Located between Albany and Esperance, in the small rural town of Wellstead WA, is the Wellstead Bush Park where you will see views of the Stirling Ranges along with beautiful sunrises and magical sunsets. Wellstead Bush Park provides 30 acres of spacious campground and is the perfect spot to base yourself while you explore everything the surrounding area has to offer.
Wellstead locals Rob and Carolyn Davy, opened up their property on the South Coast Highway about 4 years ago for travellers who are tent campers right through to those with big rigs. They also have a one bedroom, fully self contained cabin available if you want a night out of the tent or van.
The pet friendly campground offers level, grassed and gravel sites, or choose a large drive through site if you don’t want to unhitch the van. The majority of sites are unpowered, although there is power available if needed, but this is limited. There is a large communal fire pit for campers or you are free to use your own setup when there are no fire restrictions.
The facilities are clean and well maintained including toilets, showers, a washing machine for a small cost, clothes line, outside sink and a tub in one of the amenity blocks. There is a playground and dump point with a fresh water tap situated behind the Community Resource Centre. BYO drinking water is advised or there is drinking water (town water) available near the dump point behind the centre.
When you arrive, just choose your site and someone will be around to see you after 5pm. Alternatively, for those who arrive late, there is an Honesty Box at the back of the Notice board in front of the small ablution block.
The Rural Services/Store is close by and cater for travellers with fuel, take away or sit down food, groceries and liquor. They are open 7 days a week from 6:00am to 7:00pm. The Whisper Coffee Shop, run by local volunteers, has yummy home made cakes and good quality coffee with all proceeds going back into the community to fund projects. For other services you may need, City of Albany is 100km and Jerramungup a small town is 90km from the park.
HOW TO GET THERE
Wellstead is 100km east of Albany, or 90km south west of Jerramungup on Highway 1 (South Coast Highway). From Albany, the entrance is on the left, on the northern side at the GPS reference and still within the 90km zone. From Jerramungup, it’s on the right, 15m from the start of the 90km zone. The roads are well signed and the entrance is opposite the Community Hall. Look for the large coloured sign.
Gravel road access, drive straight to the end or do a loop around the park bays.
FEES & BOOKINGS
Fee is from $10/night for 1 person, $15/night per couple for unpowered sites.
$7.50 extra person, $5 extra child 5-16, free 5 under.
$5.00/night extra for power
Washing Machine $5 Load
Fee is $90/night per person and $120/night per couple for the 1 Bedroom Cabin.
For further information, contact Rob or Carolyn on the number below.
THINGS TO DO
500 metres opposite the main store is the Wellstead Community Resource Centre where you can get access to the internet, tourist information including information on local attractions and maps, highlighting the must-see and do experiences in the region. You will also find a well-stocked shop of souvenirs, historical and heritage displays, photo printing or browse the public library. Open from 8:30am – 4:00pm five days a week.
Cape Riche, Pallinup River
Cape Riche Beach is 20km away where you can swim, fish, and even see whales when in season. There is a BBQ, picnic area, and a river where you can launch a boat, great for kayaking.
Bluff Knoll – Stirling Range National Park
Located in the Stirling Range National Park, Bluff Knoll at 1098m above sea level, is the highest and most spectacular peak in the South West, and accessible for a person of average fitness. The trail features abundant wildflowers, birdlife, reptiles, exceptional scenery and views of the Stirling Ranges and geological formations.