We just had a relaxing stay at Tony’s Bend Campground in Dwellingup. Our days were spent walking along the banks of the river, swimming, kayaking, warming up by the camp fire and I even managed to read my book! Something that doesn’t normally happen when you have two small children.
Dwellingup is located 100 kms south of Perth and Lane Poole Reserve is set along the banks of the Murray River. As soon as you drive into the 55,000ha reserve you are surrounded by tall Jarrah trees. The road winds its way along the river with spectacular views of the valley and river below.
Lane Poole Reserve has various camp grounds set along the river as well as areas you can use for day use. We opted to stay at Tony’s Bend.
Tony’s Bend camp ground is set in the Jarrah Forrest and it is where we set up our camper trailer for the weekend. Tall lean jarrah trees visible as far as the eye can see. There was little wind during our stay and just the leaves at the top of the trees were gently swaying in the breeze.
There are 13 camp sites and they all vary in size. Eight sites are suitable for small tents, three for larger tents and two for caravan or camper trailers. Each site has it’s own concrete fire pit with a hot plate so you can cook up a storm.
Two long drop toilets are in the camp ground, other than that there are no other facilities so you need to be self sufficient. You will also need to bringing your own drinking water.
The sites are set back from the water but it is only a short walk down hill to the river where you can launch your kayak or go for a swim in the Murray River.
Things to do
There are plenty of things to do in the reserve. Launch the kayak in the river or go swimming. There are numerous walking trails to explore. The Munda Biddi Trail is great for getting out on your mountain bike. Enjoy the day use areas, Baden Powell is a beautiful spot the throw a blanket down on the ground and have a picnic. Tree Adventure is located in the reserve and it is a tree top course with exhilarating views.
There is so much to do or simply relax by the river, read a book at your camp site and immerse yourself in nature.
You can read about our adventures during our stay here.
- Access available to all vehicles
- Camper trailers and caravan fit on some sites
- Fees apply
- Ranger patrols the area
- Long drop toilets
- No running water
- No Electricity
- Camp sites must be prebooked
- Dogs are permitted but must be on a lead
- Up to date information on Tony’s Bend can be found at the Parks and Wildlife site.