Wharncliffe Campsite Has New Owners

Wharncliffe Mill in Bramley National Park is undergoing a low-key refurbishment before opening its doors to visitors in early 2013. Situated just over a kilometre from the Margaret River township, the campsite will now accommodate families, couples and solo travellers, as well as continuing to service community and school groups.

The news article “New owners for Wharncliffe campsite” has full details on this story. It says the following: “New life has been breathed back into Margaret River’s Wharncliffe Mill with the arrival of new operators, Adrian and Claire Prendergast. The nature-based bush retreat now offers not just school camp facilities but bush sites for campers and caravanners and budget accommodation.” http://www.margaretrivermail.com.au/story/1296580/new-owners-for-wharncliffe-camp-site/?cs=1807

The Prendergasts will run Wharncliffe campsite providing dormitory style accommodation and camping and caravan sites for budget travellers seeking a fantastic nature based experience. By offering affordable accommodation, quality service, a wide array of tours, interpretive information and hire equipment facility, the bush retreat will provide visitors with new opportunities to experience nature in one of the most popular tourism destinations in Australia.

Mr. Prendergast said that the five hectares would accommodate 150 persons in a conventional camping style atmosphere.

“We want to return to that old-style bush camp feel with space away from other patrons, camp kitchens and wood barbecues in the winter months,” he said, adding, “The area holds great appeal for mountain bike riders, nature enthusiasts and bush walkers, surrounded by world class bush tracks and just a short walk or cycle into the town centre.”

The Prendergasts are themselves veteran campsite operators having moved to Margaret River recently from Cape Leveque in the north of the state.

Mr Prendergast said, “We are looking to partner with existing tour operators to package up a range of experiences for their guests and a strong focus will be on remaining accessible for local residents, school and community groups.”

Previously, Wharncliffe Mill was operated by The Department of Environment and Conservation [DEC]. The premises was leased out as part of the WA government’s Naturebank initiative to increase the supply of camping and caravan sites in Margaret River, whilst also offering accommodation to budget travellers.

For enquiries or to give any suggestions or feedback on the ongoing refurbishment of Wharncliffe Mill, you can get in touch with Adrian or Claire Prendergast at 9758 8227 or stay@wharncliffemill.com.au.

To find out more about Wharncliffe Mill, please check out their website

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I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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