If you’re looking for a great weekender from Perth (or in our case, Northam), White Gum Farm just outside of the Wheatbelt heritage mecca of York ticks a lot of boxes for families and couples alike.

You could describe White Gum Farm as nature-based camping with all the conveniences of a town-based park. Nestled in between farms just over 20 kilometres outside York and 100 kilometres from Midland, it’s an ideal country escape.

On arrival, you’ll wind through the White Gum Farm before passing the aircraft hangers (did we mention it’s also a light aircraft flight facility?) and then arriving at the neat caravan park area. You’ll find well-defined bays (some with astroturf pads) with shrubby gardens dividing up the park. Central to the bays is a well-appointed ablution block (included laundry facilities) and plenty of fire pits for visits during campfire season.

The park offers powered and unpowered options, there is also water (although we just used the water in our tanks). The owners are friendly and relaxed, and the ablutions were kept in great shape. Pets are welcomed seasonally (subject to approval) so check before you turn up with your pooch. You’ll also find you’ll have phone service (Telstra definitely, check for other providers).

So, what is there to do while you’re at White Gum Farm? Well, you could opt for the ‘little as possible’ option and relax around your van and take in the views from your site, or you could try some of these ideas.

  • Go for a fish or swim in the huge, stocked ‘Lake Kimberly’ next to the caravan park.
  • Kick back and watch the light aircraft taking off from the air stripe running behind the park.
  • Test your four-wheel driving skills in the pretty impressive 4WD park a short stroll from the caravan park area.
  • Go on foot or by pushbike and explore 3km loop trail ‘The Edge’ (follow the signs and you’ll find out what it means). This trail was accessible with a rugged pram after rain had firmed up the sand but if you have a little one and it hasn’t rained in a while, you might do better with a baby carrier to avoid getting bogged.
  • Go for a joy flight at the airfield.
  • Go for an outing into York and/or Northam (either during your stay or once you check out, take advantage of the RV parking options and go for morning tea or lunch before you head home).
  • Have a country pub experience at the nearby Green Hills Tavern.
  • Go for a fish or swim in the huge, stocked ‘Lake Kimberly’ next to the caravan park.
  • Kick back and watch the light aircraft taking off from the air stripe running behind the park.
  • Test your four-wheel driving skills in the pretty impressive 4WD park a short stroll from the caravan park area.
  • Go on foot or by pushbike and explore 3km loop trail ‘The Edge’ (follow the signs and you’ll find out what it means). This trail was accessible with a rugged pram after rain had firmed up the sand but if you have a little one and it hasn’t rained in a while, you might do better with a baby carrier to avoid getting bogged.
  • Go for a joy flight at the airfield.
  • Go for an outing into York and/or Northam (either during your stay or once you check out, take advantage of the RV parking options and go for morning tea or lunch before you head home).
  • Have a country pub experience at the nearby Green Hills Tavern.

If you’re keen to visit, find out more details and booking information via the White Gum Farm website.