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20 Of WA’s Best Camping Sites To Pitch A Tent At

By Rebecca Keating

Camping in WA

There really is no better way to explore WA and get up close and personal with the many beautiful parts of this boodja (country) than by rolling out a swag or shacking up for the night in a tent. 

Whether you’re looking to sleep on the beach, gaze up at the best Milky Way of your life or get out in the bush, there's no shortage of incredible places to stop for a night or ten. At Urban List, we've hunted out the best camping spots in WA to inspire your next outback adventure.

Lake Brockman 

Cookernup

Lake Brockman camping site in WA
Image credit: Lake Brockman | Instagram

There’s no denying it, we love a pool of water and Lake Brockman is no exception. Eco-tents, cabins, unpowered and powered sites mean just about any level of camper can head here. Furry friends are also welcome—just be sure to keep them on a lead. Try your hand at catching marron when it's in season or go fishing for trout. There’s also a cafe, clear waters to swim in and heaps of amenities on site so you really can't go wrong.

Osprey Bay

Ningaloo

There are few things better than waking up to the crystal clear, turquoise waters on offer at Osprey Bay. Located in the Cape Range National Park, the beachfront campground is an absolute stunner and there's only 20 spots on offer, so you'll definitely want to book ahead during peak season (April to October). If you do manage to snag a spot, you're in for some of the finest ocean views and the best snorkelling.

Karijini National Park

Karijini

Camping in Karajini, WA
Image credit: Karijini Eco Resort | Tourism WA

Karijini is quite possibly one of the most picturesque places in Western Australia. You've got a couple of camping grounds to choose from; our pick has to be Karijini Eco Retreat. There are glamping tents available, but we think rolling out a swag and admiring the stars is the only way to go out here. You might also be happy to hear there are shared shower facilities and flushing toilets. You’re going to want to spend a few days here to visit all of the stunning sites and surroundings. Some of our faves include Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool—check out a few snaps and you’ll know why.

Shelley Beach

Albany

Shelley Beach is the only spot where you don’t need a 4WD to get into West Cape Howe National Park. This is a tent only zone, though, so leave the camper vans and trailers at home. West Aussie beaches, rocky coves, crystal clear waters. You get the picture.

Millstream Chichester National Park

Karratha

Camping WA - Millstream Chichester National Park
Image credit: Millstream Chichester National Park | Scott Godley via Explore Parks WA

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 and the walking trails are incredibly scenic. The campgrounds are Miliyanha and Stargazers Campgrounds, which both have barbecue areas, tables and chairs and toilets for you to use.

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Lucky Bay 

Esperance

Camping in Esperance, WA
Image credit: Lucky Bay | Tourism WA

If you want to camp at one of Australia’s best beaches, Lucky Bay in Esperance is where you’ll want to be. In the heart of Cape Le Grand National Park, the secluded bay has picture-perfect white sandy beaches with the clearest water you’ve ever laid eyes on. Home to resident kangaroos, you might even find one popping over to your campsite to say hello at dinner time. Also hot tip: this place is very popular and can book out early, but if you give 'em a ring or check online on the day, you might be able to scoop up a late cancellation.

Rottnest Camping Ground

Rottnest

With all the swanky new accommodation you would be forgiven if you forgot you can still get back to basics and get the tent out in Rotto. Set up in the campground for a few days of nostalgia while you ride your bike around the island, snap a selfie with a quokka, grab a pint at Pinkies and get stuck into all the pies and treats from the bakery. 

Lucky Bay

Kalbarri

Yep, turns out we've got more than one Lucky Bay in WA. This beachfront, nature-based camping ground, Lucky Bay in Kalbarri, can only be accessed by 4WD. The camping area is nestled between the sand dunes so you can spend your days swimming, fishing and 4WDing along the soft white sand. It’s beach camping at its finest.

Francois Peron National Park

Denham

Camping in Francois Peron National Park, WA
Image credit: Francois Peron National Park | Tourism WA

The sights at Francois Peron National Park have to be seen to be believed. Red cliffs, white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters will make you really appreciate this bloody great state we live in. The sunsets here are phenomenal and it’s somewhere you definitely need to add to your camping bucket list. Spend your days snorkelling, swimming, fishing and kayaking through the beautiful waters before settling in for an epic night at your campsite. 

