Glen Mervyn Dam. Free waters edge camping that’s dog friendly!

Getting there and getting set up...

Glen Mervyn Dam is situated 20km south of the Collie CBD. The dam is popular with picnickers, campers and water skiers alike. The eastern side (highway side) is reserved for day use only. Perfect for a picnic and a swim, leaving the western side available for campers. To access the western side you take Best Road which is just prior to the main parking area. This unsealed access road features a small bridge taking you across a stream and into the forest. The first available camping areas are to your left soon after the bridge, they are waters edge and offer great views directly up the length of the dam. Well shaded by large trees and enough space for a large group or a few smaller groups.

Western Shore access road

You may continue on the access road a little further, keeping an eye out for your next left turn. Here you will be faced with a fork in the road. Take the left and it will lead you down a track to the first lot of campsites on the western banks.

The track has some erosion ruts but is accessible if you take your time and pick the best line. There are three separate campsites here. They are directly opposite the boat ramp and day visit area on the eastern shore.

Alternatively at the fork in the road, head right and follow the track for another few hundred meters to access the next few campsites. Here there is a large area that would suit many smaller camps or a few larger groups. Again the access road down to the sites has some erosion ruts but is accessible. At the time of our visit there was a family setting up a camper trailer on one of the sites. This area has the only supplied toilet facility at Glen Mervyn. BYO toilet paper is a must. If your site is too far from the toilets, please be responsible and dispose of your toilet paper in a bin bag to take home. Also there are no fire allowed at Glen Mervyn. So make sure you bring a camp stove.

Continue on the same access road and you will come across the sites on the south western shore adjacent to the dam wall. Being a free camp the facilities are basic. Everything you want or need must be brought in. And importantly, everything you bring in, you must take out with you again when you leave. There are no bins, so please practice responsible camping and follow the “Leave no Trace” philosophy. Overall Glen Mervyn was very tidy on the day of our visit, however we did still manage to collect quite a bit of rubbish to bring home. Some of the bush just adjacent to the sites are littered with toilet paper. Campers may not be aware but the world famous Bibbulmun hiking trail runs directly behind the campsites and over the dam wall. When we hiked this section of the trail a year ago it was covered in disposed toilet paper. It’s so bad in fact the Bibbulmun Track Foundation are actually considering re-aligning the trail away from Glen Mervyn due to the complaints from hikers having to wade through toilet paper on their hike. This would be a great shame as the sight of hiking along the shores of the dam are a true highlight in this section of the Bibbulmun and it would be a terrible loss if they were to deviate from it. 

Toilet facilities and Bibbulmun Track
Family and Pet Friendly Fun

What to do once you're here...

Aside from your standard camping fare, there are also plenty of activities to keep you and the family amused once you’ve set up camp. Fish and marron are stocked in the lake. You may be lucky enough to hook Redfin Perch, Rainbow or Brown Trout. A freshwater Angling License is required to fish at Glen Mervyn. More information about licensing requirements and catch limits you can go to www.fish.wa.gov.au

Marron are a prized freshwater crayfish. The Marron season is very short to protect numbers and the breeding cycle. The season runs from 12 noon 8th January – 12 noon 5th February annually. A recreational marron license is required and there are restrictions on the way you may catch the shellfish. Massive fines apply to those not abiding by the rules.

As previously mentioned the Bibbulmun Track which runs 1000km from Perth to Albany passes right through Glen Mervyn. You can follow the Yellow Wagyl markers placed on trees from the dam wall to the Mumballup Pub. It’s about an hour or so bushwalk and you’ll be well rewarded with a great meal, a cool drink and perhaps even some live music!

Fishing and Marroning information

Skiing information...

Water skiing is also a popular past time at Glen Mervyn Dam. Most weekends during the warmer months there will be a few boats enjoying some high speed thrills. There rules which ensure the safety of everyone at the campsite. 

There are signs displaying all relevant information and a map showing the limit of the ski area, information on the direction of skiing and info regarding the use of Jet Skis, speed limits etc.

Stones Brook – the ultimate intimate camping experience

Stones Brook is one of two lesser known camping spots in Wellington National Park, WA. (The other one is Gelcoat Rapids)

Stones Brook is located off River Rd about 150m from the Honeymoon Pool campground. It’s well signed and easy to find. 

There are 17 sites; all shaded and with their own picnic tables and seating. The sites on the left hand side of the road  are arranged along the creek, Stones Brook and are just a short walk back to Honeymoon Pool. There are composting toilets and a spacious campers kitchen including a sink,  gas cook top and BBQs.

The sites are marked A to Q

Unique secluded sites

But, the campsites on the right hand side of the road are just a little bit special. Each one has it’s own car park space just off the track and a short path into a very private, secluded camping space, surrounded by the natural bush. There is plenty of room for a modest size tent and your very own picnic table. Some even have a lovely timber deck.

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These sites have room for one car and a short path leading to a secluded campsite

Because these beautiful campsites are surrounded by trees, campfires are not allowed, even in the winter months, so you will need to bring your own gas fired cooking stove.

The toilets are about 100m away depending on which site you choose, so you may like to bring a camping toilet with you. Please don’t use the bush around you and spoil it for others.

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Your own little secluded bush hide away

Bookings are essential…

Bookings are essential and there is a map on the booking site to assist you select your site. There is little internet access in the park so it is advisable to book before you arrive.  https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay Because it is in a National Park you cannot take dogs with you unfortunately.

