If you’ve been following for a while you know that we believe we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. There really is no better way to explore WA and get closer to its natural beauty than by rolling out a swag or spending the night in a tent.
Whether you’re looking to sleep on the beach, gaze at the best Milky Way ever, or step out into the bush, there’s really no shortage of amazing places to spend a night or ten.
Here are 20 of our favorite WA campsites.
Karijini National Park
Karijini is probably one of the most picturesque places in Western Australia. You have the choice between several campsites; our choice should be Karajini Eco Retreat. Glamping tents are available, but we think rolling out loot and gazing at the stars is the only way out here. You might also be happy to hear that there are shared showers and flush toilets. You are going to want to spend a few days here to visit all the beautiful sites and surroundings. Some of our favorites include Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool – check out a few snaps and you’ll find out why.
Millstream Chichester National Park
This national park is a picturesque oasis located right in the middle of the desert. The swimming pools of Millstream Chichester National Park is a great place to swim, the fishing grounds will keep you occupied for a while and the walking trails are incredibly scenic. The 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 best beaches, Lucky Bay is where you’ll want to be. In the heart of Cape Le Grange National Park, the secluded bay boasts pristine white sand beaches with the clearest water you have ever seen. Home to resident kangaroos, you might even find one coming to your campsite to say hello at dinner time. Prepare your camera.
François Peron National Park
The sites at You have to see François Peron National Park to be believed. The red cliffs, white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters will make you truly appreciate this bloody state we live in. The sunsets here are phenomenal and this is a place you should definitely add to your camping choice list. Spend your days snorkeling, swimming, fishing and kayaking in the beautiful 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 camping spot with room for just 20 tents to set up for the night – don’t worry, each has their own individual campsite. Fire up the barbecue or have a picnic in the shade of peppermint before taking a dip in the afternoon sun. You will love to relax in this lovely little place.
There is no shortage of incredible places to settle down and explore the beautiful Ningaloo Coast, but if you are looking for an authentic outback experience, Bullara ticks all the boxes. The working cattle station offers bush and cabin camping options, as well as communal fireplaces, camp kitchens, wooden barbecues, and showers under the stars.
Fair harvest permaculture
While the Fair Harvest permaculture farm has been around since 1995, it was only in the last couple of years that they added camping and glamping to the list of eco-friendly activities they do here. Fill your tummy with homemade food, 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 on the farm. Looks like a wellness break is on the program.
Windmill of Nanga
If camping is your thing, there’s a good chance you’ve camped in Dwellingup at least once in your life. Nanga Mill, once a former Jarrah sawmill site, has some great campsites with loads of beautiful hiking trails nearby. You can set up a campfire here (if there’s no fire ban in place), so get your marshmallows ready.
Nature camping by the sea, 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 sands. This is beach camping at its best.
You will need to be self-reliant and bring everything to this hidden gem, including fresh water. It may seem like a chore, but this little slice of heaven aka Waychinicup Inlet is worth it. Make sure you pack your fishing gear to catch your own dinner – that’s a sign of a real camper, right? Once you see this place we can guarantee you will come back for more.
It’s no wonder Contos tops most campers’ list for a trip to the southwest. It’s a hop, a jump, and a jump from beaches, caves, forest trails, and vineyards. Not in the mood to cook your own breakfast? Stop off at Boranup Cafe for a meal that will keep you going all day.
Waroora, affectionately known as Warra to the locals of Coral Bay, is the beachfront campsite of your dreams. Swim with the turtles (they’ll become your new best friends), snorkel the ridiculous Ningaloo Reef, or go on excursions 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 tucked away in the Darling Ranges and is the perfect weekend with plenty to do. Pack your swimmers and take a dip in the falls or take a stroll through historic Jarrahdale. While you are that way, 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 poles. Right in the middle of Jarrah Forest between Margaret River and Augusta in Blackwood National Park, a place of relaxation is guaranteed here. There are no generators, we promise you peace. It’s also the perfect spot 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 picturesque 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.
Stirling Range Retreat
Have you always dreamed of climbing Bluff Knoll? Now is your chance. The The Stirling Range Retreat campsite is located roughly at the foot of the Stirling mountain ranges and offers stunning views of the mountain ranges. It is hard to believe that you are still in WA when you visit this part of the state. Pack your hiking boots, get up very early and set off to conquer the sunrise.
It’s undeniable, we love a pool of water and Brockman Lake is no exception. Eco-tents, cabins, pitches with no electricity and with electricity mean that just about any level of camper can get here. Furry friends are also welcome, just be sure to keep them on a leash. Try your hand at chestnut fishing in season or trout fishing. There’s also a cafe, clear waters for swimming, and loads of on-site amenities so you really can’t go wrong.
With all the chic new accommodations, you’d be forgiven if you forget that you can always go back to basics and take out the tent in Rotto. Installed in the camping for a few days of nostalgia as you cycle around the island, take a selfie with a quokka, grab a pint at Pinkies and dip into all the pies and treats from the bakery.
Shelley Beach is the only place where you don’t need a 4×4 to enter West Cape Howe National Park. However, this is a tent area, so leave RVs and trailers at home. Western Australia beaches, rocky coves, crystal clear waters. You get the picture.
Eighty Mile Beach Trailer Park
Eighty mile beach Caravan Park is located 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 shouldn’t have a hard time finding a place to settle.
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