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Honeymoon Pool; tranquil camping along the river

Honeymoon Pool is a small, stunning camping ground next to the river in Collie. There are 22 camping places and in addition an area for people who come for the day use only. The grounds are designed for camping only, which means that caravans and camper vans can’t be used.

There are 3 toilets (flush-able 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. About two months ago I went down to Honeymoon Pool for a weekend, and had a heap of fun. We just took basic gear, had a fire each night and did a bit of fishing and four wheel driving.

Honeymoon Pool Collie

You can get to Collie from Perth in just over 2 hours. Like I mentioned in my previous post about Dunsborough, you can travel down the new highway which runs from Perth to Bunbury and then cut across to Collie, or you can drive down the South Western Highway.

Honeymoon Pool is similar in many ways to Dwellingup, and in some ways I think it’s even more enjoyable. Collie itself has some amazing things to see, and the flora and fauna are great.

A misty morning at Honeymoon Pool

A misty morning at Honeymoon Pool

Honeymoon Pool Camping

When we were there, firewood was available, but whether or not they provide it on a regular basis throughout the year I can’t say. The ranger’s don’t like you picking things out of the bush (and most of it is either alive or wet), so make sure you bring a bit of firewood and also some fire starters. Lots of newspaper can work magic when it’s very wet!

There is untreated water available on tap (not for drinking), and rubbish is picked up from a bin fairly regularly.

There is a small charge to camp in the area, and the ranger will come around in the morning sometime to collect it. It’s only a few dollars per head each day. There are discounts for children and seniors. The money goes towards maintaining the campgrounds and rubbish collections.

Typical scenery at Honeymoon Pool

Typical scenery at Honeymoon Pool

Collie 4WDing

I was more interested in the 4WD side of things, as you can see from the pictures below! It’s important to find out where you are allowed to go though, because being a national park, there are limits on the area’s that you can drive. On the first afternoon there, I veered off the track and got very bogged.

A helpful local went and got his tractor and another four wheel drive, to pull me out. I guess that will teach me to walk the track before driving it. The next day the ranger mentioned to us that where we had been driving was off limits anyway; oops.

Very stuck in thick mud

Very stuck in thick mud

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!

Lots of chairs and a Gazebo

Lots of chairs and a Gazebo

Honeymoon Pool Fishing

I 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 various other species. We had no luck, but to be honest didn’t really give it much of a fair chance.

The wildlife in the area is fun to watch, ranging from ducks and their little ducklings right through to all sorts of birds and mammals. Also, 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

Wellington dam is a great place to drive out to and to have a walk around. This provides much needed water to farmers, and also runs into the Collie River. It has just recently overflowed, which has lifted the Collie River quite a bit!

It’s amazing to watch the water flow out so quickly, and you can even get a bit wet standing on the cross road under the bridge. There are also a heap of other places around Honeymoon Pool that you can visit and take a look at.

Wellington Dam shooting water

Wellington Dam shooting water

More Four Wheel Driving

More Four Wheel Driving

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  • Sean Rasmussen October 9, 2009, 8:00 PM

    I’ve been to many of these spots. Looks like good fun, Aaron.

  • Aaron November 7, 2009, 10:53 PM

    Thanks Sean. You are certainly not wrong; they are great fun!

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  • Peta August 23, 2011, 8:15 PM

    Hey I was wondering do you need a four-wheel drive to get there? It look like a great spot.

  • Aaron August 23, 2011, 8:21 PM

    Hi Peta,

    You will be able to get in with a 2wd no worries. They are just gravel roads. It is an awesome spot for a quiet, relaxing weekend away.


  • Jayson January 3, 2012, 4:32 PM

    I’ve been looking for more information on Honeymoon Pools on the web and it’s safe to say this blog has been the most helpful so far!:)
    From what i’ve gathered you do not have to make a booking to stay here, is that correct?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Aaron January 3, 2012, 4:47 PM

    Hi Jayson,

    You do not need to book; it works on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. You can ring the DEC for availability though.


  • Paz Rodriguez January 21, 2012, 1:54 PM

    Are dogs aloud In honeymoon Pool??

  • Aaron January 21, 2012, 4:14 PM

    Hi Paz,

    Dogs are not permitted at Honeymoon Pool


  • Paul March 19, 2012, 8:16 PM

    Are there any spots i cAn take a camper trailer up to the ledge/wedge/grey area and camp for free?

  • Aaron March 21, 2012, 6:14 PM

    Hi Paul,

    Everything in between Lancelin and near Jurien Bay is no longer allowed for camping, unless you are in a Caravan Park.


  • grainne October 8, 2012, 9:19 PM

    Hi Aaron,

    can I take a trailer tent to honeymoon pools?

  • Aaron October 9, 2012, 5:58 PM

    Hi Grainne,

    I’m not sure – your best bet would be to ring the ranger.


  • Kelsey Farmer March 27, 2013, 8:26 PM

    Im looking at going over easter longweeked, do you think its going to be super busy?

    Thanks 🙂

  • Aaron April 2, 2013, 6:20 PM

    Hi Kelsey,

    Sorry I didn’t get to reply to this earlier; I’ve been away! I would suggest it is going to be busy on any long weekend, particularly Easter. Did you end up going?


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