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 Notice of Intent.
Mt Cooke satellite 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.
The spur trail is marked with a green Waugal trail marker to differentiate it from the main Track. The route is marked on Bibbulmun Track map 3 – Collie.
Walk options include:
1. Collie to Wellington Dam. 40km
Day 1. Walk the Bibbulmun Track to Yabberup Campsite which is 19.6km south of Collie. (To shorten the walk, get dropped of at Mungalup Road Bridge 13.7km or Mungalup Road South 10.4km. These vehicle drop-off points are shown on the map.)
Lyall's Mill group campsite is approximately 350 metres away from Yabberup campsite (300m from the spur/Track junction).
Day 2. The 15km walk from Lyalls Mill campsite to Arcadia Campsite takes you through jarrah forest with occasional valley views.
Day 3. A short 3.5km hike to Wellington Dam leaves time to explore the Dam recreation area. Camping is also available in the area.
2. Glen Mervyn Dam to Wellington Dam. 25km
Same itinerary as above but commence your walk at Glen Mervn Dam. Follow the Bibbulmun Track for 6kms to the start of the spur trail. This provides a shorter first day's walk depending on the age of the group and/or the travel time to get to the drop-off/pick-up point.
3. Wellington Dam to Arcadia Campsite. 7km return.
Starting the walk at the Dam into Arcadia campsite and back is a good day walk or overnight option for younger age groups.
Parks and Wildlife visitor services contact
To assist with planning your excursion and activities in the Wellington National Park contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife visitor services officer on 9735 1988 or email wellington @dpaw.wa.gov.au
Kiosk at the Dam
For mountain bike and canoe hire contact the Kiosk in advance. Booking for the camping grounds at Potters Gorge and Honeymoon Pool can also be made via their website.
- 08 9734 7521
Wellington Forest Discovery Forest
Situated amongst the magnificent jarrah forest of the Wellington National Park, this centre offers eco-education experiences that give an insight into jarrah forest ecology and past management of the forest.
- Department of Parks and Wildlife
- 9725 4300
Wellington Forest Cottages and Conference Centre
Wellington Forest Cottages and Conference Centre is just 10kms from Wellington Dam and within walking distance of the Wellington Forest Discovery Centre. Upgraded in 2014 there are 8 cottages that sleep up to 8 people each (one double bed).
- 9728 3043
- 333 Wellington Forest Rd
- Wellington Mill WA 6236
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.