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Lane Poole Reserve

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by Leedy Astray (subscribe)
A Leederville local (Perth, Western Australia) who loves to share new & unique experiences. Always on the lookout for cool-ness. Check out my instagram page @leedy.astray
Published January 31st 2015
How to unplug from the mainframe
Step 1: Pack your overnight bag

Step 2: Load camping gear into the 2 or 4WD

Step 3: Overflow the cat's bowl with biscuits (only pooches are welcome folks)

Step 4: Check Google maps

Step 5: Point the engine in the direction of Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup

Who would've thought you could enjoy a remote weekend away only 110km south of Perth? It's the bush, the serenity and the proximity that makes this place so special.

Lane Poole Reserve is located only 7km out of Dwellingup on a well-maintained strip of gravel road. Stop off at the Blue Wren café in the centre of Dwellingup for your last 'hit' of civilisation and don't forget ice for the esky at the servo across the road. In 10 minutes you'll be at the precipice of nature.

There are approximately six different camping areas to choose from, all unique and with facilities to raise the standard above 'roughing it'. Most are nearby the Murray River. This means the full range of water sports are at your disposal. Try your hand at kayaking, fishing, rope swinging into Island Pool (a must for the kids) or for those in need of relaxation, sit in a quiet rock bath to wash away worldly worries. For land mammals there are several low-grade bushwalking trails nearby.

Dwellingup, Lane Poole Reserve
Afternoon shot at Island Pool, walking distance from Chuditch campsite

Dwellingup, Lane Poole Reserve
Fading light on the bush trail from Chuditch to Nanga Mill (12km round trip)

We pitched our tent at the 'Chuditch' site, the Noongar word for the Western Quoll (a small, spotted marsupial). Apparently these critters are local, although your chances of witnessing a proud kookaburra in full song are much higher. There are 24 separate campsites, each with its own parking bay(s) and secluded area (with table) to set up your camping accommodation. At just $7.50pp/night, for your own piece of paradise, it's a steal. It is a must to warn you that bookings are required for most camping areas, although availability can easily be confirmed on the Department of Parks & Wildlife website (link here).

Now it's time to kick back, relax and let your mind wander. WARNING: There is no phone reception so those with a Facebook addiction are in for some cold turkey. Learning face-to-face about your loved ones and musing over the lucky life we live in Australia more than makes up for a weekend unplugged from the mainframe.

Give it a try and see how refreshed you feel - all just over an hour from the real world.
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Why? Paradise only 110km from Perth
When: Anytime
Phone: 61 (0)8 9538 1078
Where: Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup
Cost: $7.50pp/night
Your Comment
Looks perfect, and so close
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1249) 2021 days ago
One of my favourite spots !!!
by cheryl (score: 0|2) 2016 days ago
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