Parry Beach 

Denmark

With the oh-so scenic Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks just around the corner, Parry Beach is one of our all-time faves for a camping escape. Just note, The Shire of Denmark recently updated regulations and removed the unusual exception for campfires during summer. Make sure you check the info page here for the latest info on burning periods, as they can change depending on weather conditions.

Honeymoon Pool

Collie

Camping WA - Honeymoon Pool in CollieImage credit: Honeymoon Pool | @libbie.gallagher 

Part of the Wellington National Park, Honeymoon Pool on the banks of the Collie River is a tranquil and secluded camping spot with room for just 20 tents to set up for the night—don’t worry, each has its own individual campsite. Fire up the BBQ or graze on a picnic under the shade of the peppermint trees before a spot of swimming in the afternoon sun—you’ll love winding down at this pretty little spot. 

Bullara Station

Ningaloo

Camping at Bullara Station, WA
Image credit: Bullara Station | Tourism WA

There’s no shortage of incredible places to set up and explore the beautiful Ningaloo coastline, however if you’re looking for an authentic outback experience station stay, Bullara ticks all the boxes. The working cattle station has bush camping and cottage options, complete with communal fire pits, camp kitchens, wood BBQs and under-the-star showers.

Nanga Mill 

Dwellingup

Nanga Mill campsite in WA
Image credit: Nanga Mil | @adventures_of_kimdusti

If camping is your thing, chances are you’ve shacked up at Dwellingup at least once in your life. Nanga Mill, once an old jarrah saw site, is home to some pretty great camping with heaps of beautiful walking trails nearby. You can set up a campfire here (if there are no fire bans in place) so have your marshmallows at the ready. 

Waychinicup Inlet

Albany

You’ll have to be self-sustainable and bring everything to this hidden gem including fresh water. It may sound like a chore, but this little piece of paradise aka Waychinicup Inlet is worth it. Make sure you pack your fishing gear to catch your own dinner—it’s the sign of a true camper right? Once you’ve witnessed this place, we can guarantee you’ll be back for more.

Warroora Station

Coral Bay

Camping in Waroora Station, WA
Image credit: Waroora Station | Tourism WA

Waroora, fondly known as Warra to the locals of Coral Bay, is the beachside camping of your dreams. Swim with turtles (they’ll become your new besties), snorkel the ridiculous Ningaloo reef or head out on some tours to catch whale sharks, humpback whales or manta rays. Yep, this place is real life. 

Stirling Range Retreat

Mount Barker

Ever dreamt of climbing Bluff Knoll? Now’s your chance. The Stirling Range Retreat campsite is pretty much at the foot of the Stirling Ranges and provides unparalleled views of the mountainous ranges. It’s hard to believe you’re still in WA when you visit this part of the State. Pack the hiking boots, get up super early, and conquer the hike for sunrise. 

Serpentine Falls

Serpentine National Park

Camping at Serpentine Falls, WA
Image credit: Serpentine Falls | Tourism WA

Less than an hour from Perth, Serpentine Falls is nestled in the Darling Ranges and is the perfect weekend away with plenty to do. Pack your swimmers and take a dip in the falls or wander around the historic town of Jarrahdale. While you’re out this way, lunch at Millbrook Winery is an absolute must.

Chapman Pool

Blackwood National Park

Chapman Pool (Warner Glen Campaite)
Image credit: Chapman Pool (Warner Glen Campsite) | Bronwyn Wells via Explore Parks WA

Chapman Pool (Warner Glen Campsite) is one of the most peaceful places to hammer the tent pegs into. Smack bang in the middle of the jarrah forest in between Margaret River and Augusta in the Blackwood National Park, a spot of r&r is guaranteed here. There’s no generators, so you’re promised tranquillity. It’s also the ideal spot for a paddle so don’t forget to pack the kayak.

Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park

Port Hedland

Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park sits on the beachfront 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 camping sites so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding yourself a spot to set up in.

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Main image credit:  Osprey Bay | Tourism Western Australia

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