Boranup Campground is a small and very peaceful camping area deep in the Boranup Forest south of Margaret River and north of Augusta. You’ll find it off Boranup Road, the winding scenic drive through the karri forest, towards the southern end nestled in amongst witchy goblin trees and lots of moss and greenery. The campground is incredibly beautiful, almost mystical, in misty wet weather.
Although it’s in the middle of the Boranup Forest which is best known for its karri trees, the campground is located in an area my sister and I call the Boranup Goblin Forest, where the tree types are more mixed and the karri trees that are there grow shorter and more gnarled with twisted branches. Trees growing in the camping area are mainly small marri and peppermint trees, but in the surrounds there are a lot of witchy, goblin karri trees.
Camping at Boranup
There are only 7 campsites within Boranup Campground, which helps to keep it more peaceful and quiet than many other bush camping areas.
Individual sites are separated by green jungles of shrubbery and are well shaded by trees. Each site has its own fire ring and picnic bench. Trees and bushes provide a lot of shelter and shade, and it feels very enclosed and cosy, deep in the woods. The no generators rule further ensures peace and quiet for all campers to be able to enjoy the sounds of nature – birdsong and the wind in the treetops.
The campsites are small with limited parking and so are suitable for tent camping and campervans only. There is not enough room to park a caravan or camper trailer at these sites (if you do have a caravan you might instead like Alexandra Bridge or Contos Campgrounds, or even Canebrake Pool if you value remoteness and seclusion over convenience).
You need to be entirely self-sufficient when camping at Boranup. Bring plenty of food, water and firewood, and take away all rubbish when you leave. This is not too difficult though, as Karridale with its general store and tavern is only a 7km drive away and Augusta is only about 20km.
Boranup Campsite is rarely fully occupied, apart from at busy times of year in some school holidays and long weekends with fine weather. You don’t need to prebook a spot – just rock up and take whatever campsite is available. The down side to this is, at busy times you might miss out on a campsite, in which case you’ll need to head over to another camping area such as Contos or Alexandra Bridge (which no doubt will also be crowded). Sometimes during busy times of year you can ring DPAW on the day and they might be able to give you an idea of how full the campgrounds have been recently and which ones are most likely to have sites free.
I think autumn and spring, or a sunny dry spell during winter, are the best times of year for camping at Boranup Campground. Boranup Camp is most beautiful in winter when it’s all green and mossy, misty and cloudy – like it was on the day when I stopped by and had a walk around to take the photos for this article. But it gets very damp and freezing cold! In summer it is a lovely shady green place to camp, but you might prefer to set up camp next to a river or beach when it gets really hot (although it’s often peaceful and uncrowded when other campsites such as Warner Glen and Contos are busy).
The following camping fees are per person, per night:* Last checked: September 2015
|Child (6 – 15)||$2.20|
|5 Years and Younger||free|
Only cash can be accepted, and make sure you have the right change. Make your payment in the collection box located at the information sign, or you can pay the ranger directly if they are around.
Rules and Conditions
- No generators
- No dogs
- Do not collect firewood from surrounding bush
- Camp fires are not allowed from December through to mid-April
- Camp fires are usually allowed at other times of year, fire bans can be in effect at any time and must be respected.
- Fires may only be lit within fire rings.
- Not a suitable campsite for caravans and trailers
- Campsites cannot be prebooked – set up camp in one any time if it’s free and if they’re all taken head over to a different camping spot.
- Do not leave any rubbish.
Boranup Campground Facilities
- 2WD accessible (gravel)
- Tents and small campervans only
- Longdrop toilets
- Picnic benches in individual campsite and central communal area
- Fire rings/wood bbq’s next to picnic benches.
- No water available – bring your own
Picnics, Cooking and Campfires at Boranup Campground
Boranup Campground is also a lovely spot for a picnic, especially if you are camping there too. The picnic tables are set amongst pretty forest surrounds and there are fire rings where you can light a fire, and even cook lunch on the metal tray that can be moved over the fire.
Firewood is sometimes provided at the campground, but don’t depend on it being there and most definitely do not collect firewood from the surrounding bushland. Bring your own fire wood if you want a guaranteed supply.
Campfires are not permitted at all between December and mid-April due to the risk of bush fire. They are almost always permitted at other times of year, but fire restrictions can be put in place at any time and must be respected. You can still cook on a camp stove (non-solid fuel burning) brought from home when restrictions (not total fire ban) are in place. Occasionally there is a total fire ban, when all stoves and burning is prohibited including all camp stoves.
Where is Boranup Campsite, and how do you get there?
The Boranup Campground is located in the southern half of the Margaret River Region along the Boranup Scenic Drive, a winding unsealed road through the Boranup Karri Forest that diverges off from Caves Road and meets back up with it further down.
The GPS coordinates of the campground’s location are -34.1806, 115.0722.
Last Updated: 12th September, 2015.
First posted on 12th September, 2015 by Bonny.
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