Fresh air and simple pleasures are good for the soul. Camping is guaranteed to slow you down, remind you of the bigger picture and it’s also pretty good for the hip pocket. Plus, now that you can't just jump on a flight to Bali, it's the perfect time to discover the magic in your own backyard.
WA is full of amazing locations to pitch your tent and create some lifelong memories. After all, there’s nothing like a pile of canvas, pegs and rope to bring people together and learn the true meaning of teamwork.
Marshmallows at the ready, we have a run-down of the best camping spots in southern Western Australia, from Serpentine all the way down to Denmark.
Serpentine National Park
Less than an hour from Perth, Serpentine Falls is nestled in the Darling Ranges and is the perfect weekend away with plenty to do whether you are travelling solo or have a group of friends to keep you company. Take the togs and jump in for a dip at the falls and go for a wander around the historic town of Jarrahdale. We'd usually tell you to treat your tastebuds to an award-winning lunch at Millbrook Winery before heading back to camp, but they'll be keeping their doors closed until Phase Three along with most other eateries in Jarrahdale, so for now, pick up some tasty treats from your local before you hit the road.
With a name like Honeymoon Pool you know there are going to be some beautiful views in store. Part of the Wellington National Park, you will find a swimming platform, BBQs and picnic sites surrounded by the shade of peppermint trees. For those of us that aren’t born water babies, you will still probably end up jumping in the depths of the pool—just don’t expect hot showers at this camping pick!
Contos is one of the most popular campsites in the South West for a reason. It’s a hop, skip and jump from beaches, caves, forest trails and wineries. What more could you want? Actually, we wouldn’t mind a cooked breaky. Pop down to Boranup Cafe for a feed to keep you going all day.
Fair Harvest Permaculture
While the Fair Harvest Permaculture farm has been running since 1995, it was only in the last couple of years that they added camping and glamping to the list of environmentally friendly things they do here. Fill your belly with home-grown meals, take a class in the yoga barn or just relax. They grow all their fruit, veg, honey and eggs for the on-site cafe, reuse all water on the farm and the composting toilets are pretty cool too.
There’s plenty of space to take a dip with almost an acre of fresh spring water at Fonty’s Pool in Manjimup. One of WA’s favourite watering holes, we could spend all day listing the reasons it’s a top spot to set up the tent. The campers kitchen and BBQs will help with whipping up dinner from the local produce—of which there is plenty. Did someone say truffles?
Blackwood National Park
Need a break from the rat race? This is one of the most peaceful places to hammer the tent pegs into. Chapman Pool (Warner Glen Campsite) is smack bang in the middle of the jarrah forest in between Margaret River and Augusta in the Blackwood National Park. No generators are allowed which means you are guaranteed to wake up to uninterrupted bird song. Don’t forget to take the kayak if you fancy a paddle.
Stock up on the marshmallows; Parry Beach is one of the only campgrounds in the region to allow campfires year-round. Be sure to pack the sunscreen and a few pairs of bathers—with Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks just around the corner, it’s going to be hard to keep your toes out of the water, even if it's chilly.
Make sure you bring everything you need to this spot—including fresh water. Sounds like a chore but the views from Waychinicup Inlet Camp Ground are totally worth it. This little piece of paradise is heaven for those in the know. Once you find it we guarantee you won’t be sharing it (or your fishing haul) with anyone either.
No four-wheel Drive? Never fear, Shelley Beach is the only spot where us mere two-wheel drivers can get to in West Cape Howe National Park. You won’t find campervans or trailers here—this is strictly a tent only zone. White sandy beaches, rocky coves, turquoise waters. You get the picture.
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