Boranup Camp Ground

As you drive down towards Augusta on Caves Road in the South West of Western Australia you’ll find yourself driving through the some majestic and very stately Karri Trees. This is Boranup Forest.

Caves Road winding through the Karri trees

The Karri Tree is the third tallest species of tree in the world, growing up to 90 metres high.  They grow strong and straight up, with their trunks separating into branches only after their trunks are high up.  In Autumn their pale grey bark sheds, revelling new orange/salmon pink trunks underneath. They’re native to the South West, wetter regions of WA.

Boranup scenic drive takes you on a circuit through the forest

A semi circular drive will take you through the forest, with look outs on the way. There’s picnic spots dotted around if you’re only there for a day trip. The drive is gorgeous, but it’s only by stopping for a while that you get to hear the birds, and breath the ambience of the forest. What a pleasure!

Well maintained dirt track winds through the forest – suitable for 2 wheel drive

Towards the southern end of the scenic drive, the road branches off towards a campground. There’s only seven small sites suitable, each only recommended for tents or camper trailers, although I’m sure you could probably get a small off road caravan into a couple of the sites. Each site is well shaded by a mix of native trees and shrubbery.

The campground visible through the trees

Fire pits with barbecue plate

Each site has it’s own picnic table and a fire pit with a barbecue plate. Fires are banned through the summer months though, so if you’re planning a visit through the summer make sure you take your own gas cooking facilities.

Drop toilets

There’s drop toilets – not flush of course, but sure beats digging a hole.

A couple of campsites closer together

Three campsites are in close proximity – great for friends to camp together, but still far enough apart that you’re not on each others knees.

Most of the 7 sites are separated by distance and shrubbery

The other four sites are surrounded by shrubbery – secluded and peaceful. The sites can’t be booked, but they rarely get completely full except during the absolute peak seasons (Easter).

The Cape to Cape walk track passes nearby.

A great place to camp if you’re walking the Cape to Cape track, or if you want to drive in with your tent or camper trailer. Be aware though, it’s in a national park, so your four legged friend can’t come with you. You won’t lack for furry companions though. There’s lots of ring tailed possums to keep you entertained as the daylight fades to night – more about these fascinating and endangered creatures later.

 

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18 thoughts on “Boranup Camp Ground

  1. There’s so many of them around the Margaret River/Busselton area. It’s a small area with stunning coastline, beautiful bays, and beautiful forests. I feel privileged to live here for sure, and hope I never take this world class area for granted.

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  2. It is a lovely place Sam. We can only go there for day trips now, unless we get a sitter for Mr Tilly. It’s in a National Park so 1080 Fox baits are used which means dogs are banned.

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  3. I think dogs are allowed into most of the parks in the UK, aren’t they? They’re banned from most of them in Australia for protection of the native animals. There are lots of nice places though where we can take our pets – I’m get antsy now to get to them with Mr Tilly. Only another six weeks I hope till our new caravan arrives and we can get going again.

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  4. You’re so right. Paul’s busy planning. It’ll be a long trip this year – so far he’s up to 5247 kms, that’s about half way. It’s getting cold now, so we’ll be ready for warmer weather by the time the van arrives.

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