Western Australia Camping: Our Top 10 WA Camping Spots
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Western Australia is home to some of the country's most spectacular camping experiences that also offer road trips across vast distances. From comfy beachside caravan and camping parks with modern facilities to some of the most remote, off-the-grid national park locations celebrating a spiritual connection to our Indigenous peoples, your Western Australia camping experience is likely to be very special.
If you're looking for a summer break in this majestic state of Australia, here are 10 of the best family-friendly camping and holiday spots for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
Yallingup, Margaret River
With its stunning scenery and outstanding surfing conditions, Yallingup is among Western Australia's most popular summer camping destinations reasonably close to Perth.
Margaret River is well-known for its surf beaches but, given it is protected by a reef, Yallingup Lagoon is perfect for family swims, snorkelling and paddle-boarding. There's also fishing and the nearby walking trails, including the Cape to Cape trail. For the grown-ups, Yallingup makes the ideal homebase for exploring the world-class wineries and gastronomical offerings of beautiful Margaret River.
There are three main camping parks in Yallingup: Southern Stars, Yallingup Beach Holiday Park and Caves Caravan Park.
Southern Stars features powered and unpowered camping sites, as well as powered sites dedicated to big rigs. There are also dog-friendly, fenced-off powered and unpowered sites, and off-leash areas. Guests have at their disposal a camp kitchen, amenities block with electric BBQs and a playground for the kids.
Yallingup Beach Holiday Park provides campers with shaded, powered campsites on well-grassed areas, as well as well-appointed cabins and their luxurious Bell Tent. There are BBQs with beach views, separate men's and women's showering facilities, a small camp kitchen, laundry facilities, LPG bottle refills and free wifi.
Caves Caravan Park is the more up-market of the three with chalets, glamping and ensuite caravan sites, along with grassed and bush camping sites offering plenty of shade. There's wifi, dumping points, amenities blocks, a laundry, camp kitchen, communal fridge, microwaves, toasters, kettles and - for the anglers - a fish cleaning stand.
Jurien Bay Tourist Park, Jurien Bay
Closer to Perth (less than three-hours north) with its pristine, white sand and crystal-blue waters, the Jurien Bay Tourist Park is a popular year-round camping destination, however, come the summer months, and it turns into a haven for families looking for a relaxing beachside holiday with plenty for the kids to explore.
The park sits on a sheltered beach making it just the ticket for snorkelling, swimming and a whole range of beachside activities, and it also features a concrete boat ramp for a wide variety of boats intending on some Indian Ocean fishing.
Jurien Bay Tourist Park is dog-friendly and offers self-contained, air-conditioned on-site holiday units and vans, and powered caravan and camping sites. The park has communal showers, a kids' playground, BBQs, laundry facilities, wifi and even a Tesla rapid-charging bay to accommodate Australia's burgeoning electric car culture.
Consider Jurien Bay Tourist Park the perfect option if you're new to camping and want to keep it beachside, rather than inland.
Honeymoon Pool, Wellington National Park
Situated on the banks of the Collie River in Wellington National Park, camping at Honeymoon Pool is a must if you love kayaking, swimming and bushwalking or hiking.
As well as taking advantage of the pristine Collie River for a cooling dip or enjoying a quiet walk through the National Park, the Lennard 4WD track is a thrilling adventure for Honeymoon Pool campers with a 4X4 vehicle.
You can choose from 20 tent camping sites with communal gas BBQs, picnic tables and flushing toilets. Generators are permitted between 8am and 9pm, and you'll need to bring potable water and food supplies, a camp shower set-up and your own gas cooking equipment from home.
At a mere two hours south of Perth, Honeymoon Pool is ideal for escaping the hustle of the city and enjoying the summer in a peaceful, visually stunning environment.
Lake Leschenaultia, Chidlow
An hour east of the city, Lake Leschenaultia is perfect for rookie campers and lovers of kayaking and bushwalking who wish to head to the Perth Hills.
The former railway dam is now a popular swimming hole, so pack your paddle-board or kayak and explore the historic lake at your leisure. A floating pontoon just off the main beach adds an extra dimension of fun for kids who just want to splash around in the water, or for cooling off after tackling the nearby mountain-biking trails or the three-kilometre walk around the lake. Dense canopies of native trees provide ample shade and the night skies serve up some unforgettable stargazing - pack the telescope and your favourite outdoor chair to get the most out of your after-dark relaxation.
Lake Leschenaultia Campground accommodates camper trailers up to three-metres in length. Bring a 15-metre extension lead with you and you'll have access to mains power. There's a cafe and kiosk, playgrounds, BBQs, picnic grounds and a camp kitchen. There's also an amenities block that has hot water for more civilised showering.
