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Cambray Pool

Camping Area

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Cambray Pool, or Cambray Siding is located on a tributary of the Blackwood River, some 2 hours drive southwest of Perth.  It has a long tradition of nude use that originated when it was the venue for an "alternative" festival in the 1960's.  The pools were developed to service the steam trains that ran on the rail line that was located just to the east of the river.  A small town was developed but all that now remains are some foundations and exotic fruit trees in the bush.




This is a bush camping spot with no facilities, so you need to take everything with you if you are camping.  There are trees for shade and flat areas for pitching tents.  There is no water, or toilet facilities so if you don't have a chemical toilet please stay at least 100m away from the river to avoid contaminating the water.  The pool has trees and snags so be careful entering and leaving the water.  The nearest facilities are all in Nannup.


Current Status


Although Nannup Council has not erected a sign permitting clothing-optional use, Cambray Pool is commonly used for nude bathing.


When To Visit


Unless you are really set up for bush camping, it is probably best during the summer from November to April.



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How To Get There


Cambray Siding is situated approximately 17 km NW of Nannup.  Head north on the Vasse Highway (route 104) for 13.2km and then turn left into Cambray Road which is only a gravel track.

If you are approaching from Busselton (from the north), pass through Jarrahwood on the Vasse Highway (route 104) heading towards Nannup and continue on for about 11 km, past St. Johns Brook Bridge.  Turn right into Cambray Road (at the signpost).

Once on Cambray Road, proceed for about 4.5 km and you will meet the old railway line that is now the Munda Biddi cycle trail.  Turn right and drive for about 400 metres until you see a water tank, from here you will find several campsites.  The swimming hole is on your left through the trees, just pick a good spot to stop.  Use the "satellite" option on the map and zoom in for more detail.

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