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Pumphreys Bridge; low cost riverside camping near Perth

There’s something about riverside camping that just does it for us. Combine it with low cost camp grounds and under 2 hours drive from Perth and you are onto a winner for any weekend of the year.

We picked up a camper trailer a few weeks back, and took it on its second trip away, to Pumphreys Bridge in the shire of Wandering.

Hotham River at Pumphreys Bridge

Taking a refreshing swim in the Hothan river

Pumphreys Bridge at night

Enjoying the stars at Pumphreys Bridge

Where is Pumphreys Bridge?

You’ll find Pumphreys Bridge just beyond where the Wandering to Pingelly Road ends. You can see it on a map here. From Perth, you are looking at about 1 hour and 50 minutes, and less if you are in the southern suburbs.

You can get there via Brookton Hwy or Albany Hwy, with both ways a similar time frame. It’s east of North Bannister, and north of Dryandra.

About Pumphreys Bridge

Pumphreys Bridge is a great little picnic/camping area just off the main road. It’s primary attraction is the old timber bridge that collapsed many years ago. There is flushing toilets and a hall that you can hire out. There’s also a little playground for the kids, set back from the river.

Camper trailer camping

Relaxing around the camper trailer

Red Capped Robin WA

Relax and enjoy the bird life; a Red Capped Robin

Pumphreys Collapsed Bridge

The old Pumphreys Bridge

Pumphreys Bridge Camping

Your camping options range from along the river bank and back up towards the hall, or on the oval. There’s stacks of room for camping, and a little ‘shed’ on the side of the oval if the weather is bad.

The ground is mostly semi hard red dirt, but there are some grassy patches (and the oval is pretty good). It’s reasonably flat, and there are plenty of trees for shade.

To camp, you need to book for $10 per night for 4 guests on the Wandering Caravan Park/Pumphreys Bridge Camp website.

Camping along the Hotham River

As close to the river as you like, or back on the oval

Oval camping Pumphreys Bridge

Campers on the edge of the oval

Pumphreys Bridge oval

The oval, which is looking a bit barren at the moment

Riverside Camping

Our setup, right near the water

Toilets at Pumphreys Bridge

The toilet block, which was in great condition

What’s the river like?

We swam in the river, and enjoyed it. The bottom is muddy, and it can be a little difficult to get in and out, but overall the water is pretty clean, and full of little fish.

The water level may look different to what you are used to because we had a huge amount of rain a few weeks ago.

Pumphreys Bridge Wandering

Watching the sun go down, with the new Pumphreys bridge in the background

What’s not good about it?

Realistically, there isn’t much to mention here. There is some road noise, as you are camped anywhere from 10 metres to 200 metres away from the main road, although its not too noisy. Mosquito’s are around, though not terrible.

The only other thing to be prepared for is cold temperatures; it can get very, very cold in the shire of Wandering; take appropriate clothes! Overall, its a great spot.

Pumphreys Bridge Wandering

There’s not much to complain about; Pumphreys is a fantastic spot

If you are after other great camping sites near Perth, check these out – 7 Fantastic Camp Sites near Perth and 7 Amazing Camp Sites within 3 – 5 hours of Perth

Have you been here? What did you think?

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10 comments… add one
  • Tracey March 2, 2017, 7:10 AM

    Hi can anyone tell me if dogs are allowed at pumphreys bridge?

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia March 2, 2017, 6:20 PM

    Hi Tracey,

    We didn’t see any ‘no dogs’ signs there. In fact, a few people did bring their dogs down. Keep them on a lead and you shouldn’t have any issues.


  • Pete January 29, 2018, 7:54 PM

    Could you go kayaking in the river or is the river too short?

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia February 1, 2018, 12:11 AM

    I guess, but its probably not ideal. I don’t really know how long the river goes, but its not exactly wide.


  • Case November 28, 2018, 5:22 AM

    I would not go near the water I does not look to good

  • Aaron Schubert November 28, 2018, 5:14 PM

    Hey mate,

    It looked fine when we were there – we swam in it and had a great time. Obviously you have to make that choice for yourself

    Safe travels

  • Adrian September 18, 2019, 8:44 AM


  • Aaron Schubert September 18, 2019, 5:48 PM

    Hi Adrian,

    I doubt it. There is a rainwater tank but its probably not for drinking/taking


  • DAVID SHANNON November 15, 2022, 2:43 PM

    I have camped there and it is fantastic! The river is fine to take a midnight skinny-dip but watch out for the crocs, used to be full of sharks but the crocs ate them out. The mozzies aren’t that bad, just don’t let them drag you down to the river to eat you, have a back-up plan, always buddy-up! Otherwise, one of the best places in WA to camp. 10 outa 10.

  • Aaron Schubert November 15, 2022, 5:49 PM

    Hey David,

    Cheers for the laugh mate. You’re gamer than me if you swim in that water at midnight!

    All the best

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