Best Camping Spots on the West Coast of Australia
Western Australia: where the red earth meets the sea, a
land of stunning and remote natural beauty, untouched wilderness and wildlife galore.
Our nation’s Wild West could be considered Australia’s final frontier;
a place where
you can still stand at the helm of our natural wonders... and be completely alone.
And there’s no better way to experience its rugged splendour then by pitching a tent
in one of its many national parks.
Camping is an adventure enjoyed by all ages
what’s better than a childhood memory filled with family,
fun and the outback?
Lane Poole Reserve
Where: 9.5 kilometres from Dwellingup.
Just over 100 kilometres from Perth
lies the forest-clad valleys and rivers of the
Lane Poole Reserve.
With its extensive network of bushwalking tracks along the Murray
River and its proximity to the town of
Dwellingup, it is the perfect place for a
first-time camping experience.
The Nanga Brook
campground has been recently
redeveloped and provides a great base for mountain biking, swimming, fishing,
canoeing and kayaking or simply relaxing amid nature with a good book and a cuppa.
The Baden Powell campground opened in 2013 and offers three underground camp
kitchens with gas barbecues, cold water, dishwashing sinks and dining tables and
benches – you won’t be roughing it here.
Hot tip: Feeling adventurous? Try the newly opened Tree Adventures’ Treetop Climbing.
Yalgorup National Park
Where: 60 kilometres south of Mandurah.
Home to pristine lakes, peppermint woodland and the park’s crowning glories,
the Lake Clifton thrombolites, Yalgorup National Park is a nature-lover’s paradise.
Activities abound at the Martins Tank Lake campground: try your luck spotting
ring-tailed possums at night, go for a swim at Preston Beach, check out the
thrombolites from the boardwalks or stroll along the six-kilometre
Lake Pollard Trail to the Bird Hide, where you can watch the local birdlife frolicking
in the water without disturbing them.
Hot tip: Take a heavy-duty torch for spotlighting.
Beelu National Park
Where: 40 kilometres east of Perth
Beelu National Park
boasts a beautiful forest location with an array of recreational
sites, bird-watching opportunities, the largest living English oak trees in the
state, and panoramas over Lake C.Y. O’Connor and Mundaring Weir.
The Perth Hills
Discovery Centre campground is the ideal weekend getaway if you want the bush
experience, but also enjoy the comforts of home – like hot showers, flushing
toilets and electric barbecues – or are new to camping, and want to ease into
the bush experience.
Hot tip: Checkout the Nearer to Nature programme especially designed for young nature discoverers.
The South West, WA
Where: 22 kilometres north-west of Narrogin.
Less than two hours from Perth, Dryandra Woodland is one of the prime places in the
South West for viewing wildlife, with more than 25 mammals, 100 birds and 50 reptile
species calling the nature conservation home.
Congelin and Gnaala Mia campgrounds
are both nestled amongst stunning woodland scenes and blooming wildflowers
Take one of the numerous walking trails and immerse yourself in the
the forest or venture out on one of the two self-drive tours.
Hot tip: Keep your eyes peeled for a numbat (WA’s state mammal emblem).
Warren National Park & Big Brook State Forest
Where: Five kilometres north-west of Pemberton.
For those who want to experience being out in nature, but also like to indulge in the
creature comforts of home, ‘glamping’ is for you.
Glamorous camping features hotel style facilities in safari style tents,
usually in remote locations. Let your hosts Graeme and Toni Dearle of
Pemberton Discovery Tours set up your fully equipped campsite at Big Brook Arboretum
or Drafty’s campground in Warren National Park.
Climb one of the three fire lookout
trees for a view over the forest; cast a line for some freshwater fishing; cycle
between the tall timbers of the Southern Forests; or climb aboard a canoe for a
Hot tip: Book your glamping adventures online with WA Wilderness Glamping.
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Where: 19 kilometres south of Margaret River.
With its rugged limestone sea cliffs and sheltered bays for swimming, the dramatic
beauty of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park makes it a holidaymakers’ favourite
The Conto campground has a great central location with easy access to the
stunning Cape-To-Cape Track. Campfires are usually permitted for making s’mores at
night, and when the sun is up, go surfing, snorkelling, rock climbing, mountain
biking or relax and enjoy the nearby wineries and fine dining.
Hot tip: Visit outside of school holiday periods for a more peaceful getaway.