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10 Top Camping Spots Around Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Bored of sitting around home on the summer holidays? Not sure you’re going to make it down to Esperance to visit the beach this year?
Why not pack up the tent, round up the kids and venture out into the bush!
Reverting back to semi-cavemen ways over a weekend away can prove beneficial for your health, your wallet and your relationships with your family. Taking some time to disconnect from a chaotic lifestyle and reconnect with your body and nature is an enriching experience. Get some fresh O2 into your lungs, let your skin soak up the vitamin d, make sure you know how to start a fire and turn your phone off because they ain’t no service to where you’re going.
These are our top 10 camping spots around Kalgoorlie-Boulder:
Rowles Lagoon is the only freshwater wetland within the Goldfields Region reserved for nature conservation. The lake’s water capacity will change by the seasons, during times of drought there will be little to no water and times of heavy rain water levels can get high enough for swimming and kayaking. You can get to Rowles Lagoon via Ora Banda Road and turning south at the t junction, or 73km north of Coolgardie by taking an unsealed road. A great spot to take the family camping.
Rowles Lagoon. Credit Instagram: @thistraincalledtash
Found in the northern Goldfields this camping area is rich with history as much as the ground that once bore gold. The man-made dam makes for a great camping spot with its walk trails, abundance of water (although, its current state is quite dry) and a 20 minute drive from the Kookynie pub where you can meet the local – a horse! The dam was originally built in 1898 to catch water for the construction of the railway, but in the meantime they found another source of water near the township of Kookynie thus the dam was never utilised for its creation. Kookynie is 190km north of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and you can travel via the Goldfields Highway. Roll out your swags and enjoy the serenity
Niagara Dam. Credit: exploreoz.com
Arguably one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Northern Goldfields and famous for the 51 statues spread across the 10km2 white crusted lake. The beautiful colour contrast of the blue sky kissing the red and white planes makes for some unreal photographic opportunities. The salt lake offers free camping grounds, self-composting toilets and also provides cement fire rings for, camp singing and roasting marshmallows. Easter long weekend is peak camping season up at the lake and be prepared to bring loads of fresh drinking water. Lake Ballard is 130km north of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and you can get there via the Goldfields Highway to Menzies.
Lake Ballard. Credit: Instagram; @nealpritchardimages
One free camping spot of many between Southern Cross and Coolgardie and apart of the Golden Pipeline Trail. Karalee rock is a 2 granite rock where historically collected water and became a gazette water reserve in 1895 along with construction of a dam and an aqueduct. Explore this beautiful archieture of limestone, iron and timber and become acquainted with its history. You can get to Karalee Rock via the Great Eastern Highway, 50km before Southern Cross (from Kalgoorlie). This is your change of scenery.
Boondi Rock is located halfway between Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie. A small but scenic camp site that features an old water catchment once used to refill steam trains in the earlier days. The dam consists of numerous walking trails where you can explore the old rock lined channels and storage reservoir. It is recommended not to go swimming here or bring your canine friend. Campers are encouraged to bring their own drinking water and fire wood.
Every Kalgoorlie-Boulder local has visited this great lake at least once in their lifetime. Just 10 km outside of Kalgoorlie on the way to Perth, this free camping site is a great spot with all the amenities as well as being close to town if you decide camping isn’t for you. When the lake is full after the rainy season, it is deep enough to go swimming, kyak and catch yabbies. The lake also consists of toilet blocks, BBQs, and fire places. Dogs are allowed and there is phone coverage. Another great spot around the goldfields perfect for camping or just a day trip.
Lake Douglas. Credit Instagram: @emilia_grace
Another great day trip or camping spot within the vicinity of Kalgoorlie Boulder is Burra Rock. Situated 60km south of Coolgardie, Burra Rock is another water catchment used for steam trains back in the 1920s and 30s. Since the end of steam trains, the natural flora and fauna has returned making this spot a beautiful sanctuary and a perfect for camping or for a picnic. The area has toilet facilities there, and it is recommended to stick to the tracks while diving or walking to preserve its natural state.
A nature reserve located 90 km south of Coolgardie and 50 km south west of Widgiemooltha. Experience the Great Western Woodlands first hand in this spectacular spot. Featuring a granite outcrop with a large cave formation. This area is better suited for camping or long day trips because of the distance of travel. The camping spot also has picnic tables, BBQs and toilets. Why not get lost at Cave Hill?
Not entirely sure if this is a camping area, but definitely worth the day to have a look in awe of this amazing relic. Located 47km South East of Kalgoorlie on Woolibar station, here you’ll find a beautiful heritage listed monument. The Kings Battery is made from stone and was erected to treat ore from nearby gold mines. Each year the Battery hosts a huge bonfire night to raise money for Variety Charity, if you manage to get an invite we definite recommend you go and experience the night.
King’s Battery. Credit Instagram: @_colliins_photography_
This campsite consists of dams, panoramic views and Wallaroo Rock itself. Birdwatching, swimming and bushwalking are popular activities in the Park. The campground itself is located at the base of the Rock and is suitable for tents, caravans, camper trailers and campervans. Barbecues, toilets and picnic tables are provided as basic facilities. Campers are advised to bring enough drinking water for the duration of their stay. Treat yourself to this natural retreat on your next camping trip!
Wallaroo Rock. Credit: https://www.watourism.com.au/
If you happen to use this blog as a guide when you plan your next camping trip, please let us know how you get on or simply tag us in your experience via Facebook or instagram. We would love to see how your camping adventure turned out!
- By Sammy Schimanski From We Love KB16/01/2020