The Ultimate Guide to Camping at Lane Poole Reserve in Dwellingup

Camping at Lane Poole Reserve

Lane Poole Reserve is a fantastic camping location that will keep the whole family happy. Located 7.5 km south of the Dwellingup town centre, Lane Poole Reserve is a 50,000-hectare large reserve that provides the ideal base for nature lovers.

Set in old growth Karri and Jarrah forest and with the Murray river flowing through the reserve there’s plenty of space and options for a range of outdoor activities.

Before you go

Ultimate guide to camping at Lane Poole Reserve

There are nine different camping sites within the reserve. The sites at Baden Powell, Charlie’s Flat, Chuditch, Stringers, Tony’s Bend and Yarragil need to be booked at least 24-hours in advance (don’t do it on the same day). For bookings click here.

The open campsites at Nanga Mill and Nanga Townsite can’t be booked in advance. These sites operate on a a first come, first served basis.

There’s a $12 fee to enter the national park. This is in addition to the camping fees.

Campsites at Lane Poole Reserve

Baden Powell

Also called the New Baden Powell campsite, Baden Powell has 42 camp sites and caters for larger vans and groups. 36 are tent only and six sites are suitable for caravans and camper trailers. Each site has a fire pit and the tent only sites also have wooden picnic tables. There are three undercover camp kitchens, each with gas barbeques, sinks, tables and benches and running water with collected rain water. There are also sites and  toilets that have wheel chair access.

Sites are $10 per night per adult.

Charlies Flat

Located on the banks of the river, Charlies Flat has 16 campsites. Four sites are suitable for small-ish sized camper trailers or caravans The site has fire pits, picnic tables and benches and eco toilets. Charlie’s Flat is also a popular spot for day use and has picnic tables.

Camping at Lane Poole Reserve

Sites are $7.50 per night per adult

Chuditch

Also one of the larger campsites, Chuditch has more facilities along with the Baden Powell site. The campsite is set back further from the river than some of the other sites, but there’s an easy walk trail that leads to the river.  There are 24 individual campsites here, including 10 that are suitable for smaller sized caravans and camper trailers. The site has undercover camp kitchen, gas barbeques, cold water taps with rain water and picnic tables and benches.

Sites are $10 per night per adult

Nanga Mill

This is the largest open campground in Lane Poole Reserve and is beautifully located on the banks of the Nanga Brook. It has 55 sites suitable for large tents, caravans and camper trailers. Nanga Mill is an open style campground and does not have individual sites, you can set up camp anywhere in the pines. It’s suitable for large groups and there are some lovely spots for swimming, especially for smaller kids.

The sites at Nanga Mill can’t be reserved in advance and operate on a first come, first served basis.

Camping at Nanga Mill at Lane Poole Reserve

Camping at Nanga Mill Campsite in Lane Poole Reserve

Sites are $7.50 per night per adult.

Nanga Townsite

The Nanga Townsite is a small campsite along Nanga Road. The site is not suitable for caravans and camper trailers. Sites have picnic tables, fire pits and eco toilets.

Like the Nanga Mill site, sites at Nanga Townsite cannot be booked in advance.

Sites are $7.50 per night per adult

Stringers

Beautifully located along the Murray River, Stringers is one of the smaller campsites at Lane Poole Reserve. There are six sites here that are all relatively secluded and private. Three sites are suitable for smaller tents (3m x 2.5m) and three sites accommodate larger tents. There are no sites for caravans or camper trailers. Each site has picnic tables and benches and a fire pit. Stringers also a canoe launch on the river and eco toilets. .

Sites are $7.50 per night per adult

Tony’s Bend

Like Stringers, Tony’s Bend is one of the smaller campsites. It has 13 beautifully located and secluded campsites on the banks of the Murray River. Eight sites are suitable for small tents (3m x 2.5m), three sites accommodate large tents and there are two sites suitable for a caravan or camper trailer. Each site has a barbeque pit, picnic table and benches.

Camping at Lane Poole Reserve
Camping among the trees at Tony’s Bend

Sites are $7.50 per night per adult

Yarragil

This is the smallest site at Lane Poole reserve and is a popular spot for day use, especially for canoeing and swimming. There are only two campsites here that are suitable for small tents.  The site has picnic tables and eco toilet.

