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Lane Poole Reserve

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Photo of Lane Poole Reserve on a misty morning

Pitching tent in the jarrah forest by the Murray River is an experience that draws thousands of visitors back to Lane Poole Reserve every year.

Just 100 kilometres from Perth, the Reserve covers nearly 55,000 hectares, ranging from the steeply forested valley slopes and rock-rimmed pools of the Murray River near the Darling Scarp to the more open, undulating jarrah and wandoo woodlands further east. Tall blackbutt, jarrah and marri forest shades the river valley, and on either side of the river gravel roads lead to recreation areas.

Popular camping spots include the site of the old jarrah mill at Nanga, burnt in the Dwellingup fires of 1961, and now sheltered by a grove of tall pines. See feature "A Town Like Nanga".

Nearby Nanga Brook flows down a trout ladder and into the Murray River. The Murray is the largest river in the Darling Plateau undammed for water supply. The river forms rapids, small waterfalls and deep still pools along its course. In winter, it can be a raging torrent, and in summer, a limpid stream for swimming, canoeing, or fishing.

In spring, the forest fills with wildflowers and in autumn you can hear the calls of brilliant parrots and magpies echoing through the early morning mist along the valley floor.

History

Lane Poole Reserve was declared in 1984 to protect the conservation and recreation values of the northern jarrah forest and the Murray River - the longest permanent river in the jarrah forest. It was named after C.E. Lane Poole, the State's first Conservator of Forests and a devoted conservationist.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Where is it?
Approximately 100 km south of Perth, just south of Dwellingup.

Travelling time:
2 hours from Perth

What to do:
Bushwalking, camping, swimming, canoeing and rafting, fishing, wildlife observation, picnicking, photography.

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  • Camping and Recreation Areas:
    For information on camping at Lane Poole, please visit DEC Campgrounds
    • Icy Creek Environmental Education Facility – bookings only venue
  • Walktrails and Other Trails:
    • Bibbulmun Track (Dwellingup section)
    • Bridle Trails
    • Chuditch Walktrail
    • Island Pool Walktrail
    • King Jarrah Walk
    • Marrinup Tour (car and walking tour)
    • Mountain Bike Trails
    • Murray Valley Circuit
    • Nanga Heritage Circuit

Facilities:
Facilities include day-use and camping areas, toilets, barbecues and tables.

Best season:
Spring to Autumn

Nearest DEC office:
DEC's Dwellingup District Office is in Banksiadale Road.

 

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