Imagine pulling into a beautiful property only 3 hours from Perth knowing it backs onto the Blackwood River, has toilets and showers, plenty of firewood and no one else to disturb your peace and quiet for the duration of your stay. Sound like paradise?
Over the WA day long weekend, we left Perth on Friday at about 4:30PM, bound for just that. We didn't have much of a plan, except to get away from the big smoke with some mates.
Where is this place, and how do I get there?
This stunning location is known as Wedge Tailed Eagle Retreat, and is located not far out of Boyup Brook. It's 3 hours south east of Perth, down Albany Highway, and located on Boyup Brook Road. From the southern suburbs, its only about 2 and a half hours; easily within reach on your Friday afternoons!
About Wedge Tailed Eagle Retreat
Right about now, you are probably wondering how we found out about this fantastic property. It's owned by a lovely lady by the name of Sylvia, who was using a property sharing website that has since been closed on her behalf. You can find the official Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/Wedged-Tailed-Eagle-Retreat-204725659431/?fref=ts
Wedge Tailed Eagle Retreat is a lovely property with a few hundred sheep, that backs onto the beautiful Blackwood River. The paddock is on a slight slope and has two big dams and lots of green grass.
At the back of the property, there's a little fence which stops the sheep getting down to the banks of the Blackwood. You are able to access this area by foot, but vehicles are stopped from entering due to dieback.
Sylvia is trying to restore this area back to its original state, by protecting it and planting native flora back in its place.
What facilities are there?
Asides from more room to set your tents up than you could poke a stick at, there's hot showers and toilets at the homestead, a few picnic tables around the place and power if you require it. There are a few steel plates where you can cook your food on with a fire too.
What can you do there?
Kayaking up and down the Blackwood river is popular here, as is fishing, bird watching, swimming (if you dare; its freezing!) and just relaxing around a big camp fire. There's plenty of wood to burn, and a fair bit of land to explore.
It's the perfect place to base yourself for a weekend, and head out exploring the area around Trigwell, Boyup Brook and Arthur River.
How much does it cost?
Camping is $15 per adult per night, and $10 per child. It's not super cheap, but you get the whole place to yourself and its in a pretty spectacular location.
How do I book?
You can book by visiting the Facebook page; Wedge Tailed Eagle Retreat. Send her a PM or ring her, and Sylvia will get back to you.
It gets cold down there!
We expected it to be cold, but it was freezing. Both nights got down to the negatives, and resulted in some pretty serious frost in the mornings. We were all very glad of being able to have a big fire every night! Make sure you take warm clothing, and good quality sleeping gear. There's nothing worse than spending the night shivering away!
Was it worth it?
We had a fantastic time at Wedge Tailed Eagle Retreat. Realistically we did very little; relaxed around the fire, kayaked up the river, wet a line a few times, played a few games of Volleyball and Frizby, and just enjoyed our time away from the city.
It's rare to be able to take off with mates and leave the big smoke behind, and something we were all very pleased about!