The south west of WA is one of the most magnificent places in the country, and Margaret River is located right in the centre of it. Within an hours drive you have some of the best beaches in the world, incredible wineries, beautiful local produce and surf locations that are raved about across the globe.
We head down to the south west at least a couple of times a year, and enjoy it every time. A little while ago though, we stumbled across an amazing private property only 6km south of Margaret River that has everything we like and need, and we are often found there; Glenbrook.
Glenbrook is a private property, open for some accommodation and camping. Its a nature reserve, meaning the animals are given a huge priority, and as a result you’ll see a heap of kangaroos, black cockatoos and other animals that call this property home.
A significant amount of the property is natural bush land, with a number of fire breaks that you can walk down and enjoy. It also backs onto a couple of vineyards, which are very picturesque at certain times of the year.
It’s run by Jason, who does a great job keeping everything ticking along nicely, and also limiting the number of people so you aren’t camped like sardines.
To get to Glenbrook from Perth, simply head down the Kwinana Freeway, onto the new extension, turn off at Bunbury and go down Robertson drive. From there, jump on the Bussell Highway, Sues Road Perimeter road, Bussell Highway again and lastly Darch Road.
It’s bitumen the whole way, with a tiny portion of gravel getting onto the property.
Glenbrook has flushing toilets, a nice camp kitchen with a BBQ and hot showers. Water is in short supply so you are asked to be mindful of it, but it has everything that you need for a comfortable stay. There can be a bit of a walk to the amenities depending on where you are camping, but its totally reasonable.
What does it cost
It costs a few dollars less to stay at a national park like Jarrahdene, which is also beautiful, but you don’t get hot showers, and you are much further away from the city centre of Margaret River. Adults are $12.50 each at Glenbrook, and its well worth it.
Camping at Glenbrook
The camping at Glenbrook is mainly in the back paddock, which is open with a number of big trees in different sections. Jason likes to keep the campers a decent distance apart, but there is a good chance you’ll end up with limited shade, so make sure you are prepared for this.
It’s not uncommon to have a game of cricket going on in the afternoon, and vehicles are asked to maintain a very slow speed going through the property to look after the campers, children and animals. Overall, its a great place throughout the year, although it can be quite warm and dry in summer, so be ready for it.
What’s worth looking at nearby?
The South West of WA is one of the best places you can visit in Australia, and a lot of people who do the lap fall in love with it. There is a massive number of attractions and regardless of what you enjoy, you’ll find something that is world class.
If you are looking for more awesome Margaret River Camping, check out Olive Hill Farm.
From wineries and incredible eateries through to natural produce, spa’s and wellness centres, world class surfing, adventure caving, downhill mountain bike trails, walk trails, bird watching and some of the best scenery around, you won’t go wrong in the south West.
Dunsborough, Busselton, Hamelin Bay, Augusta and Cowaramup are all within a 45 minute drive, and all offer plenty more than what you could experience in one day.