Review: Whitegum Farm at York

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Finally, Dixie has joined the 40’s club! He’s a bloke who loves the outdoors, camping and 4wding. When Whitegum Farm popped up on my Instagram feed I knew this would be the perfect spot to celebrate his birthday.

All our camping mates joined us and we were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves. Yes, that is right the whole campground, 4wd track and dam all to ourselves!

Our days were spent basking in the warm sunshine by the dam. We threw in a line but didn’t manage to catch anything. The kids and big kids conjured up the courage to jump off the jetty into the water.  The children loved taking advantage of the pedal boats, spending hours on the water cruising around.

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The men hit the 4wd track to try out their skills. There was plenty of hill climbs and deep crevices to navigate. The track dished out some battle wounds but nothing too serious!

dsc_0031dsc_0055Afterwards, we watched the sunset, enjoyed an outdoor fire, drank beer and ate pizza! It was the perfect way to celebrate Dixie’s 40th birthday. Well, that was until the rain pelted down and most people scurried off to their tents to keep dry.

The following morning I was wishing I was one of those people who went to bed when the rain hit! But a little hangover didn’t stop me from climbing onto the back of a truck and heading off on an aviation tour.

Squeals and giggles could be heard from the children as they clung onto the back of the truck’s tray, enjoying their joy ride! It was a bumpy ride across the paddocks before reaching our first stop, The Edge.  We soaked in the stunning view of the farmland below before heading off to the hangers. Whitegum is an active airfield, there were planes and gyrocopters taking off and landing throughout our stay.

The Edge Whitegum FarmThe hangers are home to a range of air crafts from Gyro Copters to a MiG-21U fighter jet which can travel 2 times the speed of sound. The latest addition to the farm is a Boeing 737 which is going to be reassembled and turned into an Airbnb. A second 737 is also in the planning. I am sure it will be a hit with aircraft enthusiasts once it is complete as it will be a unique experience. If you want to join the mile high club you better book a stay!

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A fabulous weekend was had by everyone and they all enjoyed their stay. We will be back again soon!

Location

Located 20 kilometres out of York, only an hour and a half east of Perth makes for an easy getaway.  The property is set on 300 acres and the Caravan Park was primarily set up for the flying school. Don’t worry if you are not interested in flying, there are plenty of attractions to keep you entertained.

Campsites

The campsites are large however be warned, the ground was very hard where we set up so I’d recommend bringing a drill to get your tent pegs in! Concrete weights are available around the campground for anchoring your tent, gazebo or awning.

Power is available, although it is limited due to the rural location.

Facilities

Camp Kitchen – The camp kitchen is a cute little building located near the cabins. It has everything you expect from a camp kitchen with the added bonus of a pizza oven!

dsc_0010Toilets and showers – From the outside, the ablution block may look rustic, but inside they are very modern and spacious. There’s a bath, glass doors on the showers and a massive sink. A bit of luxury in the bush!

Toilets at Whitegum Farm

Lake Kimberly – A man-made lake is also close to the campground, it is huge and can hold 30 million litres of water! The dam has been stocked with Silver Perch, Fingerlings and WA Marron. You can fish however it is a catch and release policy with barbless hooks. You can swim in the lake plus pedal boats and kayaks are available to use.

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Playground – The playground is unique with a microlight aircraft, a dragon made from tyres, an old school see-saw plus swings and trampolines.

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4wd Course – Located close to the campground is a recreational 4wd course and it costs $25 per 4wd. Once paid, you can use the course as much as you like. There are numerous obstacles which have coloured markers to indicate the difficulty. Quite a few challenges took us by surprise.  If you would like to improve your 4wd skills 4wding wheeling in WA offer courses throughout the year.

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Kimberly Bar and Grill – Currently under construction is the Kimberly Bar and Grill which overlooks the lake. It is due to open around July 2019 and it looks like it is going to be a wonderful venue.

If you would like to know more about Whitegum Farm you can visit their website here.

** This was not a sponsored post and we paid for our accommodation **

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