Head into town…

The town of Collie is only a short drive away and well worth a visit. The supermarkets are open 7 days a week to stock up on essential supplies and there are a variety of awesome places to eat. We can recommend The Colliefields for lunch or perhaps Wagon 537 for alfresco in Central Park. With several historic pubs to choose from for dinner there is no shortage of choice. If you are into authentic Thai food, 8 Thai Ladies is a favourite with the locals.

How to get there…

The road in is sealed all the way to the campground and well signed. Just take Wellington Dam Rd off the Coalfields Hwy and watch out for River Rd on your right. You will see the signs to Honeymoon Pool, Stones Brook and Gelcoat Rapids a few kilometres further on.

Gelcoat Rapids – Your very own river paradise

GELCOAT RAPIDS is a small secluded campground, nestled beneath the trees, just downstream from Honeymoon Pool, in Wellington National Park, WA just two hours south of Perth.

Group Camping

With room for just 7 tents it is perfect for small groups camping together. (There is no access for caravans or camper vans at this site) It can get busy, but if you avoid school holidays and long weekends, or visit mid week you could easily have the whole place to yourself.

Bookings

Modest fees apply and you must book online before arriving as internet service is limited in the park  https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay

Fires

Fires are allowed in designated fire places during the cooler weather. (Always check current fire restrictions before lighting a fire.) Some wood is provided, but it is often damp in the cooler weather so remember to pack some dry kindling or grab a bag at the Kiosk at the Dam on your way in.

Private river access

Access to the river is via a short path leading to a lovely private spot to launch the canoe or have a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters.

Sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the birds and the gentle breeze in the trees

The famous Honeymoon Pool is only a two minute walk away but with all this to your self you might just decide to stay put.

Explore

There are miles of river to explore in both directions.

You can paddle through quiet tree lined pools, shimmering with the reflections of the peppermint trees lining the river banks or head upstream and try your hand at some of the rapids. 

Tracks and Trails

Several magnificent trails can be accessed from this spot including the  Jabitj Trail (Hiking) and Kurliiny Tjenangitj Trails, The Sika Trail and the epic Munda Biddi. (Dual use – hike or bike)

Bike Hire

If you don’t have your own bikes or don’t have room in the car to bring them down, you can hire bikes from the Kiosk at the Dam or Crank’n Cycles In Collie

Head into town

The town of Collie is only a short drive away with 7 day supermarkets and 24 hour fuel. Grab a coffee at Wagon 537 or a bite to eat at The Colliefields. Be sure to check out Collie Canvas and Camping World while you are there for all the latest camping gadgets and equipment.

For a small fee, you can freshen up with a hot shower at the Collie Visitor Centre before heading to the shops.

The Colliefields – Yes! We are trail friendly.

Collie is one of the few Trail Towns on both the Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Trails. Every year hundreds of trail users pass through town and many of them spend a night or two at The Colliefields. Proprietors, Michélè  and Gary make everyone welcome and go out of their way to make sure their guests are well looked after.

Secure storage for bikes and cars

One of the challenges of walking or riding the track is managing the logistics of transport and working out the best place to leave a car for the return journey. It often means getting someone to drive long distances to provide transport, or doing the car shuffle, and back tracking every few days; never being quite sure if your car will still be there when you return.
 
Not if you are staying at the Colliefields. There is a secure yard at the rear of the building, where you can leave your car until you return or lockup your bike overnight. 
 

Track Transfers

The Colliefields can also pick you up and drop you off at the trail if necessary. Ring ahead if possible, so they can make sure there is a driver available, when you need a ride. Or if things go wrong and you need to get to town in a hurry, The Colliefields will collect you and get you settled into the hotel, until you are able to make your way home.
 

Hot showers and comfy beds

As nice as it is sleeping under the stars, there is nothing like a wonderful hot shower and a nice warm comfortable bed. Every one who stays at the Colliefields comments on the awesome rainfall shower heads, but then after a few days on the track any shower would seem like bliss.

They offer a range of rooms including single, twin, double and dorm rooms. All at very affordable prices.

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Comfy beds

 Free breakfast

Breakfast selection

A scrumptious, continental breakfast is included with the price of your room and includes toast, cereal, milk, yoghurt,  fruit, tea, coffee and juice.

The down stairs dining room opens early and you can purchase a full cooked breakfast at any time of the day or order a packed lunch for on the track

Free washing machines for guests

All guests at The Colliefields have access to washing machines at no extra cost.

Guest lounge

There is a comfy lounge where guests like to gather and share trail experiences or relax in front of the TV after a long day walking or riding. If only those walls could talk. They would have more than one hundred years of tales to tell!

The Colliefields are not licenced these days, but there are several pubs withing walking distance, serving ice cold beers and wholesome meals. 

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Centrally Located

You will find The Colliefields on Throssell Street, which is the main street running through town. It’s easily identified by it’s striking purple exterior. Only a short walk to the supermarket, banks, post office and anywhere else you may need to go, it’s the perfect location.

Contact them by phone 9734 2052 or email welcome@colliefields.com and say Why i #visitcollie sent you.

Collie Canvas and Camping World stock a huge range of supplies for on the track. Crank’n Cycles Collie carry a range of spare parts and can provide emergency repairs if required.