The Best Camping Spots WA
Camping enthusiasts share their favourite Western Australia camping locations!
If you are looking for amazing camping in Australia, then you cannot go past the thousands of camping spots WA has to offer. Western Australia is home to some of the most unique, interesting and peaceful camping Australia has to offer.
Whether you like the outback, beaches, wineries, regional and rustic or cityscapes – Western Australia, really does have it all! Throw your camping and beach gear in the car and take yourself off on an awesome Australian camping adventure!
You’ll find below a selection of top camping spots in Western Australia, brought to you by camping enthusiasts.
The Porongurup Range
Located just 40km from the well known port town and holiday destination of Albany is the heritage listed Porongurup Range National Park. The Range is the oldest in Australia and a great attraction for travellers to the area.
Opposite the main entrance to the Porongurup Range National Park is the ideally located Tourist Park. The Park provides a relaxed stay in amongst natures best – flora, fauna and majestic views of the mountain range. For nature lovers who appreciate the amenities within a park, this is a majestic camping spot in Western Australia.
Taking a walk through the Porongurup’s is an absolute must. From the Tourist Park you are conveniently located and if keen you could walk through to the main carpark. Alternatively park in the established parking area, don your hiking boots and take on the many hiking trails. For those that don’t fear heights, explore Devil’s Slide the highest peak of the Porongurup’s or head up to Castle Rock and brave the Granite Sky Walk.
If you’re keen to explore the area it is just a short drive to some magnificent beaches along the south west coast, taste some wine throughout the Porongurup wine region and of course you can also explore Albany or go on a whale watching tour.
By Australian Mountains To Sea
It is one of the best natural campsites in Western Australia. The sites are huge with lots of natural shade throughout the day, making it a great place for camping during the Western Australian summers.
The campground also has showers, heated by solar, flushing toilets and BBQs for cooking. However, with the solar showers, hot water doesn’t last very long. So shower between 11am and 3pm for hot water and remember to keep your showers short.
You can also have campfires in the designated fire pits. Just check with the front desk if fires are allowed during your stay. They can also provide you with firewood.
The campground is located right next to the beach, with four-wheel drive access. The sand is often very hard and you may be able to take your car on the beach, even if it isn’t a four-wheel drive. It is also a great area for beach fishing!
It is important to note that you cannot book here. The sites fill up fast during the school holidays, so arrive early if you plan to stay here during that time.
By The Common Adventure
Dales Campground & Karijini Eco Retreat in Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is one of the best places to camp in Western Australia. With its gorges and natural pools, it is an incredibly picturesque place with two campgrounds. Both are located at central locations in the park and situated close to gorges. During the wildflower season you get to camp surrounded by flowers. It is the perfect place to camp in Western Australia if you love the outdoors, bushwalking and climbing.
Dales Campground is located right at Dales Gorge, and while very basic in terms of amenities, it is a great place to camp. Depending on where you are staying at the campground, it takes no more than 5 to 10 minutes to reach the stairs that lead you down into the gorge. Hereby the Fortescue Falls, Karijini’s only year-round waterfall, and Fern Pool are the highlights. Bushwalk to Fern Pool just before the sun sets and you will get to see an incredible sunset as the fading sunlight paints the red rocks at this serene green oasis.
The second campground, the Karijini Eco Retreat, has more amenities and a great place to camp if you wish to explore the western half of the national park. It is located right next to Joffre Gorge and therefore perfect for an early start if you want to climb down to the foot of Joffre Falls before driving the relatively short distance to Hancock Gorge and Weano Gorge.
Due to the fact that there are bushwalks of every level, the activities near the campground are family friendly. And as both campgrounds are located deep within Karijini National Park, they are respectively 80 km and 107 km away from the nearest town Tom Price.
By A Nomad’s Passport
We love camping at Hamelin Bay, in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Hamelin Bay is a sleepy little caravan park and campground, about 30 minutes’ drive south of Margaret River and just 15 minutes north of Augusta.
The campground is sheltered under peppermint trees and is fairly typical of campgrounds in the South West of Western Australia – there are well maintained ablution blocks and the 120 campsites are relatively spread out. Hamelin Bay is a campground like the ones from your childhood – the kids can meet others in the campground and make their own adventures. In that respect it is a family friendly place to stay, though if you are looking for child friendly facilities (like are now common at bigger parks) there is only a tiny playground.
The best aspect of Hamelin Bay is the beautiful beach and it is most famous for its group of resident stingrays that make a visit most mornings in calm weather. These stingrays are attracted by the fish bait left behind by those fishing. As with all experiences of wild animals in their habitat, responsible behaviour is a must.
Also nearby are other attractions within the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park, including the very popular Boranup Forest and the gorgeous Caves. Within the broader area, the entire Margaret River region is filled with kid friendly things to do. We particularly enjoyed exploring the family friendly best Margaret River breweries!
By Western Australia Travel
80 Mile Beach
80 Mile Beach Caravan Park is one of the more remote camping places along the coast of Western Australia. However, it is one of the ‘must see’ places to stay when travelling between Port Hedland and Broome.
The actual beach itself is remote and unspoiled; with more shells than sand along its entire length. It has a 4WD access point, which opens up possibilities for great fishing and shell collecting. Or just cruising along to take in the views.
There’s nothing quite like watching a blood orange sun setting over the ocean. Grab your drinks and take position on one of the viewing platforms purpose built to view the sunsets in comfort. It is one of the best sights you’ll ever see.
Being remote doesn’t mean roughing it. There whole park is well maintained; and offers 150 grassed, shaded powered sites, 50 grassed unpowered sites, all with freshwater on tap. If you’re only passing through there are comfortable, air-conditioned cabins available.
There is a mini-mart at the park, stocking pretty much all the essentials for your stay. The coffee they brew isn’t too bad either. A limited range of evening meals are also available.
The camping ground is family friendly, with lots of area for kids to run around and be safe. BBQs and undercover areas are a great place to cook the evening meal.
Access is off the main highway, with about 10 kilometres of well maintained, unsealed road just before reaching the main entrance. Staying at the park means you can run your camping fridge and lighting, making the stay very comfortable indeed. No matter how long you decide to stay.
By Travellin’ Lite
Lucky Bay, Esperance
Lucky Bay in Esperance is home to the whitest sand in Australia. This makes for a stunning beach and the water is an outrageous shade of blue because of this white sand. It really is spectacular. What makes it even better is that the Lucky Bay Campground is right by the beach meaning you can wake up to this incredible view after a night of camping.
The beach is also home to some friendly resident kangaroos who enjoy spending their time, much like we do, lying on the beach and baking in the sun. They are so used to people being around that they are more than happy to hop right through the middle of the campsite which is awesome. This is a great place for the whole family and the perfect beach for kids to swim in the water. As it is in a large bay it doesn’t really get any waves making it a safe and easy place for kids to play.
Lucky Bay is part of Cape Le Grand National Park so you get all of this beauty and wildlife in an untouched and unspoiled landscape that is less than an hour’s drive away from the town of Esperance. It really is one of the best beaches in Australia and to be able to camp right by the beach and have these views from your campsite is special.