Lane Poole Reserve, Northern Jarrah Forest
One hundred kilometres south of Perth, Lane Poole is visually spectacular, and puts on a fine show with some of the state's finest bushwalking and mountain biking trails.
As well as 4WD offroading, hiking and mountain biking, Lane Poole Reserve's access to the Murray River offers swimming, canoeing and fishing when the season permits. All anglers take note: you must have a valid Department of Fisheries licence.
The reserve maintains eight camping grounds, all of which are accessible by 2WD. The most family-friendly sites are Baden Powell (42 sites), Charlies Flat (16 sites), Tonys Bend (13 sites) and Chuditch (24 sites). Nanga Mill and Nanga Townsite cater for larger groups and have drive-in/drive-out sites for large caravans and RVs.
Eco toilets, camp kitchens and gas BBQs are readily available across Lane Poole Reserve, and it is dog-friendly but the furry kids must be leashed, and generators are only allowed to run between 7am and 9pm. There are no open fires in summer.
Lucky Bay Campground, Cape Le Grand National Park
The white sand beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park in Esperance rank among the best in the world, so it's no surprise that camping families who love swimming, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding and fishing have Lucky Bay on their holiday bucket lists.
Lucky Bay Campground offers 25 campsites that can accommodate tents and regular-sized campervans, camper trailers and caravans. There are shared kitchen facilities, barbecues, picnic tables, solar-heated showers and flushing toilets. While there are places to launch your boats, it's easy to get bogged in the sand, so make sure you check with the ranger first. Bringing your own potable water, food and drinks is essential.
Campfires or solid fuel appliances (including stoves, barbeques and heaters) are prohibited all-year round but liquid or gas fuel barbeques, stoves and heaters can be used at any time, unless a Total Fire Ban has been declared.
Milligan Island Eco Camping Node, Milligan Island
Situated between the towns of Green Head and Leeman is Milligan Island Eco Camping, designed for the more environmentally-conscious campers.
This part of Western Australia boasts unforgettable swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and beach fishing. There's also sandboarding at the nearby sand dunes and summer afternoon seabreezes at Milligan Island provide primo conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Thirty-six unpowered camp sites, two long-drop toilet facilities, three shade shelters, two gas bbqs can be found at Milligan Island Eco Camping Node. These facilities are suited for self-sufficient caravans, motorhomes and RVs, as well as campers looking for a quiet spot out of town that happens to be close to the beach.
You'll need to pack enough water for drinking and running your camp shower. Beach access is available to licensed vehicles but drivers must stick to the designated access tracks. Rangers patrol the area frequently and anti-social behaviour is not tolerated. Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead at all times. No fires are permitted at any time of the year.
BIG 4 Holiday Park, Port Denison
BIG 4 Dongara Denison Beach Holiday Park, only 30 metres from the beach, is the perfect base for enjoying pristine beaches, fishing, surfing, kite-surfing, paddle-boarding, roller-skating, freshly caught crayfish, walk trails, wildflowers and outdoor drive-in movie viewing in the historic town of Port Denison.
Choose from powered and unpowered camping sites at BIG 4, or book an on-site cabin, ranging from luxurious beach houses to one bedroom studios with private storage rooms.
The campground has public toilets and showers, a well-stocked camp kitchen, laundry facilities, a public barbeque and an on-site shop in case you forget any necessities.
Windjana Gorge, Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) National Park
The quintessential Western Australian outback camping experience, Windjana Gorge is one of the Kimberley's most revered locations and the ideal base for exploring the unique landscape of this magnificent area.
Windjana features two areas within the camp: a quiet camp where generators aren't permitted and a separate area for campers with generators. It also features hot water showers, picnic tables and flushing toilets.
Access to the campsite is by high-clearance 4WDs and high-clearance camper trailers and caravans only. All sites can accommodate large tents, rooftop tents, large campervans, large caravans and large camper-trailers.
Osprey Bay Campground, Cape Range National Park
Bordering the Osprey Sanctuary Zone of the Ningaloo Marine Park, Osprey Bay is a gorgeous location offering fantastic swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and canoeing - and it isn't bad for simply relaxing on the beach either!
Osprey Bay is also a shore-based recreational fishing zone. The remainder of the waters here are within the Sanctuary Zone, which means fishing is prohibited except for in the Osprey Bay designated area.
Hikers can enjoy a walk along the universal access walk trail that leads north to Sandy Bay where you should keep an eye out for kangaroos and echidnas, along with birds of prey circling in the sky above.
The 44-site campground has some of the best ocean views within Cape Range National Park, giving you direct access to the shoreline, however, these campsites offer no shade, and you'll need to bring your own supplies - including camp toilet, shower and cooking facilities - from home.