Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor Program

Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor Program

Mt Gibson- Quartz Ridge Campground

The Quartz Ridge Campground at Mt Gibson is open from 8th April to 8th October 2017 inclusive.

Located on the botanically rich boundary of the central wheatbelt and Murchison regions, Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary covers more than 1,300 km2 of spectacular semi-arid woodland including salmon gum and gimlet straddling the west side of Lake Moore.

Owned and managed by the non-profit AWC, Mt Gibson Quartz Ridge campground, provides a base from which to explore this remarkable sanctuary. It is a naturalist’s paradise, providing refuge for threatened plants, many birds and a diverse range of other wildlife. Threatened and endangered mammal species such as the numbat, greater stick nest rat and woylie are currently being reintroduced within a 7800ha feral predator free exclosure fence. All proceeds from the Quartz Ridge campground will go back into the running of the campground conservation of wildlife.

AWC offers a selection of self-guided drives and walks at Mt Gibson including a drive to Mushroom Rocks on the banks of Lake Moore and walk through salmon gum woodlands birdwatching.

Relax and soak up the atmosphere at the quiet and simple campground. Facilities are basic with toilets and a camp kitchen and visitors should be self-sufficient with a 4WD vehicle.

For the nature loving traveller, this is a unique opportunity to experience one of Australia’s beautiful landscapes while also helping to save Australia’s endangered wildlife.

Activities

Mt Gibson Quartz Ridge Campground provides a basic base from which to explore the Sanctuary on a range of self-guided tours. Tour notes and a bird checklist are available on signing in.

One of the objectives of the Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project is to promote public awareness of the plight of Australia’s wildlife and habitats. Currently there is no access to the feral predator proof exclosure whilst reintroductions are taking place and populations establishing. 

Accommodation and facilities

Bookings are essential. Mt Gibson Quartz Ridge campground is a basic camp site for self-sufficient nature lovers. 5 unpowered caravan/campervan sites are available as well as tent sites and bookings are limited to 25 people at a time. 

The campground is set on the side of a beautiful rocky ridge with views from the top to Lake Moore and across the sanctuary. Compost toilets and a simple covered camp kitchen area with barbeques is available with visitors asked to bring their own water and fuel and take their own waste. A central fire pit is available with wood provided for campfires.

As our focus at Mt Gibson is on conservation, we have a maximum of 25 people or 8 vehicles in the campground at any one time. 

Cost of activities, tours, accommodation

Prices for the 2017 season are:
Adults (>18yo) $20/night
Children (<18yo) $10/night
Prices correct for the 2017 season and are payable by direct debit, credit card (VISA, Mastercard) or cash on arrival (we appreciate the correct amount as limited change will be available).

Reservations

Mt Gibson Quartz Ridge Campground is open for 2017 season from 8 April - 8 October. Bookings are essential.

To make a booking for 2017, contact staff or volunteer campground coordinator:
Telephone: 08 9963 6518
International callers: +61 8 9963 6518
Email: MtGibson.Visitors@australianwildlife.org

Getting there

It is important that you prearrange your visit to the sanctuary. Mt Gibson Quartz Ridge campground is open to visitors by booking between April and October - weather and road conditions permitting. The road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Please contact Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary for up-to-date information.

Mt Gibson is located 367 km (5 hours) from Perth or 104 km (1.5 hours) from Wubin, travelling along the Great Northern Hwy to the signposted turnoff 73km north of Wubin. A map to the campground will be provided on booking.