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Bucket List free camp spots in the Kimberley
Nothing beats camping in the Kimberley, especially when there is an abundance of scenic campsites which are FREE! The Kimberley is known for its incredible natural phenomena and Unesco World Heritage sites, offering remote wilderness adventures across some of Australia's most iconic landscapes. From dramatic coastlines, crystal clear waters with contrasting red cliffs and picture-perfect white sand to towering sandstone gorges, powerful waterfalls and unexpected tropical oasis.
Whatever your style of camping is, this list of best free camps in the Kimberley will cater to everyone. From cliff top beach camping to hiking in gorges or tranquil riverside spots perfect for Barra fishing, we will provide you with all the details you need for your camping trip in the Kimberley.
James Price Point
James Price Point is one of the more popular free camps in the Kimberley and for good reason. You will be able to find yourself a spot either on top of the red cliffs overlooking the perfect turquoise water or down on the beach. A 4WD is recommended for accessing James Price Point and there are no designated sites, however there is plenty of room to find a quiet spot perfect for caravans, tents or motorhomes.
You can enjoy an exciting day fishing from the shore or out in your boat, 4WDing along the beach, exploring the rockpools or simply lapping up the Kimberley sunshine. Once night falls, set yourself up next to a warm fire and stargaze. There is no phone reception so take the opportunity to recharge and take in one of the most scenic places along the Kimberley Coastline. Keep in mind there are no amenities at James Price Point which means you need to bring your own toilet, water, food and cooking equipment.
Location: North of Broome, off the Cape Leveque Road passed Willie Creek Pearl Farm. Roughly 30km North of Barred Creek.
If you love white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and incredible fishing then Barred Creek is the place for you. Set up along the beach and sit back and take in the scenery. Barred Creek is very popular for beach fishing and mud crabbing as it experiences extreme tides, similar to those at Broome. A 4WD is a must for accessing Barred Creek and similar to James Price Point there are no facilities.
This spot will be one that you keep coming back to and recommending to all your mates!
Location: 40 minutes north of Broome along Manarie Road
March Fly Glenn
When tackling the Gibb River Road make sure you do not miss this special little free camp, March Fly Glenn. Nestled between Lennard River Gorge and Bell Gorge, which are some of the most stunning swimming holes, and breathtaking gorges. There are no facilities at this spot, but if you get in early you can snag a spot right on the beautiful river. The bird life here is amazing, you can easily spend the afternoon birdwatching and sitting by the river relaxing.
This campsite has incredible shade and looks out upon a few of the stunning red rocks that scatter along the Gibb River Road. It is the perfect free camp to enjoy getting away from the crowded paid campsites.
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Pentecost River campsite is situated on the riverbanks with the incredible Cockburn ranges as the backdrop. Pentecost River offers excellent Barramundi fishing from the riverbank and for the avid 4WDers crossing the iconic Pentecost River is a must. Keep in mind this river is tidal and care must be taken when crossing and always be croc wise. Be sure to arrive early as this is one of the most popular camps along the Gibb River Road.
There are many spots for a couple of km along the banks of the river and even some more on the opposite side. Regardless of which direction you're tackling the Gibb River Road, this free camp is a must visit - you'll see why at sunset!
Buttons Crossing is the perfect free camp if you want to avoid the tourist crowds in Kununurra. Located 30 minutes outside of Kununurra across Ivanhoe Crossing you will reach any camper's dream camp. Situated on the Ord River you can find a spot to yourself where you can admire the stunning views. Whether you enjoy meeting other travellers, relaxing, croc spotting, cooking on a campfire or fishing this is the camp for you.
If you are looking for other Western Australian camping spots make sure to check out our list of top 10 spots to camp in Western Australia. Once you know where your next camping trip is, be sure to check out our Adventure Centre for loads of camping ideas, helpful tips and much more.