WA has some of the best camp sites in the world, and we are always on the hunt for new, better places to stay especially close to Perth. We’ve made a great list already; here’s 30 unbelievable camp sites in WA to get you started. However, this week, we are sharing an absolute cracker camp site; Gidgedales Retreat. Located on private property in Gidgegannup this is quiet, cheap, peaceful and has some spectacular scenery.
A few of you were guessing and asking where we were last weekend, so here you go:
Where is it?
At 46km, and just 45 minutes North East of Perth Gidgedales Retreat is super close to Perth and the perfect place to head on a Friday afternoon for the weekend. Simply head up Toodyay Road and turn off in Gidgegannup.
The camp ground is located about 100 metres away from the residence of Bob and Maureen, in between two beautiful dams. It’s a fairly narrow, flat part of the dam wall that is perfect to park your camping setup overlooking the pristine water. You’ve got a fire pit (in season), a few chairs to sit in and a table, along with a number of trees to provide shade and block the wind.
You must book prior
Bookings are required prior to arriving here, and can be done by ringing Bob on 0438 083 172. The maximum stay is two nights
What does it cost?
Camping is $15 per night, per vehicle. Yes, that is correct. It’s probably the cheapest camping close to Perth too!
You must be self sufficient, and be staying in a camper trailer or caravan. Tents are not permitted. There is water and power available, but no toilet. There’s also a BBQ available to use, and a rubbish bin.
Only two groups of people are able to camp here at a time too, as there is limited room and Bob likes to keep it quiet and enjoyable for everyone.
Dogs are permitted, providing you care for them appropriately! There is also a dump point available for emptying your toilets at the end of your stay.
Fishing in the dam
One of the more entertaining parts of staying at Gidgedales Retreat is that you can fish their main dam, which has a number of silver perch in it. Bob wants to get rid of them, so if you catch one, don’t put it back. We attempted to eat one, but as Bob had warned us they aren’t nice eating. He reckons they are all old and tough, which was our experience too. There might be some younger ones in there, and regardless they are fun to catch.
Gidgegannup is a beautiful place with Noble Falls not being too far away, along with the Avon Valley National Park, Lake Leschenaultia and plenty of vineyards.
Is it worth a stay?
Absolutely. This place is phenomenal. The owners are amazing, the camp grounds are fantastic, the price is even better and being so close to Perth its guaranteed we will be back. With some kayaks and a surf board you’d have a ball in summer time in the dam. If you are looking for somewhere private and close to camp near Perth this is a great place to book!