Mt Trio Bush Camp

Finding a place to set up camp can be a bit of a challenge these days. Caravan parks are plentiful; and while I will happily stop in one for a night or two to clean up and re-stock on a longer trip, I much prefer to stay in a secluded piece of bushland. But free camp sites are increasingly being wiped out due to costs of keeping them tidy, and the cheap DPaW (DEC) campgrounds are undergoing increasing restrictions which are really taking the fun out of it all. I was beginning to lose hope in finding a nice bush camp for my trip to the Stirling Ranges; until I discovered the Mount Trio Bush Camp.

DSC_6569We were initially drawn to the place by the promise of a campground fire pit. The council had lifted the fire ban a week prior to our visit, but then put it back in place 2 days before we arrived. Bugger.

Still, the camp has an enticing list of things to get excited about such as the well appointed camp kitchen with the communal fire pit and cooking fire nearby, a nice little games/information building, clean amenities with hot showers; and all in a natural bush setting.

We picked out a nice looking patch of earth to call our home (no assigned camping bays here), folded out our roof top tent, rolled out our awning and kicked back to listen to the sound of nothing but birds. All without needing to engage a park ranger in the usual argument of where we can camp or whether we are a tent, camper-van or RV.

The camp kitchen blends well with the surrounding bush. The fire pit can be seen in the foreground.

The camp kitchen blends well with the surrounding bush. The fire pit can be seen in the foreground.

Eventually I made my way towards the table tennis room, where a self check-in system is in place. Rates are reasonable: $12.50 per person for an un-powered site; and children under 12 are half price. The walls are plastered with images of local wildflowers, maps and hikers views from the top of the mountains. Whilst in the little hut I also learned of all the guided walking tours which operate from the camp, and are run by the owner of the camp John Byrne who it turns out is a fully accredited tour guide!

Our little patch of bush for the weekend. Only two other campers in sight.

Our little patch of bush for the weekend. Only two other campers in sight.

The table tennis/information hut. The fenced area is actually a grassed play pen with sandpit for the little ones.

The table tennis/information hut. The fenced area is a grassed play pen with sandpit for the little ones.

Of course I can’t just sit here and talk this place up without at least trying to pick a fault. Truth be told I can only come up with one, and that is with the amenities. Not that they were untidy, but that in the busy periods around spring or with a school group or similar; I could see there being a line out the door each morning and evening. Until such times come around, the Mount Trio Bush Camp will certainly be my choice to camp when I head that way again.

See you out there!

Alex

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  1. Aaron Schubert
    June 08, 12:10 Reply
    This sounds like a nice place. We haven't done the Stirling Ranges for a while now - must head down there.

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