Forest Camping in Margaret River

Glen Warner Recreation Area, Chapman Pool
Glen Warner Recreation Area, Chapman Pool

I used to think that the Margaret River region was all about the stunning coastline, pristine beaches  and world-class surf breaks. Just as well that I’ve uncovered the region’s towering Jarrah and Karri forests and lush river banks.

Here are four great campsites where you can pitch your tent or park your caravan amongst the trees and experience  another side to Margaret River.

All sites offer basic facilities including gas BBQs and drop toilets. There are no hot showers, buzzing generators or powered sites. Instead, you’ll get close to nature and wildlife all at the bargain price of $1o per person per night.

The campsites are all slightly off the beaten path, but still close enough to the region’s best attractions. If you explore the local area  you may even find some lesser known gems.

Alexandra Bridge Campsite

If you have a boat, then this is the site for you. The Alexandra Bridge Campsite is located on the banks of the picturesque Blackwood River and has its own boat ramp.

The camping sites here are not particularly secluded and probably suit caravans better than tents, but you have direct access to the picturesque river bank. This is also a great picnic spot with tables, gas BBQs,  kids playground and a nice spot for a dip in the river. Dogs are welcome at Alexandra Bridge, provided they stay on the leash.

Alexandra Bridge is located along the Brockman Highway, 10km east of Karridale and approximately 30 minutes from Margaret River township.

Click here for more information about the Alexandra Bridge Campsite.

Warner Glen Recreation Site, Chapman Pool

Glen Warner Recreation Area

My new favourite campsite in the southwest, this tranquil camp is nestled among the lush Jarrah forrest and on the banks of the Chapman Brook near where it opens up to the Blackwood River. All campsites are secluded and private. There are a few bigger sites available for caravans and camper trailers. Each site has a campfire although fire restrictions apply during the summer months.

There are walking trails along the brook and there’s a lovely area for a swim. Also a great spot for kayaking or other aquatic pursuits. Like Alexandra Bridge, you can also bring your pooch here.

Here’s a great write-up at Wild Western Australia about the campsite and things to do.

The Warner Glen Campground is located southeast of Margaret River, approximately a 20 minute drive from Margaret River and Augusta. To get there follow Glen Warner Road and follow the turnoff for the Glen Warner Recreation Area.

Click here for more information about the campsite by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Conto Field Campground

One of my absolute favourite places to camp in the Margaret River area, Conto Field is set in natural bushland and has a few nice grassed areas. All sites are secluded and have their own campfire. There’s an abundance of wildlife here, with Kangaroos, Emus, Possums and Chuditch all regular visitors, along with plenty of birdlife. If you get that nagging feeling that someone is watching you, it’s probably a possum eyeing off your dinner.

The campsite is very close to the Cape to Cape Hiking Trail and 2km from the magnificent Contos Beach. You can also walk to Lake Cave and Caves Work from here.

Conto Field Campground is located 19km south of Margaret River on Caves Road.

Click here for more information about the campsite by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Boranup Campground

At Boranup Campground, you can sleep under the under the spectacular canopy of the Boranup Forrest, one of Margaret River’s most stunning natural attractions. There are only seven campsites here, so better come up with a backup plan in case it’s busy.  It’s a short drive to the  beautiful beach at  Hamelin Bay from here.

Boranup Campground is located on Caves Road, approximately 25km south of Margaret River or 8km northwest of Karridale.

Click here for more information about the campsite by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

You may also like:

The Dog’s Guide to Margaret River

The Killer Whales at Bremer Canyon

The Best Place on Earth for Stargazing

WA Explorer is the Outdoor Guide to West Australia. Subscribe to the newsletter for travel tips and outdoor adventures straight to your inbox.

 

 

8 thoughts on “Forest Camping in Margaret River

  1. The past few times I’ve gone I’ve stayed at Conto… a great site but feels so out of the way sometimes 😛 Warner Glen is awesome as well. Definitely have to check out the others. Have you done the cape to cape trail?

    1. Hi Chantae, I know what you mean, Contos does feel like it’s a long way out. I think you just need to go with the intention of staying nearby and doing things that are in the area otherwise there’s a lot of driving involved.
      Yes, I’ve pretty much done the entire Cape to Cape but not all in one go. I usually just find a new section to do and walk for a few hours. I’ve stayed at some of the Cape to Cape campsites and they’re great.

  2. Hi Nina,
    Great summary of bush campsites around Margaret River. My favourites are Contos and Chapman Pool. Thanks so much for linking to my Camping at Chapman Pool/Warner Glen article.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>