Sometimes I need a little push or motivation to explore new areas that are seemingly on my doorstep. This was one of those adventures. Firstly, I met up with a dear friend who was filming an advertisement for her company to play at an upcoming movie festival that she is sponsoring, this meant getting in front of the camera. Then the clouds and rain made way for some sunshine and exploration at Lane Poole Reserve.
The Important Stuff
Lane Poole Reserve is about 8 km outside of Dwellingup, and about 100 km from Perth (or an hour in the car). The reserve is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and there is a $12 per vehicle entrance fee; be sure to have cash on you if you do not have a Parks Pass.
There are walk trails, camping and picnic areas, and plenty of pools for those who want a dip or get out on a kayak. Both the Munda Bindi and Bibbulman trails cut through the park.
The park is essentially located just over an hour south east of Perth, about 10 mins out of Dwellingup. If you want a last kick of caffeine or bite to eat before getting to Lane Poole drop into Blue Wren Cafe on the way through Dwellingup.
I can see this place getting extremely busy during the warmer, drier months, but visiting in winter brings a special kind of magic and quietness. If you can bear the cold, the reward of seemingly having the place to yourself will pay off.