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Western Arthur Range Campsites

Western Arthur Range Index

Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek
The campsites that can be found in and along the Western Arthur Range tend to be fairly limited in their size and maximum capacity. Despite this, hikers are still encouraged to restrict their camping to only the designated campsites in order to limit the impact to the environment and to prevent the formation of other new sites.

The campsites can be divided into two general categories - those that have been 'hardened' and those that have not. The ones that have been 'hardened' are campsites that are frequented more often, and that have had wooden platforms built to both increase the robustness of the site and to increase the comfort of those who camp there. These platforms are also raised and thus limit the damage done to the vegetation. A modular toilet that contains the waste within and can be periodically flown in and out by helicopter is also located at each of these campsites. None of the other campsites have these wooden platforms or toilet facilities, they vary greatly in size, and can occasionally be muddy underfoot.

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The recommended campsites are (running anticlockwise): Junction Creek ('hardened' but has no wooden platforms), Lake Cygnus ('hardened'), Lake Oberon ('hardened'), High Moor ('hardened'), Haven Lake ('hardened'), Promontory Lake, Lake Rosanne, Caracroft Crossing ('hardened'), and Seven Mile Creek. There are a few other campsites located at the base of Morraine A, Square Lake, Lake Sirona, Lake Vesta, and Lake Juno but they seem to be very limited (for example, Morraine A camp seems to only be able to fit one or two tents) and are probably only useful for very small groups or for emergencies.

Western Arthur Range Index

Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek

Junction Creek

Camp Location

Junction Creek is probably one of the most used campsite along the Western Arthurs route. It is the first campsite that you reach once leaving Scotts Peak Dam and lies at the junction where the path diverges West to the ascent up Alpha Morraine and East towards Kappa Morraine. The campsite is divided into two by a small stream but also has a much larger river passing through that you have to cross on the Northern side of the camp. A tree has been cut down and laid across the river to aid with the crossing and there are a few wooden steps that descend down to river that helps with water collection.

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There are two large clearings on both the Northern and Southern side of the camp that can accommodate several tents, and the toilet facilities lie just off to the left when crossing the stream to the Southern side. The path continues on Southwards from here and branches off immediately after the campsite.

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There is another smaller campsite that lies between Junction Creek and Lake Cygnus called the Alpha Morraine campsite. This campsite is located right at the foot of the morraine just before ascending and is basically a small clearing next to a river, so can be quite exposed. This campsite is very small, perhaps only able to accommodate two tents, but has a good source of water nearby.

Western Arthur Range Index

Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek

Lake Cygnus

Camp Location

The Lake Cygnus campsite can be reached by following the path that branches off to the right from the junction just before the lake, and following it for approximately 300 metres down to the lake. The campsite consists of both a large, moderately sheltered clearing, along with wooden platforms that lie off to the side. The clearing has had rubber mats laid out and the mats are perforated to allow tent pegs to be driven through and into the ground. The toilet facilities can be found by continuing down the same trail towards the shore of the lake but following it as it circles around to the right into the scrub.

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Western Arthur Range Index

Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek

Lake Oberon

Camp Location

The Lake Oberon campsite can be reached by following the main path straight down to the lake (the main path then continues on by skirting around the Northern side of Lake Oberon). The path initially leads down to a sandy patch with the toilet facilities found to the left immediately after crossing the stream that lies just after. There are four very sheltered wooden platforms that can be reached by turning right after crossing the stream, and following a very waterlogged (almost swampy) path to the North-West. There are streams that runs parallel to this 'path' where water can be collected from.

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Western Arthur Range Index

Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek

High Moor

Camp Location

The campsite on High Moor might very well be one of the most exposed campsite on the Western Arthurs. The campsite lies on a relatively flat 'moor' and can easily be found as an elevated wooden walkway leads to it from both directions. The wooden platform that can be found here is quite large and can probably fit 6-8 tents, depending on the size of the tents and how they are arranged. The wooden walkway branches off for a short distance to a small stream for water collection, and continues along to the East for both the toilet facilities and the main track.

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Western Arthur Range Index

Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek

Haven Lake

Camp Location

The track that leads to the campgrounds at Haven Lake first leads down to the lake itself. Once crossing the stream, where you get your water from, on the South-Eastern corner of the lake, the track turns left and leads North-East for a short while to the four wooden platforms and the toilet facilities (this is the last campsite with toilet facilities that you will come across on the range). The main track continues North-East up the hill that shelters the campsite.

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Western Arthur Range Index

Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek

Promontory Lake

Camp Location

Promontory Lake campsite is located on the South-Eastern side of the lake and is reached only after walking around the Eastern side of the lake from the North. The campsite is basically a few small clearings that are poorly sheltered by the hills to the West. It is best to select toilet sites that are as far away as possible from the lake to prevent contamination of the catchment area.

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There are also rough campsites that are located at Lake Vesta and Lake Juno that can be found before reaching Promontory Lake. These are probably better options if you are choosing to exit the range via Kappa Morraine.

Western Arthur Range Index

Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek

Lake Rosanne

Camp Location

Lake Rosanne can be reached by following the path as it swings left to leave Lucifer Ridge and follows the morraine Northwards. The track branches off to the left to descend the morraine down to the Southern shore of the lake. There is a small space under a large slab that leans on a huge boulder that looks like it would provide decent shelter from the elements, and several large clearings just next to the sandy Southern shore. Please walk back up and over the morraine when selecting toilet sites so as to prevent contamination of the catchment area.

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Western Arthur Range Index

Western Arthur Range Campsites


Western Arthurs Campsite 1 - Junction Creek
Western Arthurs Campsite 2 - Lake Cygnus
Western Arthurs Campsite 3 - Lake Oberon
Western Arthurs Campsite 4 - High Moor
Western Arthurs Campsite 5 - Haven Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 6 - Promontory Lake
Western Arthurs Campsite 7 - Lake Rosanne
Western Arthurs Campsite 8 - Seven Mile Creek

Seven Mile Creek

Camp Location

The Seven Mile Creek campsite is located at a point where two fairly large rivers converge. The main river that runs South to North is approached from the East but the clearing for the campsite is on the North side of the river that comes in from the West. This means that at least one river crossing is needed. Be careful though as the river levels can rise significantly after very heavy rain and especially in winter, and can cause the campsite to flood.

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