Fonty’s Pool Caravan Park is located just South of Manjimup and North of Pemberton amongst the beautiful Southern Forests. It offers Chalets, Lodges, Caravan and Tenting options along with excellent facilities and amenities.
Fonty’s is renowned for its iconic fresh spring water swimming pool, which looks like a small lake! The owners provide some huge inflatable tractor tubes for the kids to play on as well as a jumping platform into the deeper area of the pool. The water depth changes around the pool from 0.4m (ideal for babies and toddlers) up to about 2m in the middle.
Surrounding the pool are a few picnic tables and plenty of grass under shaded trees to settle in for the day. There is a fence all around the pool with only one entrance and exit.The campground itself offers luxury chalets and lodges for those who are more keen for a “glamping” experience.
Campers can choose concrete slab or grass. The park is full of mature trees and well cared for grass with a pebble pathway/driveway around the site. I wouldn’t recommend scooters on the path, but bikes were perfect for the kids to cycle around the place.
We were pitched right at the back of the campground which was on a slight hill (great for teaching the kids to ride their bikes for the first time). We had a few challenges with our Caravan on our pitch as it wasn’t flat so lucky for us we were equipped with blocks and raisers to even out the caravan. Other facilities include a wooden play frame with metal slide, two swings and a rather high monkey bar set in sand. There’s also an old speed boat for the kids to play in. The camp kitchen overlooked the playground and pool and had an old fashioned stone based log fire. Ideal for camping in the Autumn and Winter!
The park provides fire pots and crates of wood you can take to your site for a fire – when there are no fire bans of course! The kids enjoyed making a fire each evening and toasting marshmallows on twigs they’d found. There are loads of pine trees at the back of the park, so we had plenty of pine cones for our fires.We stayed at Fonty’s Pool for four nights over the long Easter weekend in March. The weather wasn’t too great for the first two days of our stay, so we ventured out and explored the local area. There’s plenty to do and see, so we were spoilt for choice. We made a trip into Manjimup for the Farmers Market, a play on their fantastic adventure playground and lunch. On another day we headed for the Pemberton town centre and had lunch at the Hidden Valley Estate (a MUST visit when in the area) and to the Gloucester Tree. On our last full day, we also went to the Big Brook Dam for a swim, canoe and nature walk and also taught the kids how to make dens and fires.
Visit Fonty’s Pool website for more information.
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