If you’ve been following for a while you’ll know that we think we live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. There really is no better way to explore WA and get up close to its natural beauty than by rolling out some swag or laying down for the night in a tent.
Whether you’re looking to sleep on the beach, gaze at the best milky way of your life, or get out into the bush, there’s really no shortage of amazing places to stop for a night or ten.
Here are 20 of our favorite campsites in WA.
Karijini National Park
Karijini is probably one of the most scenic places in Western Australia. There are several campgrounds to choose from; our choice has to be Karajini Eco Retreat. There are glamping tents available, but we think rolling out some swag and stargazing is the only way to get out here. You might also be happy to hear that there are communal showers and flush toilets. You will want to spend a few days here to see all the beautiful sights and surroundings. Some of our favorites include Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool – look at some shots and you’ll know why.
Millstream Chichester National Park
This national park is a picturesque oasis located in the middle of the desert. The basins of Millstream Chichester National Park is a great place to swim, the fishing spots will keep you busy for a while and the hiking trails are incredibly scenic. Campgrounds are Miliyanha and Stargazers Campgrounds, both of which have barbecue areas, tables and chairs, and restrooms for your use.
If you want to camp on one of Australia’s finest beaches, Lucky Bay is where you’ll want to be. In the heart of Cape Le Grange National Park, the secluded bay has picture-perfect white sand beaches with the clearest water you’ve ever seen. Home to resident kangaroos, you might even find one that comes to greet you at dinnertime. Also good tip: this place is very popular and can book up early, but if you call them or check online the same day, you might be able to recoup a late cancellation.
Francois Peron National Park
The sights to Francois Peron National Park has to be seen to be believed. Red cliffs, white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters will make you really appreciate this bloody state we live in. The sunsets here are phenomenal and it’s definitely a place to add to your camping bucket list. Spend your days snorkeling, swimming, fishing and kayaking in the stunning waters before settling in for an epic night at your campsite.
Part of Wellington National Park, Honeymoon Pool on the banks of the Collie River is a quiet, secluded campsite with room for just 20 tents to set up overnight – don’t worry, each has its own individual campsite. Fire up the barbecue or have a picnic in the shade of peppermints before soaking in the afternoon sun. You will love relaxing in this cute little place.
There’s no shortage of amazing places to base yourself and explore the beautiful Ningaloo Coast, but if you’re looking for an authentic outback experience resort stay, Bullara ticks all the boxes. The cattle work station offers bush camping and cabin options, with communal fire pits, camp kitchens, wood-burning barbecues and showers under the star.
Fair trade permaculture
While the Fair Harvest Permaculture Farm has been around since 1995, only in the last two years have they added camping and glamping to the list of eco-friendly activities they do here. Fill your belly with homemade meals, take a class in the yoga barn or just relax. They all grow their own fruits and vegetables, honey and eggs for coffee on site and reuse all the water from the farm – looks like a wellness holiday is on the cards.
If camping is your thing, chances are you’ve stayed at Dwellingup at least once in your life. Nanga Mill, once an old Jarrah sawmill site, has a great campsite with loads of great hiking trails nearby. You can set up a campfire here (if there isn’t a fire ban in place), so have your marshmallows handy.
The nature-based beachfront campground Lucky Bay, is about half an hour from Kalbarri and can only be reached by 4×4. The camping area is nestled between the sand dunes so you can spend your days swimming, fishing and 4x4ing along the soft white sand. This is beach camping at its best.
You will need to be self-sufficient and bring everything to this hidden gem, including fresh water. It may seem like a chore, but this little piece of paradise aka Waychinicup Inlet is worth it. Be sure to pack your fishing gear to catch your own dinner – that’s the sign of a true camper, isn’t it? Once you’ve seen this place, we can guarantee you’ll be coming back for more.
Warroora Railway Station
Waroora, affectionately known as Warra by the locals of Coral Bay, is the seaside campsite of your dreams. Swim with turtles (they will become your new best friends), snorkel in the ridiculous Ningaloo Reef or go on an excursion to catch whale sharks, humpback whales or manta rays. Yes, this place is real life.
serpentine national park
Less than an hour from Perth, Serpentine Falls is nestled in the Darling Ranges and is the perfect weekend getaway with plenty to do. Get your swimmers ready and dive into the falls or take a stroll through historic Jarrahdale. While you’re around here, lunch at Millbrook Winery is an absolute must.
Blackwood National Park
Chapman Pool (Warner Glen Campground) is one of the most peaceful places to drive tent pegs. Right in the middle of the Jarrah Forest between Margaret River and Augusta in Blackwood National Park, a place to relax is guaranteed here. There are no generators, so we promise you tranquility. It’s also the perfect place for a paddle so don’t forget to pack the kayak.
Parry Beach is one of the only campgrounds in the area where you can have a campfire all year round, so get your smores ready! The very scenic Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks are just around the corner, so you’ll want to spend your time basking in the glory of Denmark’s tranquil waters.
Retreat from the Stirling Range
Ever dreamed of climbing Bluff Knoll? Now is your chance. the Stirling Range Retreat Campsite sits roughly at the foot of the Stirling Ranges and offers stunning views of the mountain ranges. It’s hard to believe you’re still in WA when you visit this part of the state. Pack the hiking boots, get up super early and conquer the hike for sunrise.
It’s undeniable, we love a pool of water and Brockman Lake is no exception. Eco-tents, cabins, unpowered and powered sites mean almost any level of camper can fit in. Furry friends are also welcome, just be sure to keep them on a leash. Try chestnut fishing in season or go trout fishing. There’s also a cafe, clear waters for swimming, and loads of equipment on site so you really can’t go wrong.
With all the swanky new accommodations, you’d be forgiven if you forget you can always go back to basics and get the tent out at Rotto. Installed in the camping for a few days of nostalgia while you bike around the island, take a selfie with a quokka, grab a pint at Pinkies and get stuck into all the pies and treats from the bakery.
Shelley Beach is the only place you don’t need a 4×4 to enter West Cape Howe National Park. This is a tent-only area, so leave RVs and trailers at home. Western Australian beaches, rocky coves, crystal clear waters. You get the picture.
Eighty Mile Beach RV Park
Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park is on the seafront between Port Hedland and Broome. The beach is famous for its fishing and sunsets, so pack your bait and tackle and a bevvie or two to watch the sun go down. There are 200 campsites, so you should have no trouble finding a place to set up camp.
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