Conto Campground in SW. WA

Submitted: Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 00:39
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I would like to know if it is possible to book a site at Conto Campground. Thanks in advance, Tom
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 00:57

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 00:57
Hi Tom - There are no bookings available for Conto Field campground.

This following DPAW webpage will help you with info.

Conto Field campground information

This DPAW webpage allows you to check on all DPAW-controlled campgrounds.
There are only a small number of DPAW campgrounds that can be booked.

DPAW parkstay information

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tom L (WA) - Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 01:01

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 01:01
Thanks for that Ron,
Tom
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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 13:16

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 13:16
Hi Ron,

All places in that area are first come first serve. If you have no luck at Conto's and (assuming you have a 4WD) you can head south a bit along the coast and then up through the bush back towards caves road and you will find Point Road campsite which I find more peaceful and also larger sites than Conto's. There are limited spots though. Failing that if you head further on out back up to Caves road you will come to the main Boranup Forest Camp ground which has a lot of sites but is accessible by 2WD so can get busy there. Just depends on when you go but both are a stones throw from Conto's if you find that's full.

Craig
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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 13:19

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 13:19
Sorry I meant Tom!
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Reply By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 10:59

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 10:59
We drove in and had a look around once.... and then left. Overall tiny sites and a lot were shaded which really limited solar input + plus no generators. Typical Parks short sighted management. There was also not much in the way of ambience.

Wouldn't bother visiting again.

John

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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 13:12

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 13:12
What? A shaded camp site with no generators allowed? Those pesky parks management people!
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Follow Up By: wizzer73 - Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 19:15

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 19:15
Im with you Cruiser. Lets hope "typical parks management" stays short sighted :)

wizzer
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 19:53

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 19:53
Hi Tom,


There is a new section being opened up at Conto field with about 100 extra campsites, so you shouldn't have a problem getting in.

The new section is supposed to be opened in time for Xmas 2014, we were there recently and the new sites were almost complete.

Regards

Barry H
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Follow Up By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 10:39

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 10:39
So Cruiser73 and Wizzer74 ....... are you against solar power? I agree Genny's are a pain and rarely required with good solar. But IMHO solar is the way to go. I have a very good set-up. I know the quality of Parks Management having worked for them... You pay peanuts you get monkeys. That's a generalisation - they were a few really good guys but they were thin on the ground.

Regards

John
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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 13:17

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 13:17
Hi John,

You'll have to excuse my sarcasm. I am totally for solar power it's brilliant. I'm totally against generators unless you are really out amongst it and alone with no one else to bother but I appreciate that some people have requirement for them and accept that as long as it is within the respectable times.It's a topic that has been covered here a lot so won't go any further into it than that. As far as Conto's goes I have camped there a few times during winter as it's great when it's not peak season otherwise I steer clear as there are much better spots in the area that are less crowded. Some are listed and easy to find and others not so much.

You're right, the sites at Conto's are small but I have no issues with the shade. It can be blisteringly hot down there in summer and the shade is welcome among the peppy trees. It's not really the sort of place I would stay long enough to need solar anyway although I have seen other campers there with it set up.

As far as Parks management goes my experience with them in W.A has been fantastic and the Rangers always very helpful. On a recent trip down there I forgot to fill up my onboard water tank and the ranger escorted me to his own home so I could fill from his personal rainwater supply.

The only thing that really annoys me sometimes is how fire restrictions are handled at some spots. There are some sites in W.A where you are allowed fires only in certain designated sites within that particular campsite and others you are not and the fire rings have been removed. I'm sure there is a reason for it but when it's been raining for a week and the whole forest is drenched and you're not allowed a fire outside of the general fire ban months it's really frustrating.


Cheers

Craig
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Follow Up By: wizzer73 - Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 17:06

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 17:06
Totally agree with Cruiser. With the fire bans, yes it can be confusing but unfortunately a minority of people do the wrong thing which make the rest of us pay.

wizzer
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Reply By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 22:48

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 22:48
Hi

I spoke with one of the Camp Hosts at Conto's today by phone.

The toilets and camp kitchen in the new area are nowhere near being finished.

It is unlikely that the new area will be open for Xmas.

Regards
Rowdy
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