As usual we went looking for accommodation for our summer holiday camping trip a little late. We had been planning to stay at Fonty’s pool campground ever since we passed by on our around Australia trip in 2006 (it was full then). The only time available this year was just before Christmas, which was not when we wanted to go but it worked out well in the end.

Fonty's Pool in Manjimup, WA
The grassy unpowered camping area

The thing that attracted us to Fonty’s Pool originally was the nice grassy camp-sites. We were given free rein to camp anywhere in the unpowered section of the park. That is not as good as it sounds, as we are not good at making such decisions. We are quite experienced at staying at campgounds and caravan parks, so we know of all the traps and things to consider, which just makes the decision harder. There were no good spots under a shady tree, so we opted for an area along the fence line, so we only had neighbours on one side, and sheep on the other.

Fonty's Pool in Manjimup, WA
We chose a spot by the paddock of sheep

Another consideration was being near the camp kitchen. We had the basic camping supplies to prepare and cook our own meals, but we prefer to have a large kitchen and clean up area, and tables to prepare food and eat at with plenty of room. The camp kitchen had the usual items: fridge, microwave, toaster, a couple of wash up sinks, gas hobs and free BBQs. We cooked all our meals here, and made use of the long wooden beaches to sit and eat.

The campground is located in the area of lots of fruit farms, and many fruit pickers choose to stay at this campground too. At first we thought this would not be good, but they were quiet (tired after longs days working in the sun) and friendly, and as a bonus we were supplied with plenty of free freshly picked cherries.

Fonty's Pool in Manjimup, WA
Camper’s Kitchen

There was a good playground for the kids to play, and being school holidays there were plenty of other kids for them to play with too. The daily cricket match introduced our kids to the game, an interest that has continued since we returned from Fonty’s.

Fonty's Pool in Manjimup, WA
an old-fashioned wooden kids playground

The campground is located in Manjimup in the south-west of WA, one of our favourite areas in Western Australia. There is lots to see and do nearby, and after a day exploring the surrounding area there is nothing better than a dip in the pool. The pool is basically a dammed river, though the bottom is mostly concreted and solid edges and steps have been added, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. The water was not that clear and the bottom was a bit grubby, but just what you would expect when swimming in a river. You had to share the water with ducks. The free tyre tubes are good fun to relax on when you could get them, and the diving board provided a challenge to our nerves.

Fonty's Pool in Manjimup, WA
The free rubber tyres were very popular

Overall Fonty’s Pool is a great place to visit at this time of year. You can escape the Christmas time heat of Perth, but still have beautiful swimming weather. After a day exploring the nearly towns and forest areas of Manjimup and Pemberton, it nice to return to a such a pleasant spot.

Fonty's Pool in Manjimup, WA
The boys love their blow up lounge / bed

Details

Fonty’s Pool Chalets and Caravan Park
699 Seven Day Road, Manjimup
www.fontyspool.com.au
ph. 08 9771 2105

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