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If you’re dreaming of getting back to nature and are looking for a suitable Margaret River camping spot, RAC Margaret River Nature Park (formerly Wharncliffe Mill Bush retreat) is ideally situated within Bramley National Park.

With its admirable commitment to conservation, Wharncliffe Mill allows you to enjoy all the famous Margaret River attractions whilst leaving as little imprint as possible on this beautiful and sensitive environment.

After exploring the beautiful coastal areas of Dunsborough and Yallingup on my epic Perth to Adelaide adventure, we headed south to experience both forest and coastal beauty at Western Australia’s well-known holiday hotspot Margaret River.

I was so impressed with my stay that I thought I’d dedicate a whole blog post to it! So here’s a review of the facilities and activities on offer at RAC Margaret River Nature Park.

RAC Nature Park Margaret River Accommodation Options

There’s a range of accommodation options at Wharncliffe Mill. We slept in our tent, but they also have powered sites for caravans, campervans and camper trailers, along with dorms, cabins, an eco lodge and safari tents for glamping!

Hammock and glamping tents at RAC Margaret River Nature Park.
Safari tents at RAC Margaret River
Driveway to RAC camping ground in Western Australia.
Campground area

RAC Margaret River Nature Park Eco Tourism

It was the conservation efforts of Wharncliffe Mill that led me to choose it as my Margaret River camping destination.

As well as offering Aboriginal cultural tours, the retreat has implemented solar power, rain water tanks, wastewater recycling, revegetation and replanting of native species, weed management strategies and offers a fleet of mountain bikes to discourage guests from driving.

Tree mural at Wharncliffe Mill eco camping ground.
Vegetable garden at RAC Margaret River eco accommodation.

Facilities at RAC Margaret River Camping Ground

The site has that rare combination of great facilities to rival a caravan park in the natural setting of a bush camp.

As well as a café, kiosk and free Wi-Fi, RAC Margaret River offers hot showers, flushing toilets, well-equipped kitchens, an undercover dining and recreation area and campfire pits.

Communal facilities (shed) at RAC Margaret River (Wharncliffe Mill).
Undercover dining and recreation area

Bush Walking around Wharncliffe Mill

Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat is the perfect place to stay if you want to spend time bush walking on your trip to Margaret River.

Set in the heart of Bramley National Park, the retreat has a multitude of walking trails right on its doorstep, taking you on a journey through the Karri, Marri and Jarrah trees that Australia’s southwest is know for. You can even walk to Margaret River town centre via a 15-minute bush walk from Wharncliffe Mill.

Here are some of the beautiful sights we saw on the walks. We chose a combination of the Pine Tree Trail, Big Brook Trail, Old Chimney Trail followed by the walk into town to grab a coffee.

Beautiful lake on a nature walk in Margaret River.
Bridge on a walk in Margaret River, WA.
Looking up at trees at Wharncliffe Mill in Western Australia.
Beautiful pink flowers on a bush walk in Margaret River.

How to Find & Book RAC Margaret River Nature Park

The driveway to Wharncliffe Mill is situated off Carters Road, about 1km off the Bussell Highway (see the sign in the picture below). Follow the link underneath to book your stay.

Book RAC Margaret River Nature Park

Entrance to RAC camping ground in WA.

I hope you have a great time on your Margaret River camping trip! Read about the things I did in Margaret River next!

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Looking for an eco-friendly Margaret River camping spot? Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat is located in Bramley National Park, just a 15-minute walk from Margaret River Western Australia, and offers a range of accommodation, as well as beautiful bush trails and cycle tracks right on its doorstep.
Lisa Bull
Written by Lisa Bull

Lisa Bull, founder of Dreaming of Down Under, has been living in Australia as a British expat since 2015. After travelling to every state and territory in Australia and living in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, Lisa knows from first-hand experience the best destinations to visit in Australia and the best budget travel tips. Her guides on this blog have been read by over 700k readers and helped thousands of people achieve their dream of living in or travelling Australia.