Schools and youth groups are encouraged to use the group campsites designed specifically to meet their needs including:
- a large open shelter (no walls) for cooking
- rain water tank
- picnic tables
- two toilets
- tent pads
These campsites do not have sleeping shelters as learning to set up a tent is an important element of outdoor recreation expeditions.
Maximum group sizes
At the three group campsites, the maximum group size is 30. At all other campsites the maximum size of any group staying overnight on the Bibbulmun Track is 17, including leaders.
Group leaders are reminded to complete a Group Notification and lodge it no less than one month prior to the start of the expedition.
Mt Cooke Group campsite
Due to the popularity of the Mt Cooke campsite a new group campsite has been built to prevent overcrowding. The group campsite is around 500 metres north of the original Mt Cooke campsite (between Sullivan Rock and the original campsite) and is visible from the Track.
Bibbulmun Wellington Spur Trail
The 19km Wellington Spur Trail links the Bibbulmun Track from Yabberup campsite, south of Collie, to the Wellington Dam recreation area which offers a range of other recreational activities including mountain biking and canoeing. It is a pretty walk through the Wellington National Park which features WA’s unique eucalypt forests of jarrah, marri and yarri (blackbutt).
The trail has two group campsites and can be walked as a three day/two night or two day/one night walk.
Wiilman Bilya Trail
Extend your walk on the Bibbulmun Wellington Spur Trail following the Wiilman Bilya Trail. This trail is a pleasant full day walk following the shores of the Wellington Dam and features an opportunity to take in some fantastic panoramas of the Dam and to experience some of WA's unique eucalypt forests of Jarrah, Marri and Yarri (blackbutt) which the trail meanders through. A series of bridges along the trail provides an added interest to the picturesque surrounds. The group campsite, Nyingarn (echidna) Campsite is similar in design to the group campsites on the Bibbulmun Wellington Spur Trail which boast an undercover area, picnic tables, toilets and tent sites (but no sleeping shelter). The maximum group size is 25. For more information visit TrailsWA.
Group Camping in other areas
Nutkin Lodge - near Peaceful Bay. Provision for school camping on pasture area during specific times of the year – this is complimentary (with terms and conditions applied). Accommodation cottages for staff shower use can be provided for a low fee if this facility is desired.