Chapman Pool is a beautiful place to camp, located in the jarrah forest on the banks of Chapman Brook near where it broadens into a deep pool just before joining up with the Blackwood River. The area is part of the Blackwood National Park, inland from Bussell Highway between Margaret River and Augusta.
As well as being a good campsite, it’s also a nice place to visit during the day for a picnic in the forest by the brook, a swim in the cold river or a peaceful short bush walk to a lookout overlooking the Blackwood River.
Chapman Pool has 9 small campsites close to the water, plus an area for large groups to set up camp. The small campsites are nestled in the bush and separated from the track by logs. There is not a lot of parking room, so the campsites are far better suited for car-based tent camping or camper vans rather than caravans.
It is not possible to book a camping site at Chapman Pool in advance, so during busy times of year (long weekends and school holidays), there’s a chance the camping area will be full when you arrive.
Like most bush campsites run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Warner Glen Recreation Area has only the basic camping facilities. This means no drinking water, no showers and a long drop toilet. But you have to remember that these bush camp sites are cheaper and far more peaceful and natural than most caravan/holiday parks with better facilities, so if you don’t mind roughing it for a few days then it’s well worth it.
Camp Fires, Cooking and Picnics
Fire rings and barbecues are provided for campers and picnickers, but fires are subject to restrictions, depending on the weather and time of year. And you can’t rely on there being firewood available (although there sometimes is); better to bring your own! There are picnic benches pleasantly located down by the brook, and plenty more, plus an undercover shelter, up the other end of the camping area near the large group sites.
Chapman Pool Camping Fees The following camping fees are per person, per night:*Last checked: April 2018 Adults (16+): $11 Concession: 7 Child (6 – 15): $3 5 Years and Younger: free Payment is collected by the national park rangers, or by self regulation (envelope of cash into the collection box) if the rangers don’t stop by. Only cash can be accepted, and make sure you have the right change.
$10 adult per night, $6.60 concession card holder per night, $2.20 child per night (over 5 and under 16 years)
Washing water (not suitable for drinking) No showers/bathrooms Long drop toilets Fire rings and barbecues Picnic benches Rules and Conditions No generators Fire restrictions apply during bushfire season
Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Be aware that animal baits are used in the area Not the best camping area for caravans No bookings