Greenbushes Pool is a little bush oasis, especially on a hot summer day with the family.
I found myself exploring the area on a recent trip into Australia’s South West. We had a great time hanging out for the day swimming, jumping off the jetty, having a BBQ and just generally having some fun with the family.
It’s definitely a popular place to visit, especially by the local townsfolk and grey nomads making their way around Australia.
It’s a natural pool, surrounded by natural bush lands with amenities such as a BBQ, playground and toilets. You can even camp on site for 3 days before the ranger moves you on.
Greenbushes Pool is in Norm Lindsay Reserve. Which covers 4.8 hectares of bushland, including the pool, boardwalk and all the amenities like toilets playground, BBQ etc. Making this a great place to visit for a swim, lunch or some free camping for a few days.
Greenbushes Pool is situated 250km from Perth on the South Western Highway. Located just outside the town of Greenbushes which is 30 minutes drive north of Bridgetown.
Address: Greenbushes Pool, Norm Lindsay Reserve, Spring Gully Road, Greenbushes, Western Australia 6254, Australia.
Amenities and features:
- Opening hours: 24 hours
- Cost: free
- Free camping and caravans (3 nights maximum)
- Drinking water
- Free BBQ
- Pets Allowed
Greenbushes Pool Camping
This is a great place to set up camp under the gumtrees. With access to a great swimming hole, a free BBQ and undercover area, toilets and a tap to refill water supplies.
There are plenty of great shady spots for caravans, vans and camper trailers, either in the carpark near the toilet block (not the BBQ/undercover area) or in a second area that is higher and above the playground/BBQ area. This was where most vans where located, with caravans, trailers and larger vehicles in the bottom car park.
There is also a short boardwalk that circulates the waters edge, taking roughly 20 minutes to walk. The trail is a mixture decked boardwalk and gravel pathways. The trail is well signed with directions and local flora and fauna descriptions. Plus the trail has wheelchair access.
This is a little gem when looking for a camp ground in the stunning Southwest. You can stay here for free for up to 3 nights, before having to move on.
Though, if your after a longer stay, then head over to Greenbushes Oval where you can set up for a longer stay. It’s also a great free camping spot with a massive oval which is great for the kids. Another bonus is that it has clean toilets.
Greenbushes Pool History
Greenbushes pool is well known in the area as a great place to go swimming, especially by the residence of Greenbushes. But it also has some historical importance to the town of Greenbushes, as it was original dredged to supply the towns tin sluicing and mining operations from the late 1800s until the 1900s. It wasn’t until 1945 when the dam was used as a public reserve and used for a swimming pool.
Greenbushes Town History
Greenbushes is a small historic timber and mining town located on the South West Highway, between Balingup and Bridgtown. Having a very small population of 362 residences, the town is often overlooked because of it proximity to Bridgtown.
It was named from the greenbushes that surround a drink hole that was visited by thirsty travellers in the 1880s traveling from Bunbury in the north.
The town itself was founded in 1888 as a mining town, following the discovery of tin two years prior. These days the town has two main industries, which are timber and mining for tantalite concentrate, lithium, tin and kaolin.