Caravan camping close to Perth for time poor travellers

Submitted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 15:27
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Hi,

We are VERY time poor at present, but would love to get away for even a night with 4wd and caravan from Perth metro area.

We don't mind free-camping (caravan totally self sufficient), and the more bush-camping style the better. Love a campfire!!

We already go to Dwellingup - which is great, but keen on alternatives.

Before we put the van away in storage to put us out of our misery looking at it in the driveway - can anyone suggest anywhere close to Perth that they would recommend for a night or two away??

All suggestions much appreciated.

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Alan
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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 17:16

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 17:16
Dryandra Woodland 164 km south-east of Perth, down near Narrogin, we have camped there quite a few times.

There are areas for caravans, camper trailers and tenters. Open fires are permitted and during the season and they provide firewood.
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Follow Up By: Member - evaredy - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 17:17

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 17:17
Forgot the link, you can have a read about it here
http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/parks-and-recreation/key-attractions/dryandra-woodland.html
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H2 - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 17:56

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 17:56
I agree Dryandra some nice walks and bird life
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Reply By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 17:41

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 17:41
G'day Alan

New Norcia is far enough away from Perth, yet close enough ~ if that makes sense.

Not 100% sure on campfires in the open, but a fire contained in a firedrum would be nice and also quite safe (byo firewood)

The service station folk will happily book you in and take your camping fee.

It is a nice place to visit for a day then stay overnight on the Oval ~ camping area, then head back to to rat race.

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Reply By: rocco2010 - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 19:19

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 19:19
Gidday

Yornaning Dam just north of Cuballing. Old railway dam is now a lovely fresh water lake, there are long drops and fire pits there.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 19:19

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 19:19
Great place we stopped in at one time. Fairly quiet and easy access by caravan but not a lot of people use the place.

Nice write up on one of those camping forums.

http://www.exploroz.com/Places/76531/WA/Wubin_Rocks.aspx

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Reply By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 19:27

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 19:27
Another great place we have stayed at was Camel Soak. One of the staging posts for construction of the Rabbit proof fence. You will have to drive up the No2 rabbit proof fence to find it. Not that far from Wubin rocks.

Found a nice report from a high school camp that went there.

http://www.lawley.wa.edu.au/view/cadets/camelsoak

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Friday, May 24, 2013 at 07:09

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 07:09
Recently been upgraded with new dunnys. Probably a better destination in aug. Sept for wildflowers
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Reply By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Friday, May 24, 2013 at 01:28

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 01:28
Lake Poorarecup near Frankland is nice, plenty of water. Also Lake Nunijup in the same area is worth a look.

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Reply By: Member - Upo - Friday, May 24, 2013 at 12:14

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 12:14
Hi Alan
It's not free camping but Moondyne Caravan Park at Toodyay is a lovely spot with lots of bush around. Only an hour from Perth and an easy one for even just one night.
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Reply By: Member - DingoBlue(WA) - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 17:57

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 17:57
Can't beat Pemberton. Camp area at Drafty's Pool in the forrest. 4WD through the dunes to the mouth of the Warren River. Calcup and Yeagerup Dunes. Marron and Trout at the local in town!
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Reply By: Alan A (WA) - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 20:05

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 20:05
Thanks to everyone for the replies to date. Looking forward to checking them out in person!!.

Much appreciated.

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