Lake Towerrinning seemed to appear out of nowhere and it looked like an oasis after driving in the dry Australian country side. I was surprised at the size of the lake (256 hectares) as it was much larger than I expected. It is a semi-freshwater lake and is a popular spot for swimming, water skiing, kayaking and picnics. The lake is also home to long neck turtles and over 171 species of birds.
Lakeside camping offers so much more that just a recreational lake. Located on a private family farm there are chooks, friendly magpies (I never knew there was such a thing as they always like to swoop me!) and a flock of sheep roaming the camp grounds. You will feel like you are on an authentic farm stay.
Lake Towerrinning is located in the Shire of West Arthur, 240km’s south of Perth. It is a 40km detour off the Albany Highway and the turn off to Lake Towerrinning is well signed. About 1km past Arthur River your turn down Boyup Brook Arthur Road then turn right onto Darkan South Road. A details google map can be found here.
Set up your temporary home right in front of the lake and step down to your own sandy patch of beach. There are 15 powered camp sites all with a wood BBQ and they the are largest sites that I have ever encounted. You are not on top of your neighbours so there was no need to worry when my little one woke in the middle of the night. I knew that with all the space between us he would not disturb other guests. Acres of bushland is provided for unpowered camping with and without lake views.
I didn’t even mind doing the dishes from our camper trailer with this view!!!
Shower/Toilets – The toilets and showers are small but there was never a queue to use them. The showers are hot and what I love is the change area is sectioned off so your clothes don’t get sopping wet while you are in the shower. There is also disabled facilities available.
Camp Kitchen – It is a large area with a gas BBQ, tables, dart board and also has several high chairs so there is no need to pack your own.
Shop – There is a small shop which provides the necessities and ice cream! The shop is open twice a day for an hour in the morning and afternoon. There is no need to keep an eye on the time as one siren sounds when the shop opens and two sirens five minutes before closing.
Drinking Water – You are required to bring your own drinking water as there is limited rainwater.
Firewood – Bring your own or you can purchase a wheelbarrow load of firewood for $15 at the shop.
Playground – There is a small playground which also includes a small cubby house.
Boat Ramp/Public Area
If water skiing is your thing there is a boat ramp located at the public area. The public area also has a play ground, BBQ’s, shade areas on the beach, grassed area, two jetties, change room and toilets.
Enjoying Lakeside Camping
The weather was just perfect while we were at the lake so most of our time was spent out on the water. The beach has nice white sand and is shallow so it is great for small children to play and splash around. We took the kayaks out for a paddle and stayed close to the waters edge where we saw many birds and hundreds of electric blue dragon flies dancing around on the water.
Lakeside Camping offers a beautiful spot to get away from it all and relax by the water. You know that you will be well looked after as it is a family run business. They are always around if you have any queries plus there is also a caretaker onsite. I can’t wait to return to paradise in the bush.
For more information on Lakeside Camping you can visit their website here which has stunning photos of the property. They also have a beautiful blog which explores places of interest within a 62 Mile Radius (one hour) of Lake Towerrinning.
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20 thoughts on “Lakeside Camping at Lake Towerrinning”
Don’t you just love lakeside camping? We did a lot of this with our kids when they were young. Lovely place.
It was great to be so close to the water and ideal for young kids.
I’ve never heard of Lake Towerrinning – but it’s on my radar now! Especially with all those bird species – my partner is a VERY keen birdo! I’m glad the shop has ice-cream, but I would’ve put that in the ‘necessities’ category!!!
I am sure your partner will love it then! What was I thinking not putting ice cream down as a necessity!
Lake Towerrinning looks like the ideal place for a quiet family camping holiday. I love how the siren sounds when the shop is opening and closing. Good to hear they have ice cream too! 🙂
It is a beautiful spot and I hope to go back soon!
How easy is it to go camping with a camper trailer? We love ours!
It is great and most things are all ready packed so there is not too much organising.
This looks like an amazing site to go camping, I know my kids would love it here and I can just imagine what the stars would look like at night.
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If only you could capture a photo of all the stars and the feeling you get while you are looking up at the sky.
I cannot believe that I have lived in WA all my life and never heard of Lake Towerinning.
It looks like a lovely place for family camping and some water sports.
Might be WA’s best kept secret!
Beautiful lake! I like lakes a lot especially in spring or autumn, when they are not so crowded 🙂
While we were there it was not too crowded so it was perfect!
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Looks like a lovely place to camp. I especially loved the photo with the fog on the lake, great shot!
It was beautiful in the morning with the mist on the lake.
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I camped there in February with my friend, who has lived in WA for decades. As we turned the corner and he saw the lake, he said “where did this come from?”…. he didnt even know it was there! Temperatures were over 40C and we just sat in the water up to our necks, and at night the lake cooled down the air. Wonderful memories!
I am glad you enjoyed your stay there, it is a great little spot.