Sites are $7.50 per night per adult

Nanga Brook

Unlike the other campsites at Lane Poole Reserve Nanga Brook is accessible via sealed road and is mostly for caravans. Probably not as picturesque as some of the other spots but it’s a good option if you don’t want to drive on the gravel road inside the reserve.

Sites at Nanga Brook need to be reserved ahead, however there are 8 smaller sites for tents that are not bookable.

Sites are $10 per night per adult.

Things to do at Lane Poole Reserve

Bushwalking

There are plenty of bushwalking options in Lane Poole Reserve. The Bibbilmun Track runs through Lane Poole Reserve with several access points along the way

Bushwalking at Lane Poole Reserve

One of the best and longest walks at Lane Poole is the 18km King Jarrah Trail which starts at Nanga Mill Campground. This is a loop trail traces the old transportation route of the once thriving timber  industry and  follows the Murray River for much of the way.

The highlight of the walk is the 250-year-old King Jarrah Tree. The walk can be completed in about 5 hours, but there is an option to camp overnight at Big Brook, which is about half way. A trail map can be downloaded here.

Bushwalking at Lane Poole Reserve

Other walks are the 3.8 km Chuditch Trail which connects Nanga Mill and Nanga Townsite campsites along the pretty Nanga Brook.

There’s also a shorter loop walk at Island Poole that starts in the carpark at the Island Poole day-use area. The walk takes about an hour to complete and has some good views of the Murray River.

Swimming

The Murray River and the Nanga Brook offer plenty of  swimming opportunities. There are endless options to go for a dip but good spots are Island Pool which has steps down to the river, Bobs Crossing and Scarp Pool. For kids, the Nanga Brook near the bridge at Nanga Mill Campsite is ideal.

The water is refreshing at best, even in summer and be mindful of the changing river conditions including strong currents and undertow.

Kayaking and Canoeing

One of the best things you can do at Lane Poole Reserve is going on a paddling adventure. Launching areas can be found at Island Pool, Yarragil, Stringers and Baden Powell. If you don’t have your own watercraft, you can organise tours and rentals with Dwellingup Adventures. 

Canoeing at Lane Poole Reserve

Canoeing at Lane Poole Reserve

Mountain Biking

Both the Munda Biddi Bike Trail and the Waterous Trail pass through Lane Poole Reserve. The Waterous Trail is a 61km loop trail that shares some of the same tracks as the Munda Biddi. It passes through much of Lane Poole Reserve and can be accessed at the Nanga Mill campsite. For a trail map click here.

Trees Adventure

Not just for the kids, the Tree Top Park is a great way to experience the natural environment. The park features a treetop obstacle course with suspended bridges, flying foxes and airborne skateboard. There are different courses catering for different age groups and skills. The Adventure Park is located off the Nanga Mill Campsite, where you will find signs. Entry fees apply. Find more here.

Fishing

Fishing is popular along the Murray River with endless places to cast a line. Fish species include rainbow trout, redfin perch, cobbler and marron.

Tips and Hints:

Camping Lane Poole Reserve

– The roads inside Lane Poole Reserve are gravel but are suitable for 2WD. The condition of the roads can vary significantly depending on the weather.  If you think this is a problem, consider camping at Nanga Brook which is the only camp site with bitumen access.

– Dogs are permitted inside the reserve but must be kept on a leash.

– Some of the larger campsites with camp kitchens have running tap water from collected rain water. There’s also drinking water available at Nanga Mill campsite, however it’s best to bring your own potable water.

– There is limited phone reception inside the reserve.

– Consider bringing a tarp if you want a clean tent. The ground is more dirt than grass.

– March flies can be a nuisance. Mosquito repellent as well as long pants and sleeves are a good idea.

– A total fire ban applies during the hotter months of the year, however you can bring your own BBQ.

– Drop in at the Tourist Office in Dwellingup for a range of up to date maps and trails.

– For bookings and more information visit the Parks and Wildlife website here.

10 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Camping at Lane Poole Reserve in Dwellingup

    1. Very lucky. It’s a fantastic area and I hope it stays the way it is for many more generations to enjoy. I should have asked you for your tips on things to do.

  1. Lane Poole Reserve has long been a favourite place for us to head for the weekend. We like Yarragil, or we head to the Captain Fawcett Track for free camping. There’s also a few other spots to stay at outside of the Park. Amazing area!

    1. it’s a great area, year round. I prefer the smaller campsites too like Yarragil and Tony’s Bend. There’s plenty of other camping spots in the area for those that are willing to explore a bit further.

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