So you’ve heard of Moore River (AKA Guilderton) in Western Australia? your mates, family or a close friend have been talking it up, It’s not that far from Perth they say, It has Beautiful beaches, amazing scenery and a fresh water river right at the towns center. Wow this sounds amazing you say, but where can I find out more information and how to get there? Well this is where Camping Like a Boss comes in………… to tell you all the do’s and don’ts associated with camping in and around the Moore river Town site.
A little bit about Moore River & How to get There!
Guilderton is a small coastal town north of Perth, Western Australia at the mouth of the Moore River in the Shire of Gingin. It was originally known as Gabbadah, an Aboriginal term meaning “mouthful of water” until its gazetting as a town in 1951. Source: Wikipedia
The Guilderton Lighthouse is the last brick built lighthouse in Australia and stands proudly on the dunes Just north of the town. Built in 1983, with specially tapered red clay bricks, it stands 32 meters high and operates as an automatic marine beacon. Placed on top is the white lantern house which contained a triple bulls-eye lens that displayed a light that had a range of 22 nautical miles. It serves today as the only major navigation aid between Fremantle and Jurien Bay. The original bulls-eye lamp is now on display in the Guilderton Country Club, having been replaced by a Tungsten Halogen lamp. This is a great place to visit, especially at night under the stars.
Location: 94 km (58 mi) North of Perth; 39 km (24 mi) South East of Lancelin; 38 km (24 mi) West of Gingin.
Where can I camp?
Moore River/Guilderton Is a family orientated town, located at the mouth of the Moore River, the Guilderton caravan park is a short stones throw away from the river, this is an ideal place to camp for people of all ages.
Guilderton Caravan Park boasts spacious, shaded camping bays (bays 10-57 with hardstands) and 10 self-contained chalets. Ablutions (new in 2004) have been upgraded, and a new BBQ area and fully enclosed campers kitchen are now complete. The staff have always been friendly with outgoing attitudes towards maximizing your holiday and accommodating your needs wherever possible. Guilderton/Moore River Caravan Park
The caravan park has a rating of 4.3 on there website, from a total 145 reviews, Rates are typical for a caravan park.
- Rates per night, for two people, Low season :$140.00 Peak season :$170.00
- Extra persons, 3 years & over, per night all year round :$20.00
- Each chalet sleeps a maximum of six people
Caravan and Camping sites
- Rates per night, for two people, powered sites Low season :$35.00 Peak season :$45.00
- Unpowered sites Low season :$28.00
Peak season :$30.00
- Extra persons, 3 years & over, per night all year round :$10.50
Moore River caravan park has a minimum stay policy.
- Long weekends 3 nights
- Easter 4 nights
- other weekends 2 nights minimum
Due to being so popular, you will have to book well in advance in the peak seasons if you wish to secure a spot, please remember there is a no dog policy at the caravan park and surrounding beach and river foreshores, please do not over think staying here for too long, you will blink and miss out.
Is there recreational activities?
Guilderton in its self is a recreational hub, there is always something to keep you occupied no matter your age. Depending on your skill level, there is a variety of activities for hire near to the caravan park, have a look at the website above for further information and contact phone numbers regarding any hire.
Some activities include;
- Beach walking
- Beach sports IE; cricket, Frisbee and football
- Barbecues and picnics
- Canoe, paddle, pontoon and power boat hire
- Moore river cruises
- stand up paddle board hire
Your opportunities are endless in Moore River, if these activities don’t float your boat, by all means bring along your own power water craft, boat, fishing gear, 4 wheel drive or Kite surfers. There is access to the north of the town, near the light house, to get on the beach via 4wd, this will take you to 3 mile reef, the fishing is great up this way.
Other activities that could be of interest include the Gravity Discovery Centre, this is a great place to visit for the whole family if your into space and science, Caladenia Mini Golf and cafe is another great place for the whole family. Both these activities are a short drive from Guilderton, click the links for more information.
Don’t forget about food
Food food food, glorious food, well with all that talk about food Guilderton has great BBQ facilities along the foreshore of the river for everyone to enjoy, these are gas operated and take a coin to operate (ensure to read the operating instructions).
If you don’t feel up to cooking, the General store has plenty of snack’s and supplies to get you through the day, attached is a great cafe (try the burgers they are delicious), with a generous menu, and for those looking for a little more there is a restaurant next door.
What did we think?
As a young lad growing up in the area, I may be a bit bias towards Moore River, all in all tho it is fantastic place to visit for the entire family or just on your own, my family and myself go back on a very regular basis, there is so much to see and do in and around the Guilderton town site, so its never a dull or boring trip, with its beautiful beaches and river, why would you not put this on your list of places to visit, I am surely grateful. Just remember to plan well in advance as it does get very booked up.
Happy camping……… see you out there.