Here in WA, we really are blessed with some of the world’s most stunning scenery. No, we’re not talking about the Belltower; we’re talking about all that natural landscape and wildlife that surrounds us.
With the warmer weather finally arriving, now is it a great time to get outside and be at one with nature. Yes, boys and girls, you guessed it—it’s time to go camping.
The wonderful activity whereby you sleep in the bush, pee behind shrubs, spend all night with a head-torch wrapped around your face, and take ‘camping showers’ (hint: it’s not a shower, it's cleaning yourself with a luke-warm baby wipe.) Glorious, isn’t it?
No, we jest. Camping is the ultimate therapy. You get to be secluded. You get to enjoy nature and all its tranquillity. You get to wake up to the sound of birds chirping, rather than cars and your alarm clock. You get to be isolated, far away from your office. And—if you have an unpowered site—you get to take a break from Instagram. (Gasp.)
So here are 10 of the most beautiful camping spots in WA.
Nestled in the shady peppermint woodlands near Conto Springs Beach is the Conto Campground. Here you’ll find 116 campsites, as well as entry to the Cape to Cape walking track—so you can FINALLY walk the Cape the Cape like you’ve been saying you will for the past 10 years. The nearby Conto Springs Beach is a beautiful place to relax, go surfing or even do a spot of fishing (because you’re not really camping if you’re not catching your own dinner, are you?) but the best thing about this spot is its stunning scenery, so get ready to be in awe.
Wellington National Park
Perched on the banks of the Collie River is this lovely little campground and swimming spot. Word on the street is that it earned its name ‘Honeymoon Pool’ after it was established as a base camp for army training during WWII, and when the soldiers arrived, they found several couples camped there for their honeymoons. We can understand why people would spend their honeymoon there—it's tranquil, secluded and scenic, the water is divine, and there are plenty of walking trails. Plus, you can camp there even if you’re not on your honeymoon. It's ok, we checked.
Karijini National Park
Karijini will make you proud to be Western Australian, and also confused as to why you don’t make the trek up to this natural wonder more often. We recommend the Dales Campground within Karajini National Park—it’s close to the picturesque spots of Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool, there are loads of walking trails, it's got barbecues, picnic tables, and even toilets! Now don’t get us wrong, we love the kind of camping where you’re really at one with nature with zero amenities, but gosh, we do love a toilet. It's way better than peeing next to a tree, like a dog.
Millstream Chichester National Park
This national park is a picturesque oasis sitting right in the middle of the desert. The pools of Millstream Chichester National Park are a superb place to go for a swim, the fishing spots will keep you occupied for quite some time, the walking trails are incredibly scenic, and there are more than 120 species of birds to catch a glimpse of, if bird-watching is your thing. (There are also 150 different species of reptile, so maybe zip up your tent nice and tight.) The campgrounds are Miliyanha and Stargazers Campgrounds, which both have barbecue areas, tables and chairs and toilets.
Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park
Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park sits right on the beachfront between Port Hedland and Broome—doesn’t sound like a bad spot, does it? This area is famous for its fishing and sunsets—so pack your bait and tackle and your camera. They’ve got 200 camping sites, so you should have no trouble finding yourself a spot, so you can enjoy the seclusion and tranquillity of this amazing corner of WA.
D’Entrecasteaux National Park
You might want to pack a camera for this one. D’Entrecasteaux National Park is not easy to pronounce, but it is damn easy on the eye. The amazing white beaches are surrounded by rugged coastal cliffs and towering karri forests; the area is home to giant rock columns formed by volcanic lava millions of years ago; and also boasts the largest freshwater lake in southern WA. The campground is decked out with all the amenities you’ll need, so all you need to worry about is what remarkable natural wonder to sets your sights on.
Windjana Gorge National Park
Windjana Gorge is one of the Kimberley’s most stunning gorges, with its walls reaching heights of 100 metres. Now that is high. The park has a campground with unpowered sites and caravan spots, giving you a top notch base to explore. Bushwalking will be your go-to activity here, and you can probably catch a glimpse of some of the natural wildlife including waterbirds, white cockatoos, fruit bats and freshwater crocodiles.
Cape Range National Park
Feel like camping alongside the beach next to the stunning Ningaloo Marine Park? Ah, hell yes. There are loads of camping grounds at Cape Range National Park for you to set up shop; so find one and pitch your tent too sweet, because the wonders that await you up in this neck of the woods are amazing. Diving, snorkelling, kayaking, swimming, surfing, fishing, bushwalking, boating – you’ll be entertained the whole time.
Cape Le Grand National Park
So, the white sandy beaches that this park is perched upon were voted the best in Australia. No big deal. The Cape Le Grand Campground has campsites with kitchens, gas barbecues, picnic tables and loos. Our hot tip is just to spend the whole time one of the stunning beaches, but if you’d like a break from all that white sand and turquoise water, there are loads of walking trails and hikes where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the park and the surrounding islands.
Francois Peron National Park
Known for its red cliffs, white sand and blue waters, Francois Peron National Park is a visual extravaganza. The campgrounds have got everything you’ll need to make your camping experience a pleasurable one; and you can fill your days with a mixture of canoeing, snorkelling, swimming, fishing and bushwalking.
Karijini National Park | Image credit: Ocean Architects