It's as mesmerizing as it is beautiful. The scenery, the nature, the calmness of the river and the mighty Indian Ocean all rolled into one.
It's Guilderton, it is Western Australia!
Guilderton is secluded and well hidden. It doesn’t come with the big tourist names in the state like The Kimberly region or Margaret River region, but don’t let that fool you. This place has everything you need and it’s only a stones throw away from Perth. A sixty-minute drive to be exact.
So pack your bags and load up the car and whatever you do, don’t forget your tent. Because this is not a place with fanciful hotels and fine dining. Out here, you have to rough it with a million-dollar view that is a fun time away for families of all ages, as you tell camp stories under the Australian night sky.
How to Get There
Head north from Perth down the Mitchell Freeway, turn right at Burns Beach Rd, then take a right onto Wanneroo Rd. About half an hour later, you will see the Guilderton turn off and then you’re there.
Moore River is where the river ends and the ocean begins and is what makes Guilderton so stunning. It's also the main activity, and people flock to the soothing Moore river to take advantage of a scorching summer day's heat. There are plenty of vantage points along the river and towards the Indian Ocean and you will be hard pressed in this great state to find a better sunset.
Where to Stay
Guilderton Caravan Park is the main accommodation area in Guilderton. Sitting conveniently at the mouth of the river, the caravan park is perfect for tents and caravans, but it also provides a handful of cabins, if roughing it in a tent is not your thing. In Summer, book early as spots are limited and will sell out quickly.
Also, in the area there are an abundance of holiday homes available for short-term lease, or for sale if you want to make an investment. To find a rental just google Guilderton holiday rentals and it will take you where you need to be. Perfect for those seeking a luxury stay.
Guilderton Country Club
Don’t forget your golf clubs if you plan on staying for a few days. The Guilderton Country Club has many sporting activities on offer such as golf, lawn bowls, tennis and even a skate park and an average putt-putt for the kids. If you want to eat in a bit of style and have a cold beer off the tap, the country club also has a tavern and bar. Check times for opening hours online.
What to Do
- Hiking: A few good family-friendly hikes are available in Guilderton, whether it's along the river or the Indian Ocean. You'll find a good hike for any level of fitness.
- Fishing: If you're a keen fisherman, you're oficially spoilt for choices. River or beach. Throw in a line and try to reel in a nice bream. But make sure you're checking the size as the authorities will be onto you if you aren't.
- Swimming: Again spoilt with choices, but the sandy banks of the river ultimately make it the top choice for travellers. The waters are calm, clean and pleasant. As always, watch your kids as the currents can take off at times and the middle of the river is quite deep. If dodging waves is your thing, go to the mouth of the river and dip your toes into the ocean. Remember, the ocean is a fierce beast and give it the respect it deserves. Do not enter if swimming is not your strong point. Then, rather stick to the river.
- Four-Wheel Driving: Are you a bit of an adrenaline junkie on four-wheels? Guilderton is perfect for four-wheel driving off-the-beaten-track with some fantastic sand trails. Be sure to check the signs of where you can enter, as some areas are prohibited.
- Canoeing: This is a very popular activity on the calm waters of the Moore River. Take paddles and canoe downstream for many kilometres in the lush picturesque scenery. Remember however, you will need to get yourself back and it's easy to get side-tracked by the beauty around you. Take some drinking water with you.
There you have it, Guilderton and the Magnificent Moore River. If ever in the great state of Western Australia, put it on the list for a few days of rest, relaxation and adventure. You won’t regret it.