Honeymoon Pool is a small, stunning camping ground next to a beautiful river in Collie. Located in a truly spectacular, and very underrated part of the world, its a very popular place to spend a few nights and when you arrive its pretty obvious why.
Where is Honeymoon Pool?
You’ll find this great camp site just over 2 hours drive from Perth, and 23 minutes drive from Collie itself. It’s only 5km to the base of Wellington Dam with its incredible mural, and not far away from several other spectacular locations.
Why is Honeymoon Pool so amazing?
We’ve yet to come across another camp site in WA that competes with Honeymoon Pool in terms of sheer beauty, shade and tranquillity. The whole camp site is covered in peppermint trees which let little glimmers of light through, and has a huge array of bridges and walks to explore, along with a truly beautiful part of the river and more big, fallen logs than you can poke a stick at.
The moss growing on everything turns the area into a bright green and truly magnificent scene, no matter where you go. The area is quiet, secluded and has plenty of safe space for the kids to roam around and enjoy themselves.
In winter, its cold, bright green and the perfect environment to explore, or hang around a warm camp fire. In summer, things dry up a bit and the river becomes the perfect place to cool off.
About the Honeymoon Pool Camp Site
There are 20 camping sites at Honeymoon Pool and a large area for those who just want to come down for the day. The sites are small, and many are located behind bollards which means it is only suitable for tent and swag camping only. Caravans, RV’s and camper trailers are not permitted to stay here, which is the only reason we haven’t been back.
There are 3 toilets (flushable ones too!) and the camping spots are spread along the Collie River. If you pick a good spot, you can be sleeping under 15 meters away from the river edge, and falling asleep to the trickle of water is like nothing else.
There are two other sites nearby that are suitable for camping too; Gelcoat and Stones Brook. Gelcoat has 8 camp sites, and Stones Brook has 17. All are within walking distance of each other.
Running water is available, but you need to treat it prior to use. This should be done by boiling it for some time.
What does it cost?
Honeymoon Pool is run by the DBCA, and has a fairly standard camping fee (although it is more expensive than Lake Kepwari, which is also beautiful). Adults are $15 per night, children from 5 – 16 are $3 and concessions are $9.
Booking Honeymoon Pool
A lot of the DBCA camp sites have moved to online booking, and Honeymoon Pool is no exception to this. It means you need to book a site before arriving, and being such a popular location it books out well in advance, especially on long weekends and during the school holidays.
Where else can you camp?
If you are looking for alternative Collie Camping places, you have Gelcoat and Stones Brook just nearby, Lake Kepwari, Stockton Lake, Potters Gorge at Wellington Dam, Collie Caravan Park and a number of free, off grid locations.
Honeymoon Pool is located right near the start of the Lennard 4WD Track, which is truly amazing. The track is fairly easy (except one hill) and has stunning views. Its important to know that this track is closed for a good chunk of the year, when its wet. This prevents track damage, which is very important. Expect it to be closed from roughly June to November each year, or you might arrive to a locked gate.
Honeymoon Pool Fishing and Wildlife
We very much enjoy just getting away from it all, and relaxing near the river. If you are into fishing, you can get a freshwater license (unless you are under 16 years old) and try your luck for some fish. You can catch Red Fin Perch, Trout and a couple of other species. We had no luck, but to be honest didn’t really give it much of a fair chance (like normal; I’m far too impatient!)
The wildlife in the area is great to watch, ranging from ducks and their little ducklings right through to blue wrens and several different mammals. Be aware that the wildlife have gotten used to regular visitors, and have worked out how to open packets of chips and other bits of goodies; don’t leave your food lying around!
Wellington Dam has become a huge tourist attraction along with an imperative part of supplying water to the Collie region. If you haven’t heard of the 8000m2 mural that’s recently been painted on the dam wall, it has to be seen to be believed.
You can relax at the kiosk, explore the mountain bike tracks, walk around the base of the dam or have a BBQ at the quarry. It really is an incredibly picturesque location and is hugely worth a visit.
Have you been to Honeymoon Pool? What did you think of it? We personally feel Collie is going to explode over the next few years, and that its a seriously under-rated place in terms of camp sites, beautiful scenes and weekend getaways options!