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Bilyuin Pool; a quiet, free camp on the way to Newman

Bilyuin Pool was our first nights stop on our 3 month trip to the Northern Territory. You’ll find it about 860km north of Perth, or 84km north of Meekatharra. Its about 15km off the bitumen road, and a great place to stop for the night. From there, we went to Kalgan’s Pool in Newman and then Cape Keraudren.

Bilyuin Pool Camping

Bilyuin Pool

Free, bush camping

Bilyuin Pool is popular because you can stop without having to pay a cent. Look after places like this, and they will still be open next time you travel past. There’s no facilities, just good old Australian bush camping.

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Pick a spot

The pool itself

The water level varies considerably, and we were a little disappointed to see that it was fairly low when visiting in May. By the looks of the equipment spread around the place the pool is used for taking water, perhaps to spray the haul roads. However, I’ve seen plenty of photos of the water level much higher, and it looks fantastic.

Beyond that though, its a nice water hole with plenty of bird life and a fair bit of room to spread out.

Sunsset at Bilyuin Pool

Enjoying the sunset

Getting there

We travelled a big loop on the way in and ended up almost going back to where we started; the best way to get into Bilyuin Pool is off the main highway and onto the Ashburton Downs-Meekatharra road. Donā€™t trust Google to know where you need to turn; stick with something better known like Hema or Ozi Explorer.

Drive up the big gravel road for 15km until you see the pool on the left hand side, and make a turn. There’s more room on the northern side, but it did look like people camped on the southern end too.

Enjoying our setup at Bilyuin

Our setup

Have you stayed at Bilyuin Pool? What did you think of it? I’d love to go back when the water levels are higher!

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6 comments… add one
  • Jason May 25, 2020, 2:26 PM

    We stayed there on a trip through the middle to get to Broome. Absolutely lovely place, couldn’t fault it, except for the flies. SO. MANY. FLIES.

    Extremely picturesque and lovely though šŸ™‚

  • Aaron Schubert May 25, 2020, 4:31 PM

    Hey Jason,

    Unreal; its amazing how things change. I don’t recall any flies when we were there! It is a great half way point for many trips though

    All the best

  • Dylan August 1, 2020, 9:33 PM

    In my first year of teaching I taught at Yulga Jinna Remote Community further along the Ashburton Downs Road.
    I spent many weekends swimming at Bilyuin Pool, camping or just having a picnic.
    The following year we brought 100 kids from Meekatharra to visit for a reward day and we canoed which was wonderful.
    The pool had had a massive top up from Cyclone Yasi (2011) so there was plenty of year for most of the year.

  • Aaron Schubert August 2, 2020, 7:01 AM

    Hey Dylan,

    Unreal mate. Sounds awesome. We are very keen to check it out after some more rain. We loved the bird life.

    I can imagine 100 kids would have made some noise, and that they all had a ball!

    All the best

  • Monique October 9, 2020, 8:11 PM

    We stayed here recently on our way to Karijini. Really nice spot, possible to get to in a 2wd if you go slow and careful. If coming from Meekathara direction don’t take the first turn off that Google tells you to, take the next one with a sign after the rest stop – this will be a straight shot to Bilyuin pool. If the water is down it’s hard to spot the turn off into Bilyuin Pool. We saw some trees which tipped us off. Great spot!

  • Aaron Schubert October 10, 2020, 4:55 AM

    Hey Monique,

    Yep, its a great spot. We too took the wrong turn off, and ended up doing circles trying to find it!

    All the best

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