Potters Gorge

Potters Gorge campground is a fantastic secluded site located in the bushland on the edge of Wellington Dam, Within the Wellington National Park. 

Our tent setup at Potters Gorge

About Potters Gorge Campground

Surrounded by magnificent Jarrah and Marri trees you’ll find yourself in a lovely secluded shady area with over 50+ sites to choose from.  There is a range of sites catering to tents, campervans, and caravans.

Map of potters gorge campground
Map of Potters Gorge Campground

Although the campground has no power or drinking water, it does have a couple of nice picnic shelters with barbecues free to be used by the campers at the site. There are also adequate drop toilets placed throughout the campground which have toilet paper and are cleaned regularly.

Most of the campgrounds also have a table and chairs along with a containing camp fire which can only be used during the winter months.

What are the campsites like?

There are a number of sites that range in both size and also ground types. When booking a campsite online I would recommend you read the description of the site you’re considering to confirm whether it’s suited to what you’re camping in as some are suited for tents and some caravans only. When I camp there in tents I usually take a 12V hammer drill and a masonry drill bit should I come across any hard ground.

Are there campfires within the campground?

Yes, most of the sites have dedicated fire areas with a swing around hot plate.

Note, campfires are only allowed when there are no fire restrictions (e.g. winter months). Visit the DPWA’s Current campfire conditions page to check on current restrictions.

You must bring your own firewood. If you don’t have firewood you can purchase a bag of wood from the kiosk for $25 though best not to rely on this as they don’t also have wood in stock.

As a guide, we usually allow for one bag of wood for the day and night. This is enough to have a nice cooked brekky on the fire in the morning and then enough for the evening. Oh and remember to pack some marshmallows for some smorgs!

Are generators permitted at Potters Gorge?

Generators can be used at Potters Gorge and according to Parks and Wildlife Service they are only permitted between 8am to 9pm. However, if there is a total fire ban generators are not allowed.

Generator being used within the campground

Does Potters Gorge have showers?

No, unfortunately, there are no showers at the campground, however, a number of campers usually run portable showers. If required, untreated water can be found near the toilets and the camper kitchen areas.

Are there toliets at Potters Gorge?

Yes, there are a number of toilets located in and around the campground. The location of these toilets can be seen in the map of the campsite at the top of this page.

Are dogs or pets allowed at Potters?

No. unfortunately, no dogs, cats, or pets are allowed at Potters Gorge Campground.

No dogs or cats allowed at Potters Gorge campground

Are there bins and greywater dumping facilities at Potters?

Yes, Potters Gorge has a number of rubbish bins located to the right of the entrance. To the left of the bins you’ll find the grey water dumping facilities.

How do I book a campsite at Potters Gorge?

Campsites at Potters Gorge can only be booked online. Use the link below to access the Parks and Wildlife booking page.

Look before you book!

Did you know that you can take a virtual tour of Potters Gorge before you get there? This is the perfect way to view the different sites before you make your booking.

Things to do

Linking out from the campground are many footpaths that lead you down to the calm blue waters of the Wellington Dam

The dam offers many water-based activities for all, including fishing (Great for Marron fishing in the season), kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming.  For the kids, there is also a gravel mountain bike track near the entrance of the campground.

1. Kayaking and paddleboarding

The waters in Wellington Dam are perfect for those wanting to explore with a kayak or paddleboard. For those that are up for a challenge, it’s a nice paddle if you head to the other side of the dam and back.

2. Fishing

As mentioned, Fishing is a popular activity for campers at Potters Gorge.  Within Wellington Dam a popular catch amongst fishermen is Redfin Perch.

If you get up early it’s well worth it. With the right conditions (like the video below) you see fish surfacing on the water looking for a feed.

Additionally to this the dam and the neighbouring river, that being Preston River, have been known to produce some decent trout.

Fishing and kayaking on Preston River
Fishing from the rocks at Preston River (Close by)

However, probably the well-known species that are targeted from Potters Gorge is Marron.  Being trophy waters you’ll find the banks of the river covered with keen fisherman and their families trying to snare a feed of Marron.

3. Go boating in the Dam

For those with a boat, there is a boat launching area just north of the campground.  Although you’ll need a 4WD to launch from here, it’s well worth it. 

Just worth noting though,  boats are not allowed in the area directly out the front of the campground (Left of the boat launching area).  This is reserved for non-motor-based activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding.

Once you’ve launched there are a few options including fishing or taking your time exploring what the dam has to offer.  When you’re there, be sure to explore the different areas of the dam, however, it’s worth noting that not all areas are open to motorised vessels.

Snake Island, located towards the centre of the dam, is one of these areas, though definitely worth a visit.

Exploring Snake Island Wellington Dam
Family and friends resting on a log off Snake Island at Potters Gorge

One thing though, when approaching the banks of the dam in a boat be sure to watch out for fallen trees or tree stumps.

As you can see in the photo below there are some that are just hiding under the water along the water edge. If hit with speed, these would do some serious damage to your hull or prop.

Close up of tree stump under water at potters gorge dam
Tree stump literally 20cm under the water

4. Bush Walking

For those that feel like going for a hike, there are some fantastic treks out from Potters Gorge.

Walking trails from Potters Gorge
A choice of walking trails heading out of Potters Gorge campground
Walking trails to Potters Gorge
Some trails heading into Potters Gorge
View from walking trail at potters gorge
View of the bush whilst walking from Potters Gorge through to the Kiosk at Wellington Dam

If you’re there in September/October be sure to keep an eye out for some of the wildflowers along the bush tracks.

5. Mountain bike riding

Additional to walking trails there are some awesome mountain bike trails around Potters Gorge too. Once of these is the Wambenger Trails.

6. Feed the parrots

The parrots are super friendly on the campsite and there are a number of birds that will come down to your site looking for a feed. One of the most attractive birds is the Ringneck parrot (often known as the Twenty-Eight parrot).

As these parrots are not shy, ensure your food is put away as when given a chance they’re not shy and will soon be rummaging through your food boxes for an easy snack.

Day visits

For those not camping for the night, day visitors are also welcome to Potters Gorge with plenty of parking for visitors. There are also some nice facilities that day visitors can use including some sheltered areas, BBQs, benches and more.

How to get there

Potters Gorge is located approximately 2.5hrs south of Perth.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there any shops near by?

The closet cafe is the kiosk at the dam, however, this doesn’t sell much in the way of supplies.  If you need to do a decent food shop or a bottle shop run I’d recommend heading into Collie which is about a 20-25mins drive away.  Here you’ll find a heap of shops including an IGA for grocery shopping.

2. Is there any phone reception at Potters Gorge?

As Potters Gorge campground is within the shade of the jarrah forest there is little to no reception. However, if you walk out onto the bank of Wellington Dam you can pick up a phone reception.

2. Can you swim at Potters Gorge?

Yes, you can swim in the dam, however just be mindful that the dam can get quite muddy. If you are keen for a 5-minute drive there are some great swimming holes within Preston River.

Videos of Potters Gorge

Check out the below playlist showcasing some videos of Potters Gorge and the surrounding areas.

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