. Take Forrest Highway before turning off at Raymond Road and dog legging across to the Coalfields Highway. You know you’re getting closer as you start the hill climb before turning off into the park and travelling down into the thick bushland. The road into the park is unsealed and corrugated in some stretches so take it easy.
Campgrounds and facilities
Camping fees are $10 per adult per night with sites of various sizes available, ranging for spots suitable for couples to families or groups and are suitable for tent campers only. Sites are blocked with bollards to prevent vehicles entering into the area, which may be an issue if you have an awning off your car. The area is shaded by tall peppermints and tuarts and surrounded by huge trees felled many years ago.
The grounds for caravans and camper trailers is located at Potters Gorge by Wellington Dam. Next door to Honeymoon Pool are Gelcoat and Stones Brook camp grounds. Gelcoat is an open area suitable for groups, whilst Stones Brook provided numerous sites tucked up in the bush. The grounds are well-maintained with a camp kitchen and toilets. It would be a suitable alternative if you miss out on a spot at Honeymoon Pool.
Each site at Honeymoon Pool has a picnic table and chairs and a fire ring. You’ll need to bring your own firewood although there was a pile there to get you started. There is non-drinking water available from taps located at various sites and flushing toilets near the day-use parking area. Although the water is drinkable after boiling, I don’t recommend it. Worst cup of tea ever.
A platform overlooks the pool, stepping down into the clear waters for those keen enough for a swim. Despite it’s beauty, it was winter and we weren’t enthusiastic or crazy enough. I’ve heard the water is Antarctic for most of the year! The day-use area includes an open area with a BBQ and shelter. It’s a beautiful setting to admire from the warmth of dry land.
Wellington National Park is a outdoor adventurer’s dream and there is always something to do, no matter what time of year you visit. Whether you want to drive, ride or walk, you can find an activity to suit your level of ability and enthusiasm.
There are several bushwalking tracks in the area, which take you through stunning and ever changing bush landscapes. The Jabitj trail follows the Collie River to Wellington Dam or you can turn off and head up hill along the Kurliny Tjenagitj trail to the lookout. We chose to walk up to the lookout and it’s a workout to get there but well worth the view (check out Instagram for my video of the view at the top and other photos from our trip).
The Sika trail is nearby and is dual use for walkers and mountain bike riders and the Mudda Biddi also runs through the park. Sika starts and ends at Wellington Dam, which is worth a visit to view the area and to visit the cafe to pick up some maps and have a chat to the owners about places to visit. A short walk along the Sika trail takes you to Potters Gorge where you have access to sweeping views of the dam.
We were keen to get out on the Lennard 4X4 track. Unfortunately it was closed so we took Lennard Drive, the scenic one way road which follows the river from Wellington Dam back to the camp grounds. There are several places to stop and watch the rapids or simply admire the clean beauty of the river.
If you haven’t already been to Honeymoon Pool, it’s definitely one for the camping list. Like Sandy Cape, it’s easy to get to and within a driveable distance from Perth after work on a Friday. We took the Friday off before a long weekend and set up by lunchtime so we had our site secured. It’s a popular location and it filled up by Friday night so plan to get there with plenty of time. And with so many activities on offer within the area, it makes the perfect weekend escape.